Fil-Am Laker Jordan Clarkson and Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.Ap among headliners
LOS ANGELES – The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) is only a little over two weeks away. And in the lead-up to the event, organizers have announced the lineup of performers and guests slated to make an appearance at the festival. Filipino-American Laker Jordan Clarkson and Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.Ap are among the headliners for the festival.
Clarkson, 25, will make his first public appearance at a Fil-Am community event in LA during FPAC. Clarkson became an overnight sensation for Filipino basketball fans in 2014, when he was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers via draft night trade from the Washington Wizards.
As a rookie point guard, Clarkson averaged 11.9 points per game, 3.5 assists, and 44.8 percent field goal shooting in 25 minutes of play. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the 2015-2016 season, Clarkson earned a spot on the starting lineup for the Lakers as the shooting guard. He played and started in 76 games, alongside Kobe Bryant at small forward, and D’Angelo Russell at point.
FilAm Arts’ interim executive director Tina Salonga-Bulchand expressed her excitement for Clarkson’s first-ever participation in FPAC.
“Jordan’s efforts to connect with the Fil-Am community here in LA means a lot to us. We’re really excited to see him at FPAC,” Salonga said.
Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas will appear alongside R&B singer Jessica Reynoso. Reynoso was part of Apl.de.Ap’s team of vocalists in “The Voice Philippines” Season 1. Reynoso made it through week 4 of the contest, but did not make the cut to continue to week 5. She went on to sign with BMBX, Apl.de.Ap’s Singapore-based content and artist development and brand marketing company.
Richie Traktivist, programming director for FPAC, said that they “very fortunate to have Apl. de.Ap back at FPAC this year.”
The Black Eyed Peas frontman has been a mainstay at the festival for the past few years, advocating for his foundation, the Apl.de.Ap Foundation.
Diverse lineup of headliners and acts
Aside from Clarkson and Apl.de.Ap, FPAC will also feature other headliners like DJ Virman of the Far East Movement, Kronika of Soulection, Anatalia Villaranda from The Voice Season 12, Bella Fiasco, and Joel Quizon (Disco Manila).
“I am extremely excited about this year’s group of performers because I believe they truly represent this year’s theme of Salin-Lahi or Bridging Generations,” Richie said.
According to him, the talent ranges from traditional and modern dance, classical and contemporary music, martial arts, and other art forms like stand-up comedy and practical magic. He also said that festival goers should expect musical genres like funky Manila Disco, Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Electronic, Reggae, Funk, and OPM.
“Our goal is absolutely to have something for everyone, a bridging of generations on stage,” Menchavez said. As the founder of TRAKTIVIST, a platform dedicated to promoting Asian Americans artists, Richie said that it was extremely important for him that the festival showcases talent that tends to get left out of heritage celebrations because of the lack of awareness coming from the public and community.
“We have an incredible lineup of dance instructors, producers, emcees, vocalists & musicians who are paving new roads for Filipinx Americans in music,” he said.
Other acts slated to perform include: Ryan Africa, Gingee, Katipunan Poetry Slam, Kayamanan Ng Lahi, NAK, Alfa, Buhay Cali, Samantha Mendoza, Rocky Sandoval, Ranella Ferrer, Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts – Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, Erwin & Jake (Harana Men’s Chorus) – Culture Shock LA, Erik Escobar, DreMagix, Shekinah Paguirigan, BIBAK Dance Ensemble, Rocksteady Rondalla, PaaMano Eskrima, Lyda Harlan, Nicco, Featured FPAC DJ – Achilles Aurelius.
A special Community Arts Block will also feature the likes of Jeserey Sanchez of ISAtv, Karen Joyce of Tuesday Night Project, Matt Almodiel of Kollaboration, Jeremy Crooks of Our Mic, and Sunday Jump. (By Mico Letargo)
The popular festival is the largest and longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Los Angeles. Organized by culture and arts nonprofit FilAm Arts, FPAC showcases the best of traditional and contemporary Filipino food, music, performances, arts, and crafts.
FPAC is a free event. No admission fee is needed for entry. It will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/FPAC2017 or call (213) 380-3722. For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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