New arrivals fuse past with future

WODONGA’S colourful Fiesta Filipina is on again tomorrow at the St Monica’s hall in Brockley Street.

The celebration, which attracts about 600 people, combines Filipino food, music and dance.

It has the support of the Wodonga Council and the NSW Community Relations Commission.

Organiser Josie Maxwell said the event played an important role in linking new members of the Filipino community to the wider Border community.

“The goal is to celebrate Filipino culture, share it and to show this is a community that is proud to be a part of Australia,” Mrs Maxwell said.

She said the event was particularly important for the young people who made up a third of the Filipino community.

“The fiesta is a chance for them to get together and enjoy an evening out,” she said.

“It also helps them integrate into the community.”

The Border’s 1500-strong Filipino community welcomed 18 new families this year who have arrived as skilled migrants.

Tickets cost $10 for families and $5 singles.

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