Kilusan Pilipino: Annual Benefit Concert
On Friday, Jan. 16 from 6:30-9 p.m., Pacific’s Filipino cultural club, Kilusan Pilipino, hosted their 3rd Annual Benefit Concert, Isang P.U.S.O., in the DeRosa University Center.
Kilusan Pilipino translates to “Pilipino Movement,” while isang puso means “one heart” in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. P.U.S.O. also stands for Pilipinos United to Serve Others. This year, donations helped provide mentors, food and school supplies for children at the Mission Harvest Christian Church of Narra in Gloria, Mindoro Oriental, Philippines, and also fund the inception and sustentation of the downtown Stockton-located Filipino American National Historical Society National Museum.
Composed of students from all years, the night’s lineup proved worthy of the Pacific and Stockton community’s assistance. Introduced by dynamic emcees Regine Padilla ’17 and Jonel Ednalino ‘18, the concert began with duo Stephanie Quan ‘18 and Vivian Tran ‘18, followed by freshman Jenna Gomez’s soulful acoustic renditions.
Vallejo rapper Rida la Rue performed two original songs, and Bay Area-based pair Gerard San Juan and Angela Solis followed with a harmonic cover.
Returning favorite duo Diana Wang and Jenn Montemayor engaged the audience with three songs. Tryshna Malonzo ’16 finished the first act with a heartfelt ballad in Tagalog.
Audience members were urged to purchase raffle tickets toward local prizes to support the charities during intermission.
The program resumed with quartet Sugah Sheryl and the Sugah Cubes —Sheryl Velasquez ‘17, Byron Castaneda ’17, Jenna Gomez ’18 and Jonel Ednalino ’18 — serving up some sweet tunes. California State University East Bay singer Megan Pineda followed with two powerful interactive performances.
America’s Got Talent Season 7 powerhouses, high school duo Josh Raymundo and Micah Gregorio, wowed the crowd with two formidable covers.
Crooning two popular contemporary songs, Jessica Matias ’17 and Jay Sanidad joined forces as Jaysica. Concluding the vocalist performances, Local Neighbors rapped an original single.
Community organization Little Manila Dance Collective, dedicated to preserving traditional Filipino dance, performed several numbers in traditional dress. Xi Chi Sigma, Pacific’s Asian Interest fraternity, concluded the night with a roll call and step routine.
Kilusan Pilipino once again put on a successful benefit concert, raising both money and awareness for two significant Pilipino community causes.
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