SONG OF FREEDOM: All set for Saturday are (back, from left) Jhoysa Watts, CQFAA treasurer Gaby Nagel, CQFAA president Remy Conway, Daisy Adams, Dotti Horfilla, Tita Waller and Jona Salatrero, (centre) choreographer Levi Portales, (front) Alecksis Taylor, Princess Ardina, Bea de Vera, Christine Ardina, Kelly Pernes, Vida Aguilar and KC Vergara.
SONG OF FREEDOM: All set for Saturday are (back, from left) Jhoysa Watts, CQFAA treasurer Gaby Nagel, CQFAA president Remy Conway, Daisy Adams, Dotti Horfilla, Tita Waller and Jona Salatrero, (centre) choreographer Levi Portales, (front) Alecksis Taylor, Princess Ardina, Bea de Vera, Christine Ardina, Kelly Pernes, Vida Aguilar and KC Vergara. Contributed

Filipinos mark 115 years of independence from Spanish ruling

ONE hundred and fifteen years ago the Filipinos gained their independence from Spanish colonisation.

Central Queensland Filipino-Australian Association president Remy Conway said after long years of struggle and revolt by heroes such as Rizal, Mabini and Bonifacio, the Filipinos experienced the true freedom of being a Filipino in their own native land.

"Over the years there are so many Filipinos all over the world who commemorate this special day. Although many have become naturalised in their adopted countries like Australia, their love for their birth country never diminished.''

Remy said the Central Queensland Filipino-Australian Association was 28 years old this year and since its inception in 1985 had organised a special event to mark the Philippines Independence.

"Many different dances, songs, skits and stories have been presented to the Filipino community and to the Rockhampton regional community to express this very important part of their culture," she said.

"As president of the CQFAA Inc and being a member of the association for the past 24 years, I am so happy this event brings together Filipinos for a sense of unity, involvement, respect and freedom.''

On Saturday, the Philippines Independence Day celebration will be held at Frenchville Sports Club. Doors open at 6pm and program from 7pm.

"The CQFAA is always very grateful for the support of the Rockhampton Regional Council, especially Cr Rose Swadling and Cr Stephen Schwarten. They are the guest speakers for the night," Remy said.

There will be dances, a showcase of costumes, and singing.

She said members of the Rockhampton community were invited to attend. Tickets are still available.

To book, contact Remy Conway on 0408 075 906, Joey Mora on 0431 229 601 or Gaby Nagel on 4928 3430.



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