From inception, FiliFest’s mission has always been to bring together
youths from across the UK, bound together by their love for the
Philippines and to promote Filipino culture.
We’ve done this through projects such as our yearly student-organised culture festival, as well as other digital projects which utilises our platforms.
We believe collaboration is key to achieving this and we want to extend our support and encourage more collective efforts in order to achieve our mission.
Increase awareness of the Philippines.
Target mainly early Gen Z and late Millennials.
Promote local and international Filipino businesses.
Encourage collaboration amongst youths with a shared love for the Philippines.
Upskill youths with skills applicable to any work scenario.
Create networks to build a strong community.
Core to FiliFest's values is our family-like community which we define as an open, inclusive environment strengthened by mutual respect for each other. A family leaves no one behind and we support each other even outside of FiliFest.
At FiliFest, everyone is encouraged to say their ideas which contribute to helping us have that shared vision.
The key to our work ethic is that all members take ownership of FiliFest. We take pride in the work we do and the work of our fellow officers.
Everyone deserves a basic level of respect and having everyone acknowledge this helps us function as a team. We believe this is something you should always give to others.
We push for all members to embody leadership qualities as we see this as key to FiliFest's sustainability.
Growth is important for us, and for this it is essential to keep an open mind in order to constantly learn and improve.
What makes FiliFest great is how we consistently adapt to improve ourselves and move forward together.
This is what binds us together. We made FiliFest happen because of our shared love for the Philippines.
“FiliFest is the start of the new wave of a youth-driven Filipino movement”
Works alongside Board of Chiefs, focusing on the present and future of FiliFest
1st June 2019
We made history with the first purely student-organised culture festival to celebrate the Philippines - FiliFest. The event highlighted the best of the Philippines, from our cuisine and young talents, to our art and games.
With a committee of 8 members (students from different universities), we hosted FiliFest 2019 at London’s global university, UCL.
Estimated to have attracted 1500 visitors throughout the day
Visitors largely between ages of 14-29 (though the festival did welcome people of all ages and background)
We partnered with 14 international and local Filipino businesses, as well as the Philippine Embassy
We collaborated with 24 Filipino university societies from across the UK
20th and 27th June 2020
In response to COVID-19, we adapted our usual event to debut Digital FiliFest – a celebration on Instagram held on two consecutive Saturdays (June 20th and June 27th 2020).
Our committee expanded to 21 members and our goal was to set out the foundations for FiliFest to grow digitally and to start building a network for young people. We launched FiliFest TV, FiliFest website and trialled the FiliFest Shop, whilst also improving the FiliFest branding.
Released a series of IG stories, posts, IG Live performances and IGTV videos in collaboration with youths in the UK, the Philippines, Canada and Switzerland.
We are currently building on from the foundation we have set in preparation for even more expansion for the years to come.
This year we expand FiliFest’s platform to create a space for FiliFest Community, starting with the launch of Tambayan podcast and expanding out to other social media platforms.
We aim for a more sustainable FiliFest, which can support the festivals we have planned in the future.