18th Annual FPAC This Weekend!

This update comes to us directly from Winston and FilAmARTS.org regarding the largest, annual community-wide Filipino American tradition in the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC).

FROM FilAmARTS.org:

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST ANNUAL FILIPINO COMMUNITY TRADITION RETURNS FOR 18th EDITION THIS WEEKEND

Rex Navarrete, Geologic of the Blue Scholars, Supreme Soul,
AJ Rafael and Ashley Robles Headline 18th FESTIVAL OF PHILIPPINE ARTS & CULTURE

(LOS ANGELES – Sept. 8, 2009) ¬- Continuing a community-wide tradition, FilAm ARTS presents the 18th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), September 12-13, 2009 at Point Fermin in San Pedro.  Widely known  as Southern California’s largest and longest-running annual Filipino cultural celebration and for its innovative and breakthrough programming, FPAC will feature performances by a diverse line-up headlined by the premiere Filipino American comedian, Rex Navarrete; Geologic, of the rising hip hop group the Blue Scholars;  MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 2 finalist, Supreme Soul; YouTube sensation, AJ Rafael; and pop vocalist Ashley Robles. 

This year, FPAC introduces its first-ever Martial Arts Village, featuring IMB Academy, and South Bay Martial Arts Club to name a few.  FPAC also includes the return of popular, annually-anticipated events and activities, such as the Balut Eating Contest, the annual vegetable competition, FPAC Tinikling Dance Battle, Pinoyvisions Films, the youth Ati-Atihan parade, arts and crafts by Pilipino Artists Network members, and of course Filipino and Asian cuisine and shopping at the Marketplace by the Sea. 

“FPAC is not just a festival – it’s an annual tradition by the community, for the community that people have come to expect,” said Jilly Canizares, executive director, FilAm ARTS, a 501 C3 Non Profit organization.  “Since its inception 18 years ago, FPAC has evolved with the community, offering diverse Philippine artistic expressions – traditional, modern and everything in between – that match the diverse makeup of festival attendees.  We’re thankful for the community’s support in continuing this tradition for almost two decades strong.”   

In addition to headliners Rex Navarrete, Geologic of the Blue Scholars, Supreme Soul, AJ Rafael and Ashley Robles, FPAC includes the participation of over 250 artists, including past Festival favorites Kultura Philippine Folk Arts, Kiwi, Vincent Reyes and Justin Rivera; as well as newcomers JR Aquino, Eloise and New York’s Deep Foundation. Emcees include Jane Monreal as well as Cher Calvin and Marie Mortera from KTLA-TV Los Angeles.  

Tickets to the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture are $7 at the festival gate.  Pre-sale discount tickets are also available at independent Filipino businesses across Southern California, including Beatrock in Long Beach, Arko Foods in Glendale and more.

Initiated by the City of Los Angeles back in 1990, the stewardship of the Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture was transferred over to the non-profit organization now called FilAm ARTS – the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture.

Funded in part by the City of Los Angeles Dept of Cultural Affairs, L.A. District 15 Councilmember Janice Hahn, the L.A. County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, California Community Foundation, the Getty Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, FPAC is also sponsored by Asian Journal, BakitWhy.com, DirecTV, filamnation.com, PNOY Apparel, GMA Pinoy TV, Hot 92.3 and The Park’s Finest BBQ.

About FilAm ARTS
The Association for the Advancement of Filipino Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS) is a community arts organization whose purpose is to engage diverse populations in cultural arts production as a synergistic approach to individual and community self-determination and empowerment.

FilAm ARTS has three ongoing public programs:
1.    The Pilipino Artists Network – a CA-statewide capacity-building network for multidisciplinary artists to share ideas and resources.
2.    Eskuwela Kultura – an arts education program that promotes cultural understanding and tolerance among inner-city youth; and
3.    The Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture – an 18-year-old community arts program that takes place on September 6 – 7, 2008 at Pt. Fermin Park in San Pedro, Los Angeles.

For detailed information including parking and program updates, please visit www.filamarts.org or ring (213) 380-3722.

FYI, Christian Cabuay of Baybayin.com will be present at the event so don’t miss the opportunity to meet and see the Master of Baybayin in action at the 18th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture.

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