“If Only” will be showing at the San Diego Asian Film Festival

November 7, 2013


Are you attending SDAFF this year? Wondering what film to catch? Come and check out “If Only” – which is a filipino film that portrays love in a way that is refreshingly earnest in all its tragic irony. IF ONLY does exactly that. The film practically swept the awards at the Director’s Showcase of this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, and shows us that Filipino cinema is ready, and able, to step up its game. (Credit: http://festival.sdaff.org/2013/films/if-only/).
FilAmFest will also be co-presenting this film showing.

Showtimes for “If Only”:

November 8
Digiplex Mission Valley

November 10
Digiplex Mission Valley

November 11
Digiplex Mission Valley

Watch the Trailer:

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Registrar of Voters!

November 7, 2013

Registrar of Voters

Help our community and get them to vote! Serve for your area now as a Filipino-English bilingual poll worker. We need your help in different parts of the city. Receive a volunteer stipend of $75 to $175 depending on assignment, an additional $15 for bilingual Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Visit http://www.sdvote.com and the flyer below for more information.

Click Registrar of Voters Page_92513 to view the flyer for poll worker registry information for your location.

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Friends of FilAmFest & FilAmFest sponsoring an SDAFF film

October 22, 2013


Aming Mga Kaibigan: Be a Friend of FilAmFest!
FilAmFest believes civic engagement is core to our overarching promise of increasing collaboration and service between organizations and generations. As a member of Friends of FilAmFest, you give back to ensuring scholarship and leadership development for future generations. Become a member by November 7, and we’ll give you a t-shirt and free ticket to this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF). Visit our website for more information.

FilAmFest @ SDAFF
We’re proud to sponsor The film that practically swept the awards at the Director’s Showcase of this year’s 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in the Philippines.

Film showing: “IF ONLY”
It is the day of Andrea’s wedding to Robert, who possesses the golden trifecta of in-law acceptance: he’s handsome, powerful, and, most importantly, wealthy. Yet, she is clearly distracted. Dennis, the wedding videographer, arrives to shoot some pre-wedding interviews and it is clear to Andrea, and the rest of us watching, that Dennis knows a little too much about the bride-to-be. More questions about Andrea and Dennis begin to arise, and slowly her secret past is revealed and we begin to learn exactly why Andrea is so unsure about her pending marriage.

Join us at Digiplex Mission Valley on November 8, 2013 for the 4:15 pm for the FilAmFest sponsored showing. Don’t forget to wear your Friends of FilAmFest t-shirt!

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Thank you everyone for a successful festival!

October 14, 2013


Thanks for helping us with a successful festival this year. Without you, this festival wouldn’t have been possible. Please look out via our website for more information concerning next year for our 10th Annual FilAmFest! See you all in October 2014!  

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Join our Passport Program to Win Prizes!

October 4, 2013
This year, you have the chance to win one of many prizes, including a signed Manny Pacquiao glove with our Passport Program!

At FilAmFest, pick up a souvenir program to receive access to our FilAmFest Passport Program. By visiting vendors, sponsors and community sponsors, you must complete various tasks to receive a stamp. 

For every 4 boxes stamped, you will receive a ticket to be entered in the opportunity drawing. If you complete the whole passport, you will receive an extra ticket, as well as a commemorative FilAmFest 2013 ribbon!

Good luck to all those who participate! 

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FilAmFest Preview Night

September 28, 2013


The event provides an intimate preview of activities and entertainment for the ninth annual FilAmFest.

As part of its mission to promote, organize, and cultivate the Filipino American community through service and collaboration, FilAmFest provides scholarships with awards of up to $500 for high school and college students. Awardees and family members will receive special acknowledgement as part of the evening program.

Sponsors, local dignitaries and the public-at-large are invited to honor scholars and other unsung heroes at FilAmFest.

A $15 donation covers appetizers and drinks for attendees.

