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Fiestang celebrates Filipino culture

Dustin Von Handorf | Friday, February 27, 2004

The Filipino American Student Organization (FASO) will be sponsoring Fiestang Saturday, showcasing Filipino culture, and including traditional dancing and dinner in Stepan Center.

Charlene Vinalon, co-president of FASO, said the event will include elements of both traditional and modern Filipino culture.

“Fiestang will share Filipino culture, traditional food and dance, with a modern twist,” Vinalon said.

The evening will start with an authentic Filipino dinner, serving dishes such as adobo, a chicken dish, lumpia, which is a traditional wrap similar to an egg roll, pancit, a noodle dish and a pork dish called lechon.

“Filipinos are very big on food, and it’s a great time to share what we love,” Vinalon said.

The evening will continue with a presentation of various traditional dance numbers.

Eileen Magno, also a FASO co-president, said the event will include numerous types of dances influenced by a variety of cultural groups.

“It will include Pinkling, our national dance, Maglalatik, an all-guys coconut dance, and the Binasuan, a candle dance,” Magno said.

FASO has asked other student clubs on campus to perform, including the First Class Steppers and the Ballet Folklorico.

“We are aiming to showcase Filipino culture and celebrate it with the Notre Dame and South Bend communities,” Magno said.

Vinalo said FASO, a student organization that is dedicated to “sharing culture and building a Filipino community on campus,” hopes to raise awareness of the Filipino culture by hosting the event.

The event will take begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the dance show will start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door, costing $5 for faculty and students, and $7 for general admission.