Bigger and better than ever, the first and one of the largest Filipino festivals returns to Fairplex Pomona on August 4-5, 2012.
The organizers are giving away a brand new car to a lucky patron through a grand raffle draw, as the highlight of the â€œInternational Speed Meetâ€ exhibit which will feature an extensive collection of exotic cars from around the world. Â Secondary raffle prizes will include iPads, cash, gift certificates and other valuable prizes.
The City of Pomona will host a 3-mile walk, headed by Mayor Elliott Rothman, who through the years have shown his enduring support to the Filipino community. Â Benefiting this walkathon is the Beautiful Day Foundation, a non profit organization which mission is to create awareness about breast cancer.
â€œThe US-Philippines Expo has so much to offer this yearâ€” there is something for Dad, Mom and the kids â€” and of course, for Lolo and Lola,â€ VP Operations of Libra Entertainment Ms. Theresa Fernandez said at the press conference on June 24 at the Charisma Life church in Pomona. Â â€œWe are preparing a generous amount of activities that will make this event a true family affair,â€ she added.
â€œWe already have over 100 exhibitors and more have expressed desire to join the bandwagon of last-minute participants. Â We are occupying Buildings 4 and 6 to accommodate all the activities lined-up for everybody. Â Â Our two-day schedule is packed with games, contests and a beauty pageant.â€
The amateur competitions at this event are the ones to beat: the â€œEmotion Ethnic Motionâ€ Hip-hop dance contest will showcase the talent of young Filipino dance crews and the â€œMiss US-Philippines Expo 2012â€ beauty pageant will honor the true beauty of the Filipina.
The pageant winner will become the US-Philippines Expo â€œTourism Ambassadress of Goodwillâ€ and will receive a round-trip ticket to the Philippines, hotel accommodations in a five-star hotel in Manila for three days and two nights (provided by Â the Philippine Department of Tourism), cash and other prizes.
Not to be forgotten is the heroism of Filipino veterans and war heroes. Â A patriotic exhibit containing World War II memorabilia will be on display during the expo.
This event is first and foremost a trade show for Filipino consumers. Â It is a vast gathering of businesses and organizations that cater to and support the Filipino community. Â It is a celebration of Filipino food, culture, talent and lifestyle. Â It is a reflection of how Filipinos in the U.S. have pressed forward throughout the years. Â It is a manifestation of our camaraderie and solidarity as Filipino-Americans.
Since the first US-Philippines Expo in 1993, no one can be more pleased at how this festival has consistently brought the community together than its founder, Mr. Ruben Panopio, Jr. Â He positively sends his invitation to everyone: Â â€œCome join us at the US-Philippines Expo 2012. Â We have prepared a lot of surprises for you. Â Leave all your stress, worries and woes, and have fun with us for two days. Â You will be glad that you showed-up!â€
For tickets, auditions, advertising and sponsorship information, visit www.usphilexpo.com.