Barrio Fiesta Sa London 2009

Update June 2010: Details for the 2010 Barrio Fiesta can be found at this page.

Wondering when the next London Barrio Fiesta will be held? The Philippine Centre, organisers of the event, announced that it’s set for Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2009. As usual, it will be held in Lampton Park, Hounslow, TW3 4DN.

Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of last year’s confusions after Hounslow council temporarily shut it down.

Update 16 July 2009: We’re starting to hear conflicting information about whether or not the event will go ahead. Some people are saying that Hounslow council have once again refused the health and safety permit; others are saying that it’s pushing through. We can’t verify what’s true at the moment because no-one at the London Borough of Hounslow could confirm this information when we called. They gave the number for John Laing Integrated Services, the contractor who’s responsible for park maintenance, but there was no answer.

We strongly suggest finding out for yourself before heading off the the Barrio Fiesta this weekend. Contact numbers below.

John Laing Integrated Services: 0845 456 2796 or 020 7901 3200
Philippine Centre: 0845 838 7880 or 020 7096 1246 (ask for Gen Ashley)
London Borough of Hounslow: 020 8583 2000

Update 18 July 2009: It looks like everything is set up and ready to go (see comment from Martin below). For those of you who’ll be there, have a great time and let us know how it goes.

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Passionate For Dance Fundraiser

Passionate For Dance Press release:

Combining a Passion for Dance with a Heart for Saving Lives

Anna Gough, a London based Photographer, is hosting a fund-raiser to benefit the Third World Movement Against the Exploitation of Women, an organisation that serves young girls who are being sexually exploited in Southeast Asia.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 21st at Café Rez in Vauxhall, London. There is a £12 admission fee (£10 online) and the fund-raiser runs from 7.00 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. There will be five different dance styles which will be beautifully demonstrated with a taster-lesson directly afterwards. There will also be some great prizes to be won in a raffle and plenty of food to nibble on.

Gough is organizing Passion For Dance to raise funds for the cause, before setting off to Southeast Asia herself, where she will be doing direct field-work to help the organization document and publish the dire situation they face there.

“There are girls out there as young as 6 years who have been sold into the sex industry. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to help combat this problem in a small way. It will be a drop in the ocean, but maybe, just maybe it will have a ripple effect and change more lives for the better.”

For more information please call Anna Gough on +44 (0)7930 354 820

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Barrio Fiesta sa London 2008 rescheduled to 13th and 14th Sept

The Philippine Centre confirms the new date for Barrio Fiesta sa London 2008:

The meeting [of the Health and Safety Working group] agreed to offer Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September as an alternative date for the Philippine Centre to hold the 24th annual Barrio Fiesta sa London in Lampton park Hounslow, Middlesex.

Philippine Generations lecture on Filipino cuisine

Philippine Generations has organised a lecture on Filipino cuisine.

Philippine Generations in partnership with Asia House is proud to present the first lecture on Filipino Cuisine in London. Discover the difference between Chow Mein and Pancit, Lumpia and Spring rolls, and how the food has changed over the years to the present day.

Philippine Generations, created by a small number of young volunteers to raise awareness of the Philippines, its people and culture has teamed up with Asia House, a charity for the promotion of Asia by bringing the owner of the no.1 Filipino Restaurant in America, Cendrillion, Amy Besa, the author of the award winning cook book, ‘Memories of a Philippine Kitchen’ to give a lecture on the History of Philippine Cuisine.

Celebrate the culture and food that raised the Pearl of the Orient on the 19th June, Asia House, New Cavendish Street.

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Filipino martial arts event in London

For anyone interested in Filipino martial arts, there are two upcoming events:

  • The Seni Eskrima Open Championship – Excel, London on 26 April 2008
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