A High Schooler’s Guide To Finding Yourself Through Cultural Exploration

It can be overwhelming to try to navigate high school and attempt to find yourself along the way, but it is so important to explore and try new things during this crucial time of development. A convenient way to do this is to join a school club that can help you learn more about yourself and your...

FSA at UCF’s 14th Annual Sayaw Cultural Showcase: The Last DT Benders

FSA’s 14th Annual Sayaw Showcase: The Last DT Benders
The Filipino Student Association at UCF was founded by Tukz Taaca and Wilson Casillan. Every year, FSA hosts an event that showcases the many Filipino cultural dances of the Philippines. This year, the theme is “The Last DT Benders”, and it held on March 22 in the Pegasus Ballroom. The evening was highlighted with various...

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival Celebrates Unity and Diversity with the Community

Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2019
During the month of February, billions of people all over the world celebrated the Year of the Pig, a symbol of wealth and fortune in Chinese culture. On Sunday, February 17th 2019, the Orlando community celebrated the new year with the return of the 8th Annual Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival. Once again,...

Central Florida Community celebrates Duanwu Festival with Dragon Boat Races & Dumplings

Duanwu Festival
This has been my third time participating and being a part of Asia Trend. This time, it was during the Duanwu Festival, a cultural experience that is celebrated all over the world and praised to this day as being exceptionally important to those who compete and join in on the fun of the festivities. Dragon Boat racing is an intensive, cooperative, and social sport....

Asian Cultural Festival Draws Thousands for Arts, Culture, and Food

Asian Cultural Festival 2018
In 1978, Congress declared May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in honor of Asian-American contributions in the United States. Central Florida’s diverse Asian community celebrated with an Asian Cultural Festival on May 12th hosted by the Asian American Heritage Council, which consists of 13 member organizations including the Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese associations. Event hosted by the Asian American...

PHILFEST 2018 Returns on April 6

PhilFest 2018
Now in its 24th year, “PhilFest 2018” will take place on April 6th, 7th and 8th. The festival is now considered as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the whole of East Coast if not in America. Last years attendance hit more than 11, 000 people.  PhilFest offers variety of Filipino foods, non-stop entertainment, Philippine folk dances,...

Guests From Around the World to Attend the First Ever Miss Hollywood Mongolia Pageant in Hollywood, CA

Miss Hollywood Mongolia
An Exclusive Night of Pageantry, Artistry, Music, Fashion, Entertainment, and Cultural Awareness HOLLYWOOD, CA (JANUARY 2018) – Oyugun Inc., is proud to present the first ever Miss Hollywood Mongolia Beauty Pageant, “Witness the Beauty of Mongolia”. The much-anticipated black-tie event will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6p.m. to 10p.m. with after party immediately following at the Historic Avalon Hollywood located at...

“Photo Koshien” – the Japanese National High School Photography Contest

The national high school photography competition in Japan, known as “Photo Koshien 写真甲子園”, has been completed for the 24th year in a row. The students from the Kansai region have won the championship this year. Pictured below are their winning photographs, titled:  "や さ し い (time)". Other submitted works of theirs include works from the second and preliminary rounds: Eighteen schools...

Discovering the Ramadan

Ramadan
With about 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, 1.1 billion reside in Asia making it the largest religion there followed by Hinduism. Like other several other Asian calendar systems, the Islamic Hijri Calendar is lunar and includes 12 months based on the cycles of the moon.  The 9th month of the Hijri Calendar is regarded as the most sacred - Ramadan. This...

Miss Earth Philippine from “TRASH to CLASS” Fashion Show

Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Trash-to-Clas
Manila, Philippines – Last June 27th, I had the pleasure to have been invited by Peachy Veneracion former Miss Philippines, as one of the judges to a very unique charity fashion show entitled “TRASH TO CLASS” presented by the Miss Earth Philippines 2017 beauty pageant contestants, emphasizing the pageants message of protecting Mother Earth in a presentation entitled “TRASH TO CLASS.” The...
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