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FPAC AT 25 YEARS, October 2016

October 8, 2016

FPAC AT 25 YEARS, October 2016

By Arturo P. Garcia13873013_1324606377564532_7512145118864865215_n

The Festival of Filipino Arts and Culture (FPAC) was first held in 1991 at the Los Angeles Community College (LACC) rights after the Los Angeles Riots that burned and looted the city for weeks.

It is a quite of a metamorphosis from a year of turmoil and race riots into a celebration of culture and arts of the Filipino race.

Now, on its 25 years, after more than 20 years of by being by the sea and going to the center of the city, it finally FPAC went to the Echo Park. north of Historic Filipino town, its rightful home.

For a long time, we were arguing, specially me had been arguing that FPAC should be in Echo Park, right besides the Historic Filipino town. Our own home away from home-the homeland Philippines.

But too many considerations have been considered so it was delayed for 25 years.

Actually, the Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia, one of the largest fiestas in the Philippines had been held at Echo Park. It was led by the regional organization United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA) for more than 40 years.

It was relocated to the Lincoln Heights because it has a lake for the customary fluvial parade because Echo Park was closed for almost three years. The feast that was held every September decided to make Lincoln Heights its permanent place since then.

When holding the FPAC became tedious because of too many restrictions by the beach, FPAC looked for other venues. That’s when we advocated for Echo Park or Lincoln Park . But some FPAC organizers who belong to the upper strata rejected it and opted for Grand Park in downtown for maximum effect.

I myself did not go that year at Grand Park because it’s too hot and the place was an urban jungle. It was not fit for a big festival like FPAC. It is only good for concerts and political rallies because it was designed for that. Besides , they just made do for a park that is not so grand and big that make Los Angeles a dwarf and mediocre in compared to great cities like San Francisco or New York.

Many maybe thinks that Echo Park is still a ghetto. And I don’t blame them for that. I loved the San Pedro venue like all the Filipinos who goes there every FPAC Days because of sentimental reasons. It reminds us of the Manila Bay and any other shores that look like the Philippines.

I was sad when FPAC left San Pedro. But it was worth the exodus. I personally saw and felt the restrictions by some angry and jaundiced eyes San Pedro resident that don’t want FPAC to be there. Our space became smaller and smaller. As years goes by anger built up inside me. Anger about racism.

I hope just Echo Park people will be more accommodating than some of the biased resident who wanted to protect their turf. I don’t want to vent anymore because I might say something bad for these racist residents.

I cherish and missed my FPAC Days. I always host at FPAC at the dead hours early morning at the opening until 1:00 or 2 :00 PM when the main hosts arrive.

That’s what I learned in America, FilAms wont wake up early unlike Filipinos who are used to wake up at 5;00 AM or earlier to go to the fields or to catch up for their early ride to work.

Well, I sighed a great breath of relief that FPAC is finally home to Historic Filipinotown- south of Echo Park. It might not have the view to the beach but it has lake that echoes Laguna De Bay lake or nay other lakes in the Philippines.

Welcome Home, FPAC on your 25 years.

Hope you stay in Echo Park!



October 7, 2016
By Ago Pedalizo
San Francisco–High, But Not That Much Higher
First, if we look closely at the data, while Duterte’s overall support may seem high, it is not that much higher than that of his predecessors such as to warrant the significance that many are according it.
Take for instance the recent 76 percent figure from SWS. Those who cite this like to emphasize that this is the highest ever rating in decades.
What they leave out is the fact that this is just a mere five points higher than Aquino’s rating during the same period (71 percent), and a slightly higher seven points higher than Estrada (69 percent).
The same result is seen if one is to look at net satisfaction (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied), which SWS usually uses as a more meaningful indicator rather than just percent satisfied.
Duterte’s net satisfaction rating is +64 percent, which is just four percent higher than the +60 percent that Benigno Aquino III and Joseph Estrada all got, and two percent lower than what Ramos had received at +66 percent.
All of these fall under the category of “very good” under SWS’ classification system.