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An image in promotion of "Filipino American Symphony Orchestra @ 10" at the Alex Theatre on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

FASO @ 10: A Decade of Music, Harmony and Community

Join the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra for its 10th anniversary concert at the historic Alex Theatre on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 pm! Be a part of this history-making event as FASO celebrates 10 years of advocacy for Philippine creativity and artistry.

Tickets are available online and onsite for $20, $40 and $60. Purchase tickets online here and check out info on the Alex Theatre’s physical box offices here. Children 2 years of age and under may enter for free. Student discounts and group rates apply. Contact Louie Ramos at luisramos91201@gmail.com, for more info on those special prices.

We also have advertising and sponsorship opportunities! Our 10th anniversary Commemorative Book, which will highlight the orchestra’s legacy and future, has a special advertisement section. Here, members and friends of FASO can submit their own written tributes to the orchestra. Businesses can also submit advertisements that highlight their own services. You can also make a donation and get listed in the book on our Donors & Sponsors page! Find advertisement forms here and view sponsorship forms here! Send all forms for advertisements and sponsorships to ads@fasofoundation.org no later than September 25Questions? Email Claire Espina at claire@edelbergandespina.com

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.

An image of clinician Jimmy Borja in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Songwriting Workshop on August 18 and 19 at Glendale Adventist Academy.

Artist Spotlight: Jimmy Borja, Songwriting Workshop Clinician

An image of clinician Jimmy Borja in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Songwriting Workshop on August 18 and 19 at Glendale Adventist Academy.

Our special two-day songwriting workshop on August 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy is just around the corner! Here’s more info on our special workshop here and our registration form here! Get to know one of our accomplished workshop clinicians, songwriter Jimmy Borja, in this last artist spotlight of the series!

1. Jimmy’s most popular song is “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin.” You can hear it on Sarah Geronimo’s variety show “Sarah G Live!,” the teleserye “Tayong Dalawa” and on “The Voice of the Philippines” (“The Voice Kids Philippines” too!) It even inspired a 2013 teleserye of the same name (and it was the show’s theme song of course!) Here’s a recent rendition of the song by its original interpreter, Lani Misalucha!

2. Jimmy’s credentials are incredible. He’s won Awit Awards for Best Ballad Recording, Best Country-Ballad Recording and Best Regional Recording. His songs have been performed and recorded by Rachelle Ann Go, the Philippine Madrigal SingersLea Salonga, among others. He’s in demand as a songwriting clinician as well. He’s conducted songwriting workshops in Nashville, Chicago and Los Angeles!

3. Wanna hear Jimmy sing one of his works? We’ve got you. Here’s his performance of his song “Truest Heart.”

4. Jimmy is a songwriter of great breadth. While his songs are a mainstay in the OPM songbook, he’s made significant contributions to the Nashville music scene—and to EDM! Check out this remix he did for Armin van Buuren!

Learn the fundamentals of songwriting from Jimmy Borja and Dodjie Simon at our Songwriting Workshop August 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy at 700 Kimlin Dr, Glendale, CA 91206. For more information, check out our workshop event page here. Apply here. Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org

A photo of Dodjie Simon, clinician for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) Songwriting Workshop.

Artist Spotlight: Dodjie Simon, Songwriting Workshop Clinician

A photo of Dodjie Simon, clinician for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) Songwriting Workshop.

This summer, FASO’s hosting 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! Learn more about this special workshop here and sign up here! Get to know one of our accomplished workshop clinicians, songwriter Dodjie Simon, in this special artist spotlight!

1. Does Dodjie Simon sound familiar to you all, FASO fans? At “FASO Goes Pops” at the Alex Theater back in 2015, we performed Dodjie’s “Ikaw Lamang” and “Tatak ng Pilipino” with FASO artists Shelby Miguel and Bryce Gomez respectively! We also performed “Tatak ng Pilipino” with 7-year-old vocalist Mirielle Enrique at “FASO is Bach to Rock!” at the Ford Theatres. Watch our performance below!

2. Dodjie 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.

3. 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. He continues to crank out new music through his own music publishing company, Elzar Simon Publishing!

4. Dodjie is leader in both the music world and the corporate world! He’s currently director of New York University‘s Enterprise Data Management Service Management and Infrastructure Support! Over the past 15 years, he’s held CIO-level positions at several other companies.

5. Dodjie earned his degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines. Currently based in New York, he’s married to psychiatrist Elise Nazal Simon and together they have three kids: Joshua, Elisha and Grace. He’s also a foodie and enjoys food from a wide variety of cuisines!

Learn the fundamentals of songwriting from Dodjie Simon at our Songwriting Workshop August 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy at 700 Kimlin Dr, Glendale, CA 91206. For more information, check out our workshop event page here. Apply here. Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org

The finale of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) Music Recital in 2017, which culminated its 2016-2018 Music Education & Outreach Program. Photo by Rick Gavino.

Music Education & Outreach Recital

Watch our Music Education & Outreach students show off what they’ve learned on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Fritchman Auditorium, located at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles! This event is a culminating activity for students who participated in our 2017-2018 Music Education Workshop season! The program will feature both vocal and instrumental performances. This is an adjudicated recital: students will perform for the community, for their fellow musicians and for a panel of music professionals. They’ll receive written evaluations of their performance from our panel.

The program will have two intermissions. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

This ticketed recital is open to the public, but there is no box office onsite. To purchase tickets, please contact Louie Ramos at luisramos91201@gmail.com.

The event is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the California Arts Council, and John DeFato. For more info on our Music Education Workshop Program, check out our web page.

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

A photo in promotion of Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's "Swing the Night Away" at the Signature on May 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m.

Swing the Night Away 2018

*Special Swing Promo: Buy a table and get two tickets FREE! For more details, call a contact below!*

Thanks to popular demand, we’re back swinging the night away on Sunday, May 20! But this time, it’s a masquerade ball! Join guest artists Deedee Magno Hall and The Filharmonic‘s VJ Rosales, and our big band for dinner and swing dancing at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, Calif.! Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Questions? Or ready to swing and nab tickets? Call:
Robert Shroder | 818.395.8936
or Arlene Ferrolino | 213.248.9850

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