What: Festival dell’Oriente (Oriental Festival)
Where: Fiera di Roma
When: April 30 – May 3
Entrance fee: €10
For the first time, the Philippines participated with its very own booth in the Fester dell’Oriente happening in Rome right now. The Philippine booth is highlighted with a makeshift version of a traditional bahay kubo (nipa hut). In addition to showcasing Filipino products like hand-woven clothes made of pina and abaca, Philippine folk dances like tinikling were also performed to the delight of visitors by members of Pinoy Teens, a group of second generation Filipino youth. Visitors were also treated to “hilot“, the traditional Filipino massage, courtesy of Mayumi Spa.
But what is most interesting about the Philippine booth is the presence of artist Rene Buenavente who writes the Baybayin, or the Philippines’ ancient script.
The participation of the Philippines in this year’s Festival dell’Oriente was led by Ako ay Pilipino editor and community leader Pia Gonzalez together with the European Network for Filipino Disapora, FederFil and other Filipino organizations and individuals in Rome.