FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY’S “2011 ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR” UNVEILS INFORMATION ON ITS BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
San Jose, CA, March 29, 2012 – The Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of San Jose State University has announced the dates, times, and one of the beneficiaries for its 24th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN).
PCN 2012’s story follows Rizae Morong (played by sophomore Aaron Asilo), an Americanized fourth generation Pilipino, whose newfound passion for the Philippine culture becomes challenged when he finds that the Philippines is becoming Americanized itself due to the monitoring of the Secret Pilipino to American Modifiers (S.P.A.M.).
The production’s title is S.P.A.M., named after the group monitoring the Philippines, making sure that the country conforms to its new non-Pilipino values.
In addition to the theatrical presentation, PCN 2012 will feature a wide variety of performing arts with emphasis on displaying the Philippine culture. There will be a choir singing songs in English and Tagalog, a live rondalla and student music ensemble, a set of modern dances, as well as a live musical band to play the background music throughout the progress of the show.
Being tied in with these entirely student-run performance aspects are the dances of the Philippine islands taught by Akbayan members that have more than 20 years of combined experience with other PCN productions and cultural dance groups.
“Through these Filipino folk dances that we’ll be teaching, we hope that people will walk away with inspiration to learn more about themselves,” said Jeffrey Monje, one of the PCN Coordinators and the show’s Head Cultural Dance Director. “Filipino folk dance is important because it’s our history.”
Akbayan’s 24th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night will have its opening night on Friday, April 27 and will conclude its last show on Saturday, April 28 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza , located on Santa Clara and King Road.
Tickets are $12 for students with valid school identification, $15 general admission, and $18 at the door. “Preferred Seating” is also available for $20 and are first come, first served. Guests may also buy tickets online at akbayansjsu.org/tickets. See the attached flyer for additional information.
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ProjectPEARLS, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and others in need in the Philippines will have a booth in the venue’s main lobby. Additional booths are available and those interested in vending are encouraged to contact Hide Reyes, the organization’s treasurer.
About Pilipino Cultural Night
For over twenty years, Pilipino Cultural Night, or PCN, has been Akbayan’s biggest event of the spring semester. The event is a student-run theatrical presentation that centralizes an important theme in Pilipino-American society. Tied together by a theatrical play, music, dance, and other folk arts, members participating in the production earn on-stage performing experience while also broadening their knowledge of the Pilipino culture.
About Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization
Akbayan, meaning “Embracing in Friendship,” is San Jose State’s premier Pilipino-American organization and is the reigning “ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR” as determined by SJSU Student Involvement. Originally a social outlet founded in 1976, Akbayan has since adopted the aspects of cultural awareness and community activism to become one of the most active organizations on the San Jose State campus with highly regarded events such as its annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN), Raising Awareness Amongst Pilipinos (RAAP) Conference, and its increasingly competitive social presence in FRIENDSHIP GAMES, hosted every year by Cal-State Fullerton. For more information on the Akbayan Pilipino American Organization of San Jose State University, visit the website at http://www.akbayansjsu.org.
Education. Aspiration. Respect. Love. Smile. ProjectPEARLS is a small organization of families and friends who want to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in the Philippines without politics, religion, race, national origin, economic status, sex, color, or age. For more information on ProjectPEARLS, visit the organization’s website at http://www.projectpearls.org.
Francesca Mateo, Jeffrey Monje
PCN 2012 Executive Directors
Kevin Candido, Joshua Cruz
Public Relations Officers
Hide Nakaishi Reyes