By MARY TAN
AAP staff writer
East meets West — Have you ever wanted to see an Asian musical? Do you have a particular interest in the Filipino community? If so, a performance called PAGDIRIWANG is an event you won’t want to miss.
PAGDIRIWANG means celebration in Filipino and Director Lita Vargas Malicsi says “the show celebrates the artistry and brilliance of local performers.” She describes it simply as a “musical jamboree of aesthetic expressions, much like a musical garden – full of color, variety, and surprise.”
Malicsi is very excited about this weekend’s upcoming performances, because it’s a mix of Eastern and Western cultures. “Today we are blessed with a generation of Filipino Americans whose artistic gifts I am honored to present. This is a performance that reflects the merging of the East in American form, a fusion that is exhilarating as it is unstoppable.”
The production features many local artists – Vkeeh Magsalin, Robert Mariano, Jenn Mirabueno, Louie Chelle Villamor, Randolph Paguyo, Jhun Mangaliman, Patrick Faunillan, Spence Miller, Venus Agbay, Red Decena, Ronley Aviles, Andrew Manalo, Frankie Hebres, Ralph Santiago, Patricia Panaligan, Andrea Arambulo, Gabby Dabu, Ria Foslien, Alter Ego, Mu Daiko and the CSFA Dancers. Luis Siojo is choral director and music arranger and Lucy Hernandez provides piano accompaniment.
The performance will take place on Saturday, July 30 at the Drew Fine Arts Center on the Hamline University campus, located at 1530 Taylor Ave. W. in St. Paul. There will be two shows at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow each performance.
To order tickets, call Boyet Mangaliman (Event Chair) at 952-884-3124, Dodge Flores(Co-Chair) at 651-436-8710, Dr. David Ong (Fil-Minnesotan Association President) at 651-356-5424 or Lita Malicsi (Director) at 612-861-2397. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Proceeds of the event support the Fil-Minnesotan Association and the Philippine Center of Minnesota. The Fil-Minnesotan Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing socio-civic, educational, cultural and artistic opportunities to the community it is committed to serve.