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Vienna, Austria, October 1, 2016 – Pinays in traditional dirndl dresses (fluffy-sleeved dress topped by a peasant blouse that comes in various cuts which, depending on the inclination of the wearer, can go from conservatively-buttoned or plungingly bosom-revealing) marched to the premises of the Parish Garden of Leopoldau in 21th District Vienna, to join the 2nd VIC Club Filipino Oktoberfest.
“This year’s Oktoberfest will be a milestone not only for the VIC Club Filipino but also for the Club’s objectives of promoting charitable work since we are supporting the parish of Leopoldau in its ongoing church renovation,” Miriam de la Cruz, president of VIC Club Filipino said.
“We staged this Oktoberfest because we feel that it can bring people closer together. That’s what this festival is all about—to just come together and get to know each other,” Marizel Rojas, Event Coordinator of the VIC Club Filipino commented.
“I am very glad that the Filipino community has initiated such a magnanimous event. I want to extend my gratitude to the organizers for selecting our Catholic Church, which is at the moment under renovation, for your generosity to support us. We hope that this Oktoberfest will help to promote camaraderie among the Filipinos and Austrians,” Rev. Fr. Klaus Coolen, OSC, parish Priest Leopoldau said. While Oktoberfest, or simply drinking beer, is not originally from the Philippines, it is evident that Filipinos are fond of having get-togethers, and beer is something sure to be present.
According to some of the attendees, they attend the event annually just to have fun. They also look forward to enjoying beer and other Pinoy foods.
The Oktoberfest has been held since 1810 in Bavaria, a celebration that’s become an important part of that culture despite—or perhaps because of—the massive number of people with hangovers post-festival. It’s the world’s largest fair on German soil, held annually in Munich for 16 days, traditionally from late September to the first weekend of October with around an average of six million people in attendance. No doubt, it keeps the German beer industry working hard year-round.
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