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Barrio Fiesta to be held virtually with drive-by food sales

The Maui News

Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center will present the 52nd annual Barrio Fiesta on Oct. 2 with a virtual broadcast and drive-by food sales.

Applications are being accepted now for special contests. The “Any Kine Sisig Challenge,” sponsored by Tante’s Island Cuisine, is accepting applications through Wednesday.

Applications for the “Do the Sungka!” challenge, sponsored by Johnstone Supply Maui, are due Friday.

Taping for the two events will be done on Saturday.

Applications are also being accepted for “The Barrio Fiesta Voice” sponsored by the Law Offices of Alfredo Evangelista. To enter, a three-minute video in MP4 format must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

All entries for the three contests must be emailed to AlfredoGEvangelista@gmail.com.

The hybrid event on Oct. 2 will consist of a virtual broadcast at facebook.com/BinhiatAniFilipinoCommunityCenter between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and drive-by food sales at the center at 780 Onehee Ave. in Kahului from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Binhi at Ani will sell a plate lunch of rice, pancit, pork adobo and pinakbet for $15. Aunty Iola Balubar’s halau, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, will sell a bag of 12 cascaron for $10 and two empanadas (chicken or beef) for $15.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced Binhi at Ani to postpone the Barrio Fiesta from May to September again but with the delta variant, large gatherings are prohibited,” said Melen Magbual Agcolicol, president of Binhi at Ani. “We decided to hold a virtual Barrio Fiesta in October — during Filipino-American History Month — and add a drive-by food component to fundraise for the center. We’ve had no substantial revenues since last year and we need help to continue to be able to help others.”

Agcolicol also thanked lead sponsor Bayer Crop Science Hawaii and other sponsors and advertisers.

The event will be hosted by Chelsea Guzman, who reigned as Miss Barrio Fiesta 2011, Miss Hawaii Filipina 2015 and Miss Maui USA 2021.

“It’s important to continue to preserve our Filipino culture,” said Nora Takushi-Cabanilla, chairperson of the Barrio Fiesta committee. “The Barrio Fiesta is the longest-running Filipino fiesta in the United States and we are proud to have it here on Maui. We can’t let a pandemic prevent us from continuing to share our culture with all of Maui and to be with our friends, even though it’s done virtually.”

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