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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY’S PREMIERE PILIPINO-AMERICAN ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF CULTURAL AWARENESS THROUGH THEATRICAL PRESENTATION

San Jose, CA, April 2, 2013 – The Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of San Jose State University has unveiled information on its much anticipated Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN).

PCN 2013 celebrates 25 years of Akbayan SJSU’s never-ending effort to enrich the campus and surrounding communities with the melting pot that is the Philippine culture.  The student-run production blends a theatrical play with Philippine folk arts and music, as well as other student performances.

“Pilipino Cultural Night is an opportunity for many Pilipino-American Organizations, like Akbayan, to pay homage to our culture’s history and those who came before us,” said Akbayan SJSU president Arlo Trinidad. “It is an avenue of keeping the culture alive by educating those who are hungry for knowledge about the Pilipino culture and history and to give nostalgia to our elders who may have performed these same dances in their younger years.

This year’s story, entitled “Killer Queen,” puts a fairytale twist in arguably the Philippines’ most infamous couple. 

A young, innocent girl named Gabriella is trapped by her older stepsister, Imelda, who uses Gabriella as a personal servant that does nothing but Imelda’s chores.  Like “Cinderella,” Gabriella dreams of living a life free of Imelda’s power. 

Meanwhile, an exuberant Prince Ferdinand Marcos invites all the women in the province to a grand ball in an attempt to find his princess.  Both Imelda and Gabriella have hopes of winning the prince’s hand, but out of fear that the prince may court Gabriella, Imelda locks Gabriella in her room before the ball.

With the help of her fairy godfather, Jose Rizal, Gabriella turns into the Maria Clara she has always wanted to become.  However, like her real-life counterpart, Imelda has other plans…

To give further meaning to Killer Queen’s title, a majority of the music performed in PCN 2013 are actually covers of the hit rock and roll band, Queen.

“I wanted to choose Queen because of a couple reasons,” said Jonathan Juntado, writer of Killer Queen and former PCN executive director. “First, Queen’s popularity seemed to coincide with the height of the Marcos regime.  Second, Freddy Mercury broke the mold as what defined a rockstar.  He’s a major influence on the diversity of music today.  Much like how the main character in this story tries to redefine the Maria Clara-like image Imelda upholds.”

In addition to the theatrical presentation, “Killer Queen” will feature a wide variety of performing arts with emphasis on displaying the Philippine culture. There will be a choir singing songs in English and Tagalog, modern and hip hop dance pieces, and a live rondalla and student music ensemble to play the background music throughout the progress of the show.

“I’ve found it to be an experience like no other that combines the essentials of Pilipino culture with creative expression,” said Christian Borromeo, executive director of PCN 2013. “It’s been an enriching experience, and every year, I learn something new.

Being tied in with these entirely student-run performance aspects are the dances of the Philippine islands taught by current and former Akbayan SJSU members that have more than 20 years of combined experience with other PCN productions and cultural dance groups.

“Through these Filipino folk dances that we’ve taught, we hope that people will walk away with inspiration to learn more about themselves,” said Jeffrey Monje, one of the cultural dance choreographers and former PCN executive director. “Filipino folk dance is important because it’s our history through art.”

Akbayan SJSU’s 25th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night will have its opening night on Friday, April 26 and will have its gala showing on Saturday, April 27.

Presale tickets are $16 for students with a valid school I.D., $20 general admission, and $25 for preferred seating will be available until April 24.  At the door, tickets are $18 for students with a valid school I.D. and $25 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Akbayan recruitment table at San Jose State University, and can also be bought on their website at akbayansjsu.org/tickets.

For both nights, the doors open at 5:00 PM and the show will begin at 6:00 PM.

See attached flyer(s) for additional information.

About Pilipino Cultural Night
For 25 years, Pilipino Cultural Night, or PCN, has been Akbayan’s biggest event of the spring semester. The event is a student-run theatrical presentation that centralizes an important theme in Pilipino-American society. Tied together by a theatrical play, music, dance, and other folk arts, members participating in the production earn on-stage performing experience while also broadening their knowledge of the Pilipino culture.

About Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization
Akbayan, meaning “Embracing in Friendship,” is San Jose State’s premier Pilipino-American organization. Originally a social outlet founded in 1976, Akbayan has since adopted the aspects of cultural awareness and community activism to become one of the most active and respected organizations on the San Jose State campus with highly regarded events such as its annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN), Raising Awareness Amongst Pilipinos (RAAP) Conference, and its increasingly competitive social presence in Cal-State Fullerton’s Friendship Games. For more information on the Akbayan Pilipino American Organization of San Jose State University, visit the website at
 http://www.akbayansjsu.org/. 

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Contact:
Christian Borromeo
PCN Coordinator, Akbayan SJSU
(415) 948-4985
pcn@akbayansjsu.org

Arlo Trinidad
President, Akbayan SJSU
(408) 636-6693
president@akbayansjsu.org

Aaron Asilo / D.J. Ramirez

Public Relations Officers, Akbayan SJSU
pr@akbayansjsu.org
 

The next general workshop will be this Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in the Almaden Room in the SU. It will be about the PCN cultural dances this year, so you don’t want to miss out on learning more about our culture!

Community Conference

Community Conference

The topic we will be looking at is the importance of knowing one’s history or heritage.

As a part of this conference, there will be a discussion aspect and we would love to have all of you join us and hear your opinons!

If there any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Ian at Community@akbayansjsu.org!

MANDATORY MEETING FOR PCN

Mandatory Meeting

There is a absolutely, 100% mandatory meeting on  Tuesday, if you did not attend the meeting on Monday. The meeting is in Central Classroom Building Room 301 from 7pm until 8 pm.

 Be sure to attend this meeting if you did not attend the one on Monday. It is important that you all are there to learn about important things like the cast fee.

 We will also do a brief read of the script! If you are unable to attend either, please contact a Cabinet or Core member so we can send you information later.

 We are all truly excited for auditions and look forward to seeing you share your talents with us!

 Once again of you have any questions about acting feel free to contact the director, Jonathan (J.J.) Juntado via email at jjuntado@gmail.com, call/text him at 650-922-4910, or shoot him a Facebook message

Also coming tomorrow:

General Workshop 2 Led by Kuya Ron

Thursday @ 4:30 Almaden Room

We will be learning about the significance of these two heroes:  Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.  Gen workshops are here to help us enrich ourselves with the knowledge of our history.  This is right before KAAMP revealing so come through cus you just might see your kuya/ate ;)

Kuya Ate Ading Mentorship Program Revealing!

Akbayan’s Kuya/Ate Ading Mentorship Program (recently known as KAMP) started in 1995 as an outreach program for Pilipino youth, focused on teaching Pilipino culture and social/political issues; lessons evolved into an after-school program that collaborated with the Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC). KAAMP restarted on campus in 2003 and aimed to create lasting bonds among Akbayan members, old and new, as well as welcome and orient newer members to college life. Members who wanted to be mentors applied to become Kuyas or Ates while members who wished to be mentored applied to become Adings. Family bonds established among members and created lasting relationships built on strong foundations of compatibility. By the end of Spring 2004, KAAMP became a permanent facet of the organization.

A tid bit from the intern: Hey Hey Hey, Its about that time again! I hope for all the Ates/Kuyas-to-bes are all ready with their presents and hints for their adings! Its time for some fun! For all the adings to be… Hi ading. I’m your… troll<3 Get ready to be trolled this week by all the ates/kuya out there cause they know you are wondering who your ate/kuya is! Keep your eyes peeled and stay alert. You never know if that one person is actually your ate/kuye~ Whoop whoop, Have fun! Remember REVEALING is this Thursday, February 28! Adings don’t forget to come pick up your hints and so forth at the table located in the ART QUAD! If you have any questions feel free to ask the ates/kuyas around ya… or the cab members they might be able to clear up some of your questions… Just not who your ate/kuya is! :)

Shout out to RANDOM FAMILY! Yee Yee, we Random! 

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