Salisbury area Filipino community_PC courtesy of WBOC

Salisbury area Filipino community

Filipino festival traditions Salisbury, Maryland
Photo Credit: Kye Parsons, courtesy of WBOC
Salisbury area Filipino community_PC courtesy of WBOC

Starting with a few newly arrived immigrants in the early 1970s, the Filipino community in the Salisbury region of Maryland’s Eastern Shore as well as southern Delaware has continued to grow. The Philippines is predominantly Roman Catholic, and St. Francis de Sales, the local Catholic parish, is where community members first met. Many of these families carry on important Filipino traditions, including celebrations like the Festival of Santo Niño de Cebú (Sinulog). Held in January, preparations for the fiesta take several months. Filipino identity comes to life through folk dances, such as tinikling, as well as traditional dress and food, especially lechon, or whole roasted pig. Community leader Marianita Albano proudly explains, “Because of the celebration, we have made Filipino culture known in Salisbury.”

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