EVENT: Daly City, CA Serramonte 9/19-9/20

I’ll be at the Daly City, CA – Filam Friendship Festival at Serramonte Mall 9/19-9/20. FREE Baybayin name translations and artwork for sale.


Daly City, home of the largest Filipino-American Community in the United States, will host the 15th Annual Filipino-American (Fil-Am) Friendship celebration on September 19 & 20, 2009, at the Serramonte Shopping Center Mall. The Daly City festival remains to be the longest-running Fil-Am event in the Bay Area that offers free admission.

The aroma of the famed Filipino barbecue and other delicacies will fill the air during the two-day event. It will be the perfect place to sample an array of popular Filipino foods prepared by local restaurants. Shoppers will be able to purchase a variety of arts and crafts depicting the Filipino culture. Attendees may also stop by the exhibit booths of various health care groups, where they can get pertinent health information from medical professionals.

The program will showcase popular singers from the Bay Area, as well as traditional Filipino music and dance from various provinces throughout the Philippines. Live entertainment will be non-stop during festival hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

EVENT: Southern California FPAC 9/12-9/13

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.