|A dance troupe from California performed indigenous dances from the Philippines at the White House celebration.|
You're not alone. Apparently, my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail so I missed the five-hour event.
However, through the courtesy of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and Youtube, you get to watch the whole thing below:
The emcee is Billy Dec, a Filipino/American restaurant owner and entertainer based in Chicago, and member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.
- 1946 - A turning point in FilAm history
- Filpino/American National Museum opens in Stockton
- 15 memorable facts about Filipino/Americans
- Legacy of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
- Filipino veterans: Shameful anniversary for U.S. Congress
- Larry Itliong Day passed by the California Assembly
- 50th Anniversary of the Grape Strike
- Unsung heroes on Memorial Day
The event features Filipino/American artists as well as discussions with prominent celebrities and Administration leaders on issues such as education, veterans, health, and immigration. If you want to see and hear Apl.de.ap's performance, click here.
The audience had to start lining up at 6:45 a.m. to gain access to the White House. I assume the Filipino/Americans arrived on time, right?Five hours! That's a long time to sit through speeches, panels and some cultural presentations. There had to be some food in the back, right? Did they let the guests have baon (take-home food)? Did they break out the Karaoke at the end?