FASO and Food Services Team Up to Produce Fiestang
The University of Notre Dame’s Filipino-American Student Organization (FASO), in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Food Services, will host Fiestang, an annual Filipino cultural event, on Saturday, April 11th from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in South Dining Hall.
Following the show, both North and South Dining Halls will serve a variety of authentic Filipino food.
Fiestang includes traditional Filipino music and dances which will focus on the theme, Kapamilya, “of the same family”. Hosted by FASO since 1995, Fiestang has been a community building event for students, staff and faculty. This will mark the first time that a cultural club and Food Services collaborate to celebrate a signature event on the Notre Dame campus. “My department is excited to partner with FASO in celebrating Fiestang,” says Chris Abayasinghe, Director of Notre Dame Food Services. It's a wonderful event that helps promote culture on campus — the FASO board has been a joy to work with from the initial planning stages to selecting menus and attending the tastings. I am most excited for the opportunity to promote the diversity of our student body in a truly inclusive way. My staff have enjoyed working closely with the students on this event!”
Throughout the years FASO has fostered a relationship with the local Filipino community in the Michiana area. “Each time FASO has a [big] event, such as Fiestang or Simbang Gabi, we… reach out and invite local Filipinos,” says FASO Co-President Katrina Burgos. “For the past five years, we have had local Filipino youth perform a dance at Fiestang. They have always been great and have contributed… to our shows. Our relationship with the local community is… one that mimics strong Filipino values of the importance of family… Kapamilya. This applies not only to FASO members and the Notre Dame campus, but also to the greater South Bend community.”
Fiestang Commissioner Danica Lapid points out that FASO's signature event is no simple undertaking. “Preparations for the spring show typically begins at the end of the previous school year, with the selection of the Fiestang Commissioners. This year, Isabel Camara and I wanted to
create a show that was sustainable. Year after year, it became difficult to secure enough funding as well as a reliable local catering service for quality, authentic Filipino cuisine.” Danica and the other FASO officers believe they have done so through this newly formed partnership with Food Services. “We predict this year’s [Fiestang] to be the most attended thus far.”
Entrance to the show requires a meal plan, or individual meal tickets which can be purchased at the dining halls; $19 for adults, $9.50 for children ages 6 through 12. The event is open to the public.
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