Haere mai. Mabuhay and kumusta.

On behalf of the Waikato Filipino Association, we are excited to invite your association/club to the annual Labour Weekend gathering of Filipinos in New Zealand - Pistang Pilipino 2019 sa Hamilton, which this year will be hosted by WFA at various venues in Hamilton. This will be from Friday to Sunday 25 to 27 October 2019.

The WFA has been in existence since 1992, establishing itself as an important Filipino organisation serving the interests and needs of Filipinos in Hamilton and the Waikato. During this period, it has successfully hosted two Labour Weekend gatherings. The first and largest one in 2008 was held at Mystery Creek Events Centre and the second one was held on short notice in 2011 when Christchurch was damaged by the earthquake.

Our Filipino community in New Zealand has increased rapidly in the last 10 years doubling numbers and bringing us to one percent of the NZ population. We have seen an influx of young, skilled migrants in the health, dairy, construction and engineering, IT, hospitality and other sectors.

The two-day and three night event will include the following:

  • Opening night welcome
  • Kainan, Musika atbp (food, music and others). Just like the ‘fiestas’ back home, food and music cannot be missed. During the day, there will be a variety of Pinoy ulam, kakanin, and other delicacies plus an ongoing variety of music, and other entertainment.
  • Sports competitions on Saturday and Sunday in venues across the city. There will be basketball, volleyball, badminton, billiards, darts, bowling, table tennis and chess.
  • Cultural Night and Creative Dance Competition. This will be on Saturday where representatives from various associations can compete and showcase their talents.
  • Miss Philippines-NZ pageant and closing on Sunday. The Miss Philippines-NZ is crowned, chosen from the representatives of any of the registered Filipino Associations in New Zealand.

So organise your best teams, your awesome performers, find your best Miss Philippines-NZ bet and join us in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa for Pistang Pilipino 2019.