Barrio Fiesta at Saint Martin’s to emphasize ‘One Family’
March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON—In the tradition of barrio fiestas in the
Philippines, the Saint Martin’s University Filipino Heritage
Club invites friends, neighbors and community members to share
in the celebration of its third annual Barrio Fiesta on
Saturday, April 14, 2012. The fiesta will be held at the
University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center at 5300
Pacific Ave SE. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $5.
Translating as “neighborhood party,” Barrio Fiesta was
established in 2010 by Saint Martin’s students to showcase
Filipino culture and traditions.
This year’s theme, Isang Pamilya, or “One Family,”
promises a festive and inviting ambiance for the celebratory
“We chose this theme because we welcome everyone to our
fiesta,” says Natasha Sensano, the club's president. “Here at
Saint Martin’s, we’re , one family, regardless of our race, our
religion or where we come from."
The University’s Filipino Heritage Club members will share
their Filipino traditions through a series of song and dance.
The program also will include a dinner featuring a traditional
menu of steamed rice, pansit, adobo and lumpia as well as other
New to this year’s celebration will be Dance International
Production, a group from Maui that uses song and dance to
promote Filipino, Hawaiian and Tahitian cultures. The group will
be performing under the direction of Madelyne Pascua.
Says Sensano, “You don’t want to miss this!”
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year,
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 14 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. Visit the Saint Martin’s University
website at www.stmartin.edu.
For additional information:
Filipino Heritage Club
Director of community relations and event management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University