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Filipino food and dance draws crowds to Takapuna

Flagstaff Team

Takapuna’s first Filipino Festival last weekend won’t be the last, say local organisers, after a big turnout enjoyed cultural performances, stalls and eats in Waiwharariki Anzac Square

Stickability… Khian (5, left) and brother Khlyde (7) Ocado tuck into some barbecued meats and pandan syrup jelly drinks at the inaugural Filipino Festival held in Takapuna last Saturday. “They love their Filipino food,” said their father Kerlvin Ocado. He was happy to see his culture shared with many people.

Stepping out… Kate Jones (15) leads the performance of a flower dance, traditionally done in May. Right: members of the Samut Sari troupe performing with fans

School showcase… Westlake high school students (from left) Xian Janvert Monsayac, Gianna Ernazo, Lexter Cueva and Iza Antonio, all aged 14, and (at rear), Alfie Nazario (17) and (right) Sarah Alatan (16) after they performed a folk dance, stepping over bamboo poles. The students are members of Filipino clubs at the Westlake boys and girls high schools and will be part of a joint Westlake Pinoy Night celebrating Filipino culture on on 24 July.

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