The Festival for Philippine Arts and Culture celebrated its 22nd year this summer 2013.
According to filmarts.org:
FilAm ARTS traces its roots to the production of the Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) first conceptualized in 1990 as part of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department’s Festivals Program, an arts program designed to address the multicultural constituency of the city.
Organized by about 100 artists and community leaders, the first FPAC took place at Los Angeles City College on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1992, where 3,000 participants braved the aftermath of the L.A. riots that occurred the week before. Since then, FPAC has only grown stronger and bigger, moving to Cabrillo Beach in 1994, then finally to its current location, Pt. Fermin Park, in the historic district of San Pedro in 2001.
Today, FPAC is the largest presenter of Philippine arts and culture in Southern California presenting over 1200 artists in 9 disciplines and attracting over 25,000 audience members from all over the country. FPAC is still a grassroots and community-led effort, produced by a core group of 50 volunteer professionals, in collaboration with 50 community based and civic organizations, and involving over 400 volunteers.
Pictured here is Guru Danny Kalanduyan, a beloved mentor to Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble. Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble would not have been possible without the extensive field research and cultural exchange dimensions that have been carried out since 1994. Funding for these activities was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and in-kind donation. From 1994 to 1997, Kulintang Master Danongan Kalanduyan traveled from PI and introduced the authentic music of Maguindanao and Maranao people to the rondalla musicians and percussionists of Samahan Fil-Am Arts and Education Center in San Diego, California. “Guru Danny” provided intensive workshops on the agong, babandil, dabakan, and gandingan instruments of the ensemble as well as private lesson on traditional kulintang pieces from ethnolinguistic groups of Southwest Mindanao.