Arts councils, sponsors, & artists come together for FPAC’s 25th anniversary

Originally published by Asian Journal for FPAC.

Numerous arts councils, corporate sponsors, nonprofit organizations, artists and entrepreneurs have come together to pledge their support and participation at the 25th annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture. Dubbed as the “biggest Filipino party in Southern California,” FPAC is one of the longest-running cultural festivals in Los Angeles.

As 2016 marks the silver anniversary of FPAC, many are expecting it to be the biggest Pinoy party LA has seen in recent memory. And to ensure that FPAC will be no less than a rousing success this time around, many arts and culture organizations from the private and public sector have pledged grants for ‘FPAC 25 – Samu’t Sari: Showcasing the Diverse Creative Tapestry of the Fil-Am Community.’

Arts councils and organizations that have given support to FPAC include the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA County Arts Commission, the Getty Foundation, the California Arts Council, and California Humanities among others.

FilAm Arts officials have expressed their gratitude for the backing of the arts organizations. FAA interim executive director Tina Salonga-Bulchand said in a recent statement that she was glad that FPAC received significant amounts of support and grants from these groups.

“We really value their commitment to Filipino arts and culture,” Salonga-Bulchand said. “They are very much invested in our community. Without the grants from our partner organizations the FAA and FPAC would not be as successful as it is today, much less last 25 years!”

Salonga-Bulchand also added that aside from the arts councils, corporate sponsors have pledged to take part in this year’s FPAC. These companies include household names like Toyota, McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, and Western Union among others.

Toyota, which returns has been supporting FPAC for a few years now, said in a statement that they are looking forward to being a part of this year’s festivities.

“This is the 3rd year for the Southern California Toyota Dealers Association to be a proud sponsor of FPAC. We are very excited to be sponsoring this great event, in celebration of the Filipino community and culture,” Toyota representatives said in a statement.

Salonga-Bluchand also praised media partners Asian Journal and Kababayan Today for their generous assistance to the FPAC cause by way of media exposure and coverage.

“Asian Journal and Kababayan Today are both integral in our thrust to spread Filipino art to the greater Filipino-American community.  AJ and Kababayan Today are excellent platforms for promote our art because of their wide reach and substantial following,” Salonga-Bulchand said.

Artists and entrepreneurs have also pitched in to make FPAC 25 as lively and as diverse as possible. Festival headliner Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas said that he’s excited for the “historic moment” that FPAC25 will sure be.

“I'm excited to be a part of this year's celebration, especially that it's celebrating its 25th year, returning to Echo Park...it will be a historic moment,” Apl.de.ap said in a statement.

The artist, whose real name is Alan Pineda, said that he continues to work through his foundation the Apl.de.ap Foundation to give back to the community and promote the arts.

Other artists and events include Katipunan Poetry Slam, Tinikling Battle, Stahyl (Jabawockeez/My Digital Kids) DJ et, Jon-Jon Briones, Odessa Kane, Malaya Filam Dance Arts, Kayamanan ng Lahi, Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, Digital Martyrs, Mama Bares, Adapon Sisters, Ranella Ferrer, Rocksetady Rondalla, Jhing Sillona, Matt Almodie, Chris Alanis, Zigzag Theory Band, Asia Aragon, and a number of special surprise guests.

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FPAC25 – Samu’t Sari: Showcasing the Diverse creative Tapestry of the Fil-Am Community will be on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, form 10am-8pm, at the Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles. Echo Park Lake is on 715 N Echo Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

The event is free and open to the public.