With the weather near perfect and the sunshine abundant, people came to Yerba Buena Gardens from near and far to enjoy the Pistahan Parade and Festival, and to support the largest celebration of the Filipino-American experience in the Western U.S.
Entertainment on the main stage as well as other venues at Yerba Buena were constant, and it seems there was something for everyone to see and to do.
Present were well established companies promoting their products to the huge concentration of Filipino Americans at the festival, as well as non-profit organizations like Jeepney Projects, sharing information to the community on their mission to save the magnificent, and sadly, the critically endangered Philippine eagle.
Here are a few shots from my HTC Evo phone camera. Yes, there was plenty of SUN and no fog at all in San Francisco for the Pistahan Festival weekend.
Pictured above are Ana, Gabby, Samanta and Krisel, members of the Kariktan Dance Company – a non-profit group from Concord, California, promoting Philippine culture through dance and music. They performed the Bulaklakan, a popular folk dance, as well as the Subli on the Pistahan Main Stage.
Earlier in the day, Mahea from the Paamano Eskrima Performing Arts group, based in Garden Grove, California, demonstrated their Eskrima skills.
Mahea has been active in Eskrima since she was 9 years old.
Eskrima is the Filipino version of the Spanish word for fencing (esgrima).
Mahea, pictured in costume, also danced in the “Building Bridges” presentation on the main Pistahan Stage.
If you would like to see traditional Philippine folk dances, there are many videos on YouTube, from groups promoting Philippine cultural traditions.
Here are other random crowd / festival participant photographs. If you were at the event, please leave a comment.