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Pista sa Nayon

A traditional family picnic on a grand scale, Pista sa Nayon drew nearly 15,000 people to Seward Park on July 29. The tradition of Pista sa Nayon—which translates to "town festival"—dates back centuries to the rural areas and towns of the Philippines, where people would gather in the town square to celebrate a good harvest. Formed in 1990, the free, community festival honors Filipino heritage and culture through cuisine, arts, games and entertainment. Pista sa Nayon attracts a broad audience, offering festival-goers an opportunity to embrace the cultural heritage and customs special to Filipinos. The festival's centerpiece is the amphitheater stage, featuring traditional and contemporary performances ranging from Filipino folk music to dance and hip-hop to spoken word.