The day started out early at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, California for the first day of the 19th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) this past weekend. The clouds were out in the morning, but as the program started the sun came out just in time to highlight the artists and attendees.
Stella Moon opened up with the national anthems, and her soulful set pulled songs from her album, Activate. Cultural dances were performed and the crowd started to come alive as Hopie Spitshard, Mike Isberto, and Rocky Rivera tore up the main stage with their respective acts.
The booths were filled with vendors, businesses, and organizations such as Pnoy Apparel, Gabnet, and Fili Islander, among many others. Live art, poetry readings, and activities for the kids were also in abundance.
Back at the BakitWhy.com booth, the media team is rocking and rolling while the rest of the team is outreaching like crazy. Michael Copon, the event's emcee for the morning, stops by for a quick chat with our Field Correspondent Nino, followed in succession by Elita Loresca and many others.
The second day proved to be just as, if not more successful than the first. I recall standing in an extremely long line for Manila Machine, LA’s first Pilipino food truck. It seems as if this might be a new (and hopefully lasting) trend – Pilipino fusion food trucks like Tapa Boy and White Rabbit Truck. The food is delicious, the lines long – but definitely worth it! My fave? Sisig and rice ftw!
JR Celski, Double Dosage, Pac Modern, and many others once again stopped by the booth for interviews while the crowd came out to listen to amazing performers such as Jay R and AJ Raphael – they even did a duet together!
Rex Navarete, Bambu, and Kaba Modern helped to end the program to yet another successful FPAC.