The Filipino-American Women’s Club of New York gathered their annual picnic at Cunningham Park on August 7 from early afternoon until evening. There were approximately 25 members and guests who attended the gathering.
The mission of the group is to dedicate time for civic causes, propagating the Filipino heritage and culture, educating the youth, and emulating the sterling qualities of Filipino womanhood. It was founded in 1927.
Food and drinks served included roasted over-charcoal lechon, pinakbet (bittersweet melon), steamed white rice, Italian-garden spaghetti, spaghetti with meatballs a’la filipino, baked ziti, vegetable pancit, chilled watermelon, a Filipino dessert specialty, the sapin-sapin (purple sweet rice topped with coconut), and the most special of them all one can’t do without is the halo-halo ice cream special.
Many topics included business, recruiting of new members, vacation trips, family affairs, upcoming holiday events, seminar events, and much more.
Various activities also took place. Some took a nap in the afternoon breeze under a tree, while some were also doing dances and physical fitness rounds and tennis and jogging to keep healthy and fit.
There was excitement and eagerness with each and every one. A camaraderie was clearly there, with members telling others to help themselves to the many foods and cold refreshments. The spirit of *bayanihan*, which means helping and togetherness is highly one of the cultural character traits of the Filipinos. Mabuhay po!