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It is with great excitement that we host the 2008 East Coast Carigara Town Fiesta! We look forward to the fellowship of our fellow Kalgaran-ons, maintaining our ties to our hometown, sharing our common experience with our children and our children's children, and celebrate the 413th anniversary of the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your travels easier. As always, the only cost, per family, is either a potluck dish or we will graciously accept a donation of $50. Please be sure to call Leisa Lee at 703.606.5891 to let her know if you are coming so that we can plan appropriately. If possible, send your $50 donation to Leisa ahead of time to help us cover up front expenses: 3889 Wilcoxson Dr., Fairfax, VA 22031. 

We can't wait to see you! 

Your DC Host Families 


For all Fiesta enthusiasts:
(para han mga para-pamatron)

The Carigara East Coast Fiesta this year will be on July 12, 2008 and hosted by the Carigaran-ons of Washington DC.
The picture on the right is of this year’s reception site.

The particulars of the fiesta is now posted. To suggest more details Email me HERE


Hotels are listed by their proximity to downtown Alexandria. Rates range from $77.00 to $328.75 and distance to fiesta site is from .1 of a mile to 3.4 miles
Hotel Accommodations


The George Washington Masonic 
National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22301 
Tel: 703-683-2007

East & West Dining Room Combined:
Round and rectangular tables, chairs, air conditioning, wireless internet access, disability access.



Registration ...................................................... 10:00 am

Mass … at 11:00 a.m …………..…… Rev. Fr. Raul Gaviola

Lunch …………………….….……….… 12:00 noon

Dinner ………………………………….….. 6:00 p.m.

Turn Over of the Holy Cross to Florida Hosts (2008) ... 8:00 p.m.


Reserve early,For Hotel reservations check out for:
Mature rates, AAA/CAA rates and or Internet rates,
which are much lower than Regular rates.
See you all at the Fiesta.


History of our Pot Luck
2007 Host New York

When we, Carigaranons of New York City, started this town fiesta celebration 20 years ago in New York City (July 1987), we called those who could come to bring in food to share with everyone who would be coming to attend the celebration. From then on, it became a traditional celebration so that in the following years, we did celebrate Carigara fiesta in the East Coast and most attendees would bring in various Filipino dishes and delicacies as potluck share. However, to make a long story short, some of the food would spoil very quickly due the heat of the sun and the distance being traveled to bring the food into the fiesta location.

We then agreed that instead of bringing in food, in the following years’ celebration, a donation of $50 would help the host to buy food and other items needed in the celebration. In addition, the host members would still prepare foods and desserts --- carried them into the agreed venue, prepared the hall, managed the kitchen, bought disposable eating utensils, managed the restrooms, and countless other tasks. The host members never get a chance to socialize, which is the main purpose of the celebration, because they are pinned in the kitchen preparing food for lunch, snacks, dinner and putting back the place in its original condition.

Twenty years have passed and 20 years have also been added to our lives. We thought that celebrating the town fiesta through a caterer would really help our aging bones to be kept in tact and allow us, the hosts, to move around to greet people who come to attend. Because of the success and satisfaction made at the Chicago celebration through the hosts’ arrangement with Itasca Country Club, we, the New York hosts for this year 2007, decided to follow suit and have a caterer feed all of us at the celebration. Hence, we are requesting our Carigaranons to donate the following.

We surmise that a $50 donation for every family is suffecient and not to exceed four members. Additional adult guests should add a donation of $10 each. Children 12 years and under are free.

Please note that there is no limit in the amount of your donation and we would greatly appreciate your generosity.

We thank you very sincerely for your kind support.

The New York Host Members