19 November 2009
Anne Beryl Corotan, SanDiwa National Alliance of Fil-Am Youth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Rosario, Bayanihan Filipino Community Center, (718) 5658862
Filipino-American Youth Unite Against Natural and Man-Made Disasters!
NEW YORK — This coming Saturday, November 21st, the fifth annual Sumisigaw Fil-Am Youth Cultural Festival, with the theme “Youth Unite Against Natural & Man Made Disasters!” will be held at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park from 12 noon to 4pm. This production organized by SanDiwa National Alliance of Fil-Am Youth seeks to showcase the best talents of local Filipino-American youth and to provide awareness on several important issues affecting the Filipino migrant community in the US.
The event will feature a series of performances by young Fil-Am artists and musicians drawn from New York and New Jersey, such as John Flor Sisante, Hanalei Ramos, Paul the Magician, Bayanihan Kultural Kolektib, Kappa Pi Band, Donny Manuel, Kayumanggi and many more. Song, dance, spoken word, film and even stunning demonstrations of martial arts skills will be presented to all. It will also play host to the public premier of Roberto Ang’s short film “The Brothers of Kappa Pi“, a documentary on the community-based fraternity of young Filipino men in New York.
Intended not only as a celebration of Filipino culture and its integration within the veneers of our society, the event also serves as a vehicle for several important messages addressed to both the youth and the greater community around us. Among the concerns to be tackled by the performances will include how to deal with issues confronting our youth of today, such as drugs, gangs and teenage pregnancy.
Aside from those mentioned, this cultural festival will also serve as a venue to thank and acknowledge all the donors and volunteers of the Bayanihan for Typhoon Disaster Relief of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and SanDiwa, an ongoing effort in response to the damage caused by the the series of powerful typhoons that struck the Philippines during the last quarter of the year, leaving many families homeless and in need of help. Performances will be preceded by a press conference to give updates and to present to the community more of NAFCON and SanDiwa’s upcoming plans of action with regards to the relief campaign.
The theme binding all these presentations aims to unite the Filipino-American youth — beyond sociocultural boundaries — against these problems currently confronting both American and Philippine society.
Admission to the festival will be free of charge. For more information, please visit http://bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress.com. ###