This past weekend, a collective called the iCare, iShare Consortium held the Food truck and Music Festival at the Carson Christian Church across from the Home Depot Center. This group of Pilipino-American organizations and friends, spearheaded by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce - SouthBay Los Angeles Area (FACC-SLAA), De La Salle Alumni Association Southern California, Kababayan LA18, Seafood City, Atlas Shippers International, and BakitWhy.com, among others, held this festival for the benefit of the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts of Gawad Kalinga in the Typhoon Sendong-ravaged areas of Northern Mindanao in the Philippines. GK’s approach is a holistic one towards community development; it starts off with the goal of building a total of 6,000 homes in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and also includes other integral aspects of rebuilding communities such as education, health, values formation, livelihoods, etc.
Boasting mouthwatering fare by Food Trucks
including Pogi Boy Truck, White Rabbit Truck, OG Tempura, Tropical Shave Ice, Longboards Ice Cream, King’s Corner
, and Lomo Arigato Truck
, who all donated a portion of their proceeds toward the cause, the event featured appearances by Honorary Chairpersons Carson City Mayor Jim Dear
, Carson City Councilman Elito Santarina
, and Cerritos Councilman Mark Pulido
. Additionally, Special Guests including Philippine Consul-General Mary Jo Aragon
, Vice Consul General Mary Joy Ramirez
, and Assemblymember Warren Furutani
also supported the cause along with the beautiful candidates of Miss Philippines USA
and a group of former NBA players.
’s program, hosted by Jannelle So, Gelo Francisco
, and John Mina
, featured an amazing line-up of very talented performers. These local talents & celebrities included the 6th Mission Band, Victor Roma, Zumba with Sweeney Montinola, Claire Rodriguez, Pete Avendano, Mike Zuniga, Pure Expressions, Laica and Laiza, Jon Jon Briones, The Three Filipino Tenors, Marc Macalintal, Kairi Sage & the Gangs of Sini, Jun Manuel Tuason, Amber Lily, Chelsea Emata, Alfa Garcia, Joannarae & the North of 16th St. Band, Dr
é Leu, Theo, Krista, Marlon D, Gian Manahan & the Manahan Family
, and Jaren Barredo
. For the young and the young at heart, there were also face-painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, a photo booth courtesy of Nice Big Smile, and even Simpson-ize caricatures by The Simpsons' animator Ricky Manginaysay
This event truly was an “Affair for the Senses;” the several hundreds of attendees were able to satisfy not only their sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing, they were also able to nourish their souls by sharing in the spirit of sharing and caring within the community.
The following is what the lead organizers had to say about the event:
A bundle of thanks to you all for the hard work and fun you shared with each one of us. It made the event go so well!!! Definitely, an experience of caring and sharing.
- Evelyn Andamo, Event Coordinator
Through our event, we not only created awareness for the people of Mindanao but also for many others. We delivered our iCare iShare message.
- Gary Legaspi, Event Coordinator
President, One La Salle Southern California
The energy, effort and even your personal resources that you have contributed to the success of the event are priceless. What is important is that we have set the stage for a different kind of event that puts emphasis on the spirit of caring, sharing and community.
- Josie Castro, Gawad Kalinga – USA
Some of the community supporters of the Festival were Kagay-anon International of Southern California (KISC), Iligan & Lanao Del Norte Association, Bukidnon Association of California, Rotarians of Historic Filipino Town, Pinoygraphers, YFSC-PIA (Youth, Family, School, and Community, Partnership In Action) Boy Scout Unit 120, and Girl Scout T-5055.