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2014

Filipino Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Cleveland Filipino community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Filipino costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashions of the Philippines

Fashion of the Philippines


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Filipinos at Cleveland Asian Catholic Gathering

About 1000 people celebrated the Annual Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Clarence Church. This is the 17th year the event was hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian). The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.

Philippine American Ministry banner


2 pages of photos and videos of the Asian Catholic Gathering


Asian Heritage Day Celebration

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014
The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.

Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization. The following Filipino groups were represented:

  • Knights of Rizal - Cleveland Chapter

  • Philippine American Society of Ohio

  • Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio


Learn more about each organization (and the other Asian groups) including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.


The Filharmonic's Filipino Heritage

The Filharmonic headlines the 2014 Cleveland Asian Festival. This LA boy band performs a variety of styles - all a capella. They performed on NBC's The Sing Off Season 4.

Vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy and Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beatboxer Niko Del Rey spoke about the importance of their Filipino heritage and their efforts to help after Typhoon Haiyan in a musical event called Rebuild Philippines.




2013

Dr. Joy Kouns Lewis spoke about the tragic storm devastation in her hometown and surrounding areas in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan - called Yolanda in the Philippines - landed in Eastern Samar and Leyte provinces and destroyed much of Tacloban City. Experts say it was one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. Thousands are dead and thousands are missing. Local Filipino and other communities held events to raise funds to help those affected by this tragedy.




Cheesa, from NBC's The Voice, is proud of her Filipino heritage

Cheesa, from NBC's The Voice, is proud of her Filipino heritage which is noted for tight-knit families and a sense of community and support. Her brother Troy Laureta is her manager and while her parents envisioned a more traditional career for her (nurse, lawyer, etc.), the family is very supportive. Cheesa was in Cleveland to headline the Cleveland Asian Festival.




2013 Cleveland Asian Festival


May 18-19, 2013

The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.

People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

Philippine Nurses Association

Philippine Nurses Association


Philippine Nurses Association

10 pages of photos and videos of the Cleveland Asian Festival



Family immigration issues for Cleveland's Asian community
Philippine Cultural Center
April 4, 2013

Currently there are considerable discussions at the federal level about immigration reform. One of the key areas of debate is family immigration (sponsorship of relatives to immigrate to the United States) and the specifics on who is and who is not included as part of the provisions that are being discussed.

Michael Byun, Executive Director of Asian Services in Action, led a timely and critical panel discussion at the Philippine Cultural Center in Parma with representatives from the different Asian communities who are impacted.

Bessie Schiroky with the Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio was a panelist and gave examples of how families are being split and unfairly affected by current immigration laws from the situation in her own family.

Filipino and other Asian Organization representatives

Some of the event participants



2012

Cleveland Asian Festival 2012
May 19 & 20, 2012

APPO Foundation - Association of Philippine-American Physicians in Ohio

Association of Philippine-American Physicians in Ohio at Asian Festival

Association of Philippine-American Physicians in Ohio



Young athletes from the Philippines compete in the 2011 Continental Cup
June 30, 2011

Young Philippine athletes at the 2011 Continental Cup

Young Philippine athletes at the 2011 Continental Cup



Ohana Aloa dancer


See photos and videos from the first annual Cleveland Asian Festival

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Filipino Festival 2009 - June 21, 2009
Pictures and videos from the 4th annual event

Ohana Aloa Dance performances
Pictures and videos from the Filipino Festival 2009 - June 21, 2009


Consul General Blesila C. Cabrera, Philippine Consulate General of Chicago with bust of Jose Rizal

Consul General Blesila C. Cabrera, Philippine Consulate General of Chicago, with bust of Jose Rizal at 2009 Filipino Festival




Organizations and Resources for Filipinos in Cleveland



The Philippine-American Society of Ohio was founded in 1976 by a handful of Filipinos. It's purpose is to promote the welfare and interests of the Filipino-American in Ohio as well as preserve and perpetuate the Filipino heritage and culture.

Contact them at 440-887-PASO

Philippine-American Cultural Center in Cleveland Ohio

Philippine-American Cultural Center
1975 W. Ridgewood Drive. Parma, OH 44134





Dr. Rollie Santos of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce explains the purpose of the Chamber before the 2009 Filipino Festival


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Business, Education and Employment Information



The Philippine Stock Exchange - Makati tower at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas

The Philippine Stock Exchange - Makati tower at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas



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Cleveland Filipino Feedback and Memories

Basilica Minore de San SebastiŠn, one of several notable Christian churches in the Philippine Islands.

Basilica Minore de San SebastiŠn, one of several notable Christian churches in the Philippine Islands.




Filipino History and Culture

The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in Southeast Asia. Manila is its capital city. It comprises 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean.

The Philippines is the world's 12th most populous country with a population of about 90 million people. There are more than 11 million overseas Filipinos worldwide, about 11% of the total population of the Philippines.

A former colony of Spain and the United States, the Philippines is one of two predominantly Roman Catholic countries in Asia-Pacific, the other being East Timor. There are also a number of minority religious groups, including Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. Ecologically, the Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world.


Bulul guardian figure of the Ifugao people

Bulul guardian figure of the Ifugao people




The Philippines

The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War.

In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel Quezon was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control.

On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence.

The 20-year rule of Ferdinand Marcos ended in 1986, when a "people power" movement in Manila ("EDSA 1") forced him into exile and installed Corazon Aquino as president. Her presidency was hampered by several coup attempts, which prevented a return to full political stability and economic development.

Fidel Ramos was elected president in 1992 and his administration was marked by greater stability and progress on economic reforms. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands.

Joseph Estrada was elected president in 1998, but was succeeded by his vice-president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in January 2001 after Estrada's stormy impeachment trial on corruption charges broke down and another "people power" movement ("EDSA 2") demanded his resignation.

Macapagal-Arroyo was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2004. The Philippine Government faces threats from three terrorist groups on the US Government's Foreign Terrorist Organization list, but in 2006 and 2007 scored some major successes in capturing or killing key wanted terrorists.

Decades of Muslim insurgency in the southern Philippines have led to a peace accord with one group and on-again/off-again peace talks with another.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of the Philippines


Food of the Philippines
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Filipino food

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A 19th-century photograph of leaders of the Propaganda Movement: Josť Rizal, Marcelo del Pilar and Mariano Ponce.

A 19th-century photograph of leaders of the Propaganda Movement: Josť Rizal, Marcelo del Pilar and Mariano Ponce.




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