McDonald’s presents Pista sa Nayon 2015 Annual festival celebrates Filipino culture and heritage

Over the past 26 years, Pista sa Nayon has brought the community together on a grand scale. Formed in 1990, Pista has become this region’s premier Filipino American festival. It is a

summertime tradition that displays and celebrates the values of family, friends and community.

This year Pista will celebrate its 26th annual festival at Seward Park on Sunday, July 26, 2015, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. An event that draws close to 15,000, Pista invites everyone to come celebrate summer and Seafair at the annual Filipino American community festival.

“We are excited to host the 26th annual festival for everyone to enjoy,” said Cindy Cawaling,” festival chair. “It’s an exciting milestone and Pista 2016 is sure to be another successful event that brings, families, friends and community together to celebrate and appreciate the pride of our Filipino culture.”

Pista is proud to be joined this year by sponsors and partners including Seafair; McDonald’s, Stone House Cafe; Muckleshoot Tribe; Western Union; 4Culture; City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture; Crossings TV, media partner; Mountain Mist, the exclusive water provider; and Espi’s.

Showcasing the culture and history of Filipinos, Pista offers live entertainment, exhibits, arts & crafts, food, a parade, and children’s games. The entertainment line up includes the headlining act – comedian Rex Navarette, and the much loved FYA Drill Team. Filipino American performers from across Washington State and beyond will take to the stage and fill the park with the sights and sounds of their talents. From traditional Filipino folk, to jazz, to R&B, there is something to fit everyone’s taste. With many festival favorites returning and new performers as well, the crowd can look forward to another s u c c e s s f u l e v e n t . Additional information about entertainment and the line up of performers will be posted on the Pista Web site, at www.pista.org.

In anticipation of celebrating the 26th annual Pista and the very best of being Filipino, the community can look back with pride at the progression and development of a true community festival. Pista sa Nayon is a celebration rooted in the traditions of family and Filipino culture that speaks of the pride of being Filipino.

Pista creates a true feeling of community for the young and old alike as they gather for a cultural festival filled with fun, food and hospitality. And by all accounts it is the brightest jewel among Seattle’s summertime festivals.

“We can all look back with great pride at the history of this festival and to see how much it has grown,” said Cawaling. “Twenty s ix year s ago our festival’s founders came together and it was with their innovative minds and dedicated leadership that Pista was born. Ron Sims,Cayan Topacio, Bengie Santos, Bobby Buyco, Mars Rivera, Camilo deGuzman, Gloria built from scratch a festival that continues to grow. We cannot thank them enough and we hope that we continue to make them proud as we carry on their vision and dream today and for many years to come.

Community support and participation create the foundation that Pista’s success has been built on. The Pista sa Nayon Organizing Committee thanks the festival sponsors, dedicated volunteers and the thousands of individuals and Adams and several o t h e r c ommunity member s gathered around the table and families who together help make this event a tremendous success.

For more information see what’s new on Pista’s Web.

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