Filipino professionals will speak at UCLA to address issues about creating visibility in mainstream media

Entertainment Industry Professional to Discuss Representation of Filipinos in the Media

Los Angeles-based community organization FilAm Creative and UCLA’s Samahang 
student group, will host the 3rd Annual “Filipinos in Entertainment & Media: Creating Visibility, Establishing Individuality” panel discussion and networking event on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Moore 100 lecture hall on the UCLA campus. The event will address issues about Filipino American representation in entertainment and media and serve as an outlet to seek advice on working in those fields. 
Seven professionals in film, music, television, journalism, theater, and public relations will share their experiences, achievements, and struggles as Filipinos in their careers. The audience, which is expected to be made up of mostly college students, will get a chance to ask the panelists questions, learn about opportunities in entertainment and media, as well as build their network of contacts. 
Panelists include Dante Basco (Actor/Producer), Stephen Dypiangco (Co-Founder, National Film Society), Marc Fajardo (Actor), Rembrandt Flores (Co-Founder, Entertainment Fusion Group), Peter Gonzaga (Entertainment Journalist/Producer), Grace Borrero Moss (Manager, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBCUniversal), and 
Jennifer Paz (Actress/Singer). 
Moderating the discussion is Melissa Arce, a FilAm Creative board member and the event’s producer. “We have a great line-up of panelists who will tell their stories and undoubtedly inspire us all. I’m so thankful to them and for the support we’ve had over the past two years for this event’s message of creating visibility.” 
This event is made possible by the support of UCLA’s Pilipino Alumni Association and sponsorship by Seafood City Supermarket and Buttermilk, Inc. New publication, Daniel Magazine, serves as the media sponsor. The Tinig Choral will kick off the event singing their rendition of the Philippine National Anthem. 
Conrad Contreras, External Vice President of Samahang Pilipino, has been coordinating the event with Arce. “Many Pilipin@ students, especially in my age, do not see much representation of people who look like us in entertainment, contributing to the overall cycle of the underrepresentation of our community. By bringing this event to UCLA, I want to not only provide opportunity models for my community, but also the opportunity to network to accomplish our goals,” stated Contreras. 
This April 10 event is free and open to the public. For more information and updates, visit: "3rd Annual "Filipinos in Entertainment & Media: Creating Visibility, Establishing Individuality" Panel 

FilAm Creative is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to the advancement of Filipino Americans in entertainment and media. The all-volunteer group provides an outlet for Filipino Americans to showcase individual talents, the skills of all the members, and the capability of Filipino Americans as a collective. FilAm Creative touts the development of its members through the combination of “do-it-yourself ambition” and “a pro-community attitude.” 2014 marks FilAm Creative’s fifth anniversary.