All is set for the 1st anniversary of the historic Filipino Cultural Street Dance and Parade dubbed as Pinoy Fiesta 2011: Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init on August 6, 2011, 9:00am - 8:00pm at the Olympic Village on False Creek in Vancouver City.

The organizers of this popular summer festival have put together colorful diverse range of activities to celebrate the beautiful Filipino culture.

This year’s festival will feature two colorful events: the Paradang Pinoy (Filipino Parade) from Pacific Boulevard (near BC Place & Rogers Arena) to Olympic Village on False Creek in Vancouver, and the Fiesta Extravaganza at the Olympic Village Plaza from 9:00am - 8:00pm..

Paradang Pinoy - the parade will have a cultural theme featuring cultures of the various regions in the Philippines such as the Ati-atihan Festival (Province of Aklan), Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo City), Maskara (Bacolod City), Sinulog Festival (Cebu City), Moriones Festival (Marinduque City), Penagbenga Festival (Baguio City), Igorot Culture etc. These Philippine festivals will showcase culturally inspired floats with participants wearing ethnic and colorful costumes while street marching and dancing to the beat of the drums and pinoy music.

Various Filipino communities and associations will follow the Parade to showcase their own regional costumes. It will also include business, professional and civic groups. Thousands are expected to participate in the parade, either as marchers or as spectators lining the street of Vancouver.

The Fiesta Extravaganza at the Olympic Village Plaza showcases various aspects of Filipino culture - it has food booths, trade fairs, exhibitions and a day-long entertainment program featuring ABS CBN famous artists from Philippines alongside with popular local bands and artists.

Its business and sponsor booths allow local entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services to the thousands of people who will attend the festival. And an awesome array of live entertainment will surely rock the Olympic Village.

The Pinoy Fiesta celebration has gained tremendous compliments and commendation both from the Filipino community and the city government, with Vancouver City Mayor Gregor Robertson officially proclaimed “Filipino Fiesta Day in the City of Vancouver to commemorate the huge success of last year’s celebration and also in recognition of the Filipino-Canadians contribution to the multicultural fabric of the City.

With few more weeks to go, there’s so much buzz and excitement in the community. Talking about enthusiasm, Mr. Jojo Quimpo, the founder and organizing chairman of Pinoy Fiesta, said that there is greater response from various groups and associations than was being anticipated. Filipino communities all over the Province of British Columbia, Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, Washington and California will join the festival. The number of entries in the street dance and parade doubled from last year. Mr. Quimpo was thrilled by the response and the build-up for the upcoming event. He explained that:

“The Pinoy Fiesta is a dream come true for the Filipino-Canadian community. We have provided the opportunity and the avenue for the Filipinos to proudly showcase and share the beautiful Filipino culture to other ethnic groups." By the look of things the word has already spread like wildfire in the community. Indeed, this will be the biggest and the most anticipated Filipino event. Something that the Filipino community can be proud of. The Pinoy Fiesta 2011 will surely take the City of Vancouver by storm on August 6th.

For all the information about what’s happening visit the Pinoy Fiesta website at www.pinoyfiestavancouver.com or email to pinoyfiestavancouver@yahoo.ca