Guest Entertainment:
- Local singer sensation Katriz Trinidad
- No Reception (also performing at FilAmFest on October 5)

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/407268639396049/

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Introducing FilAmFest’s FilAmGames

September 27, 2013

Guest post by Anthony DeGuzman

FilAmGames Flyer

Largely inspired by Friendship Games presented every year by CSUF PASA Kaibigan, FilAm Games are a series of picnic like games that involve teamwork and creativity, which are competitive but friendly in nature,. Energetic and fun, FilAm Games are created and sponsored by the local San Diego Filipino Collegiate groups that will help bridge the gap between those in high school and those in college, These team based games are designed to provide fun activities for teens and up, and will definitely make you enjoy your time here at FilAmFest!

So without further ado, here are the games!

Alpine Green (aka Wooden Slippers)
In this game, 16 players divided into 2 teams of 8 must relay race across a field against each other with a pair of wooden skis attached to their feet. Each team is further divided by placing 4 of their players on opposite sides of the field, who will switch with their other teammates once the first group have reached the other side of the field. When the first 4 reaches the opposite side of the field and passes the end line, the remaining 4 players must get on to the same skis and race towards the other side of the field to beat the other team. Once all players have crossed the fields in their skis, a corresponding referee will raise his or her hand to signify team completion of the race. The teams may not switch skis until the end of each ski crosses the end line. If a player falls off, that player must get off the wooden ski while the rest of the team continues on. If 3 out of the 4 players fall off, that team is disqualified. Each player must face forward with their feet attached to the wooden skis at all times during the relay race and cannot win unless the ends of the skis pass the finish line. This game requires  teamwork, timing and communication for those who are interested.

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FilAmFest’s Literature Out Loud (aka Literary Area)

September 25, 2013
This year, FilAmFest is introducing the Literature Out Loud area for festival attendees to laugh, cry and participate in story-telling workshops through out the day during the festival. At designated times during the day, visit the literary area to meet different Filipino and Filipino American writers as they share their stories with you.

To RSVP for a workshop, email 

“Where Meals Meet Stories”
Instructor: Bridget Crenshaw Mabunga
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Most of us can rattle off a number of meals that left a lasting impression. Maybe there’s a secret soup your family serves every third Thursday in March. Maybe it was the salad that started a family feud. Food permeates our lives, but we often let the stories associated with the meal sink within—forgetting stories create us like the tongue creates flavor. Reflecting on all the senses and events associated with the meals we can never forget, we’ll create annotate recipes that reveal the foundation behind the food. Exact measurements and ingredients don’t matter as much as the feelings and experiences associated with the recipe.

Spaces limited to 10-12 participants.
Please email Jennifer@kartikareview.com to save a spot!


Bridget Crenshaw Mabunga earned her MA in Creative Writing from CSU, Sacramento where she won Bazanella award for graduate creative nonfiction. She is a freelance writer (www.bcmabunga.com), adjunct writing instructor and co-owner/writer for the award-winning blog Food, Love & Tradition (www.foodloveandtradition.com) and was an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine for four years. Her work has appeared in Under the Gum Tree, Falcon Scratch and Kartika Review—which resulted in a Pushcart nomination in December 2012. Much of her writing inspiration comes from the joy and hilarity of navigating an interracial marriage and leaning to embrace difference.


FilAmFest Volunteer Announcements!

September 24, 2013
If you going to volunteer at FilAmFest on October 5, volunteer orientation will be this week!
Dates: September 25 & 26 
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. at 
Location: Kalusugan Community Services in National City (1419 E 8th St  National City, CA 91950)

There will also be a community clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
Community Clean-Up Info:
Date: September 28
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Paradise Hills Park (on Paradise Valley Road between Woodman Street & Gilmartin Avenue)
If you are interested in volunteering at FilAmFest on October 5, applications are available at http://filamfest.org/volunteers. Please send applications (scanned or snap a picture) to volunteer@filamfest.org.
To stay in touch, chat with other volunteers, make new friends, and stay connected to upcoming community events, join the FilAmFest Volunteer Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404191103142237/

Take a peek to see who’s performing at FilAmFest on Oct. 5th

September 21, 2013

You can see all these wonderful acts come October 5 to FilAmFest!
This is a year you wouldn’t want to miss!

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