PH Consulate General in SF joins first in-person Pistahan parade and festival in two years

Philippine Consul General Neil Ferrer (5th from left) gives his remarks during the kick-off program of the 29th annual Pistahan Parade and Festival, at the San Francisco Civic Center on Saturday, August 13.Photos courtesy of San Francisco PCG

SAN FRANCISCO – The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and its partner government agencies, led by Consul General Neil Ferrer, went in full force to support the return of the in-person celebration of the Pistahan Parade and Festival in downtown San Francisco on August 13-14, 2022.

Consul General Neil Ferrer attends a talk on the Filipino American creative industry at the Innovation Pavilion of the 2022 Pistahan Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco.

During the pre-parade program at the San Francisco Civic Center on August 13, Consul General Ferrer commended the Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE) and the Filipino American community in the San Francisco Bay Area for staging the 29th annual Pistahan following two years of virtual festivities.

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco takes part in the largest parade of the Filipino American community in the Bay Area at the 2022 Pistahan Parade in Downtown San Francisco on Saturday, August 13.

“I thank the FAAE, led by its dynamic president Al Perez, and its dedicated volunteers for their relentless efforts in mainstreaming Philippine culture and history in the Bay Area and beyond,” said Consul General Ferrer, who served as the Pistahan’s 2021 Community Grand Marshal.

The Philippine Consulate General and the Department of Tourism Office in San Francisco were among the exhibitors at the 2022 Pistahan Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco on August 13-14.

The Consulate, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Office, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC), and the Philippine Social Security System (SSS) Office joined the parade along Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, which ended at the Pistahan Festival grounds at Yerba Buena Gardens.

The two-day outdoor festival featured specially curated pavilions that hosted booths and events on Philippine visual arts, dances, literature, fashion, sports and martial arts, food, and innovation. Filipino talents based in the Philippines and in the U.S. also took center stage for their live performances at the main entertainment area.

In the Arts Pavilion, Philippine-based visual artist Ian “Taipan” Lucero showcased his artworks featuring the Filipino calligraphy system “baybayin.” Lucero is a recipient of a grant from the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

As one of the festival exhibitors, the Consulate opened a help desk where the public could inquire about its consular services, as well as travel packages from the DOT and trade information from the PTIC.

At the Innovation Pavilion, Consul General Ferrer attended a talk on Filipino experiences in the American creative industry, while Vice Consul and Community Section Head Adrian Baccay joined a panel of speakers in a forum on government and community service.

Vice Consul Adrian Baccay (3rd from right) joins a panel of Filipino American government leaders in California in a forum on government and community service, at the Innovation Pavilion of the 2022 Pistahan Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco on Sunday, August 14.Photo courtesy of Joanne Boston

Held every second weekend of August since 1994, the Pistahan Parade and Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of the Filipino American community in Northern California, and one of the biggest celebrations of Philippine culture and heritage in the United States. Over the years, the Consulate and its partner government agencies have lent its support to the Pistahan as part of its economic and cultural diplomacy initiatives. (PCGSF Release)

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