The small-knit community of Filipinos in Gujarat will host their annual meet-up in Ahmedabad on June 11, on the eve of the Philippines’ Independence Day.
On June 12, the Philippines celebrate Independence Day, commemorating the country’s independence from Spain in 1988. The gathering on June 11 is open to all Filipinos in Gujarat, as well as their spouses, children, and extended Indian families, to celebrate their culture.
Ahmedabad-based Filipino photographer Peach Kamath estimates that there are nearly 60-80 Filipinos who are currently settled in Gujarat. Around 30-35 of them are based in Ahmedabad itself. “We keep doing meet-ups, we are quite active… In fact, last Sunday, we did a meet-up doing community work for children at a village in Nadiad,” Kamath told to the sources.
“Basically we wanted to commemorate our Independence Day and wanted to introduce our children to the Filipino culture. So, there will be Filipino games, food, karaoke and ballroom night,” he said. On the night of June 10, as a prelude to the meet-up, the organisers will host a salsa and karaoke party, and for those who would like to sell Filipino products, a small stall will be arranged to display their goods.