WINNER: As the winner of the raffle, Joy Dayaba is delighted with her prize. (Joy Dayaba)

THE first Christmas bash for members of the Filipino community in the Eastern Bay was a huge success and its organiser is hoping it will be even bigger next year.

Menchu Facundo organised the event and says 30 families attended the party, held at the Presbyterian Church hall in Domain Road.

She says amazing prizes were donated by former Whakatane resident Majet Evanson, who now lives in Rotorua. Menchu owns Liz Hire Catering and provided all the food for the event.

“We are hoping to do it again next year with even more families. There are 500 Filipino families living here,” Menchu says.