Philippine Weekend in Delano, billed as one of the longest-running Filipino cultural festivals in the state, continues through Sunday with a parade, contests, basketball tournament, cook-off and more.
The monthlong celebration was started by local high school and college students in July 1975, organizers said on the event website:
"What began as a simple basketball tournament to unite Delano’s Filipino community has evolved into a 43-year-old tradition that brings families of all backgrounds together. ... Our events are truly a hometown celebration dedicated to celebrating, preserving and sharing our Filipino culture and heritage."
This weekend's activities, free and open to the public, include:
- Tennis Tournament: 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Delano High School Tennis Courts
- Grand Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday, Downtown Main Street
- Opening Ceremonies: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Cecil Avenue Park
- Barrio Fiesta: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cecil Avenue Park
- Basketball Tournament: 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Delano High School and Cesar Chavez High School gyms
- Dance Contest: Time TBA Saturday, Cecil Avenue Park
- Cultural Entertainment: 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cecile Avenue Park
- Singing Contest: 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cecil Avenue Park
- Santacruzan Procession: 8 p.m. Saturday, Cecil Avenue Park
- Bingo: 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Delano High School cafeteria
- Basketball Tournament Finals – Championship: 9 a.m. Sunday, Delano High School and Cesar Chavez High School gyms