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100 Years of Filipino American History Showcased in Tribal Cafe Exhibit
In 1906, fifteen Filipinos immigrated to the United States to work in Hawaii’s sugar plantations. A hundred years later, Filipinos have become a formidable cultural presence, and their hundred years of American immigration is celebrated by everyone from the Smithsonian to the Los Angeles Planning Committee.

The history of Filipino-American migration is a rich one, marked with joy and sorrow alike, all of which is now chronicled by a new visual art exhibit entitled, “Filipino American Migration, A Century Hence.”

“Filipino American Migration, a Century Hence” opened July 9 in conjunction with Echo Park’s Lotus Festival and the Smithsonian’s Filipino Centennial Celebration, and it will run until August 5. It illustrates several eclectic perspectives, as the Filipino and Filipino-American artists range from 20-60 years of age. Each piece is inspired by the artists’ personal experience with Filipino migration and assimilation. Featured local favorites include Alfie Ebojo, Faustino Caigoy, Phloe Pontae, Mark Canto, Rey Zipagan, and Mark Justiniani & Joy Mallari.

The exhibit will be held at Historic Filipinotown’s trendy Tribal Café, located at 1651 Temple St. #A, Los Angeles. The café, decked in cultural art and tribal décor, is a popular hangout for the Los Angeles artistic and cultural community. It specializes in fresh and authentic Mexican, Filipino, and Health foods, as well as [community/artistic sharing/???].

Live performances occur almost nightly, and the café has been venue to popular artists such as Family Tree Analog and Dressed for Dresden, as well as various events, including Tapsilog Nights, cultural celebrations, and several Open Mic Nights.

Jazz fusion group MPG Project will also soon be making an appearance, as they are scheduled to perform at a Jazz Mamba reception for the exhibit on July 28th from 8:00 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Admission is free and the affair is open to the public. The reception will be followed by an open discussion about their work and experience in migration.

Viewing the exhibit is a wonderful way to reach a deeper understanding of Filipino migration history, as well as great exposure to community art. A festive jazz reception with delicious and healthy food only adds to the experience. Everyone is encouraged to come to this celebrated event.

For more information about the exhibit or the reception, please contact Jilly Canizares at FilAm Arts, at (323) 913-4663, or email her at jilly@filamarts.org. Go to www.tribalcafe.comfor more information.
07.26.06 by OC
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