53rd Annual Barrio Fiesta in Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center May 27-28

Barrio Fiesta. PC: Binhi at the Filipino Ani Community Center

Binhi at the Ani Filipino Community Center in Kahului will be the site of the 53rd annual Barrio Fiesta. The event takes place over two days, Friday May 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday May 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The 2022 event is dedicated to the memory of the late Agrifina “Aggie” Cabebe, who served as the Barrio Fiesta’s first president. Cabebe, also known as the “Mother of Filipino Folk Dance on Maui”, died in December 2020.

“Binhi à Ani is forever indebted to Ms. Cabebe,” said Alfredo Evangelista, Barrio Fiesta committee co-chair and Cabebe’s former dance student. “Mrs. Cabebe was the first President of Binhi in Ani in 1985 when it was incorporated. Her contributions to Binhi in Ani and the Filipino community on Maui will never be matched and it is fitting that Binhi to Ani dedicate this Barrio Fiesta – the first live in two years – in his memory.

Food, culture, pageantry, contests and special events will be showcased at the 53rd Annual Barrio Fiesta.

Traditional Filipino food such as banana lumpia, cascaron, chicharron empanada, dinuguan, gulaman, glazed candy, pickled bangus, pansit, pork adobo, pork and peas, pork barbecue, pork lumpia, putto, suman, and lumpia de vegetables. Favorite local dishes include andagi, barbecue beef teriyaki, chow fun, sweet corn and spicy chicken. A farmer’s market will also be offered.

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Features of Filipino Cultural Entertainment:

  • The Assumpta Choir – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Dance International Production – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
  • La Galeria: Compania Baile Filipino – Saturday at 9 p.m.
  • Aggie Cabebe Students – Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
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Inside the center there will be a replica of a Bahay Kubo and cultural villages representing several provinces/regions of the Philippines: Cebu, Cordillera, Ilocos, Metro Manila, Mindanao and Pangasinan.

Angel Alba, Audryanah Latayada Starmer and Kyara Tumacder are in the running for the title of Miss Barrio Fiesta. The coronation will take place on Friday at 7 p.m.

Special events include:

  • The Santa Cruzan representing the discovery of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena with the queens Miss Barrio Fiesta – Friday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Veterans Memorial Service – Saturday at 12 p.m.
  • Presentation of the Miss Maui Filipina contestants – Saturday at 6 p.m.
  • Outstanding Housekeepers Awards – Saturday at 8 p.m.
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Several competitions with big prizes are on the program:

  • Any Kine Sisig Challenge – Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ($500 for first place)
  • The Barrio Fiesta Voice – Friday at 8:30 p.m. ($500 for first place)
  • Barrio Wear Contest – Saturday at 7 p.m. ($250 for first place for men; $250 for first place for women)
  • Climb the Greased Pole Contest – Saturday at 1 p.m. ($500.00 for first place)
  • Da Pansit Eating Contest – Saturday at 3 p.m. – ($500 first place)
  • Do the Sungka – Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ($500.00 for first place)
  • Pabitin – Friday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Sabado Art Foundation Keiki Art Party – Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ($500 for first place).
  • Demonstration of Lechon – Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

There will also be free food boxes from the Maui Food Bank for people 65 and older on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. while supplies last.

“We are very pleased to continue to preserve our Filipino culture by hosting the Barrio Fiesta every year,” said Nora Cabanilla-Takushi, this year’s president. “The Barrio Fiesta is the longest running Filipino party in the United States and we’re proud to have it here on Maui. There’s definitely something for everyone. And it’s a great way to continue sharing our culture with all of Maui and being with old and new friends.”

According to Melen Agcolicol, president of Binhi at Ani, the Barrio Fiesta was started by the Maui Filipino Community Council and was first held on May 31, 1970 on the War Memorial grounds by the pool. At that time, there was an influx of recent immigrants from the Philippines. The original purpose of the Barrio Fiesta was to share Filipino culture with the rest of Maui County and also instill a sense of pride in local Filipinos of the rich culture of their homeland.

The 53rd Annual Barrio Fiesta is funded in part by the Maui County Mayor’s Office, Office of Economic Development.

Portions of Barrio Fiesta will be virtually replayed at a later date.

Jill E. Washington