The University of the Philippines Alumni in Minnesota presents Hot Drag Cool Jazz featuring Manila Luzon and Frank E. Manila Luzon on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Tartan High School Auditorium, 828 Greenway Ave N, Oakdale. Tickets are $15 Tickets (students and seniors $10) with proceeds going to benefit the UPAM Scholarship Fund. For tickets and queries, email [email protected].
Manila Luzon aka Karl Westerberg, a female impersonator and reality television personality. He is originally from Cottage Grove and celebrates his Filipino background by adopting the names of the capital and the largest island of the Philippine archipelago.
Frank E completed his AAS in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith, mentored by guitar virtuoso Mike Elliot. He later studied Jazz and Contemporary Music in New School University, New York.
For over eight years now, he has performed in ensembles including the jazz group, “Headspace” at the Artist’s Quarter in St. Paul, the country singer, Sandy Brookes, and performed original compositions in solo projects.
As part of its objective to give back to its Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines Alumni in Minnesota has initiated the scholarship program to provide financial assistance to deserving students whose families are at or below poverty level, with annual family income of PHP 20,000 (~$475) or less.
The scholarship grants are awarded through U.P.’s Iskolar ng Bayan programs – the Adopt-A-Student and the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP). UPAM has focused its scholarship program to helping graduating students who lack the financial means to finish their degrees.
The first UPAM scholarships were awarded in 2007 and UPAM has sponsored six scholars since then. The first four scholars were from UP Visayas: Charito Gavadan, BS Economics, Arlie Pida, BS Management, Lorelei Burgos, BS Biology and Glenda Marie Jayme, BS BA Marketing. The last two scholars were from UP Diliman: Jomark Abliter, BS Geology and Jay Fidelino, BS Biology.
With money raised through fundraising efforts, like this show, and with the help of alumni and friends, UPAM hopes to be able to help more students achieve a brighter future for themselves and their families. Proceeds from “Hot Drag Cool Jazz” will go towards the UPAM Scholarship Fund.
Please continue to support this worthy endeavor by sending your donations to: UPAM 767 Fairmount Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. With UPAM being a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, all donations are fully tax-deductible.
The mission of the Association is to promote closer ties among UP alumni in Minnesota and with our alma mater, the University of the Philippines (UP), to support UP’s academic and cultural programs; and to promote the appreciation of Filipino values, customs, traditions and arts in Minnesota.
The University of the Philippines Alumni in Minnesota (UPAM) was founded in 1987 with Patrocinio Escobar as the first President. Since its founding, UPAM has organized and sponsored several cultural events including the U.P Staff Choral, Cultural Classic Trio, U.P. Singing Ambassadors, U.P Concert Trio, Philippine Dagway Theater and Dance Company, Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines, “Mayo, Bisperas ng Liwanag”, Vespers Concert, Kontragapi, a group promoting native Philippine musical instruments and the U.P. Concert Chorus.
A highlight of Pat’s presidency was “Coming to America: Minnesota’s Early Filipinos”, a cultural/educational photo exhibit organized by UPAM and shown at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It went on exhibit from June 13 to August 15, 1998 and due to popular demand, was extended for showing until February 1999. This exhibit later traveled for showing in Illinois and Virginia.
UPAM was in hiatus between 2003 and 2005 following the death of Pat Escobar.
Rosario (“Cherrie) Adiarte became president in 2005. The major activity during her first year in office was the Kabayao Family Quintet concert, led by Gilopez Kabayao, one of the Philippines’ prominent violinists. It was during Cherrie’s term that UPAM initiated the UP scholarship program as a way of giving back to its Alma Mater. UPAM has also promoted educational activities like the UPAM Forum, which was initiated in 2006 to inform and provide a venue for discussion of varied topics. The UPAM On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest was revived and open to high school students of Filipino descent. The objective is to build self-esteem and identity of the Filipino American youth and appreciation of their heritage. Recently, the venue for this contest is in cyberspace to meet time and space constraints.
In addition to the scholarship program, UPAM sends monetary contributions for facilities improvement and donates books to the U.P. Medical Library. Under the leadership of Tonette Burkhart, UPAM sponsored packing meals for the “Feed My Starving Children”, another opportunity to give back and to involve the Filipino-American youth. Mar Alojado was the president when he met and handed over a check for the two UPAM scholars from Diliman. The successful and multi-awarded U.P. Concert Chorus was invited to perform in MN to help raise funds in May 2012 under Mar’s presidential term.