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Battle of the wits, Balagtasan style 

Forget rap battles and lipsync battles, Filipinos in the 18th century practiced a far more sophisticated literary expression called ‘Balagtasan’ and one group of Filipino migrants hopes to revive this practice even for one day in Sydney next month.

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The forgotten women of Malolos, revived 

Young women of MalolosYOLO. You only live once. For the young women of Malolos, there was only one way to live - and that was to kickstart a revolution.

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Filipino yarning 

Sydney visitors explore the oral history of Torres Strait Islander descendants of Filipino pearl divers.

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Dancing with Rama: a rare workshop showcasing Filipino dance  

Rama MarcaidaDance enthusiasts should take advantage of a rare dance workshop this coming Saturday (July 18) to be hosted by visiting Filipino artist and choreographer Raymund 'Rama' Marcaida.

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2014 Grand Fiesta Kultura delivers the festival feeling 

It's one of the biggest annual gatherings of Filipinos in Sydney - the 2014 Grand Fiesta Kultura delivered fun, food and a lot of festivities at the Fairfield Showground over the long weekend.

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Final days to apply for $10k-$25k arts grants in Western Sydney 

Western Sydney, the central hub of the Filipino-Australian community in NSW, is about to get a $30 million cash injection for arts projects that enrich various communities - but grant applications must be submitted by the end of this month. 

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2014 APCO Freedom Ball: Keep the fire burning 

The 1898 Philippine revolt against Spanish colonial rule was bold, brave and bloody. More than 116 years on, Filipinos around the world honour the heroes from that tumultous period.

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Seven ways to sizzle a-la-Filipiniana 

Lady Gaga wears FilipinianaIf it's good enough for 100 million Filipinos, it's good enough for Lady Gaga. Here are seven ways to rock a Filipiniana on and off stage - just in time for Independence Day celebrations in June.

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Eight Filipino Easter Superstitions You Forgot or Never Knew 

Palaspas massThe 'aswangs' or Filipino vampires are said to come out of their hiding places on Good Friday. This is just one of eight Holy Week superstitions that many Filipino-Australians may have long forgotten or probably never knew.

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Bringing Kundiman Back: The Sound of Sydney Sonata Singers 

Sydney SonataThe Philippine-born musical genre called “kundiman” is slowly disappearing, at least to the ears of Filipino migrants in Australia. But it has found an unlikely guardian in the form of a seniors choir based in Sydney. MICHELLE BALTAZAR writes.

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