The Border Filipino community will come together on Saturday in an immersion of dance, song and culture for their annual Christmas celebration Paskong Pilipino.
More than 3000 Filipino Australians now live in the region and who have made Albury-Wodonga and surrounds their second home.
Filipino Australian Community of Albury Wodonga president Josie Maxwell said Christmas can be a difficult time for some community members who "yearn to be back home in the Philippines".
"However sometimes this is not always possible for our local families, their families are now all in Australia," she said.
"For some of our established families they have learnt to adapt and deal with the feeling of grief and loss and the separation from families which may mean they are not present in the Philippines during significant events such as birthdays, weddings, christenings, birth of new babies or death of family members."
Ms Maxwell said the Paskong Pilipino event is an opportunity to celebrate Christmas as well as "strengthen social networks".
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"The celebration of Christmas is the focus of the event and to participate in this year's Filipino Australian culture theme," she said. "There will be singing, dance performers, best dressed competition, door tickets and raffle ticket draws.
"Our families have found Australia as their second home, they have assimilated and integrated with the community in which they live and joined in with the planned activities and the Australian cultural practices.
"They have also come to the conclusion that living in Australia does not mean they forget their experiences and childhood memories from their country of origin."
The 2019 theme is "rock and roll memories" and Ms Maxwell said for many Filipino people the rock and roll helped them assimilate.
"For those who were born and grew up from the 50s to 90s, the music and dances from these long gone years, their experiences of rock and roll era has been part of their settlement in Australia," she said.
"For some members, dancing is one way of developing social networks and extending their family relationships and accessing the supports they need to get on with their lives."