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Continuing Pinoy traditions in today’s modern communities

Acacia Estates fiesta


Stilt walkers and cultural dancers add to the fiesta vibe at The Tent in Acacia Estates.

Stilt walkers and cultural dancers add to the fiesta vibe at The Tent in Acacia Estates.

A “fiesta” or the Spanish word for party is an integral part of Filipino culture with one being held almost every week in different parts of the country.

Whether it is religious or cultural in nature, a fiesta is a traditional occasion that brings people together to foster cooperation, celebration, and growth in the community.

This is the same reason why DMCI Homes recently held its first community fiesta in its Acacia Estates township development in Taguig City, according to DMCI Homes Property Management Corporation (DPMC) SVP Enrico C. Wong.

Miss Universe-Philippines Rachel Peters with Little Miss Acacia 2017 Sarah Kutz.

Miss Universe-Philippines Rachel Peters with Little Miss Acacia 2017 Sarah Kutz.

“We want to preserve Filipino traditions in our communities for the benefit of our residents especially the younger generation,” Wong said. “And a fiesta is one Filipino tradition that should never go out of style even with the advent of modern communities.”

Acacia Estates is DMCI Homes’ 150-hectare township development in Taguig City that hosts 25,000 residents of various condominium communities.

All roads of Acacia Estates led to The Tent where unit owners were treated to a whole day of fun-filled traditional fiesta activities.

The celebration started with an early morning parade which was teeming with colorful plastic buntings.

A thanksgiving mass then followed at The Tent after where kids enjoyed playing classic Filipino games like “kadang-kadangsabao,” Pinoy egg toss and calamansi relay.

Booths for board games and face paint also provided additional entertainment for the young ones all throughout the day.  Stilt walkers, on the other hand, roamed the venue even as cultural dancers and bands wowed the crowd.

Meanwhile, tiangge stalls selling household items, assorted delicacies, apparels, shoes, bags and other fashion accessories kept unit owners busy searching for great finds.

Serving as the highlights of the community fiesta are the first Little Miss Acacia pageant and the fashion show of pet dogs of residents.

Residents enjoying Bingo.

Residents enjoying Bingo.

Making the occasion more special was the presence of reigning Miss Universe-Philippines Rachel Peters who served as one of the judges for the search for mini beauty queens.

Capping off the fiesta celebration was a bingo bonanza where unit owners had the chance to win fabulous prizes such as smart television sets and free accommodation at Alta Vista de Boracay.

John Kutz, an Acacia Estates resident lauded DMCI Homes for bringing unit owners closer by holding the community fiesta.

“These kinds of activities are excellent and bring the unit owners together. Otherwise, they are very separate,” Kutz said. “Residents live their own lives. They don’t know what their neighbor’s name is or let alone what they do. But these kinds of activities bring them together.”

It was Kutz’s daughter, Sarah, who was crowned Little Miss Acacia 2017.  Sarah was also awarded the “Darling of the Crowd” after receiving an overwhelming support from the audience.

Another resident, businessman David Chua, agreed with his fellow Acacia Estates resident saying the activity gives unit owners a chance to meet new friends from the community.

“It brings the community together. You get to meet a lot of your neighbors that you don’t get to meet in a regular scenario,” Chua concluded.

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