August 18, 2015  |  Members Statements

Filipino/Australian Association of Ballarat

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — I was pleased to attend the gala night held by the Filipino/Australian Association of Ballarat Inc. (FAABI) on 1 August to celebrate the group’s 24th anniversary. Many members of the group have settled in Ballarat after moving from the Philippines, and they have become very involved in Ballarat community life. The gala night was again an opportunity for FAABI members to celebrate and share aspects of their Filipino culture and especially their love of dance. The performances of traditional Filipino dance were a highlight of the evening, but other performances of ballet and singing were also appreciated by all who attended, as was the more contemporary dancing later in the evening. I congratulate FAABI president, Shirley Hart, all FAABI members and performers, and the St Patrick’s College caterers, who all ensured that the gala night was enjoyed by all.