More than 300 students and young Filipino-American professionals gathered Thursday evening at the Sway Lounge in Soho to celebrate Filipino culture. One of the organizers, Joscelyn Daguna, expressed her heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause.
“It was a great celebration of food, fashion, art, music, unity and empowerment and we are very thankful to everyone who joined us that night,” Daguna said.
The event was a collaboration of various community organizations and sponsors such as Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro), Jeepney Filipino Gastropub, Dalaga NYC and Asian Journal.
Emceed by spoken word artist Kilusan Bautista, the event also featured DJs Reachout and Marc Montoya while the collective work of various artists, photographers and fashion designers – Alelli Tanghal, Anthony Castro (who also designed the official WE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES flyer and logo), Dave Armstrong, Eileen San Filipe, Joscelyn Daguna, Krystal Rae, Naomi Balatbat, Omar Quiambao, Renee Rogoff, Rich Tu – were featured in ongoing slideshow.
The team behind Maharlika and Jeepney brought Chicken and Pancit Habhab alongside the evening’s featured cocktail: Pacquiao Punch.
Among those in attendance were Ed Santos, the first Filipino-American to run for NYC City Council (current candidate); Elda Rotor, Editorial Editor, Penguin Classics; Ryan Letada, Chief Builder of NextDayBetter and co-founder of eKindling; author Rafe Bartholomew and Broadway performer Victor Lirio.
“We want WE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES to be a recurring event and, more importantly, a growing movement. We are constantly on the lookout for more sponsors, participants, and ways to further unite and empower the Filipino-American community,” Daguna added.
To learn more about WE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES and to stay connected please email WLTP2013@gmail.com.
(Photos by Anthony Castro/Meriden Villanueva)
(NYNJ May 10, 2013 LifeEASTyle pg.2)