Archive for March 9th, 2009

Barrio Fiesta 2009

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Wow…I can’t believe it’s already that time of year again. Truly crazy how soon it’s all come round! The fabulous students of USF’s Kasamahan are already putting on their annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN), Barrio Fiesta, this coming weekend! (A little ominous perhaps that it opens on Friday the 13th, but let’s all cross our fingers, avoiding stepping on any cracks,  and not be too superstitious about all that.) While there has been no official Barrio Fiesta class like the one I taught last year, I’m still peripherally attached to the production as an advisor, of sorts. The usual pre-show pandemonium is in full-effect, but I’m confident that these guys will pull it off beautifully, as always.

The theme underpinning the show this year is Pinayism in the face of adversity, and the students are taking on some very charged subject matter–sexual trafficking– in the skits that are interspersed with the traditional dance numbers. I’m really proud of them for being willing to address such a dark subject while weaving in a message of strength and resilience. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

So. If you’ve never been to a PCN, or it’s been a while since your last one, or hell, even if was only last year that you saw one, come support Kasamahan and come to one of their performances this coming weekend! The students really sacrifice a ton to put this thing on, and your support of all their talent and energy is much appreciated.

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USF’s 36th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night – BARRIO FIESTA 2K9

USF Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd, San Francisco

Shows are Friday 3/13 and Saturday 3/14
Doors open @ 6:30PM, Show STARTS @ 7:00PM

Ticket Prices:
Student – $12
General – $20
Group – $10/tix for a group of 8 or more students.

If you would like to purchase tickets, or have any questions, contact us at USFKasamahan (at) gmail.com.

Mindanao

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Always interesting to see a little smidge of international focus on the Philippines, if not more. A few pics, courtesy of the BBC Online’s popular Day In Pictures feature. (And I don’t want to diminish the seriousness of the painful conditions in the south, but really, it might be time for the guerrilla fighters to, er, reconsider their acronym.)

BBC Day In Pictures: Mindanao Conflict (9 pictures)

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrilla fighters want a separate Muslim homeland in the southern Philippines.
Since a peace deal with the government collapsed, some have abandoned the ceasefire.