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Tinikling Dance performed Display of the Philippine Jeepney and other Philippine products and information materials.
Tinikling Dance performed Display of the Philippine Jeepney and other Philippine products and information materials.

The Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, marked its 100 years on 12 March 2013. Several activities were organized since February and throughout this year to celebrate its Centenary. The highlight of the activities was the whole day “WELCOME HOME” Project along Lake Burley Griffith on Monday, 11 March 2013, which was  participated by the different nationalities and cultures in Australia including the Philippines.

The Learning Filipino Together (LFT) represented the Philippines by organizing a display of Philippine products, information and tourism materials,  Narra chairs, as well as our country’s basic mode of transportation, the Jeepney.  Our Philippine National Flag and a huge wooden artwork of the word “Tahanan” were also displayed.   Filipino kids also performed the Tinikling dance and other folk dances. Each of the different cultures tried to portray their respective home environment in this Canberra Centenary HOME Project.

The LFT participated also in the WELCOME Project through an hour timeslot at the WELCOME Project to greet people opening the door with our welcome banner “Mabuhay” and speak some of our cultural and basic greetings like “Magandang umaga/hapon po”, “Kumusta po kayo”.

Ambassador Belen F. Anota and other staff supported LFT by providing various Philippine products. Visitors to “Tahanan”, including Ambassador Anota and staff enjoyed the afternoon.

Ambassador Anota met and thanked LFT for organizing the Philippine representation to the Canberra Centenary celebrations. 

The Centenary events was culminated by a SkyFire Fireworks at 9:00 pm along Lake Burley Griffith.