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Letter from Sophie Yuth, FACT@VCU President
Letter from Gary Llames + Elijah Trinidad, Culture Night Chairs
About FACT@VCUâ€™s 15th Annual Culture Night Heart of the Storm: Braving the Journey
CAST OF CHARACTERS Main, Supporting, + Extras
PERFORMERS + CULTURE NIGHT COMMITTEES National Anthem, Committee Heads
THE STORM DANCE About the Dance Piece
FLYERS Raindance Afterparty + Bodillaz Fundraiser
EXECUTIVE BOARD FACT@VCU
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FACT@VCU
Typhoon Ondoy Worst Tropical Depression
ADVERTISEMENTS From Businesses + Proud Families
District vii charity ball FLYER Save the Date!
MANY THANKS Those Who Made Culture Night Possible
FACT@VCU LOGO Description + Explanation
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
LETTER FROM THE CHAIRS
It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since standing before you today sharing my fears of being the next FACT@VCU president. What a year it has been. It’s amazing to me to see how this organization has flourished not in just the past 12 months but to see its progression since its establishment in 1995. It has been my honor to serve during FACT’s 15th year. What I truly believe to be the beauty of FACT is its eagerness and openness to include any and all persons who are interested in the Filipino culture, especially myself who is not of Filipino descent, and to learn from others as well. I have embraced this commitment to diversity and throughout this year have strived to extend this welcome to people of all different races, religions, genders, and sexualities into this family that I call FACT, here at VCU. This year was one of magnificent feats and accomplishments ranging from building and bridging relationships with the VCU community, the Richmond community, and the Fil-Am and Filipino community. One of our primary goals this year was to network with other student cultural organizations here at VCU through joint events and collaborations. I am proud to say that we have achieved this with great success through the constant support from our sister organizations: Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi), Chinese Student Association (CSA), Korean Unity Gathering (KUG), Lambda Phi Epsilon (LPhiE), and Vietnamese Student Association (VSA). We also welcomed a new relationship with the Black Student Union (BSU) through a pairing established by OMSA. FACT@VCU is a registered member of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue Inc. (FIND, Inc.) which consists of other organizations throughout the East Coast who network and share ideas in promoting Filipino-American culture and heritage. This past fall semester, VCU has been hosted a dialogue for FIND, Inc. for the very first time in history. The weekend entailed a series of workshops and speakers focused on how the general history of the Philippine struggle, including colonization in the Philippines, immigration to the United States, etc. are important in understanding self, being aware, changing world views, sharing that knowledge, and applying it to present-day perspectives. We upheld traditions such as Barrio Fiesta to celebrate Filipino History month in October, candlelight vigils to commemorate those lost in the Bataan death march and veterans, participating in VCU’s Relay for Life and Intercultural Festival, and holding Filipino food potlucks. We created new ones in establishing families, creating Kuya/Ate week, providing membership cards, and participating and winning in VCU’s blood drive challenge. This family has expanded to one of over 100 members and is constantly growing and reaching newfound highs and endeavors. I am awed at all that we’ve accomplished and owe it all to the continuous support from my fellow executive board, council, advisors, and members. I thank each and every alumnus and family member here today because without you we would have no past with which to guide our future. Thank you all for a remarkable year. It is definitely one to remember. That’s a fact.
Welcome to Filipino Americans Coming Together at Virginia Commonwealth University (FACT@VCU) 15th Annual Culture Night held at Thomas Jefferson High School on April 24, 2010. We have collectively had our hand in every aspect of FACT@VCU’s Culture Night over the past 4 years. So we both decided that for our last year of our undergraduate career, we want to give back to FACT@VCU by making it the most special yet. When taking up our positions as Culture Night Chairmen we truly wanted to take advantage of the opportunity that FACT@VCU’s Annual Culture Night offers to young Filipino-Americans still seeking identity in an evolving historical world. We chose to revisit the tragedies of Typhoon Ondoy that devastated the Philippine Islands this past year. It is important to remember that the hardship of our people doesn’t end when we forget about what happened, and we should still do what we can to help. We hope you all leave this experience with a greater respect for those who lost their lives, lost the lives of loved ones, and gave their lives to save others. The Culture Night Planning Committee has been working day and night for the past couple of months to ensure that we display FACT@VCU’s hard work to the best of our ability. Thank you to the Culture Night Planning Committee heads for volunteering your time to help coordinate our members in making this year’s Culture Night memorable. Thank you to the FACT@VCU Executive Board and Council for their support during all our rehearsals and meetings. Thank you to our Advisors for guiding us when we needed it the most. Thank you to our FACT@VCU Alumni for setting a solid foundation for future FACT@VCU members to build upon. Thank you for your time ad support, enjoy the show!
