Philippine Parade and Bazaar at Hayarkon, Israel
In celebration of the Philippine Independence day last June 12, 2006, the Embassy hosted an event called the Sagala or Parade of Traditional Costumes and Food Bazaar at the Hayarkon Park, in Tel Aviv.
The Parade showcased various traditional costumes grouped into tribal, pre-colonial and colonial, and the socio-cultural types. Members of various Filipino communities in Israel participated in the parade, most of them from the Asian Ladies, the Jerusalem Group, and the Viz-Min Association of Israel. Even our Filipino agricultural students training at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training in Arava, Israel arrived for the affair.
All tried to outdo each other, doing their best in presenting the costumes assigned to them. And why wouldn’t they? Prizes for the groups with the best presentation of costumes are dinners with the Ambassador Antonio Modena and Consul General Norman Uriel Garibay, not to mention cool audio appliances.
The parade covered much of the park in front of the Embassy, and many Israelis likewise got to witness the event, and were impressed with how colorful and festive Filipinos celebrate their holidays.