OCEANFRONT — FilFest USA 2018, the fourth year of an annual festival celebrating Filipino culture in Hampton Roads, came to Rudee Loop this year, bringing thousands of people out for a gathering of family, food and fun.
This year, the festival debuted a new magazine, Halo Halo Na! and featured an attempt to break a world record for the largest tinikling dance. The folk dance features careful coordination between dancers and people clapping and tapping bamboo poles at their feet.
“It’s a Filipino-American festival for everyone,” said Melody Agbisit, editor of the new magazine. About 40,000 Filipinos live in the Hampton Roads region.
“We’re part of the community,” she said.
In all, there were about 360 dancing together at Rudee Loop to try to set the record.
Tinikling was not the only dance during the festival, which featured a number of dance and musical acts – as well as a display of freestyle dancing by Eman Logan, 16, between acts.
“It’s very fun,” he said of the festival. “All the people – they just make it exciting.”
Visit filfestusa.com for information about the festival. Email email@example.com for information about the inaugural issue of Halo Halo Na!, which costs $10 for a print copy and $8 for a digital edition.