Gary Llames & Elijah Trinidad
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CAST OF CHARACTERS
FACT@VCU’S 15TH ANNUAL CULTURE NIGHT Heart of the Storm: Braving the Journey depicts how a family copes with everyday life, personal issues, while a natural disaster devastates their hometown of Marikina, Philippines. Romiro, the head of his household and the community, must choose between his own family and the life of strangers. Ruben, his son, undergoes his own struggle within trying to become what his father expects of him. Watch each character grow through this journey of heart and survival. In desperate times, what would you do for your own family and community?
REYES FAMILY Romiro “Romi” / 40 Father, Community Hilot High school teacher Lee Garduque
Isabella / 11 Daughter, Middle school student Richelle Alagaban
Corazon “Cora” / 35 Mother, pregnant M.A. Matel
Lola Lourdes / 67 Mother of Romiro Sharmaine Placides
PROGRAM Opening Remarks Introduction of Executive Board + Council National Anthems
Ruben / 16 Son, High school student Seaver Inocencio
Carmen / 22 Maid Jazmin Molina
CABRERA FAMILY Erwin / 37 Neighbor, Taho Vendor Tavish Faggart
Maria / 33 Wife of Erwin Larisa Robinson
ACT I SCENES It’s On The House I II Family Matters III 2 Royal & 2 Mammon IV The Warning V The Window VI The Departure
Jemalyn / 16 San Lorenzo H.S. Student Ruben’s Love Interest Maria Camia
Intermission Roll Call
Doctor / 42 Jeff Chow
ACT II SCENES I Evacuation II I Tried III Braving The Journey IV The Desperate Man V Selfless VI Beyond Blood
EXTRAS Jolo / 36 Sari Sari Store Vendor Harvey Samaco
Student 1 / 16 San Lorenzo H.S. Student Jessica Estariz
Boi / 27 Neighborhood Friend Alex Ung
Student 2 / 17 San Lorenzo H.S. Student Eric Chen
Mr. Ramos / 32 San Lorenzo H.S. Teacher Marco Dela Cruz
Student 3 / 16 San Lorenzo H.S. Student Christine Lapid
Curtain Call Slideshow
SUPPORTING ROLES Desperate Man / 27 Bryan Mejorada
THE STORM DANCE
national anthems Sharmaine Placides Jessica Millete Kevin Lacson Richelle Alagaban Christine Lapid
The dance piece interprets the storm.
Culture Night Committees DIRECTORS Elijah Trinidad Sophie Yuth WRITERS Marco Dela Cruz M.A. Matel Bryan Mejorada Elijah Trinidad Sophie Yuth SCRIPT Marco Dela Cruz M.A. Matel Bryan Mejorada Elijah Trinidad Sophie Yuth
SCRIPT CONTRIBUTORS Richelle Alagaban Francis Battad Iric Catbagan Lee Khleang Kevin Lacson Gary Llames Jessica Millete Frank Tiaba Backstage + Props Gary Llames Maria McNealy Frank Tiaba
Music + Sound Richelle Alagaban Kevin Lacson COSTUME + MAKE UP Charmagne Paat Thi Tran Dance + CHOREOGRAPHY Jeffrey Calero Alyssa Chang Jessica Millete Promotion Lee Khleang Anish Unni
To make the experience even more effective, we decided to use live instruments. Our sister Asian organization, Korean Unity Gathering (KUG) offered their traditional drumming talents. Coincidentally, each drum represents a different element of a storm: the janggu - rain, the kkwaenggwari - thunder, the jing - sounds of the wind, and the buk - clouds. Our dancers represent each of these element with the addition of lightning. Clouds and wind start off the piece. After their segment, rain comes in and is later joined by thunder and lightning. There is an ongoing build-up to the climax of the â€œstorm.â€? Combining interpretive, modern, hip-hop, traditional, tribal, contemporary and break dancing, we present to you The Storm Dance. CHOREOGRAPHERS Jeff Calero Alyssa Chang Jessica Millete DANCERS Regina Balagtas / clouds, rain + lightning Jeffrey Calero / wind, rain + thunder Gabriel Diaz / wind, rain + thunder Marie Hidalgo / clouds, rain + lightning Christine Lapid / clouds, rain + lightning Lerence Lubigan / clouds, rain + lightning Jessica Millete / rain + lightning Nicole Mones / clouds, rain + lightning
Demilyn Odango / clouds, rain + lightning Crisalyn Ongoco / clouds, rain + lightning Charmagne Paat / clouds, rain + lightning Harvey Samaco / wind, rain + thunder Kristine Rubbo / clouds, rain + lightning Alex Ung / wind, rain + thunder Jing Yuan / clouds, rain + lightning
ProGRAM DESIGN Jessica Millete
2009-2010 PRESIDENT Sophie Yuth
External Vice President Jessica Millete
INTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT Richelle Alagaban
Treasurer Regina Balagtas
Secretary Marie Hidalgo
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Membership/Alumni Relations Charmagne Paat + Anish Unni
Public Relations Christina Edwards + Lee Khleang
Social Chairs Jeron Mendoza + KC Oida
Community Service/Fundraising Maria McNealy + Thi Tran
2009-2010 District vii Representatives Sharmaine Placides + Harvey Samaco
