22nd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts highlights include appearances from Iron Chef & Hawaii Five-O star Mark Dacascos & Congresswoman Janice Hahn, along with Dakila’s return to LA and festival favorite Rex Naverrete
The largest and longest-running Filipino tradition in Southern California once again delighted audiences at the 22nd annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) in Los Angeles County.
Iron Chef America and Hawaii Five-O star Mark Dacascos, along with Congresswoman Janice Hahn were among the surprise attendees who greeted thousands who came out to support the iconic Filipino festival.
Dacascos, who was brought onstage by ABC-7 Eyewitness News’ Denise Dador, was on hand to introduce his sister, Vanessa Dacascos, who performed a set of jazz music.
Congresswoman Hahn appeared to present Philippine Consulate General Maria Hellen M. Barber-de la Vega with the Public Service Award.
“We would like to thank our artists, supporters, and most of all the fans who helped make this one of the best FPAC’s we’ve ever had,” said Executive Director Jilly Cazinares. “The community has consistently supported what we’ve done over the last 22 years and it serves as our main inspiration to continue to produce the best event possible.”
Other festival highlights included Filipino Latin Rock band Dakila’s first appearance in Los Angeles in 40 years, performances from rapper Bambu and the Filipino King of Comedy Rex Navarrete, and Cal Poly Pomona Barkada winning the festival’s popular annual Tinikling Battle.
FilAm ARTS’ latest initiative, The Saysay Project, was also showcased at the Saysay Pavilion, which enjoyed thousands of visitors who were eager to share personal stories. The Saysay Project is a community-sourced story-gathering project that aims to engage the community to share their stories.
“The Saysay Project is still new, but we are thrilled with how much support the community has already shown,” said Alyssa Arias, Co-Coordinator of the Saysay Pavilion. “We look forward to the growth The Saysay Project will undoubtedly experience and are grateful for how quickly the public has embraced it.”
FPAC also continued its innovative programming and presentation for its diverse audience by providing live video updates throughout the weekend to fans via Instagram and FaceBook. Fans were treated to several dozens of videos, along with hundreds of photos to promote FPAC in real-time.
Festival officials announced that FPAC would be moving from its San Pedro home of 13 years in 2014. FilAm ARTS, the producer of FPAC, will announce the festival’s new home in the near future.
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. FPAC is produced by FilAm ARTS – the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, LA County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, Toyota, The Getty Foundation, LA-18, Mavshack, The Asian Journal, Weekend Balita, BakitWhy.com, Oishi Media, The Philippine Department of Tourism, Western Union, The James Irvine Foundation, and LEAP, Inc.