(Hawaii News Now) - For the first time since its inception 21 years ago, The Filipino Community (FilCom) Center is expanding its annual Filipino Fiesta into a week-long Flores De Mayo (Flowers of May) celebration from May 5 through May 11, 2013 at various locations across Oahu.
The Flores de Mayo offers three major events free and open to the public:
Santa Cruzan Pageant & Parade, Sunday, May 5, 3:30 -7:30 p.m., at the FilCom Center
Beautifully dressed reynas and princesas (queens and princesses) representing biblical characters parade under colorful flower arches with their escorts to commemorate the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Live entertainment will take center stage at the Filipino Community Center grounds.
Philippine Trade Forum & Expo, Tuesday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the FilCom Center
The forum will offer key insights into conducting business in the Philippines along with networking opportunities. The event will also showcase products and services unique to the Philippines.
Filipino Fiesta and Parade Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kapiolani Park
The day-long, 21st Annual Filipino Fiesta and Parade in Waikiki will begin with a lively morning parade along Kalakaua Avenue through Waikiki and end at the fiesta at Kapiolani Park. At the fiesta, patrons can enjoy traditional Filipino food, games, cultural exhibits and live entertainment.
For more information and to participate in the Flores De Mayo events, click here.