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Call for Student Essays & Videos for the 22nd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

(Saysay logo)

(Saysay logo)

In conjunction with their new program, The Saysay Project, and the Philippine Consul General, FilAm ARTS is inviting students in grades K-12 to submit an essay or video in response to the following question:

Describe an experience that happened in your family that has made a positive impact upon your identity as a Filipino American.

Approximately six Grand Prize winners and 100 Honorable Storytellers will be selected for inclusion at the 22nd annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture on September 7 & 8, 2013.  FPAC is the largest and longest-running community tradition in Southern California, presenting over 500 artists and cultural bearers from across the nation every year.

There will be three divisions (Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, and High School students).  A committee of Filipino educators and writers will select two Grand Prize winners from each division, in addition to the 100 Honorable Storytellers.

All submissions are due by August 15, 2013 and should include the student’s name, grade level as of August 15th, and the name and phone number of the parent or legal guardian representing the student.

Written stories cannot exceed 500 words, and videos (which feature only the storyteller) cannot exceed 90 seconds.  All entries become the property of FilAm ARTS.  Students and parents must agree that the submitted stories are “originals” (not copied from another source).

The Grand Prize winners will receive $50 each, an FPAC t-shirt, free tickets to FPAC, and will present their stories on the Main Stage.  The 100 Honorable Storytellers will be able to present their stories at the Saysay Project Pavillion.

Additionally, Philippine Consul General Maria Hellen M. Barber-de la Vega will present the Grand Prize winners with a special certificate honoring their stories and achievements.

Students can submit their stories by one of the following methods:

  1. Email their written stories or links to their videos to saysay@filamarts.org
  2. Send a written copy or DVD to FilAm ARTS (attn: Saysay) at 760 S. Westmoreland, Los Angeles 90005

The Saysay Project is a community-sourced documentation project by FilAm ARTS to capture the myriad experience of the Filipino diaspora through story-telling. Saysay (pronounced sigh-sigh), is a Tagalog word that has a double meaning: “to have intrinsic value, and to declare This project aims to engage the community to tell their stories, and to document and preserve these shared stories for future generations.  The purpose of the project is twofold: 1) To highlight the contributions of Filipinos to U.S. life and culture – from the early waves of migration: labor workers in agriculture, fisheries, and people in military service; to professionals i.e. as nurses, teachers, doctors, accountants, and others.  2) To connect these stories of American experience to the stories in the Philippines.

Both FPAC and the Saysay Project are produced by FilAm ARTS – the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

FPAC is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, the LA County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, Toyota, The Getty Foundation, Asian Journal, LA-18 and the Parks Finest.  The Saysay Project is sponsored by The Irvine Foundation and Oishi Media, and supported by Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and the Echo Park Library Community Group.

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