Invitation to participate in a community-sourced story-gathering project by FilAm ARTS

Call for Student Essays & Videos for the 22nd Annual FPAC

In conjunction with their new program Saysay and the Philippine Consul General, FilAm ARTS is inviting students in grades K-12 to submit an essay or video in response to the following question:

Describe an experience that happened in your family that has made a positive impact upon your identity as a Filipino American.

Approximately six Grand Prize winners and 100 Honorable Storytellers will be selected for inclusion at the 22nd annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture on September 7 & 8, 2013.  FPAC is the largest and longest-running community tradition in Southern California, presenting over 500 artists and cultural bearers from across the nation every year.

There will be three divisions (Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, and High School students).  A committee of Filipino educators and writers will select two Grand Prize winners from each division, in addition to the 100 Honorable Storytellers.

Written stories cannot exceed 500 words, and videos (which feature only the storyteller) cannot exceed 90 seconds.  All entries become the property of FilAm ARTS.  Students and parents must agree that the submitted stories are “originals” (not copied from another source).

The Grand Prize winners will receive $50 each, an FPAC t-shirt, free tickets to FPAC, and will present their stories on the Main Stage.  The 100 Honorable Storytellers will be able to present their stories at the Saysay Pavillion.

Additionally, Philippine Consul General Maria Hellen M. Barber-de la Vega will present the Grand Prize winners with a special certificate honoring their stories and achievements.

Students can submit their stories by one of the following methods:

1.    Email their written stories or links to their videos to

2.    Send a written copy or DVD to FilAm ARTS (attn: Saysay) at 760 S. Westmoreland, Los Angeles 90005

The Saysay Story Art Project is a community-sourced story-gathering project by FilAm ARTS.  Saysay (pronounced sigh-sigh), is Tagalog for “having intrinsic value or meaning, and to declare.”  This project aims to engage the community to tell their stories, and to document these shared stories. The purpose of the project is to highlight the contributions of Filipino Americans to U.S. life and culture - the labor workers in agriculture and fisheries in the first wave of migration; people in military service; professionals such as nurses, teachers, doctors, accountants, and place-making in the United States.

FPAC is produced by FilAm ARTS - the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, LA County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, Toyota, The Getty Foundation.  The Saysay Project is sponsored by The Irvine Foundation and LEAP, inc.


For more information or questions, please contact:
Ed Mallillin, FPAC Co-Director, Marketing
Office: 213-380-FPAC (3722)
Fax: (213) 380-3724