Another huge success for Fiesta Kultura

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miss philippines australia 2012Sydney, NSW, Oct. 2 — Twenty-four year-old Joanna Cubelo was crowned Miss Philippines-Australia 2012 at the 24th annual Fiesta Kultura on Sunday, September 30, at the Fairfield Showground, in Fairfield.

Prime Minister Julie Gillard’s representative, MP Chris Hayes, delighted a crowd of thousands when he spoke on the main stage.

“I get to see first-hand what (Filipinos) have achieved through various church groups…through various sporting and cultural associations, and I get to see what their kids achieve in this country,’’ Mr Hayes said in conveying a message from Ms Gillard.

He said that the Filipino community had had an impact on this country in ways that have changed the modern face of Australia.

The guest appearances of Filipino superstar Gerald Anderson and Pokwang were one of the main attractions of the Fiesta.

The program featured continuous entertainment including dance and singing performances to sporting exhibitions, an arts and crafts pavilion, and the coronation of the Miss Philippines- Australia and the Charity Queen Australia beauty pageant.

Jaclyn Alexander and Anjelica Whitelaw were tied runners-up for Miss Philippines Australian 2012 quest.

Jaclyn Alexander was voted Charity Queen Australia 2012.

Philippine Consul General in Sydney, Anne Jalando-on Louis, cut the ribbon to kick off the fiesta program. Ms Jalando-on said the fiesta meant reconnecting with one another and celebrating the uniqueness of Filipinos.

“It’s renewing our ties’ it’s meeting up again, enjoying good food,” she said.

Stalls on the site offered consular services, real estate properties in the Philippines, cultural merchandise, and Filipino delicacies and food specialties from fish balls, kwek-kwek, and the internationally famous halo-halo.

“I love how it’s like a nostalgia moment; it’s like the Philippines all over again,” said a teenage participant lining up meet and greet the guest celebrities.

“I’m here for Gerald, but the food is one of the main reasons why I am here.”

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