Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Universal Filipino at La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA


For Immediate Release:

What happens when Manny Pacquaio takes off his boxing gloves? What happens when the Jabbawockeez take off their masks? What happens when the Invisible Scratch Pickles, Beat Junkies & 5th Platoon pack up their turntables after rocking a party? What happens when Arnel Pineda of Journey puts down the microphone?

These iconic Filipino/Filipino Americans go home and live their lives. The contemporary Filipino and Filipino American experience is a renaissance journey filled with incredible talent, tremendous struggle and resilient hard work. Yes, we are in the process of reclaiming our authentic artistic expressions and defining our own legacy!

Welcome to the moment where we can be completely free, where we can kick off our time traveling shoes, put to rest our Lapu Lapu shield of historical protection and bury the eskinol skin whitening, soul crushing centuries of colonial tears. Welcome to the post-modern-technological world of being a UNIVERSAL FILIPINO.

On October 21st, 2011, at the La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA, audiences will experience the return of a Hip Hop Theater Production entitled, UNIVERSAL FILIPINO. Written and performed by Kilusan Bautista, a Bay Area, CA raised and New York City based performance artist; with special artistic direction by Lia McPherson, a Brooklyn based performance artist.

UNIVERSAL FILIPINO cultivates the artistic aesthetics of Hip Hop Theater, Spoken Word Poetry, Emceeing and Interpretive Movement to offer a creative and cutting edge presentation. There is a battle underway deep within our minds and souls. UNIVERSAL FILIPINO is a new solo Hip Hop Theater production that brings to life the internal battles for Americanized children of immigrant parents. During his youth, Kilusan is haunted by a historic hater who wishes to destroy his self-esteem by influencing him into a helpless, violent and psychologically troubled state of existence. Malakas is an ancestral guardian spirit who exists to guide Kilusan in remembering his true self worth and connection to his people. It is now up to Kilusan to make the right choices as a youth of color in urban, working class America. Shall he fall victim to the statistics of growing up in a “high risk” environment, polluted with drugs, violence and crime? Or shall Kilusan find his Destiny and live a life that possesses knowledge of self?

Set within the 1980’s and 1990’s, Bay Area, CA, UNIVERSAL FILIPINO will take audiences on a journey of struggle and redemption. The challenge for youth of color in America is not just black and white. The stories for Americanized, so called “2nd generation”, children of immigrant parents are continuing to surface as a reminder of the need to balance, validate and make sense of all the cultural world’s represented in one’s identity. Are you ready to experience a thought provoking, ‘Edu-tainment’ reality that brings you closer to the universal family living room?

Community Partners:

United Playaz;

SFC Boxing;

Urban Healing Tour

La Pena Cultural Arts Center;

Urban Crazes;

2nd GEN;

Open Line Media


Philippine American Writers Association;

Bindlestiff Studios

Hyphen Magazine;

Poor Magazine;


PapaLoDown PR

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