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- April 17 to 19: Attend the first ever SPNP|FAAP HOMECOMING in celebration of 50 years of Philippine folk dancing in Greater Pittsburgh Area
- April 18: Come and experience the best of Philippine's traditional dances at FAAP's PARANGAL show
- The Filipino American community of Pittsburgh thanks Mayor Peduto for declaring April 18, 2015 Parangal Cultural Show Day!
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April 18, 2015 is Parangal Cultural Show Day in Pittsburgh!
The Filipino American community of Pittsburgh thanks Mayor Bill Peduto and his staff for commending our organization and declaring April 18, 2015 "Parangal Cultural Show Day"!
The FAAP Dance Troupe ends a very special season of celebration to mark its 50 years of Philippine folk dancing in the Greater Pittsburgh area with a cultural presentation “Parangal”. Parangal is a Tagalog word which means tribute. The season’s performances are centered on the whole idea of honoring not only the Filipino heritage but the founding fathers of the Samahang Pilipino Ng Pittsburgh (SPNP), FAAP, Dance Troupe, the choreographers, dance instructors, dancers, supporters and volunteers for the past 50 years. It also recognizes that by continuing the legacy of Philippine folk dancing, the present generation is passing down a gift or the heritage to the next.
For more info, go to the Parangal event page
Calling all SPNP/FAAP members (past and present)!
You are invited to the first ever HOMECOMING in celebration of 50 years of Philippine folk dancing in Greater Pittsburgh Area.
- Reconnect with friends and families in Pittsburgh
See the transformation of Pittsburgh
Click here to watch a short video on today's Pittsburgh.
- Enjoy watching the golden anniversary cultural presentation: PARANGAL, a Tribute to the Past, a Gift for the Future
- Relive your dancing days. Participate in the Parangal cultural show
- Share experiences, ideas and vision with former and current members of the dance troupe
- Be an encouragement to current members of the FAAP Dance Troupe as they grow into the next 50 years
Please let us know if you or someone you know plan to attend (even if not 100% sure). Call 724-498-6757 or email homecoming@theFAAP.org.
For more information or to view old SPNP/FAAP photos,
visit the Homecoming Facebook Page
Day 1 - Friday, April 17
- 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration. Welcome Reception
- 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dress rehearsal for the Parangal show
- 9:00 pm Pittsburgh at Night
Central Catholic High School: 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(Salsa Dancing at Cavo, Strip District)
Day 2 - Saturday, April 18
- 8:30 – 12:30 Family tour of Pittsburgh. Lunch
- 3:00 pm PARANGAL show
- 6:00 pm HOMECOMING BANQUET
*Free* to out-of-town guests. Limited to 55 seats. Reservation required
Central Catholic High School:
4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Click here for more information and to order tickets online
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
419 South Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Live Music by The Stargazer Band of Pittsburgh
DAY 3 - Sunday, April 19
- 10:00 am *Free* Brunch Buffet / Open Forum
- Send Off
Share experiences. Explore the Dance Troupe vision!
- Friends, families
- Local hotels
- Host families (Please send your request ASAP)
Phone: 724-728-2296 or 724-498-6757
For more info, go to www.facebook.com/SPNP.FAAP.Homecoming
Message from the FAAP President
Happy New Year! May we all have love, joy and inner peace.
Time flies by but my passion for the FAAP remains as strong as ever. On behalf of the board members and officers of the FAAP, I express my appreciation and gratitude to all the past SPNP/FAAP leaders, donors, friends, volunteers and supporters for your generosity, trust and confidence in me.
The FAAP is very much involved with the three pillars of the association. I encouraged everyone to volunteer either time or financial support to a project of your choice. You will be amazed of how we have achieved our vision/mission through the years. Yes, we might have some differences, just like any other organization, but with our collective wisdom, guided by our core values, I firmly believe we have managed very well. Thanks to all, our organization has flourished through its more than 50 years of existence. Congratulations to all!
We have several challenges ahead this year: the completion of the Philippine Nationality Room at the University Of Pittsburgh's Cathedral Of Learning, and the capital campaign for a Philippine Center. We all need to work together in unity and set aside our differences to enable us to realize our dreams for both of these projects as our lasting legacy to our children. I envision the Philippine Center as being the home of the FAAP and the FAAP dance troupe, which is the artistic and cultural pride of the Filipinos in Pittsburgh.
We are witnessing an ever increasing wave of ethnic migration in Pittsburgh that is reminiscent of European migration in the early 19th century, but this time from a wider range of ethnic origins from all over the world. We anticipate that this new wave of current migrations will also be Pittsburgh’s backbone for progress in to this new century. In today’s increasing trend toward globalization, American cities, whose ethnic and cultural diversity are progressive and robust, stand the greatest chance of attracting a wide range of economic-related activities both locally and globally ranging from tourism and culture, international business, international student and scholar recruitment in academics and industry to global exchange of ideas, technology and innovation.
Pittsburgh is rising up as a leader in “outside-the-box” ideas and solutions to current socio-economic challenges. There’s a timely need for proactive vision and broad diversity that encourage a working plan to establish and maintain a creative, coordinated and collaborated environment for the variety of small, emerging but active ethnic groups to develop, nurture and display their unique culture and ideas.
Currently in Pittsburgh, there is no center that is considered “home” to many ethnic minorities suitable to meet their conditions. Hence, we hope the FAAP will lead to establish such an ethnic center. This is an ambitious but practical, high-impact project which can help ensure that the city will continue its track towards an even more culturally vibrant and economically robust community, capable of global leadership on all aspects of life for decades to come.
We’ve seen this model work successfully in the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh. First and foremost, we would like to expand this vision and purpose with its accompanying cultural and economic benefits to include other ethnic organizations currently seeking to establish their roots, in order to grow and thrive here in Pittsburgh.
At the proposed Center, we will be able to teach our children pride in their identity so they can take the rightful place in the world, knowing we are a gifted, hardworking, and talented people. We envision to have a library with a Filipiniana collection of books and artwork by our great writers, poets, historians, and national artists. Once children know their roots, they’ll be able to overcome any adversity in their lives. Believe me, I am speaking through experience. I have too many bumps along the road, but I was able to overcome all of them.
I have many lasting friendships that have enriched my life immensely. Thank you for allowing me to serve FAAP in our community. I hope to meet most, if not all of you during this year of 2015 and work together with you for the betterment of our community and the continued glory of the FAAP. Together we can make the FAAP as one of the most viable, vibrant and proactive non-profit organization in the City of Pittsburgh.
The FAAP would like to invite you to all their events and schedules for 2015. You can look them up on the event page or on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/theFAAP.org. Most noteably, please join us and see the performance of the FAAP Dance Troupe:
PARANGAL - a tribute to the past, a gift to the future
Saturday, April 18 3:00 pm
Central Catholic High School
4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
I encourage all our members to volunteer, be a member of one of our committees and help us accomplish our mission. Kindly participate in any way. You are the future of FAAP. Help us celebrate Filipino identity and cultural diversity. To our American friends if you like to know more about the Filipino culture, traditions, ethnic dances, music and cuisine, you are welcome to be a member of the FAAP.
Maraming salamat po! Thank you very much!
Teodora "Teody" Gaite Schipper
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