Filipina Fest 2020: Artists and performers converge online to celebrate women’s culture and history

In March International Women’s Month, amid the coronavirus crisis — the Los Angeles based nonprofit FilAm ARTS is making sure the community continues to celebrate Filipina culture and heritage.

They planned a grand celebration this past weekend, but because of social distancing and stay at home orders, the first-ever Filipina Fest had to take place online.

“Thank you to the artists, FilAm ARTS exist for the artists,” says G Tongi. “Together with your support and supporting the artists, that’s what matters.”

From yoga, to Filipino literature and entertainment, Filipinas from around the world logged on for the four-hour virtual celebration.

Jocelyn Enriquez, Kiana Valenciano, and Ruby Ibarra gave performances from the comfort of their homes, while providing messages of hope.

“Even with how society is right now, artists, even people within my community, I see them online as well, I see artists continuing to work, thank you so much for platforms like zoom where it allows us to still collaborate with each other,” said Ibarra.

As hundreds logged on and off throughout the 4-hour live event, tens of thousands more have since watched it on FilAm ARTS Facebook page. Getting some much-needed entertainment and inspiration during these trying times.

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