Central Washington University’s Filipino American Student Association (FASA) is hosting a free evening event, Mabuhay, to celebrate Filipino and Filipino American culture, according to a news release.

The event runs from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Student Union and Recreation Center room 137 A and B and is free and open to the public.

“Mabuhay” started as an introduction to the Filipino culture at CWU, and to showcase the work and goals of FASA. The organization hosts multiple events throughout the year for Central and the Ellensburg community to celebrate their culture.

The phrase “Mabuhay” is a Filipino greeting traditionally used to welcome people. The event strives to embody this idea, “to welcome everyone to the culture and to our organization too,” said Ione Causing, FASA President. The event is designed to be a cultural experience, to educate the community about Filipino culture, and to welcome everyone into their family.

The celebration includes performances, free food, educational opportunities and information on FASA. The organization will display talent through traditional dances, including Tinikling, a dance where two people beat, tap and slide bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with dancers. Ellensburg’s own Lutong Pinoy will provide food such as rice noodles, soup, and egg rolls.

Attendees will learn about Filipino culture “like a museum exhibit where we’ll have trifolds and each one will have different information,” Causing said.

For more information follow @CWUFASA on Twitter and Facebook.


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