ANG SAYSAY NG FPAC
(THE LEGACY OF FPAC)
May 14, 1992 - Organized by about a hundred artists and community leaders and over fifty organizations, FPAC was first staged at Los Angeles Community College (LACC) on Mother’s Day, a week after the L.A. Riots.
Despite the aftermath of the riots, FPAC, a comprehensive multi-disciplinary presentation of Filipino American arts and culture, showcased traditional and contemporary music, dance, literary arts, film, and arts education, attracting around 3,000 participants.
The distinctive festival logo of a warrior mother with child, incorporating culturally specific motifs, was created by award-winning Filipino American visual artist Faustino Caigoy.
May 1993: The Filipino American visual art exhibit Ugat Pilipino (Filipino Roots) at the Los Angeles City Hall stirred controversy when participating artists chose to take their art down rather than have it censored. Widespread media attention forced officials to reinstate the artwork. This sparked a series of community dialogues on issues of censorship versus freedom of speech, and the marking the struggle of a minority community that could no longer afford to be invisible.
May 1993: A historic and one-of-a-kind tribute to Grandmasters of Filipino Martial Arts was presented at Los Angeles City Hall - a simple ceremony of recognition becomes a three-hour display of highly-skilled martial arts.
June 19, 1993: The 2nd annual FPAC took place at LACC with increased attendance.
The production of the festival was ceded over to community organizers by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept.
May 7, 1994: U.S. premiere concert of famed Filipino folk / alternative artist Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad took place at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
June 4, 1994: FPAC hosted the dialogue “Reclaiming a Culture: Filipino Values Understood Through the Arts” with Dr. Ricardo Trimillos at Loyola Marymount University. The talk examined traditions such as rondalla, panunuluyan, komedya, and kulintangan.
August 1994: FPAC held several programs at the Carson Civic Center in Carson, CA, including a visual art exhibit and cultural workshops in kali (Filipino martial arts) Batik-making, traditional dance, and gong music.
September 17-18, 1994: Bowing to community support and demand, the 3rd annual FPAC evolved from a single day event to a season of programming that concluded in a two-day festival weekend at its new home on Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, with new programs such as the interactive Rice Planting, and Bigkasan literary program.
April - June, 1995: FPAC presented “Traditional Philippine Folk Dance & Music Apprenticeship Workshop” on Ifugao music and dance, Pangasinan dance and rondalla.
September 9 - 10, 1995: The 4th annual FPAC took place in Cabrillo Beach with an estimated number of 10,000 attendees.
Headlining FPAC were: Billboard’s No. 1 dance music artist, Jocelyn Enriquez, Manila’s award-winning pop performer Jam Morales, Hawaiian saxophonist Michael Paulo, and Jazz musician Boy Katindig.
September - October, 1995: The visual art exhibit of contemporary Filipino American artists “Tastes Like Chicken” was presented at the University Art Gallery in California State Dominguez Hills.
FPAC presented a sold-out premiere concert at the Barnsdall Gallery Art Park by the University of the Philippines’ Kasarinlan ensemble.
June 28, 1996: FPAC became part of the acclaimed Summer Nights at the Ford series with the premiere of La Revolucion Filipina by the world-renowned Ballet Philippines at the Ford Amphitheatre.
September 14-15, 1996: The 5th annual FPAC was held at Cabrillo Beach with special programs: Pinoyvisions film screenings and Dula / Tula literary program.
FPAC Headliners included: Miss Saigon Broadway artist Jennifer Paz, Philippine chanteuse Lirio Vital, and saxophonist Dean James.
October 1996: FPAC presented Tuklas Sining (Discovering Our Arts) Cultural Workshop Series and Introduction to Rondalla.
May 4, and May 18, 1997: FPAC presented Puentes Culturales: La Rondalla Filipina / Mexicana at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
August 1, 1997: “Tungo sa Liwanag” Celebration of Philippine Culture, an original piece by Rico Obusan, featuring BIBAK Dance Ensemble, Kayamanan ng Lahi and Kultura Philippine Folk Arts as part of Summer Nights at the Ford.
September 13-14, 1997: Attendance continued to increase at the 6th annual FPAC in Cabrillo Beach, with headliners: Billboard-charting musical groups Pinay, Moonpools & Caterpillars, Premier, and jazz saxophonist Dean James.
FPAC and Visual Communications co-presented a special edition of the film program, Pinoy Visions: Magnificent Obsessions, with video works by Mark Arbitrario and Oliver Tan.
June 13, 1998: FPAC produced “Landas ng Kalayaan (The Road to Freedom)” at the Philippine Independence Day Celebration in West Covina, CA.
July 11, 1998: The FPAC season expanded to include the Summer Nights at the Ford for the third year with the Celebration of Philippine Jazz, starring legendary blues singer Sugar Pie De Santo and saxophonist Michael Paulo, along with his father, pianist Rene Paulo.
July 25, 1998: Puentes Culturales: Cultural Bridges - Folk Music and Dance of Philippines and Mexico drew critical and civic raves for its intercultural presentation at the California Plaza.
August 19, 1998 - January 3, 1999: “Confrontations, Crossings, and Convergence: Photographs of the Philippines & the United States” was held at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.
August 30, 1998: Kasayahan (Fun): Family Day took place at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA).
September 11, 1998: “Ancient Rhythms: Gong Music of the Philippines” was held at the California Plaza.
September 12-13, 1998: The 7th annual FPAC was held in Cabrillo Beach with over 20,000 attendees.
Geffen recording group Kai, comedian Rex Navarrete, all female group Pinay, and pop band Julie Plug made their FPAC debuts.
September 10, 1999: The all-female spoken word program “PINAYSista’s SPEAK!” curated by Irene Soriano.
September 18-19, 1999: The 8th annual FPAC took place at Cabrillo Beach.
The first FPAC Balagtasan Poetry Slam premiered with huge success.
Philippine pop artist Billy Crawford, theater improv group Tongue in a Mood, Filipino reggae band Native Elements, Classified Records recording artists Drop ‘N Harmony, and Filipino American actor Paulo Montalban of Cinderella made FPAC debuts.
To herald in the 21st century, FPAC published the Kaugnay (Interconnected) 12-month print calendar with a collection of images that represent the backbone of Filipino American heritage.
July 29, 2000: FilAm ARTS presented the music and dance ensemble KONTRA-GAPI (Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino) with BEKA International.
August 2000: After a two-year strategic planning process, the festival became a fully operational 501(c)(3) organization called the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture (FilAm ARTS).
August 13, 2000: FilAm ARTS produced the Filipino American Voters Welcome Reception honoring the delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
September 9-10, 2000: The 9th annual FPAC took place in Cabrillo Beach. Seniors Village made its premiere at FPAC, hosting the Filipino Vegetable Competition.
The Los Angeles Times featured the inaugural FPAC Vegetable Competition with the news article, “What’s Upo in Los Angeles?”
Pinoyvisions film fest, expanded to include shop talk and screenings at the Lucas Screening Room at the University of Southern California. Director Raymond Red, fresh from Cannes, screened his Palme d’Or award-winning short Anino.
August 24, 2000: The official launch of the 501(c)(3) organization called the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture (FilAm ARTS) after a two-year strategic planning process by festival organizers and stakeholders.
August 3, 2001: FilAm ARTS, in cooperation with Grand Performances, presented FPAC Turntablism Poetry Jam, which features Los Angeles-based Filipino American DJs and spoken word artists.
September 8-9, 2001: FPAC celebrated its 10th anniversary and moved to a larger venue: Point Fermin Park.
FPAC Headliners were Latin soul legend Joe Bataan and Philippine popular Philippine R&B singer Ella Mae Saison, and emceed by celebrities Anjanette Abayari and Janelle Bautista.
FPAC also featured the Moriones mask-making presentation; Higante, a celebration with large paper mache puppets; Daanan (Passages) Literary program, presenting interactive and education workshops and activities at the FPAC Youth Pavilion; the Filipino street parade from the Aklan province, Ati-Atihan; and the 3rd annual Balagtasan Poetry Slam.
March 29, 2001: FilAm ARTS was recognized as the emerging leader in Filipino arts and culture by the U.S. House of Representatives, and was chosen by the California Arts Council to develop and maintain the statewide Pilipino Artists Network (PAN).
June 2001: FilAm ARTS facilitated the First Filipino Animation Exhibit at Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center in conjunction with Philippine Heritage Month.
June 12, 2002: “An Evening with Alec Mapa”, starring the LA Weekly Drama awardee, was held at LATC.
As part of the FPAC Season of events, the Finding Home Literary Program monthly reading series at the Filipino American Library produced the FPAC Literary Chapbook.
September 7-8, 2002: The 11th annual FPAC Weekend took place at Point Fermin Park with headliners: comedian Rex Navarrete, singer Melody Del Mundo from the Philippines, and the all-female group Pinay.
New program at FPAC: The premiere of the Amateur DJ Battle at the festival. The launch of the Pilipino Artists Network (PAN) Pavilion as a social enterprise model to market visual art.
FilAm ARTS goes statewide when the Pilipino Artists Network (PAN) became the statewide voice for Filipino Americans and one of the founding networks of the California Cultural Alliance, a coalition of statewide networks advocating for multicultural arts.
February 2003: The “Filipino American Experiences & Expressions” visual art exhibit and event was held at the City Council District 13 offices.
May - July 2003: Tiangge / Farmer’s Market & Art Fair took place in Historic Filipinotown.
June 28, 2003: FilAm ARTS supported “Pagkamulat: a Musical Awakening” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
August 6-10, 2003: FilAm ARTS sponsored the Philippine Dance Gathering and Workshops at West L.A. College in collaboration with Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, and Rondalla Club of Los Angeles.
August - September 2003: Pinoyvisions film fest expanded to six programs, including: Pinoyvisions Online, Pinoyvisions at VC, Pinoyvisions at USC, Pinoyvisions at FPAC: A special twilight outdoor screening of An Untold Triumph: The Story of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, U.S. Army was held in partnership with IFP Project Involve.
September 6-7, 2003: The FPAC Weekend was held at Point Fermin Park with headliners Latin Soul legend Joe Bataan and multi-talented star Rachel Alejandro from the Philippines.
Filipino cuisine receives its long awaited spotlight with the premiere of the first FPAC Culinary Arts Pavilion, featuring Filipino chefs from some of L.A.’s finest high-profile restaurants.
FilAm ARTS goes national with its participation in the Ford Foundation’s initiatives: Connect the Arts for API arts organizations in the U.S., the Pilipino American Performing Arts Initiative, and the Hip Hop Summit.
FilAm ARTS goes international, authoring the CA-Philippines Cultural Exchange Agreement that was presented to Republic of the Philippines President Gloria M. Arroyo during her state visit.
February 14, 2004: FilAm ARTS presented Filipino-Austrian concert pianist Aima Labra Makk.
April - July, 2004: The FilAm ARTS Bazaar, a monthly gathering to support community artists and businesses, took place in historic Filipinotown on every first Saturday of the month.
May 2004: The “Kites & Banners of Asia” visual art exhibit took place in celebration of L.A. Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the Los Angeles City Hall.
June - August 2004: Kali Club sa FilAm ARTS martial arts classes were held.
September 11-12, 2004: The 13th FPAC took place at Point Fermin Park and was headlined by comedian Rex Navarrete.
December 12, 2004: FilAm ARTS hosted the closing night of Jessica Hagedorn’s play, Dogeaters, with Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) at Temple Gateway Youth & Community Center.
FilAm ARTS expanded its programs to include Eskuwela Kultura (Cultural School), an after-school cultural arts education program which serves at-risk, inner city, K-12 youth in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, in partnership with SIPA and funded by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department.
FilAm ARTS participated in The Ford Foundation’s Hip Hop Summit.
May 19 - June 30, 2005: The first Pilipino Artists Network Art Walk drew media attention to Historic Filipinotown with the “Hear the Earth Heart” visual arts exhibit at Remy’s on Temple and at Tribal Cafe.
September 10-11, 2005: Festival weekend headlined by all-around Philippine entertainer Fe De Los Reyes, multi-awarded singer Dessa, FAME reality TV show awardee Harlemm Lee, GMA-7 artist Antoinette Taus, and comedian Rex Navarrete, with the appearance of the first Latino Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
FPAC honored the passing of PAN facilitator and prominent visual artist Papo De Asis.
FPAC presented a record-high of over 1,000 multi-disciplinary artists and highlighted Filipino cuisine with the 2nd annual Culinary Arts Pavilion.
The PAN Pavilion expands to include Live Mural with 6 Filipino American visual artists painting live at FPAC.
