Carson kicks off Fil-Am History Month on Oct. 2

THE Filipino American American History Month Kick-off Celebration in Carson marks the annual anniversary commemoration when Filipinos first landed in America.  Musical artists, dancers and comedians along with a variety of vendors, food booths and other entertainment will mark the occasion which will be held for the first time at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The festivity “kicks-off” Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 18400 Avalon Boulevard in Carson and admission is free to the public.

Rex Navarrete, will be one of the headliners as he brings his unique comedy to the Dignity Health stage.  “I’m actually looking forward to this opportunity,” said the veteran comic, “since I’ve always wanted to perform in Carson for our Filipino-American community!”

Dynamic acapella singing group The Filharmonic will also be performing their well-blended vocal stylings to the event.  The LA-based quintet, best known for their run on NBC’s talent competition “The Sing-Off” as well as an appearance in “Pitch Perfect 2”, has been preparing for their 2023 season.

JayR, dubbed the “Pinoy R&B Prince”, will bring his soulful brand of music to the audience.  The singer/songwriter, actor, model and producer is fresh off his appearance at last month’s Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, and is set for a fall/winter tour.

Other performers include Janice Javier, the Season 1 contestant of “The Voice: Philippines” (mentored by none other than Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas) who stunned the judges, audiences and other contestants with her powerful singing; Jules Aurora, the quadruple-threat singer, dancer, actor and model who is turning heads with her pristine vocals and her covergirl looks; and Ardyanna Ducusin, the 9 year old phenom who has been making the rounds and performing among L.A.’s elite top singers and was recently crowned WCOPA’s Junior Vocal Group World Champion.

Making their debuts to the greater L.A. Filipino American community are singer/songwriter Chris Chatman (the soul, jazz, R&B singer/songwriter extraordinaire); the very world-travelled comedian Erik Escobar (who is also hosting); and the local Hawaiian/Polynesian performing group Hoku Mae’ole Polynesia who will share some dances from Paradise.

The event will be hosted by actor/singer Michael Palma (last seen on stage at East West Players hit “Mama Mia”) and by Emmy-award winning ABC Eyewitness News Health Reporter Denise Dador.

The entertainment stage is being produced and directed by Ted I. Benito for LXV Enterprises, LLC in cooperation with staff from the City of Carson and with the guidance of the Mayor and City Council. (AJPress)

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