LOS ANGELES â€“ Filipino artistry and collective cultural pride will take its anticipated, deserved center stage next weekend as FilAm ARTS presents the 21st Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC).
FPAC21 takes place from 10 a.m. â€“ 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 and from 10 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at breathtaking Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.
Tickets for FPAC21 are $9 (Free for children 5 and under) each day. Two-day passes are available for $15. Ample complimentary and all-day parking with free shuttle service is available at 22nd Street and Sampson Way.
Produced by the wholly non-profit and multi-awarded Association for the Advancement of Philippine Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS), the popular, post-Labor Day weekend tradition has grown to be the grandest annual community-wide event of its kind in the region.
Past attendees familiar with FPACâ€™s all-inclusive, forward-thinking programming, know to expect quality performances from talent â€“ established and upcoming respectively.
This year, FPAC21 presents a particularly strong lineup, headlined by apl.de.ap of the multi-platinum supergroup Black Eyed Peas; premiere Filipino American comedian Rex Navarrete (George Lopez Show); R&B singing sensations Legaci (Toured with Justin Beiber); â€œFloranteâ€ De Leon, leading exponent of Pinoy folk rock, and, fresh from its Ford Amphitheatre Concert, The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO).
Making their FPAC (and in some cases, community) debuts will be a quadrant of contemporary Pinoy artists whoâ€™ve all made names for themselves via the mainstream: reality TV sensations Jason Farol (TVâ€™s DUETS); Cheesa (NBCâ€™s THE VOICE); alt rocker Vex Ruffin (Stones Throw Records) and fast-rising song/dance trio W3 The Future who are being mentored by apl.d.ap.
Additionally â€“ and for only the second time in history — FPAC21 is excited to present a special sneak preview â€œScreening Under the Starsâ€ of the acclaimed and inspiring new documentary film, â€œRise and Dream.â€ The family-friendly screening is free to festival attendees and will begin at dusk Saturday.
Continuous entertainment on two main and several additional stages provide something for everyone ranging from fine literary works often with the authors present (and likely hosted by the institutional Philippine Expressions Bookshop)Â to youth and Senior citizen pavilions.
The signature FPAC experience wouldnâ€™t be complete without one-of-kind arts and crafts, fashion, jewelry among many at the popular â€œMarketplace by the Sea.â€ FPACâ€™s food offerings are second to none and attendees can once again expect a large selection of delicious Filipino cuisine, both traditional and contemporary, including: Aling Neriâ€™s, Asian BBQ, Boba Joeâ€™s, House of Seafood, halo-halo from Amie Ramirez, Ramar Foods, Jackson Enterprises, Oh My Gulay, White Rabbit, Flippinâ€™ Yolk, and Curbside Cravings.
The FPAC21 is presented in part by the California Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation & Parks and Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the Christian Foundation for Children & Aging, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Toyota, StateFarm, and The Getty Foundation. Community sponsors are: The Parks Finest and SCPASA â€“ the Southern CA Pilipino American Student Alliance.Â Media sponsors include: LA-18, Oishi Media, BakitWhy.com, FilAm TV, and Mavshack.com.