In celebration of the Filipino-American History Month this October, the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS) has announced the return of its popular Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) after a two-year hiatus.
The festival, which was traditionally celebrated in the parks of Southern California with parades, literary fairs, and food feasts, will be returning this year from Friday to Sunday, October 23 to 25, from 7 PM to 10 PM.
However, as we are still dealing with the pandemic, the FPAC 2020 will be held virtually via live stream on Facebook, YouTube, filamartsla.org, and Kumu.
“We’re humbled to have our community celebrate its tradition once again and this year’s theme, ‘Tuloy Po Kayo,’ couldn’t be more apropos given the unique times we’re in,” said Winston F. Emano, FilAm ARTS Board Director.
Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture
With this year’s theme, “Tuloy Po Kayo,” the FPAC has lined up a variety of events to reflect the home-grown culture of Filipino-Americans. (Read: Manny Pacquiao, Maria Ressa Among 100 Outstanding Filipinos in America)
Giselle Tongi-Walters, FilAm ARTS Programming Director, says different performances on music, literature, dance, Philippine Martial Arts, film, culinary, theatre, and visual arts await the attendees.
“We’re excited to debut FPAC on a first-ever virtual stage but, in festival tradition, we continue to spotlight a strong lineup of Filipino and Filipino American multidisciplinary artists,” Tongi-Walters said
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According to the FPAC 2020 organizers, notable Filipino artists will be participating in the virtual event. The list includes Apl.de.Ap of Black Eyed Peas, Nico Santos from the movie Crazy Rich Asians, Jonjon Briones from the musical Miss Saigon, Isa Briones from the sci-fi movie Picard, Ruby Ibarra, Klassy, Jocelyn Enriquez, and Alain Uy. (Read: Filipino-American immigrant experiences are mirrored in off-broadway musical ‘Felix Starro’)
Standup comedians Rex Navarrete and JR de Guzman, and Phil Tayag from the dance group Jabbawockeez will also be taking part in the event.