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2013 Salinas Asian Festival – Saturday, April 27th

The Sixth Annual Salinas Asian Festival is this Saturday, April 27th from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, in the Salinas Chinatown area.

Buddhist Temple Bell Tower – Photo Credit:

From the Salinas Asian Festival Website:

The Asian Festival celebrates the cultural and historical presence of the Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese communities in Salinas. The Buddhist Temple, the Confucius Church and the Filipino Cultural Center will open their doors to the community. 

Throughout the day there will be guided tours highlighting the history of the neighborhood including the Buddhist Temple and the Bing Kong Tong meeting hall and altar.

Confucius Church – Photo Credit:

There will be delicious food and demonstrations of tai chi, Filipino folk dancing, kendo ikebana (flower arranging), bonsai display, and more.

The community is invited to this free event. For more information, contact Wellington Lee, Asian Festival Chair at or 831-757-3592 or visit the  Salinas Asian Festival Website, here.

Visit Native Leaf at the Filipino Cultural Center – 250 Calle Cebu, where you can pick out one-0f-a-kind and earth friendly gifts and gift packaging, unique plant-based table accessories and of course, your fill of lumpia, pancit, adobo and yummy Filipino desserts from the Filipino community food vendors.

Here are photos from the Native Leaf exhibit area last year…

After a folk dance presentation, a photo opportunity presents itself in front of Native Leaf’s Exhibit area.  Photo

Available at the Festival last year….Halo-Halo –  favorite treat for many Filipinos.  Don’t yet know about Halo-Halo? Click on this link to learn more…)

A festival visitor trying out icy halo-halo for the first time. The verdict? DELICIOUS! Photo:

Ice shaver machine…key to making halo-halo in quantity! Photo:

Last year, along with traditional folk dances, there were Philippine martial arts demonstrations (arnis / eskrima).

There are only four official national symbols in the Philippines  — enacted through a proclamation by the executive department.  They are the endangered Philippine eagle, the sampaguita flower, the narra tree, and arnis — the traditional Philippine martial arts, also known as eskrima.

If you live in the Monterey Bay Area, we hope to see you there to celebrate the ongoing renewal of Salinas’ Chinatown!


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