Now in its seventh year, the Filipino Festival is a community event which showcases the richness of the Filipino culture and promotes a respect for and appreciation of the Filipino heritage. Featuring a delectable cuisine, folk dances and music, the Filipino Festival has attracted thousands of attendees from Richmond and surrounding cities and counties who want to experience the best of the Philippine islands without leaving Virginia.
Utilizing over 600 volunteers, the Filipino Festival is a unique celebration of community, volunteer-ism and fun for people of all ages. To the more than one hundred Filipino youth in the area who perform dances and songs, the Filipino festival is a culmination of nine months of cultural immersion in bi-weekly classes that teach them their parents’ language, culture, stories, history, dances and songs. It provides a safe environment for them to fellowship, learn and take pride in their rich cultural heritage.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a culturally diverse Catholic community of about 1,200 families. Located at 8200 Woodman Road in Glen Allen, the parish has a school that serves pre-K to 8th grade.
Proceeds from the Filipino Festival will be used to help establish the Lakeside Free Clinic. It will also benefit Our lady of Lourdes School, a Blue Ribbon School, as well as various ministries supported by Our Lady of Lourdes Church including Laura’s Closet, the OLL Food Pantry and Lamb’s Basket – all of which serve the residents of the Lakeside area.