20th Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture
What better way to spend a Saturday than to immerse yourself in everything Filipino? Thanks to the 20th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) I was able to do just that!
This was my first FPAC so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After a long drive to San Pedro (in a Fiat 500), PJ and I were able to find parking really quickly. We entered the festival and took a lap around just to see where and what everything was. Surrounding us were booths of arts and crafts, clothing shops, food trucks and stands, performance stages, and lots of fellow Filipinos. You could find people of all ages, from little babies in strollers all the way to the lolos and lolas, all enjoying the sights and sounds of the event.
The first thing that caught my eye and I knew I would have to try was the White Rabbit food truck. I have heard all about the sisig burrito and knew I had to get one. The line was fairly short since we got there pretty early, but I did manage to snag a shot of a drooling baby who too was waiting in line for some hot Filipino food. Got to the front, ordered a sisig burrito and a chicken adobo taco, sat down at a park bench, began to eat, and I was not disappointed! The burrito was filled with sisig, fried rice, and a fried egg while the taco was a fairly traditional style with the exception of chicken adobo for the meat. Such an unhealthy meal, but the only regret I have is that I forgot to take a picture of the delicious half Mexican, half Filipino food delights! It’s no wonder, the rest of the day, the White Rabbit truck had a constant, long line in front of it. We also stumbled upon a dessert stand, Creme Caramel, that was selling flavored leche flans. I got a sample of the macapuno and ube (coconut and purple yam) leche flan… GENIUS! Why no one hasn’t thought to sell this before is beyond me. It doesn’t have the most appealing look to it (looks much like wet concrete according to PJ), but it tastes amazing! Filipino food followed by Filipino dessert will leave just about any mortal man completely stuffed.
Fueled up and ready for a day of pictures, we set out to the main stage. Here is where we spent most of our time snapping pictures of the different artists to come on stage. We saw a Filipino icon, Lea Salonga; a Disney channel star, Roshon Fegan; a New York native Afro-Filipino, Joe Bataan; and the up and coming multi-Asian girl group, Blush. Lea Salonga kicked off the festival with her amazing and beautiful Tony award winning voice. She then stuck around to sign some autographs for adoring fans. Shake It Up’s Roshon Fegan made all the teeny-bopper girls swoon with his slick dance moves. Joe Bataan and band brought a huge crowd to its feet to dance along to his rhythmic and soulful music. And finally, the all girl group Blush lit up the stage with their charm, stage presence, and beautiful voices.
I was able to catch some great frames throughout the day which fluctuated weather-wise back and forth between overcast and super sunny. But overall, the day was a major success in my book. Take a look at some of the action from this past Saturday at the 20th Annual FPAC.
Location: San Pedro, CA
Event: 20th Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture
Photographer: Gabriel J. Almario