By Gabbie Corral |Staff Writer|
The promoters of Filipino American Jam hope their upcoming event will be the most successful cultural event in CSUSB history for Lubos PASO.
The Filipino American Student Organization, also known as Lubos PASO here on campus, held it’s first official meeting of the Spring 2012 quarter on Wednesday, April 11, where its main purpose was to preview and discuss preparations for the highly anticipated Fil Am Jam, to be held on April 26.
According to Lubos PASO club president William Macale, this year’s Fil Am Jam will highlight singers, dancers, actors and musicians, which reflect a mixture of the historical Filipino culture and modern Filipino practices.
The purpose of the event is not only to share entertainment, but to raise money and awareness for the need of medical attention in the Philippines. This year, Lubos PASO is working with the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino which will send medical missions to the Philippines to give medical attention to those in need.
“This year will be our fifth year hosting the benefit show and we expect to sell out,” said Vice President of Finance, Justin Balancio.
Because a huge turnout for the event is anticipated, San Bernardino has decided to sponsor this year’s Fil Am Jam and which broadcast on Channel 3.
The highlighting acts include YouTube sensations Michael Alvarado, Carissa Rae and AJ Rafael. These are up-and-coming artists that are becoming fairly well known throughout the Inland Empire and Southern California. The artists have a few songs on iTunes if you wish to preview their music before the event.
Other acts include dancers with genres ranging from modern to hip hop to traditional Filipino, which require male dancers to wear traditional outfits, such as a Bahag. The Fil Am Jam, however, is not the only event Lubos PASO is looking forward to this quarter. Club members are constantly planning events and have many more in store for CSUSB.
According to Macale, upcoming events include their very popular Stussy clothing sale on May 10, participation in this year’s Relay For Life on May 4 and 5 and their Celebration of Filipino Culture show (CPC) on May 26. “I think what makes our club stand out is that we are a very diverse group of individuals,” said Balancio. “We’re trying to spread the Filipino culture through campus in many different ways.”
As the largest club on campus with 110 members, it is greatly emphasized that you do not have to be of Filipino descent to join. “We’re all about spreading the love,” said Balancio.
Members of Lubos PASO are pumped for their fifth annual Fil Am Jam on April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Santos Manual Student Union Event Center.
They have high expectations for this year’s turn out.
If you are interested in joining Lubos PASO or wish to attend the Fil Am Jam, you can contact William Macale or attend a club meeting held every other Wednesday in the SMSU Theater. Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door.