Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival opens the first weekend of FAHM their ninth annual street festival.

Kick off Filipino American History Month in San Diego, CA with FilAmFest

San Diego, CA - The Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival, better known as FilAmFest, is kicking off the first weekend of Filipino American History Month with their ninth annual street festival. FilAmFest will be held on October 5, 2013 on Paradise Valley Road between Woodman Street and Gilmartin Avenue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
This year, FilAmFest ‘s theme revolves around celebrating Unsung Heroes by recognizing the contributions of Filipino Americans in history and in our community. The celebration of Unsung Heroes will be found throughout the festival’s programs, workshops, as well as a social media campaign promoting recognition of these individuals.


 
As part of its mission to promote, organize, and cultivate the Filipino American community through service and collaboration, FilAmFest provides scholarships with awards of up to $500 for high school and college students. The scholarship awardees will be honored at FilAmFest’s Preview Night on October 3 at Goodies’ Plates and Pours in National City and during the opening ceremony
 
Cultural performances representing different regions around the Philippines will be presented by, BIBAK San Diego, Samahan Dance Company, PASACAT, Doce Pares and more. Also scheduled to perform are Amy Monzon, Alfa, Sizzle, Jason Diego, EVMB, Beta Lion and other great acts.
 
There will be a special guest appearance by comedian, Rex Navarrete, followed by an opportunity for a meet-and-greet with festival attendees.
 
Guests of all ages will be exposed and have the chance to participate in many activities and workshops available throughout FilAmFest. Operation Samahan’s environmental health area will be teaching attendees about organic gardening and eating, as well as presenting different health workshops and learning tools. Kartika Review and Skyline Library is sponsoring a series of story-telling workshops lead by published authors in the Literature Out Loud area. Pacific Arts Movement’s Drive-By Cinema will be available for an outdoor cinematic experience throughout the day. The Culinary Pavilion, sponsored by Island Pacific Supermarket, will feature an eating contest and cooking demonstrations of food from around the Philippines. Information about the aforementioned events and other activities wil be available on the website.
 
FilAmFest thanks the following sponsors who continue to support it’s mission of promoting service and collaboration, including: Operation Samahan, Commission for Art and Culture, City of San Diego, SDG&E, County of San Diego, COX Communications, Myrtle Cole, Council District 4, UPAC, Island Pacific Supermarket, United Workers of America, FACES, AT&T, Hampton Inn, Crab Hut,  U-T San Diego, Philippine and Asian Report, Asian Journal, Filipino Press, Myx TV, FilAm TV, SobiTV, National City Mile of Cars, PST Gear and Kalusugan Community Services.
 
For more up-to-date information about FilAmFest, visit the website at http://www.filamfest.org or email info@filamfest.org. FilAmFest is also available on Facebook and Twitter (@FilAmFest).