Annual tradition celebrates Filipino culture

Annual tradition celebrates Filipino culture »Play Video
DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It started as a small basketball tournament in the late '70s. Now it's a slam dunk for families across California.

Cecil Avenue Park was filled for the 38th Annual Philippine Weekend Festival.

"It's one of the biggest Filipino celebrations in all of California," said event organizer Delilah Mascarinas.

She said there were about 35 vendors and 20 performers.

"We have thousands of people here and people who come from as far as the Philippines just for this weekend. It's amazing and it's exciting," Mascarinas said.

The annual tradition is almost 40 years old, but there's still room for first timers.

Raysa Daza moved to Bakersfield about a year ago.

"Being Filipino, we always wanted to come, but this is our first time seeing our culture and showing our kids the Filipino background," Daza said.

Mascarinas said the festival serves as a showcase.

"I think you can have a lot of pride in your heritage and culture, and this is a way to express it," Mascarinas said.