It was a big and spirited weekend for the Majuro Filipino community, which went all out Saturday and Sunday to celebrate their 124th Independence Day.
The weekend kicked off with the induction of the new officers for the Filipino Association of the Marshall Islands Saturday evening at the ICC. It was a gala event, with sumptuous food, great dance performances, speeches and the formal induction ceremony.
Mejit Nitijela Member Dennis Momotaro delivered the keynote address for the gathering. It was followed by Majuro Nitijela Member Steve Phillip officiating the oath-taking induction ceremony for FAMI’s new officers during the Saturday program at ICC.
Then Sunday featured amazing floats competing for cash prizes, fabulous outfits and costumes, and high spirits of a great celebration of Filipino culture.
Winning first prize in the float contest was team Luzon, which pocketed $800 for their creative work. Second place and $500 went to the Visayas float featuring Miss Teen FAMI Alana Hernandez.
Third place and $300 cash went to the Mindanao float with their leading prince Joselito “Jhong” Francisco, princess Analyn Dumas, and Roy “Yurri” Patan as loyal slave to the princess. The float also featured a Vinta, a traditionally known outrigger boat from Zamboanga peninsula in southern Mindanao.
The three floats made creative use of recycled materials as the main source of materials to decorate their floats — plastic bottles, soda cans, cement bags, coconut husks, dried coconut leafs, used wood, and other items that produced a remarkable array of innovative and colorful floats.