The Philippine Student Association at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is proud to present our third annual Filipino Culture Night!DINNER Traditional Filipino cuisine will be served in the dinner portion of [...]
The Philippine Student Association at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is proud to present our third annual Filipino Culture Night!
Traditional Filipino cuisine will be served in the dinner portion of our benefit concert. The dinner will be an opportunity to learn more about ARK and their cause. Brief performances showcasing Filipino culture will also be held.
The show portion of our benefit concert will feature performances from UIUC’s PSA, other MAFA School’s PSAs, other cultural organizations on campus. Acts will include singing, dance, multimedia, and much, much more!
DINNER STARTS @ 4:00 p.m., PRESBY HALL (DOORS OPEN @ 3:30 p.m.)
SHOW STARTS @ 7:00 p.m., LINCOLN HALL THEATER (DOORS OPEN @ 6:30 p.m.)
$5 for dinner
$5 for show
(NOTE: both prices will increase at the door on the day of the event)
Performers in FCN will be selling tickets. For any questions and concerns, please email email@example.com
WHAT IS FCN?
Filipino Culture Night is our yearly benefit concert, consisting of a dinner and show, in which we invite others to experience and celebrate Filipino culture. Every year, proceeds raised from our dinner and show, along with smaller fundraising events held throughout the year, are dedicated to a specific charitable cause, in line with FCN’s core mission: giving back to the Philippines and raising awareness for the country’s ongoing needs.
ADVANCEMENT FOR RURAL KIDS (ARK) AND THIS YEAR’S THEME
The charity for this year’s FCN is the Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK). Founded in 2008, ARK’s core mission is to “feed and get kids back to school in the developing world.” ARK strives to accomplish this by providing nutritious meals and educational resources to schoolchildren in rural communities. In addition, ARK seeks to implement sustainable and vital economic models in these communities as a way to lift themselves out of poverty. With this strategy, ARK has the ultimate goal of empowering these children and their families so that they can dream of a brighter future.
The theme for this year’s show is “Balikbayan: The Way Home”. The technical meaning of balikbayan is “a Filipino overseas worker, or a former Filipino citizen and his or her family who had been naturalized in a foreign country and comes or returns to the Philippines”. Our interpretation of balikbayan in regards to our show and storyline is “a Filipino returning to his or her home”. Home can mean multiple things for people. It could mean a physical place but in this case, home is where family is.
In the storyline, a Filipino family in the Philippines is separated once the mother makes the tough decision to go to America to support her family financially. Part of the family stays in the Philippines while the other part of the family travels to the United States. The family promises to keep in touch via letters they send in the Balikbayan boxes until they are reunited again in the United States. Throughout their journey, we see despite the barriers of physical distance and living in different cultural settings family bonds remain strong.
By supporting ARK, we are supporting families that want to rise above their current circumstances but still keep familial bonds strong like the family in the storyline.
(Saturday) 3:30 pm
405 East John Street Champaign, IL 61820
Philippine Student Association at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign