FPAC26 was about Salin-Lahi, or"Bridging Generations," and we dedicated ourselves to demonstrate that through our programming list. From traditional dance ensembles to hip-hop choreographies, and from OPM to EDM, these were the performers that rocked the stage at FPAC26!
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National Anthem Singers
Shekinah Paguirigan (PH)
Shekinah Paguirigan is a senior at Cal State University of Long Beach, majoring in Communication Studies w/ an emphasis on Culture and Public Affairs while minoring in Entrepreneurship. Last year, she placed 3rd Runner Up in Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016. She is an aspiring singer, lawyer, model, and actress. Shekinah is also involved a wide variety of organizations. She is a Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016 titleholder, and is holds a spot as a sister of Kappa Psi Epsilon (a Filipino-based women empowerment sorority). Paguirigan is the CSULB Pilipino Cultural Night Marketing Chair 2016-2017, and has been a Filipino Cultural School mentor and volunteer teacher since 2013-2016. She is a Student Member at Filipino American Chamber of Commerce (FACC-SLAA), and is a member in the Pilipino American Coalition (PAC) at CSULB. And most recently, she became a Champion of Fil-Ams Got Talent 2017 and scholarship recipient of Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCC).
Ranella Ferrer (USA)
Miss Ranella Ferrer, whom America recognizes as the “Thrilla from Manila,” has remained a powerhouse in the Filipino-American Entertainment Industry since she was only 13 years old. Ranella’s professional background includes Grammy produced songs, commercial pop singles, multiple appearances in live performances, tour collaborations, and TV and Radio shows, making her one of the most-wanted Fil-Am vocalists in the America. Ranella recently sang the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016 and has sung for former President of the Philippines Fidel Ramos. She is on a mission to reclaim her spot in the entertainment industry, all while inspiring others to embrace fitness, to be healthier, and to become better versions of them.
Katipunan Poetry Slam
Presenting the 4th Annual Katipunan Poetry Slam, where poets come to do battle from the balagtasan to the modern day. For Filipinos, the modern day poetry slam is an echo of the balagtasan (a poetic, political debate). Continuing the work of those who have paved the way before us, from Jose Rizal to Jessica Hagedorn, the slam provides a platform for us to showcase the variety of voices and points of view amongst Filipinos and Filipino-Americans today.
Curated by Sunday Jump.
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community ARTS block
FPAC wouldn't be where it is today without the continuous contributions of its volunteers and on-going support of its communities and organizations. Performing with passion as their purpose, these individuals will represent their organization during the Community Arts Block at #FPAC26.
Jeserey Sanchez is an aspiring singer/ actress from the Bay Area. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue and further her music career and studied Musical Theatre at AMDA LA in Hollywood, CA. Following college graduation she has been able to network with her Filipino community, which led her to performances at Philippine festivals such as the Adobo Festivals, which were held both in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Along with music, she has dabbed into modeling and has worked with photographers and up-and-coming clothing lines around the LA area. Jeserey continues to be proactive in creating a well rounded career for herself both in mainstream music as well as musical theatre. She hopes to one day become a household name.
TUESDAY NIGHT PROJECT
Karen Joyce is a vocalist, songwriter, performance artist, and zine writer. When performing her music, she sings conversational lyrics with a heartfelt clarity while her band envelopes them in a relaxed, yet viscerally energetic syncopation. Soft-spoken and evocative in delivery, she draws inspiration from influences such as Joao Gilberto & indie pop bands like Twin Sister, and infuses her songs with a danceable magnetism. Simultaneously fresh and familiar, her music’s inviting melodies and unique soundscapes draw listeners into a very personal and intimate state of mind. In addition to music, Karen creates merchandise promoting a compassionate, empathetic lifestyle and regularly self-publishes on her Asian American mental health zine project @yellowstainedblue. Karen can be found performing frequently throughout Los Angeles. She is currently working on her EP and hopes that her art will inspire others to embrace their vulnerability and humaneness.
Matt Almodiel is a 24 year old singer/songwriter who specializes in professional jam sessions (as he would like to call it). With musical influences ranging from Shawn Mendez to Bruno Mars, he captures the audiences with his catchy and relatable acoustic pop tracks. Blessed to have opportunities in his career such as making his music known in the Philippines, winning Kollaboration DC and Top 6 of Kollaboration LA 2016, Matt hopes to inspire those who have no voice that if he can express himself, anyone can do the same if you put a little heart in it.
Jeremy Crooks delivers an organic emotion seldom seen in today's mainstream music. Evoking a distinct genre of alternative soul, his natural symphonies of substance are tied in with his crisp and captivating stage presence. He is a multi-faceted triple threat: a raw vocalist, sharp dancer and focused creator. Drawing inspiration from Prince, Michael Jackson and D'Angelo as well as hip hop acts like The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest, Jeremy is constantly honing in on his own unique sound. His recent album “Don’t Sleep” has had some airplay with Roundhouse Radio in London. He's been featured on the Ellen Degeneres show for his dancing, and has also performed at countless venues across California, from Discovery Kingdom to San Diego State.
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Music and dance has always been in our DNA. Its traditions have been passed down from culture to culture and generation to generation. At FPAC26, we're "Bridging Generations" by gathering the traditions of a wide range of Filipinx generations for a day full of diversity and culture that all audiences can enjoy.
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Kayamanan Ng Lahi
Born in the Philippines, Maria-Karmina came to the U.S. at age three and was taught from early on by her father that everything was possible; but, as an immigrant, she often felt like an outsider. When she found her parents' typewriter and began to write, Maria-Karmina discovered the thing that made her feel like she belonged: telling people's stories and later becoming a journalist. Today, as a the “Official Face” and Host of Myx TV -- a multicultural cable network that caters to Asian-Americans -- Maria-Karmina has her sights set on becoming a household name despite the odds. You can find her preaching about the power of vision, how she slept on her friend's couch for months, determined to break into journalism and overcoming prejudice to follow your dream no matter what limitations others put on you. The power of imagination and vision. Her advice for breaking into journalism. Faking it until you make it. Why your journey may include some twists and turns. Speaking your dream into existence. Understanding the law of attraction. Recognizing how powerful your words are. The importance of having love in your life. That is what she represents.
Born Paul Joseph on October 23, he has transformed Hip Hop entertainment—and then some. But his fans almost never knew him. Spending most of his time messing around with turntables in his bedroom as a kid, PJ didn’t intend to launch a career as a DJ. In fact, his goal was to become a History Teacher. Instead, he made history as he was the first Filipino American DJ in Los Angeles and also the first to break the news about TuPac Shakur’s death in 1996, solidifying his stance as one of the most legendary voices in radio of our generation. With a heavy catalog of ‘Butta Bootlegs’ mixes that defies his age showcasing an enviable ear for music, PJ Butta made a name for himself at 92.3 The Beat and 24 years later, continues to keep music running through his veins, getting you home every weekday afternoon from 3p-7p on 93.5 KDAY. Aside from playing people what they want to hear and spending some time perfecting his side-gig in voice acting, PJ also gives back shaping young minds as a college professor at Mt. San Antonio College where he shares his knowledge and experience with broadcasting students. PJ Butta has had his role on screen, guest starring on sitcoms such as Moesha, Sister Sister, The Parkers, and Showtime’s Soul Food.
Thank you to all performers for making FPAC26 one to remember!