Second annual Barrio Fiesta at Saint Martin’s to honor Filipino traditions

March 23, 2011

LACEY, WASHINGTON — In the tradition of barrio fiestas in the Philippines, Saint Martin’s University invites friends, neighbors and community members to share in the celebration of its second annual Barrio Fiesta on Friday, April 15, 2011. The fiesta will be held at the University’s Marcus Pavilion. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and $7 for Saint Martin’s students.

Sponsored by the University’s Filipino Heritage Club, the event was established last year to showcase Filipino culture and traditions.

“‘Barrio fiesta’ translates as ‘neighborhood party’,” says Bianca Galam, the club’s president. “In the Philippines, people love to gather together to enjoy these festivals that celebrate anything from weddings to holidays. No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone is welcome as a guest and active participant.”

This year’s theme, Balikbayan, is a reference to “the return to one’s country,” explains Galam. A balikbayan is a box that contains small gifts and items, sent home to the Philippines by a friend or family member abroad.

Club members will share their Filipino heritage through song, dance and a dinner featuring a traditional menu. The menu will include lechon (whole roasted pig), vegetable lumpia, chicken adobo, pancit, steamed rice and desserts.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

To purchase advance tickets or for further information:

Filipino Heritage Club