Last night, Penn State’s Filipino Association held the 23rd annual Barrio Fiesta in the HUB flex theater. The showcase celebrated their culture through skits, dance performances, and songs. The theme of the night was titled “The Curse of the Mumu”, which was paralleled the popular story of Harry Potter. The theme followed Harry de la Potter on his journey to become a wizard and defeat the infamous Mumu. The traditional/modern dances, musical performances, and knee-slapping comedy skits set a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for the audience. Friends and families of the students participating in the showcase showed their support throughout the show.

Steffen Blanco, the current president of the club, addressed the audience with his parting words after congratulating the new elected president of PSFA. “Being a part of PSFA for the past 5 years has been an incredible experience; definitely probably what defined my college experience here at Penn State.” The organization has been spreading Filipino culture to Penn State students since 1989.

Blanco explained to the audience how joining PSFA allowed him to be more in touch with his identity, “Growing up in high school I wasn’t too, too involved with my culture, just because of where I lived in rural Pennsylvania. Most of my friends were white and I was probably only one in a handful of Asians. Coming here to Penn State and being introduced to the Filipino Association really opened my eyes to Filipino culture and really taught me a lot about myself.”

The he live recording and the Barrio trailer is below.

Photo Credit: Penn State Filipino Association

Nicole is a junior at Penn State and is a writer for the RISE Magazine. Her major is broadcast journalism. Aside from loving to write, she loves to dance. Contact Info: nicole@undergroundvoices.co