The US-Philippines Expo 2012 will be at the Fairplex Pomona, CA on August 4-5, 2012

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 “International Speed Meet” exhibit which will feature an extensive collection of exotic cars from around the world.  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.  Benefiting this walkathon is the Beautiful Day Foundation, a non profit organization which mission is to create awareness about breast cancer.

“The US-Philippines Expo has so much to offer this year— there is something for Dad, Mom and the kids — and of course, for Lolo and Lola,” VP Operations of Libra Entertainment Ms. Theresa Fernandez said at the press conference on June 24 at the Charisma Life church in Pomona.  “We are preparing a generous amount of activities that will make this event a true family affair,” she added.

“We already have over 100 exhibitors and more have expressed desire to join the bandwagon of last-minute participants.  We are occupying Buildings 4 and 6 to accommodate all the activities lined-up for everybody.   Our two-day schedule is packed with games, contests and a beauty pageant.”

The amateur competitions at this event are the ones to beat: the “Emotion Ethnic Motion” Hip-hop dance contest will showcase the talent of young Filipino dance crews and the “Miss US-Philippines Expo 2012” beauty pageant will honor the true beauty of the Filipina.

The pageant winner will become the US-Philippines Expo “Tourism Ambassadress of Goodwill” 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  the Philippine Department of Tourism), cash and other prizes.

Not to be forgotten is the heroism of Filipino veterans and war heroes.  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.  It is a vast gathering of businesses and organizations that cater to and support the Filipino community.  It is a celebration of Filipino food, culture, talent and lifestyle.  It is a reflection of how Filipinos in the U.S. have pressed forward throughout the years.  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.  He positively sends his invitation to everyone:  “Come join us at the US-Philippines Expo 2012.  We have prepared a lot of surprises for you.  Leave all your stress, worries and woes, and have fun with us for two days.  You will be glad that you showed-up!”

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