Arts group stages ‘love letter’ to LA’s Historic Filipinotown
 
 
 
 
 
 

Arts group stages ‘love letter’ to LA’s Historic Filipinotown

Visual artist Jaana “Jaja” Barker welcomed  attendees by modeling photographs of a gown she made from PVC holographic materials. CONTRIBUTED

Visual artist Jaana “Jaja” Barker welcomed attendees by modeling photographs of a gown she made from PVC holographic materials. CONTRIBUTED

LOS ANGELES – Three events unveiled community arts group FilAm ARTS’ new partnership venue at 2220 Arts & Archive in Historic Filipinotown (Hi-Fi) on Sept. 25.

Visual artist Jaana “Jaja” Barker welcomed temperature-screened and vaccine-verified attendees. Barker modeled photographs of a gown she made from PVC holographic materials. The fine arts graduate form Cal State Fullerton also paints, draws, sculpts and uses other media.

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YouTube artist, AJ Rafael opened the program with  highlights from “On This Side of the World,”  a new musical created by Paulo K Tirol. The talented reading/singing ensemble included Chris Bona, Maya Valenciano, Jeffrey Laughrun, Joanne Javien, Reggie De Leon and Marie-France Arcilla, with keyboard accompaniment by Marc Macalintal. The work was developed with and directed by Noam Shapiro.

The final session was a fundraiser in a speakeasy setting for “A Burlesque Love Letter to Los Angeles” with Mizon Garde & Friends

The final session was a fundraiser in a speakeasy setting for “A Burlesque Love Letter to Los Angeles” with Mizon Garde & Friends. CONTRIBUTED

FilAm ARTs Artistic Director Giovanni Ortega and Broadway star Jennifer Paz joined performers in a Q&A session, where members of the audience remarked how much the songs related to their own family memories of immigration to the US.

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The second session showed the feature-length documentary film “Historic Filipinotown – A Love Letter to Hi-Fi.” It was introduced by Giselle “G” Tongi, FilAm ARTS executive director. The film, which includes local stories and favorite Hi-Fi sites, is co-narrated by Johneric Concordia (owner of Park’s Finest BBQ) and Justin Foronda (founder of Hi-Fi Kitchen). They spoke from a genuine Philippine-built jeepney provided by local social service agency Pilipino Workers Center.

The final session was a fundraiser in a speakeasy setting for “A Burlesque Love Letter to Los Angeles” with Mizon Garde & Friends.

The Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture’s (also known as FilAm ARTS) aims to facilitate community transformation through Filipino arts services, presentation and education.

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