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From the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Workshop

Join us for a special songwriting workshop on April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! Songwriting workshop participants will have the opportunity to showcase their compositions at the Music Education & Outreach Recital on May 18, which culminates the 2018-2019 FASO Music Education & Outreach Program year.

You can find an enrollment form here or at the bottom of this page.

A photo of Pete Avendaño in promotion of FASO@10 at the Alex Theater on November 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Artist Spotlight: Tenor & Music Educator Pete Avendaño

Next up in this FASO@10 spotlight series is tenor and music educator Christopher “Pete” Avendaño! Watch Pete and many more at “FASO@10: A Decade of Music, Harmony and Community” on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Alex Theatre!

A photo of Pete Avendaño in promotion of FASO@10 at the Alex Theater on November 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.

1. Pete Avendaño’s no stranger to FASO! He performed in our inaugural concert at the Saban Theater. Here’s his hauntingly beautiful performance of “Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan” at the concert!

2. His music career took off when he joined the Tiples de Santo Domingo, the oldest boy’s choir in the Philippines! During his time in the ensemble, he was often featured as a boy soprano soloist.

3. Pete later earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Santo Tomas, where he joined the acclaimed UST Singers. With the ensemble, he embarked on concert tours to Europe, North America and South America! While he was a student at the UST Conservatory, he performed in Singapore Lyric Opera productions of “Il Pagliacci,” “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Il Trovatore” and “Macbeth!”

4. Pete’s a passionate and driven music educator. Under his direction, the Immaculate heart of Mary Children’s Choir has won accolades and awards at home and abroad! The ensemble won two silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati. They performed at the 2015 National Children’s Chorus Festival at Carnegie Hall, the 2015 International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Vatican City and Rome, and the 2017 Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, among others. Here’s a sample of the choir’s award-winning sound!

5. Pete’s hobbies include gardening and working on DIY projects. He’s also been a huge Lakers fan since 1984!

A photo of Pete Avendaño and his sons at a Laker Game in promotion of FASO@10 at the Alex Theater on November 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.
And undoubtedly, a devoted father.

Be a part of this history-making event as FASO celebrates 10 years of Filipino musical creativity and artistry on Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., at the Alex Theatre, on 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203. Order 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.

There are also 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 advertisementforms here and view sponsorship forms here! Send all forms for advertisements and sponsorships to ads@fasofoundation.org no later than Oct. 15Questions? 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.

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

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