Expanding virtual presence, www.filamarts.org relaunched, reaching over 300,000 hits per month.
April 20-22, 2006: FilAm ARTS presented Alison M. De La Cruz’s multi-artist collaboration “Where You Stay: Exploring the Nature of L.A.”
August 2006: The 2nd Pilipino Artist Network Art Walk in Historic Filipinotown, and included art exhibits in Tribal Cafe, Remy’s on Temple, and the Lotus Festival.
FilAm ARTS hosted “An Evening of Chants with Grace Nono,” a world music artist.
August 11, 2006: The FPAC Battle of the Bands took place at Remy’s On Temple, Historic Filipinotown.
August 22 - October 31, 2006: In partnership with Visual Communications, the 13th annual Pinoy Visions kicks off with an innovative online movie festival Pinoy Visions Online, with indoor and outdoor screenings at the David Henry Hwang Theatre and Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, and at Pt. Fermin Park.
September 9-10, 2006: The 15th annual FPAC held at Pt. Fermin was headlined by folk legend Florante, American Idol finalist Camille Velasco, multi-talented entertainer Bernardo Bernardo, jazz singer Charmaine Clamore, comedian Joey Guila, and hip hip groups Native Guns and The Visionaries headlined FPAC with comedian Rex Navarrete.
The 3rd annual Culinary Arts Pavilion at FPAC featured Chef Cecilia De Castro, culinary producer for Emmy-winning Wolfgang Puck Show; Chef Rod Aglibot of Koi of Los Angeles and Yi Cuisine; and Chef Andre Guerrero - named one of Los Angeles’ Top Chefs by The Los Angeles Times.
FilAm ARTS became a lead program partner of the Centennial Committee for the Smithsonian Institution’s national commemoration of 100 Years of Filipino American Migration.
FilAm ARTS became part of the Advisory Council of the Ford Amphitheatre, and of the 29th Annual Lotus Festival, L.A.’s largest Asian Pacific Islander festival.
FilAm ARTS initiated dialogues for the revival of the Southern CA Pilipino Student Alliance (SCPASA) after more than 10 years of absence.
September 8-9, 2007: The 16th annual FPAC at Pt. Fermin Park was headlined by: 4th World Hip Hop Champions - The Philippine Allstars from the Philippines, along with comedian Rex Navarrete, multi-awarded crooner Anthony Castelo, jazz singer Charmaine Clamor, and hip hop artist / emcee Bambu.
The 3rd annual Pilipino Artists Network Art Walk in Historic Filipinotown, featured 40 artists from all over California in “Overmapped,” curated by Rico Reyes.
FilAm ARTS became one of the Mayor’s Organizing Committee for the City of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and remained a board advisor for the 30th annual Lotus Festival.
FilAm ARTS partnered with the CA Lawyers for The Arts for the Arts Awareness Project.
In Historic Filipinotown, the 4th Annual Pilipino Artists Network Art Walk was presented in coordination with the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Singgalot - The Ties That Bind, a commemoration of 100 Years of Filipino American Migration.
September 6-7, 2008: The 17th annual FPAC at Pt. Fermin Park was headlined by Latin soul legend Joe Bataan, youtube star Christine Gambito aka Happy Slip, hip hop artists / emcees Bambu and Kiwi, Philippines’ “King of Love Songs” Anthony Castelo, and recording artist Camile Velasco.
FPAC held special premieres of the 1st Tinikling Battle among collegiate youth and a Tribute to the Filipino DJ.
FilAm ARTS became one of four cultural arts organizations accepted into the California Community Foundation’s Cultural Capacity-Building Initiative.
FilAm ARTS received a mobile computer lab grant from the United States Department of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Protection for Eskuwela Kultura.
August 2008: Through a grant from the California Council for Humanities, FilAm ARTS produced and aired the Why We Gather humanities project, on KPFK 90.7 Culture of the Philippines.
July - August 2009: FPAC hosted two Open Mic events at Imix Bookstore, Eagle Rock and Beatrock, Long Beach.
August 27, 2009: In honor of writer/activist Al Robles, FilAm ARTS co-presented “Manilatown is in the Heart” at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.
