Philippine American Heritage Council at York Fair

 

The Philippine American Heritage Council is participating in the York County Fair.

KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble and Halo-Halo Youth Dancers to perform Under Auspices of Philippine American Heritage Council at “Welcoming Week” event for new Americans at the Oldest County Fair in USA on Saturday, September 15

The Philippine American Heritage Council is pleased to announce its participation at America’s first and oldest County Fair at the York County Fairgrounds in the National Welcoming Week, to welcome new Americans to the United States, starting this Saturday with a dance performance by its KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble and it’s associated junior group, the Halo-Halo Youth Dancers.

Performance of KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble (the Filipino word for “Freedom”) and the Halo-Halo youth dancers is from 4 to 4:30 PM at the Cultural Pavilion of the York County Fair.  Don’t Miss it!!

This year, the “Welcoming Week” event started on Friday, Sept. 14, and concludes Thursday, Sept. 20.  In the City of York, Central Pennsylvania, featuring various free family-friendly activities, with the purpose of strengthening the community composed of diverse heritage groups.

The Cultural Pavilion at 2018 York Fair where dance 2 dance groups provided by Philippine American Heritage Council to perform Sat. 9/15/18.

Today, September 15, the second day of the Welcoming Week intercultural celebration to be held at the York Fairgrounds, with live music and dance entertainers, at the York Fair’s Community Pavilion.  The huge Community Pavilion is one of the new features of the 2018 fair.  There are free daily activities and entertainment under the big tent.  This Saturday will be the second to the last day of the annual York Fair.

“Welcoming Week” is an annual event celebrated in different parts of the United States including this week overlapping with part of the York County Fair at the York Fairgrounds.

Activities all week.  Welcome week flyer HERE.

Activities all week. Welcome week flyer HERE.

The objective is to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to build common ground, stronger communities and unity..  Our goal is to help foster an appreciation of heritage and culture by showcasing colorful traditional costumes, song and dance performances, various heritage foods and other activities that will attract both residents of York City and County as well as visitors both young and old who visit this annual Fair.

Another new features of the York Fair introduced this year is the intercultural presentation which the Philippine American Heritage Council is a founding participant.

Everyday from the opening day on Friday, Sept.7, until the closing day on Sept. 16, Sunday, there are different heritage group entertainment and activities.

“Cultural diversity enriches America.  Together with unity – splendidly summarized in the de-facto national motto of the United States, E Pluribus Unum (out of the many, one) these values enable America to continue as the land of opportunity and the beacon of hope which attracts so many newcomers every year.  We join in welcoming them during this special week,” said Emy Delgaudio, Chairman of the Philippine American Heritage Council.

Line up of event at the Cultural Pavilion (Photo credit: Emy Delgaudio)

Emy Delgaudio also praised the Welcoming Week Advisory Committee Chair and Director of the New American Welcome Center, Jose Santiago, who presided over a series of planning and advisory meetings which she participated in during the months before the event.  “His leadership and good work will result in the best “welcoming week” ever, only to be exceeded by next year’s event which will be even bigger and better, she said.

In behalf of the Advisory Committee, Emy invited both the KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble (where she is a performer) and the Halo-Halo Youth Dancers to participate in this year’s “welcoming week” festivities for the first time.

The whole day event at the York Fair’s Cultural pavilion on Saturday, will feature mostly Latin and Hispanic performers as well as performances by other dance groups, including Philippine-American and Haitian-American dance groups, then the crowning of the Miss Latina 2018, in honor and celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to October 15).

Filipinos are very comfortable associating with the Hispanic segment of the “welcome week” event because the Philippines is a blend of American, Hispanic and Asian cultures.

The Kalayaan USA Cultural Ensemble dancing the Subli at the 2018 Annual Cultural Fest in Dauphin County at Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, 8/3/2018. Front L to R: Emy Delgaudio & Elomar “Jan” Siennick. Back, L to R: Mila Thomas, Lauryn Parcon, Valerie Shutt, Aaliyah Haya. (Photo credit: Louis McKinney Sr.)

The “Welcoming Week” event is supported with enthusiasm because it helps achieve the mission of the Philippine American Heritage Council and its Kalayaan Cultural Ensemble – to share what is best about Filipino culture, history and beliefs while at the same time, sharing with our fellow “new Americans by choice,” what is great about America.

The dance troupe “KalayaanUSA” (the Filipino word for “freedom”) is one major part of our outreach to achieve our mission as a non-profit organization.

