Culture

Culture

We exposes our members and the public to the Filipino culture through participation in cultural events in the area and through its many activities which serve as the medium for experiencing the Filipino family. Its involvement with the Pittsburgh Folk Festival has been unbroken for almost fifty years. Its dance troupe performs in many area festivals, local hospitals, schools, historical Kennywood Park, and private events. Additionally, the FAAP has published three editions of its cookbook, “Cooking with the Filipinos of Pittsburgh, PA”, which served as a fund-raiser and as an ambassador of goodwill from Pittsburgh

Traditional Dance

Dance Troupe

The FAAP Dance Troupe is a cultural, folkloric dance ensemble. Its varied and exciting repertoire reflects the breadth and depth of the Philippine culture and history, which encompass animistic beliefs of the many mountain tribes, Muslim and Christian beliefs, and celebrations of Spanish-influenced fiestas. Its basic philosophy believes in the importance of authentic audio-visual presentation through music, costumes and choreography.

Well-researched dances are chosen based on cultural study of the ethnic groups they represent. These dances are used to teach the performers and the public about the richness and diversity of the cultural groups, and about significant historical events of the Philippines.

The staff and performers are all volunteers from the Greater Pittsburgh area, Ohio and West Virginia. The training and costumes are free of charge. Teaching follows the school calendar which runs September to May. Membership is open to all throughout the school year.

The dance troupe has been performing in venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic, notably at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Philippine Independence Day Celebration in New York City, G-20 Summit, Pittsburgh Folk Festival, Silk Screen and First Night in Pittsburgh.

Join Our Dance Troupe

All are welcome to join!

> Download the registration form
> Print the form and fill-up the requested information
> Bring the form with you and the registration fee at the next dance practice/meeting
> For details, contact the FAAP Cultural Committee Chair at cultural@thefaap.org

Filipino Cuisine

Filipino cuisine is a unique blend of cultures that come together in a variety of dishes. The influences of local, Spanish, and Chinese cuisine create an explosion of flavors for the diner to experience. By promoting Filipino culture through its cuisine, we are able to share our culinary heritage, and provide our visitors a taste of what makes the Philippines special.

Café Filipino

Food events featuring Filipino cuisine have been becoming incredibly popular. A unique culinary offering that many are eager to try. Filipino dishes, such as adobo and lechon, offer an unforgettable dining experience.

Filipino Cookbook

A cookbook of Filipino cuisine would be a great way to explore the range of flavors, ingredients, and techniques used in traditional Filipino dishes. Explore the recipes you need to make delicious Pinoy meals.

Festivals

At our local festivals, we proudly promote the Filipino culture through stage performances. Our performances include traditional dance routines, cultural music, and theatrical interpretations. Through these performances, we strive to bring together the community to share in their appreciation of Filipino culture.

This is Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest celebration of ethnic diversity, showcasing close to 40 cultures, and the second-oldest festival in the United States. A celebration with performances, ethnic food, crafts, and a global marketplace filled with unique handmade, imported goods and diverse international cuisine.

Pittsburgh Folk Festival

Founded in 1960, International Village in McKeesport, Pa., is a three-day celebration of shared traditions and heritage, including food, music, dancing, traditional clothing, kid-friendly hands-on crafts, and cooking demonstrations for all.

McKeesport International Village

Held at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton, WVa, this celebration is to promote unity in diversity among the several ethnic groups who call the USA their home. Various nationality groups participate in a program of cultural dances , songs, as well as sales of ethnic foods and merchandise.

Festival of Nations