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Vienna, Austria, 5 October 2019 – Despite of the cold and rainy October weather, 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 Hall of Leopoldau in 21th District Vienna, to join the 4th Vienna International Center Club Filipino Oktoberfest and Food Festival
“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 again 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, 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.
Food lovers had also the chance to sample the unique flavours of Filipino cuisine at the Filipino Oktoberfest and Food Festival. Adding to the fun were the various activities and cultural presentations that included dance and musical performances as well as the magnificent presentation of the 2K Band, which provided live music that thoroughly entertained the visitors.
We are here simply to learn about the Filipino culture and to get some spicy food and to enjoy the coompany oft he Filipinos here,“ Franz Krawinkler, an Austrian visitor said.
“The Filipino population continues to grow in Austria and this event is an opportunity to make them visible in the Austrian society. The friendly, fun-loving Filipinos are simply everywhere,” an austrian visitor commented.
“Even if you’re not in the Philippines you still have to feel at home. Although this is our home, Austria now but you can never take the heart of the Filipinos out from the Philippines,” one Pinoy guest 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.
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.
Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN News, Austria
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