PARADE OF QUEENS: Jeanette Hermanns as the Queen of Love, Flora Flynn as the Queen of Hope and Chony Moore as Queen Helena ahead of the Filipino Barrio Fiesta.
PARADE OF QUEENS: Jeanette Hermanns as the Queen of Love, Flora Flynn as the Queen of Hope and Chony Moore as Queen Helena ahead of the Filipino Barrio Fiesta. Claudia Baxter

Cultural fiesta has colours of Philippines

IPSWICH'S Filipino community will celebrate with a festival of dancing, food and colour at Booval on May 26.

The Catholic Filipino- Australian Chaplaincy of Ipswich (CFACI) will stage the annual Barrio Fiesta and Santacruzan for its third year at the Sacred Heart School Hall.

CFACI co-ordinator Thelma Woodman said the Barrio Fiesta was a Filipino festival celebrated worldwide.

"It involves Filipino cultural dancing, music, Filipino cuisines and a variety of entertainment," Ms Woodman said.

The parade, called the Santacruzan, is a historical religious event held throughout the Philippines in May.

"It is one of the most colourful festivals in the Philippines," said Ms Woodman.

Everyone was welcome and visitors were expected from across south-east Queensland, including the Gold Coast, Caboolture, Brisbane, Gatton and Esk.

Entry is $5. Mass will be held at 10am and the Barrio Fiesta will run from 12.30-4pm.



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