Barrio Fiesta exhibits Pinoy culture in Vienna

by Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Aug 19 2011 02:37 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2011 10:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos based in Austria celebrated with a Barrio Fiesta event that showcased Pinoy culture and traditions.

“‘Barrio fiesta’ translates as ‘neighborhood party’,” said Ramon Reyes, a native of Cavite. “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.”
In his opening remarks, Rolly Mercado, chairman of the Council of Filipino Organizations in Austria, said the Barrio Fiesta gives participants a sense of camaraderie.
Philippine Ambassador to Austria Lourdes Yparraguirre extended her gratitude to the leadership and active community members who made the annual Pinoy celebration a successful event.  
“It's really an untiring effort given by our active leaders and ka-barrios who unselfishly shared their extra time, ideas, talents and even financial matter just to come-up with such successful activities/programs during this fiesta,“ Ambassador Yparraguirre told ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau said.
“Through such Pinoy celebrations, it is so much fun to recall and experience the things we used to do. I hope that we can continue nurturing this tradition that will bring us all together. Yes, we might be in different parts of the world, but our hearts always belong to our origin,” Larry Subido, a Filipino photojournalist commented.
The fiesta's top attraction was the food bazaar, where mouth-watering dishes gave Filipinos and other guests a taste of traditional Filipino dishes. 
Various stalls also offered groceries, souvenir items, real estate investment opportunities in the Philippines, tours and travel packages, cargo-forwarding and money remittance services.
With thousands of festival enthusiasts including Austrians and other nationalities attending the barrio fiesta, the cultural and social event turned into a fun-filled, overwhelming introduction to Filipino culture and an open invitation to all nationalities to travel and see more of the Philippines.