Philippines-American Heritage Museum

Another major part of our outreach is the mobile “Heritage Museum” of the Philippine-American Heritage Council, a cultural display which will be setup as its own Pavilion at the York Fairgrounds, sharing culture, history, beliefs and basic information about the Philippines and the United States (look for the white tent near the Cultural Pavilion with the PAHC banner).

Halo-Halo Youth Dancers, with choreography by Valerie Shutt, dancing the world famous Philippine folkdance, Tinikling, at the 2018 Annual Cultural Fest, 8/3/2018. (Photo credit: Louis McKinney Sr.)

Halo-Halo Youth Dancers

The Philippine American Heritage Council is pleased to announce through its recommendation and endorsement, that the Halo-Halo Youth Dancers will also perform at this annual “Welcome Week” celebration at the York Fairgrounds this week.

Kalayaan USA Cultural Ensemble and Halo-Halo Youth Dancers will perform for 30 minutes, from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The Filipino folkdances they will perform will be Subli , Pandanggo Sa Ilaw (Pandanggo with Light), Sinisinta Kita, Princess Dance (mixed of the traditional Pag-Apir and Kzadoratan dances), Tinikling (Bamboo Dance), and Paypay de Manila (Fan Dance).

Bongga Ka Day

These two (2) Phil-Am dance groups also performed at the recently concluded 2018 Annual Cultural Fest in Dauphin County (Harrisburg, PA), on Aug. 3, 2018.  They were joined by another Phil-Am dance team called Bongga Ka Day (based in Harrisburg), which is also endorsed and embraced by the Philippine American Heritage Council.  The popular all ladies dance team performed at the past two consecutive, annual summer-time Heritage Fiesta’s (next year will be annual event #8).  The most recent event, despite the rain, matched last year’s 100+ attendance once again.

Group picture of 3 Phil-Am dance groups: Kalayaan USA Cultural Dance Ensemble (sponsored and a project of the Philippine American Heritage Council), Bongga Ka Day (of Harrisburg), Halo-Halo Youth Dancers, taken before their performance at the Dauphin County Cultural Fest, Aug. 3, in Harrisburg, PA. (Photo credit: Bongga Ka Day/Lovelita Jacoby)

We invite family and friends of our Phil-Am community as well as Americans who want to support our work to watch and show support  to our dance volunteers who have been spending time and resources in coming up with beautiful choreographies of the different Filipino cultural dances to be able to share them with different audiences in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

We would be grateful if you could help spread the word about these activities by circulating the “url” address of this article via your email and on your Facebook page.

To obtain a free subscription to the periodic e-newsletter (for Philippine American Heritage Council and its KalayaanUSA cultural ensemble) write (provide your name and zip code) Chairman@PhilippineAmericanHeritage.org or Chairman@KalayaanUSA.org.

You may also visit our Facebook page, HERE.

For more details of the Welcoming Week weeklong activities please go HERE.

Heritage Fiesta This Saturday July 21 Makes Local News

Community Courier Newspaper runs major story on page 2, continues coverage for 7th year of Annual Picnic of Philippine American Heritage Council

The Heritage Fiesta this coming Saturday has once again made the local news, with all editions of the Community courier weekly newspaper running the story about the upcoming 7th annual “pot luck” picnic on the highly coveted page 2 (above the fold).   Don’t miss it!

Here’s the story (news clip above).  Don’t miss what is shaping up as the very best of the 7 annual Heritage Fiesta’s this Saturday – doors open for setup at 11 AM, food starts 12 noon, program starts 12:30 PM with keynote remarks by State Senator Mike Folmer, plus remarks of State Rep. Kristin Phillips Hill, and congressional candidate and Platinum Sponsor George Scott, County Commissioner Chris Reilly and other candidates on the November ballot (all invited).  And the most popular part of every year’s event, the Dance groups which will provide entertainment along with the music provided by a DJ.  Photos carried by the Community courier are of last year’s performances by Bongga Ka Day dance group of Harrisburg, KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble of both Harrisburg and York, PA, the new Halo-Halo Youth Dancers and more.

Organized once again by Philippine American Heritage Council and co-Sponsored with New Americans by Choice, Conservative Christian Center and York County Action.   Info: Chairman@PhilippineAmericanHeritage.org.  Visit PhilippineAmericanHeritage.org.

Sixth Annual Heritage Fiesta Tomorrow Earns Major News Media Coverage

The Philippine American Heritage Council is in the news again with this page 3 Community Courier article (click on image to read it).

Last call for you to bring a dish and join us tomorrow at what promises to be the biggest and the best “Heritage Fiesta” annual picnic, organized for the sixth year by the Philippine American Heritage Council and New Americans by Choice, co-sponsored for the second year by York County Action, for the first year by the Conservative Christian Center.

