The 28th Philippine Cultural Arts Festival will be held on August 4 and 5, 2012, Saturday and Sunday, in Balboa Park at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. A yearly production of the Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, the Festival runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Admission is FREE.

The main attraction of the two-day Festival is continuous entertainment presented in a well-designed stage. The family-oriented and alcohol free event showcases from 11:30 am to 3 pm, the traditional performing arts of the Philippines including colorful folk dances from different regions of the Philippines, folk songs, Rondalla String Ensemble and Kulintang music of the Southern Philippines.

The second half of both days from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be devoted to the presentation of mainstream entertainment by young Filipino-Americans from San Diego county and Southern California which features a singing talent show, hip-hop, jazz dance, and other variety numbers by invited Asian and Pacific Islander artists. Featured also are cultural and photo exhibit and a Philippine crafts. Other booths will offer good quality unique T-shirts and costume jewelry.

Delicious, popular Filipino food including adobo, lumpia, and pancit and more will be offered by Conching’s Cafe, a very popular Filipino restaurant in National City. Refreshments such as Halo-halo, also will be available.

To raise funds for Samahan’s cultural programs, raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win the $1000 cash prize. Raffle drawing will be held on October 28, 2012, after the matinee performance of the Concert of Philippine Dances and Music.

The general public is invited to this once a year, wholesome, entertaining and beautiful showcase of Philippine culture in Balboa Park. There is limited audience seating within a canopy for 200 but ample space on the lawn for blankets or folding chairs. Balboa Park parking lots are adjacent. Business entrepreneurs may still rent booths to participate in the Festival. Please call (619) 286-8029 for more information.

The Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Lolita Diñoso Carter with the purpose of educating Filipino American students to appreciate and perform traditional Philippine dances and music. As part of its outreach program, Samahan initiated the Philippine Folk Festival in 1979. The event was held at the Scottish Rite Memorial Center in Mission Valley for six years, showcasing Philippine performing arts in Southern California.

The Festival, renamed Philippine Cultural Arts Festival, was revived and moved to an outdoor central location in Balboa Park in 1996. The 2012 Philippine Cultural Arts Festival is partly funded by the the City of San Diego through the Commission on Arts & Culture, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program through Supervisors Greg
Cox and Ron Roberts, and by individual donations.