Barrio Fiesta
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The Philippine Arts and Culture Ensemble of Michigan (PACE-MI) will present a “Barrio Fiesta” in the evening of July 9, 2016 at the St. Francis Church Parish Activity Center in Ann Arbor.

The activities for the fund-raising event will include a Filipino dinner, cultural and variety show, silent auction, Filipiniana fashion show and 50/50 raffle.

The proceeds will “help support PACE-MI’s educational programs, projects and initiatives.”
Corey Yee of PACE-MI said the members and officers are now busy preparing for the Barrio Fiesta. She said, “It is heartening to see the young and not-so-young performers, musicians and behind-the-scene planners go at it to make sure the program is put together seamlessly.

“Friday evenings at the PACE-MI house, the Almendras’ home, have members teeming with enthusiasm and camaraderie for the project at hand.”

She said that PACE-MI needs financial backing by way of donations and fundraising. For the July 9 event, “we are adding to the program a silent auction and tiangge (mini-store) of items given as gifts to the organization by donors.”

Yee also said that for the silent auction, PACE-MI needs items of sound financial value, and for the tiangge, Filipiniana goods or artifacts.

She added that the Barrio Fiesta presentation is a chance for us to “happily reminisce our home town fiestas in the Philippines with the festive atmosphere of tiangge at the town square and in the vicinity of the church.”

People intending to donate items for the silent auction are asked to contact Cora Yee at 734-971-6903 or email [email protected] for any question. “We will be glad to pick up your donations when you call or email me,” Yee said.

For more information, people planning to attend the event are urged to call PACE-MI President Benita Murrel at 734-417-0035.