Heritage Fiesta Flyer
RSVP Form to Reserve a spot at the Fiesta
Donate to Help Meet Heritage Fiesta Expenses

Please note the “second front page” article (as page 3 is commonly called in the newspaper business) about the Heritage Fiesta in the Community Courier this week (click on the image to read the entire article if you missed it).

And, we are making progress with the Democrats, who we have been asking to attend and speak for all six  years but only once had one of their candidates stop by and speak and mingle (Linda Small, who lost her race for State Senate but made friends with many at our picnic).

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Fifth Annual Heritage Fiesta this Saturday at Cousler Park

Dance Troupe of Philippine American Heritage Council performing at last year’s 4th annual Heritage Picnic (this year renamed KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble); the mobile Philippine American Heritage Museum at last year’s picnic; this year’s DJ Terrell “Nakuu” Bryant is also an accomplished singer; Manila Menz Band of BFF (Barangay Friends ‘N Family – which is also providing a Dance Troupe again this year as they did last year), Buffet of what this year we call the “Parade of Heritage Dishes” at last year’s 4th annual event.

Dance Troupe of Philippine American Heritage Council performing at last year’s 4th annual Heritage Picnic (this year renamed KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble); the mobile Philippine American Heritage Museum at last year’s picnic; this year’s DJ Terrell “Nakuu” Bryant is also an accomplished singer; Manila Menz Band of BFF (Barangay Friends ‘N Family – which is also providing a Dance Troupe again this year as they did last year), Buffet of what this year we call the “Parade of Heritage Dishes” at last year’s 4th annual event.

Rep. Mike Regan, Rep. Kevin Schreiber, candidate Joel Sears, to speak;
A celebration of American Exceptionalism with culture, faith, music, dance and song,
a “Parade of Heritage Dishes” at this annual “bring a dish” event

PA State Rep. Mike Regan, GOP nominee for State Senate in York County, is keynote speaker of this year's Heritage Fiesta

PA State Rep. Mike Regan, GOP nominee for State Senate in York County, is keynote speaker of this year’s Heritage Fiesta

(York PA) The Fifth Annual Heritage Fiesta of New Americans by Choice will be held this Saturday, July 30 at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Rd., York PA, 12 noon to 5 PM with a 1 PM program which includes two different Philippine Dance Troupes, and other cultural and contemporary dances performed by various heritage groups, a professional DJ with a variety of music including authentic heritage music from a variety of countries, a “Parade of Heritage” dishes from the Philippines and other countries including the famous “Lumpia” spring roll of the Philippines, a charcoal barbecue grill with hot dogs, chicken and burgers, and speeches by state legislators and candidates for office.

Speakers include State Rep. Mike Regan (Keynote Speaker, State Senate candidate), Rep. Kevin Schreiber, State Rep. candidate Joel Sears, GOP County Chairman Alex Shorb, York ACTION of PA President Jay McKiernan, Chief Deputy Prosecutor for York County District Attorney Tim Barker for PA Attorney General Candidate John Rafferty.

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Fox TV Channel 43 to Feature Evelyn Miller segment tonight Sunday 10 PM

Emy Delgaudio being interviewed by Fox 43 TV by Leah Kirstein about the role of Evelyn Miller as a founder of Philippine American Heritage Council and her role as a volunteer and helper for charitable and civic causes in her community.

Emy Delgaudio being interviewed by Fox 43 TV by Leah Kirstein about the role of Evelyn Miller as a founder of Philippine American Heritage Council and her role as a volunteer and helper for charitable and civic causes in her community.

Fox TV Channel 43 will feature tonight (Sunday 2/21) at 10 PM a segment about Evelyn Miller including interviews with several Filipino-Americans who knew Evelyn, her Pastor Father Keith Carroll, her Church’s Knights of Columbus “Grand Knight” (leader) Robert Cosgrove and Emy Delgaudio, Chairman of the Philippine American Heritage Council which she helped form four years ago.  The segment will repeat five times tomorrow, Monday, 2/22 starting with the early morning news edition.