September 12-13, 2009: The 18th annual FPAC weekend at Pt. Fermin Park was headlined by hip hop artist Geologic of Blue Scholars, comedian Rex Navarrete, youtube sensation AJ Rafael, and dance group Supreme Soul.
The launch of the Clubhouse Martial Arts Pavilion at FPAC.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach honored FilAm ARTS for community work.
September 11-12, 2010: The 19th annual FPAC at Point Fermin Park with comedian Rex Navarrete and hip hop artist / emcee Bambu returning to headline with GMA7 artist Jay-R - the very first collaboration with one of the Philippines’ top-ranked broadcast network.
FPAC featured the leaders in the contemporary Filipino food movement in Los Angeles, including Chef Andre Guerrero of The Oinkster, and the top three Filipino gourmet food trucks: Manila Machine, Tapa Boy, and White Rabbit.
The first Baybaylan Pavilion, in collaboration with the Center for Babaylan Studies (CFBS) featured Filipino indigenous spirituality, practices, and beliefs.
FilAm ARTS was awarded a 2-year Creative Connections grant from the Irvine Foundation to launch the Buy-Pinoy initiative supporting over 300 Filipino businesses and entrepreneurs and lending support and visibility in challenging economic times.
The SCPASA became a community sponsor of FPAC, bringing in 400 volunteers.
August - November 2011: FilAm ARTS conducted workshops on making the parol (star lantern) called Parol ng Pinoy, across Los Angeles County.
September 10-11, 2011: FPAC celebrated its 20th anniversary at Pt. Fermin Park and was headlined by Tony Award winning singer / actor Lea Salonga, “King of Latin Soul” legend Joe Bataan, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) conducted by Maestro Robert Shroder, Dancing With the Stars’ Roshon Fegan, and the reunion of hip-hop group Native Guns.
FPAC Highlights included: the 4th annual Tinikling Battle, the 12th annual FPAC Vegetable Competition, and the Parol ng Pinoy contest.
Civic participation measured by the number of volunteers: 400 and number of partner organizations: 108.
FPAC reached an unprecedented 9.7 million in media impressions globally.
July 28, 2012: The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra held the “Bach to Rock!” concert at the Ford Theatres as part of the FPAC Season.
September 8-9, 2012: The 21st FPAC was headlined by apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, comedian Rex Navarrete, OPM composer and folk musician Florante, Jason Farol from TV’s Duets, 4-part harmony group Legaci, Vex Ruffin of Stones Throw Records, Cheesa from TV’s The Voice and W3 the Future.
FPAC highlights include: the exclusive twilight screening of the movie Rise & Dream, the 5th annual Tinikling Battle.
September 7-8, 2013: FPAC was headlined by the 1970’s Latin rock band Dakila, Bambu, Rex Navarrete, and the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra.
FilAm ARTS introduced its newest initiative, The Saysay Project, a community-sourced documentation project that captures the myriad of experiences in the Filipino diaspora through storytelling.
Other FilAm ARTS 2013 Year-Round Events included: Parol-Making Workshops | Kuwentuhan, Tagalog, at Baybayin | Larong Pinoy | Kite-Making Workshops
May 2014: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS presented the groundbreaking Filipino American art and historical exhibit The Saysay Project: Arrival of the 12th Poblador at the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument. The exhibit featured 25 artists and attracted 3,000 visitors.
October 4-5, 2014: The 23rd annual FPAC weekend moved to Grand Park in the heart of downtown Los Angeles in partnership with Grand Park, Metro, the City of L.A., and the County of L.A.
FPAC Headliners include: a capella group The Filharmonic of NBC’s hit musical competition, The Sing-Off and of the movie Pitch Perfect, soprano Louise Marie Cornillez, and TFC’s artistas Geneva Cruz and dancer / choreographer Gab Valenciano.
FPAC Highlights include:
Balangay ng Langit or “canoe of the sky,” a ceremonial canoe altar created in acknowledgment to honor Filipino ancestors and the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
The Rainbow Tree Project by Barangay LA.
The Saysay Pavilion featured Unrecognized History, an interactive timeline with Kabataan makaBayan that juxtaposed personal history with Philippine / Filipino American history, creative writing workshops, and the Saysay Salon.
FPAC 23 reached an all-time high of over 130 million media impressions globally in part due to new partnerships with ABS-CBN/TFC, LA-18, The Metro, and Grand Park.