44th annual Philippine Weekend

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The 44th annual Philippine Weekend is underway in Delano.

The event is a way to preserve and honor the city’s Filipino heritage.

“It’s a great way for us to share our culture with the community,” Chairperson of the event Delilah Mascarinas said.

The weekend kicked off  Saturday with a parade down Main Street.

“This weekend just means to me a big sense of community, especially in the Filipino community,” Miss Philippine Weekend Queen 2018 Christina Cavading said.

It started as a basketball tournament more than four decades ago, but now it’s a weekend full of food, family and community.

“It’s the one time of the year which the whole community comes together to honor our old traditions and perform and to share our customs, or foods and just bring the whole community together as one,” Mr. Philippine Weekend King 2018 Alex Magana said.

The event brings out thousands, many from different cultures. It takes place the last weekend of July every year.

“It’s actually our first time coming out here and it’s most like so my kids can learn about different cultures,” Maria Alvarado said. “It’s my first time because I always had that thing about how it was only for Filipino people. Throughout the years I’ve met Filipino people and then they told me no it’s for everybody. It’s like the Cinco de Mayo, it’s for everybody.”

The event continues Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at Cecil Park. 

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