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Evelyn Miller of York, PA Mourned by Friends, RIP 2/17/16

Evelyn Miller, a founding member of Philippine American Heritage Council, shown here at the first cultural display and food booth wearing native Philippine costume in 2012, RIP 2/17/16

Evelyn Miller, a founding member of Philippine American Heritage Council, shown here at the first cultural display and food booth wearing native Philippine costume in 2012, RIP 2/17/16

Philippine American Heritage Council Founding Member, St. Patrick Catholic Church parishioner

(KalayaanNews Dispatch) Evelyn Miller, the 70 year old pedestrian struck and killed by a bus in York, PA, on Wednesday, February 17, was a founding member of the Philippine American Heritage Council which now has members across the United States and in the Philippines.  With other members of the new Council, Evelyn wore an original Filipino costume and served authentic Filipino food to the nearly 400 people who attended the new group’s first event at the annual Heritage Festival of St. Patrick Catholic Church in 2012 where she was an active parishioner who attended daily mass and volunteered for church charitable projects regularly.

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Sinulog Festival in Silver Spring MD this Sunday to showcase Philippine Culture

Philippine American Heritage Council Chairman Emy Delgaudio with the Queen of one of the participating groups, holding the image of the Santo Nino – and with her Dance Troupe who participated in the festive and massive parade of Sinulog in Cebu City, Philippines, 2005.

Philippine American Heritage Council Chairman Emy Delgaudio with the Queen of one of the participating groups, holding the image of the Santo Nino – and with her Dance Troupe who participated in the festive and massive parade of Sinulog in Cebu City, Philippines, 2005.

Dinner Dance and Festival Honoring Santo Nino Holy Infant Jesus to Feature Performance by KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble

The biggest festival and celebration in the Philippines is once again coming to America this coming Sunday, 1/17/16 at St. Michael Parish in Silver Spring, Maryland with the public invited to participate.  The “Sinulog” celebration, equivalent to the U.S. “Mardi Gras” celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an annual cultural and Catholic religion festival centered in Cebu City, Philippines, to honor the Santo Nino de Cebu, the Holy Infant Jesus.  The statue of the Holy Infant Jesus at a Church in Cebu is an icon of the Philippines known to Filipinos throughout the world including the United States.  As many as 5 million Filipinos – Catholic as well as other Christians – have been known to converge on Cebu City during the final, massive and colorful parade of the nine days long festival each year in January.    Continue reading

Philippine American Heritage Council Members to watch Star Wars, the Force Awakens, Here’s one reason why

160102StarWars2(KalayaanNEWS Dispatch, Opinion) Why is Star Wars once again at the top of the movie charts – in fact topping $1 billion in sales in its first 12 days?  Why does the franchise have such Iconic status in American and indeed in worldwide culture?  I believe it goes beyond just a good story, good quality, and good special effects – all truly present and accounted for.  It goes to something basic, something primordial in human nature: the wish, hope and prayer that what John, Chapter 1, Verse 5 says is really true – “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.   Continue reading

Filipino National Hero Jose Rizal to be honored at Dinner Gala Sunday Dec. 27

Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, to be honored at Dec. 27 dinner in Cherry Hill, NJ

Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, to be honored at Dec. 27 dinner in Cherry Hill, NJ

Filipino American Association of Philadelphia event attracts attendees from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, endorsed by Philippine American Heritage Council

(KalayaanNEWS Dispatch) The national hero and liberator of the Republic of the Philippines, Jose Rizal, will be honored on Sunday, December 27, 2015 on the occasion of the 118th year anniversary of his Martyrdom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey by the Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia, Inc. of Media, Pennsylvania.  The event will also feature the Coronation of “Miss Maria Clara 2016, Ckysha Martella Magno-Dizon, with tickets available at the gate for $65 per person, or $30 per child 12 years old and under.  The event has been endorsed and is being supported by the Philippine American Heritage Council, which is sending a delegation from central Pennsylvania to attend the event which includes Amalia “Alma’ Gohn, Valerie Shutt and Emy Delgaudio among others.   Continue reading

TransAmerica Eagle Team Christmas Party in Wayne, PA this Tuesday

Some of the members of the KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble at recent event, will be performing at TransAmerica Eagle Team Christmas Party

Some of the members of the KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble at recent event, will be performing at TransAmerica Eagle Team Christmas Party

Members of Philippine American Heritage Council and BarangayFriends N Family to attend; KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble Third Performance Scheduled

Because of the outstanding, highly entertaining and culturally accurate presentation of Kalayaan USA Cultural Ensemble at the recent Barangay FriendsNFamily Christmas Party, the group got invited to present this coming Tueday, Dec. 22, at the TransAmerica Eagle Team’s Christmas Party at the Radnor Hotel in Wayne, PA.  The invitation to perform was extended by Fil-Am medical professional and Transamerica Financial Advisor, Mary Grace A. Rainey of Chester County, who communicated with photos and eyewitness account what she had seen to her organization’s leadership.    Continue reading