October is not just for wearing Halloween costumes and collecting candy. It is the month for Pilipino-Americans to celebrate their heritage. Samahang Pilipino (SP), a student-run organization based on Pilipino culture, presents a series of events from Week 2 to Week 5 to honor this time. The kick-off event was the Pilipino-American History Month (PAHM) Art Exhibit on Monday, October 5th hosted at Kerckhoff Art Gallery. Many were enraptured by the various art work covering the walls such as traditional paintings to pop art. Artists include Lor Sumagaysay, Susanito Sarnate, Fred Juson, Rodney Martinez, Revo Yanson, and Rommel Clavecillas. Rick Bergancia and Rafael Maniago were also there to perform live art by sketching and painting visitors. Loralei Rose Bingamon, a collage artist, was also there to speak. For the opening, the Tinig choral group performed “Mga Munting Tinig”. It was a crowded night. Afterwards, several visitors mingled with the artists, some gazed at the art, and some donated money to a disaster-relief fund to assist the flood victims in the Philippines. Visitors ranged from students to local residents.
For Week 3, students included storytelling on “coming out” in the Student Activities Center for the National Coming Out Week, recognizing the LGBT community among Pilipino-Americans. Tonight at 5:30pm at Kerckhoff Grand Salon is a special event for Pilipino authors and veterans to share their stories of hardships and achievements with students. Next Wednesday night, there will be an open mic night for singers, musicians, poets, and dancers to express themselves.
by Stepfanie Aguilar
Stepfanie Aguilar is a 2nd undeclared student, hoping to major in World Arts and Culture. Someday, she will tour the world and own tons of albums full of postcards and photography.