Don't let these cute little fish dancers escape! Courtesy
Your Mark. Get Set. Show Your Pinoy Pride at the Festival
of Philippine Arts & Culture!
American and Philipino flags flying side by side
model an important theme of the Festival. Courtesy
Association for the Advancement of Filipino American
Arts & Culture (aka FilAm Arts) successfully illuminated
Filipino culture September 6th and 7th in San Pedro.
Thousands of Filipino-Americans gathered to celebrate
and empower their Pinoy brothers and sisters with rich
traditions and cultural innovation. In this community
festival food, music, arts, crafts and dance were fused
with Filipino Pride.
majority of festival-goers were youth seduced by live
rock bands, a DJ battle, an R&B performance, and
cultural pride. Though many of the acts were youth-oriented,
there was something for everyone, for example, a Latin
jazz band was featured as well as classical and folk
Ares patriotically renders his beloved country's
landscapes. Courtesy of APA
was even room for Cultural fusion; multi-ethnic young
adults performed the Capoeira Batuque. Originally an
Afro-Cuban art form, this playful martial arts dance
has gained popularity in the Philippines, and is now
being taught by Filipino professors in Southern Calfornia.
more information on this unique multicultural dance
check out capoeirabatuque.org.
is one the strongest binding forces that brings
people of different cultures together. Courtesy
words endearing, entertaining and enlightening characterized
the traditional dances, as I finally SAW the traditional
side of Filipino culture. It has never come to the forefront
in any of my relationships with my Filipino friends
and neighbors of nine years. Seeing classical dances
was definitely one of the most refreshing parts of the
program for me.
the many participating classical and contemporary talents
were consciousness-raising groups who used art to speak
out against injustice in the Philippines, and promote
health consciousness for Filipino-Americans.
Festival supports art as a vehicle for social change.
Courtesy of APA
performance Immij-the all-female Asian-American R&B
quartet-put on felt like ice water for a desert mouth,
in a time when tawdry teens smear the stage with their
smut. Immij was recently featured in APA's August 1st
issue. Though they didn't open a social organization
booth, these ladies harmonized their positive messages
in song and dance. They actually showed their talent
without ripping their pants off, which seems to have
resurged as a new-fangled invention for these trying
times in mainstream pop music.
American R&B group, Immij shows a perfect companionship
of East and West. Courtesy of APA
performed a few songs from their most recent album,
"Destined," but it was a song not featured
on this album that best summarized one of the festival's
major goals. Harmonizing in Tagalog, they encouraged
social harmony in the Filipino as well as the general
human community. (Psst: I don't know Tagalog, but picking
up on the cognates for "Christian or Muslim,"
I got the gist of the song.) Pride was further exhibited
by a high-flying Filipino flag held in front of the
out Immij's website at immijladies.com.
to FilAm Arts for putting on such an empowering extravaganza!
Intermingling contemporary and classical aspects of
the culture demonstrates FilAm Arts' and the Filipino
community's open-mindedness and cultural pride. If unity
is what they're seeking, this festival definitely follows
the right track to achieving that goal.
out more about FilAm Arts at filamarts.org