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A promotional image of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) special Songwriting Workshop on August 18 and 19 featuring clinicians Jimmy Borja and Dodjie Simon.

Songwriting Workshop

Join seasoned clinicians Jimmy Borja and Dodjie Simon for a special two-day songwriting workshop on August 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy! Check out our songwriting workshop syllabus here! Songwriting workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform their compositions at the Music Education & Outreach Recital in spring 2019, which culminates the 2018-2019 FASO Music Education & Outreach Program year. Lunch from Porta Via Italian Foods and In-N-Out is provided.

Registration is $50 for students grades 6 to 12, $100 for college students and $150 for adults. If admission’s a bit steep, no worries! Direct all inquiries, including scholarship questions, to pr@fasofoundation.org.

Our esteemed clinicians’ bios are below. You can find an enrollment form here or at the bottom of this page.

Jimmy Borja

Known as an award-winning songwriters’ songwriter, Jimmy Borja writes compelling lyrics for his fresh melodies and inventive chord progressions. Borja was born and raised in the Philippines. He now calls Los Angeles home. Borja’s biggest hits include “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin,” interpreted by Lani Misalucha, “Sana Ngayong Pasko,” the theme song of the TV drama of same name, “If the Feeling is Gone,” interpreted by Kyla, among others. His compositions have been released on Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Star Music, among others. His works have been performed and recorded by Sarah Geronimo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and EDM DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren, among others. A much sought-after songwriting clinician and mentor, Borja has conducted songwriting workshops in Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, and most recently in San Francisco at the 27th Annual West Coast Songwriters Music Conference.

Dodjie Simon

Dodjie Simon is an award-winning and prolific OPM songwriter. He composed “Ikaw Lamang,” popularized by Zsa Zsa Padilla. He won Grand Prize at the 1999 Metropop Music Festival with his song “Can’t Stop Loving You,” interpreted by Lani Misalucha. His other awards include the Grand Prize at the Asia Song Festival with “You Lift Me Up,” interpreted by Jaya, and second place at the Manila International Song Festival with “One More Time,” also interpreted by Lani Misalucha. Dodjie was former president of KATHA, an organization of Filipino composers, and Vice-President of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP) from 1995 to 2000.

Photo in promotion of International Space Development Conference's Filipino Heritage Night featuring Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Music Education & Outreach students.

International Space Development Conference Filipino Heritage Night & Fashion Show

One small step for Filipino Heritage Night, one giant leap for Filipinos attending the International Space Development Conference 2018 (ISDC)!

At the ISDC Filipino Heritage Night & Fashion Show organized by the National Space Society, Filipino Heritage Night will have an opportunity to showcase Philippine culture and arts! The evening will feature performances by Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Music Education & Outreach students, vocalists Nayah Damasen, Mikaela Bautista and Christina Blay, singing ventriloquist Shane Selloria, violinist Erica Delos Santos, flautist John Robert Santiago and pianist JP Rogers! Costume and fashion designer Carl Andrada of Carmelo Designs will showcase Philippine-inspired costumes that have gained him acclaim in Los Angeles beauty pageants and fashion shows. Kayamanan ng Lahi, a non-profit cultural organization whose mission is to preserve, promote and present the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music to educate, entertain and enrich, will also be featured as part of the evening’s highlights. Filipino American actor Reggie Lee is featured as a special guest. Lee has appeared in TV shows and movies such as “Grimm”, “Prison Break” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. He’ll be a recipient of a Recognition Certificate from Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

This International Space Development Conference is another landmark for the National Space Society. This year, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will receive the prestigious Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy at the conference. The ISDC aims to present the latest ideas and plans for space travel, space development and space settlements and to offer an opportunity for Filipinos to meet and hear from high-profile speakers and special guests in space travel, such as legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Filipino Heritage Night is a collaborative project underwritten by the Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HiFiNC) through its President Cecilia Ramos and Vice President Leo Pandac, is and supported by the Philippine Consulate Office under the direction of Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz.

Programming is provided by Kayamanan ng Lahi through its leaders Joel and Ave Jacinto and Barbara Ele.

Proceeds benefit Historic Filipinotown Festival 2018 and the HiFiTown Gateway West Project.

For tickets, click here! For more information and/or sponsorship booth opportunities, please call 747.221.2322 or email 5khifirun@gmail.com. For more information about the ISDC conference, visit isdc2018.nss.org

Image in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra College Scholarship

Filipino American Symphony Orchestra College Scholarship

We’re happy to announce that applications for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra College Scholarship are open!

This $1000 scholarship was established for graduating high school seniors that have committed to a degree program at an accredited higher education institution based in the United States. All applicants must write an essay between 1,000 and 1,400 words. The essay prompt is “What does Philippine music mean to you?” Essays can be submitted in the application form below.

Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org.

Applications must be submitted by or before Wednesday, August 1 at 11:55 p.m. PST. Best of luck!

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