Taste of the Philippines raises over $10,000 for charitable causes
Taste of the Philippines attracted over 250 people to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort on Oct. 21.
The evening event, celebrating the culture, couture and cuisine of the Philippines, raised over $10,000 for charitable causes.
“This event is near and dear to my heart and to see it come alive is a dream come true,” said Jane Clement, event chairperson for Taste of the Philippines. “I am overjoyed to see so many people come together to become immersed in the Filipino culture and raise funds to support our Filipino community.”
Taste of the Philippines included captivating performances by La Galería: Compañía Baile Filipino, a Maui-based cultural dance group. Their dance entranced the audience and took them on a journey through the Luzon, Mindanao and Visayas regions.
Renowned designer Iris Viacrusis took couture to the next level with over a dozen stunning ensembles inspired by traditional and modern Filipino fashion. The elegance and artistry of each ensemble showcased the rich heritage of the Philippines.
Attendees also enjoyed a gastronomic journey through the diverse flavors of the Philippines. Eight talented locally-based Filipino American chefs presented their elevated interpretations of beloved Filipino dishes, including lechon kawali, crispy lumpia, comforting sinigang and delectable ube cheesecake.
The funds raised at Taste of the Philippines support the Kona Visayan Club and its affiliated 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Fil-Am Hawaii Foundation, whose mission is to advance social, economic, and educational opportunities for Filipinos in Hawaii. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce to aid families affected by wildfires in August.
October is Filipino American History Month. This was the first year of Taste of the Philippines on Hawai‘i Island.