Historians Kevin Lacson + Nicole Mones
Cultural Liaisons Edi Loyola + Josh Marzan
Culture Night Chairs Gary Llames + Elijah Trinidad
TYPHOON ONDOY Worst Tropical Depression On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) dropped 455mm of rainfall on Metro Manila, the heaviest rainfall the Philippines has seen in over 40 years. Ondoy left more than 80 percent of Manila flooded. Eight days later on October 3, Typhoon Parma (Pepeng) brought another 685mm of rainfall onto Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines consisting of rural farmlands. What was first a tropical depression, Pepeng became a typhoon that initiated many landslides and left 55,000 houses destroyed. The rainfall broke various dams on the island and brought equal perhaps more devastation compared to Ondoy. Two weeks later, another storm, Typhoon Labit (Ramil) threatened the Philippines with more rainfall. The fourth typhoon to threaten the Philippines, Mirinae (Santi), hit the coast of Manila and brought more rainfall and forceful winds. Within 1 month, the four typhoons caused more than 800 casualties and displaced hundreds more Filipino Americans Coming Together at Virginia Commonwealth University (FACT@VCU) in District VII held a talent showcase benefit for Typhoon Ondoy. Donations of food, clothing, and money were accepted. All donations were given to the Filipino-American Association of Central Virginia (FAACV) to be shipped to the Philippines. Whatever monetary donations were collected by FACT, FAACV matched. What can we do? Various organizations are accepting cash and in-kind donations. Some organizations are but not limited to ABSCBN Foundation, the Philippines National Red Cross, the Alaya Foundation, and UNICEF.
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MANY THANKS Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Ms. Beverly Walker University Student Commons & Activities Ms. Valerie Vaughn Ms. Monique Sample Ms. Regina Kenny Dr. Reuben Rodridguez FACT@VCU Culture Night Volunteers Gerry Llames, Radiant Printing, Inc. Backstage, LLC Mr. Mike Valaika Mr. Aaron Patterson Filipino Intercollegiate National DIalogue, Inc. District Seven Organization of Young Filipino Americans at the University of Virginia Filipino American Student Association at Old Dominion University Filipino American Student Association at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Filipino American Student Association at the College of William & Mary Tidewater Community College Vietnamese Student Association at Virginia Commonwealth University Chinese Student Association at Virginia Commonwealth University Korean Unity Gathering at Virginia Commonwealth University Lambda Phil Epsilon, Inc. Virginia Commonwealth University Chapter Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Virginia Commonwealth University Chapter Black Student Union at Virginia Commonwealth University Hometeam Bar & Grille J9 Shoppe Alagaban family Millete family Paat family Zeroâ€™s Subs Lee Khleang for the Raindance + BoDillaz flyer designs Edi Loyola for the DVII Charity Ball flyer design FACT@VCU Alumni FACT@VCU E-board & Council FACT@VCU General Members FACT@VCU Culture Night Committee FACT@VCU Families, Friends, & Supporters
FACT@VCU LOGO CREATED BY IRIC CATBAGAN
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This logo is inspired by the unity and the aim of Filipino Americans Coming Together; to not only unite those of us within the culture and bring us closer to our own heritage, but to introduce our culture to those around us; to educate our peers.
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The main focus is the two rings and the filled semi-circle. This is a graphic representation of the Philippines. It also serves as a visual allegory for the links we create within the group. The two linked rings represents the links FACT strives to create between its members and with other cultures. The filled circle at the end of the links represents the fulfillment of knowledge. This logo can be used with the type treatment or it can be used on its own as the symbol of FACT. It allows for an unobtrusive logo that can be used on flyers, posters, letterheads, and other PR pieces. Due to its simplicity it is easy customizable to fit withany piece, the color is easy to change and is not lost when changed to black and white, being that the meaning is conveyed purely through the form not the color. Iricâ€™s aim with the logo is to create a timeless and unobtrusive logo that is versatile as well as customizable to represent the ideals of FACT.
You will be remembered.