Filipino Long Table Dinner

Justine FawcettConnecting Community 4 Kids Blog

CCK Celebrate Culture Kwinana Action Team held a Filipino themed Long Table Dinner for over 120 Kwinana residents from all cultural backgrounds and their families.

This event provided an opportunity for community members, and their families, to come together and build connections across the community whilst learning about different cultures and cultural practices.

11 year old Jaxon opened the event with his first ever Acknowledgement to Country, which was a proud moment for his family. Jaxon is an active member of our Celebrate Culture Kwinana action team, along with his Nan Lynn.

There was a fantastic line-up of entertainment including the Hope Spring Fellowship Choir who sang the Filipino National Anthem and a love song – Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin (I will always love you) and Gabriella, our youngest Celebrate Culture member, who sang a beautiful traditional Filipino song

Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous array of Filipino food from local restaurant, bikol lumpia, beef mechado, beef afritada, chicken curry, pork mechado, sweet and sour pork and fish, pansit and cassava cake.

This delicious food acted as conversational starters with community members bonding over stories of life, love and change.

After dinner the dance floor saw some action with a karaoke machine becoming the main attraction and community members bonding over their love of dance and music. The children were kept busy with traditional Filipino crafts and games, as well as dance lessons from Virginia Pitts from the Peel Multicultural Association.

The event concluded with a spectacular double bass performance by Sunny.

Community members were delighted with the opportunity to be unified in their pride and to celebrate the richness and benefits we get from being such a diverse community.

This was funded by Cassia Estate and the City of Kwinana.