18th Anniversary Milestone - Sto Nino de Cebu of Campbelltown and the Macarthur Region





Distinguished Guests - (l-r) Front Row: Mrs Ferguson, Laurie Ferguson MP federal Member for Werriwa, Campbelltown City Mayor Paul Lake, Bryan Doyle MP State Member for Campbelltown, Councillor Greg Warren, Philippine Consul Marford Angeles, and Rachel Calisin- Consul General Anne J. Louis’ Personal Assistant and Cultural Officer.



Distinguished Guests at Lunch: (r-l) Festival Committe Member Lourdes Kaiser, Alric Bulseco Vice President PCC - NSW, Bryan Doyle MP, Consul Marford Angeles, City Mayor Paul Lake, Father Michael Healey, Cr. Greg Warren, Laurie Ferguson MP, Maureen Ferguson, and Rachel Calisin



Philippine Consul Marford Angeles in his Inspirational Message



Elsa Collado iImmediate fromer President - PCC NSW) with Cr. Greg Warren and Lourdes Kaiser



Lourdes Kaiser with grandchildren (l-r) Elyse Kaiser, Coralyn Garcia and Lachlan Kaiser



The HEARTSTRINGS CHOIR - Forefront: Ingrid Sabellano; (r-l) Front Connie Ramsey, Maluo Rivera, Josie Recil, Wency Dejillo, Renee Estrella and Vergie Clarke (partly hidden); Back Pering Recil, Terry Sabellano, Jorge Montano and Mon Espiritu



(l-r) Lourdes Kaiser, Cora Michel, overseas visitors Coralyn Garcia and Mum Carolyn Garcia with John Michel


The Macarthur region celebrated the 18th Anniversary and Fiesta of Sto Nino de Cebu based at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church Campbelltown on the 18 January 2015. The annual celebration is made to coincide with the Fiesta of Sto Nino de Cebu celebration at the Basilica Minore in Cebu City Philippines which holds the largest religious festival in the Philippines In his Mayoral Message Campbelltown City Mayor Paul Lake said “ the 18th anniversary milestone demonstrates the passion and commitment of the local Filipino community in upholding one of the oldest devotion celebrations observed in the Philippines”.


The Mayor congratulated the Festival Committee for sharing the tradition to the City’s residents and in willingly showcasing the culture to the wider community which has further expand on the significant contributions already made to the City of Campbelltown by “our citizens of Filipino descents” and further thanked to the friendship, hospitality and involvement in major community projects such as Rizal Park in Rosemeadow.


Father Michael Healy Parish Priest of St. John’s Catholic Church and Mass celebrant welcomed and thanked distinguished guests: Mayor of Campbelltown City Paul Lake, Consul Marford Angeles representing Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, Laurie Ferguson MP Federal Member for Werriwa and Mrs. Maureen Ferguson, Bryan Doyle MP State Member for Campbelltown and Councillor Greg Warren whose presence made the celebration more special.


This annual celebration has indeed brought not only the Filipino-Australians together but also the joyous participation of the wider community in the Macarthur region.






Folk Dance ‘ALAY’ by the Filipino Women’s Support Group of Macarthur - Performers: Jo Bonto, Emma Braceros, Emelie Evans, Gingging Kahagias, Marie Zawadka, Luzzie Cleary, Dolly Mabilangan, Esther Forthuber,Violy Escultura and Beth Fernandez



The Combined Visayas and Mindanao Multicultural Communities ‘Sinulog Dance’ Offering choreographed by Professor Erlinda Sumalinog. (l-r) Serna Ladia, Pacita Villaver, Ethel Mendiola, Erlinda Sumalinog, Irene Villamar, Mercy Jones and Espie Pogson. 



A Youth Dance Number by Tiara Nyuzo and Friends.



Tango and Batchata Dance choreographed by Alice Martin (l-r) Front: Ellen Villarin and Alice Martin.; Back: Emie Cuyno, Anita Zhang, Joe Teves, Linda Bainbridge and Emy Puse. Not in photo Peter Cuyno.



Folk Dance ‘TIMAWA’ by Cora Michel and Jimmy Lopez. Choreographer: Cora Michel



Sto Nino Macarthur Sinulog Dance choreographed by Ingrid Sabellano (l-r) Cora Heaney, Mila Payonne, Connie Ramsey, Norlinda Evans, Ester Simonsen, Beth Navales and marietta Boyle. Not in photo: Maluo Rivera and Ingrid Sabellano


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