Ignatius Jones with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (center) who represented Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the FILCCA Gala Night, and Jones' sister, Monica Trapaga.
MANILA – The Filipino Communities Council of Australia honored Vivid Sydney director Ignatius Jones with the Filipino-Australian of the Year Award 2014 during the gala night of its 13th Annual Conference last October in Parramatta City, New South Wales.
Jones, whose real name is Juan Ignacio Trapaga, was born in Singalong, Manila in 1957. He is the son of Basque-Chinese and Catalan-American parents. He trained in classical ballet and branched out to rock music, jazz, journalism, theatre, television and major event production.
He is a leading major event director, creative strategist and event script-writer, and has directed international events such as the 2000 Sydney Olympic Ceremonies, the Doha 2006 Asian Games Ceremonies, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the opening of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.
Jones has been the Artistic Director of the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade since 2011. He is the Executive Producer/Creative Director of the Vivid Sydney Festival 2014, which broke all records achieving attendance of 1.43 million people. He took over the helm of the Vivid Sydney Festival in 2011.
He has won numerous awards for his work.
In accepting the award, Jones traced his Filipino ancestry and emphasized both the diversity of his roots and the multicultural beauty of the Philippines. He also noted the rich pool of artistic talents in the Filipino community in Australia.
The event was attended by Philippine Ambassador to Australia Belen Anota, Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells who represented Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Federal Member of Parliament for Greenway Michelle Rowland, State Member of Parliament for Parramatta Geoff Lee representing NSW Premier Mike Baird, State Member of Parliament for Fairfield Guy Zangari, Parramatta City Mayor Scott Lloyd, and Councillor Jess Diaz of the City of Blacktown, a former FILCCA President.
The FILCCA is the national umbrella organization of Filipino community councils in various states in Australia. The Association holds its national conference every two years.