Wagga's Filipino community to celebrate independence and Aussie friendships

READY TO PARTY: Anecito Dumat, Chris Roche, Harry Doble, Merina O'Donnell, Sonia Lynch and Jane Doble are getting pumped for Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

READY TO PARTY: Anecito Dumat, Chris Roche, Harry Doble, Merina O'Donnell, Sonia Lynch and Jane Doble are getting pumped for Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

There’s a lot to celebrate for Wagga’s Filipino community this weekend. 

Saturday marks the anniversary of independence in the Philippines and 70 years of friendship with Australia. 

The Filipino Community Association of Wagga will mark the occasion with two pigs on spits, dancing, singing and celebration at the Forest Hill School Hall. 

A number of esteemed guests, including Melanie Rita B. Diano, Consul General of the Sydney Philippine Consulate will attend.

Following official proceedings, committee member Marina O’Donnell says there will be “dancing, some games and lots of family fun.” 

Locals are encouraged to enter their favourite Filipino dish in the cooking competition, which will be judged throughout the day. 

Dance groups TEYS Boys, Kilig Kool Kids and Recruit will take turns on the floor for a day of remembering home and soaking up Wagga’s rich multiculturalism. 

All members of the community are welcome to come along.

The event kicks off 10am on Saturday.