Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture 2008
September 6-7  San Pedro, CA
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The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC), an event that I've attended for many years.  The
first time I went was the final year that it was held at LA City College.  That was in the mid-90's and I
can't specifically remember the year because it was so long ago.  After that it moved to San Pedro.  
Luckily for me, that's also were I currently reside.  So, attending this festival is almost a no brainer for
me.  This was the 17th year for this festival and I can't believe that I've been around for most of them.

I've seen this festival grow to become an event that attracts 20,000 - 25,000 people over its two days.  
However, this was the first year that I've seen some downsizing of festival events.  The culinary arts
pavillion, which hosted cooking demonstrations and contests, was eliminated for this year.  Other areas
were smaller in size compared to the year before.  In all, the festival took up less physical space and
there were fewer exhibits, vendors, and activities, but the admission price rose to $7 per day.  In
addition, another group made a decision to hold Pinoyfest, a very similar festival, on the same weekend
and less than one hour's drive away.  However, FPAC's attendance seemed to hold steady.  The
festival was still very crowded and attendance was high.  Pinoyfest, on the other hand, was a complete

Even though the costs of putting on this festival increase every year, this festival still remains popular
and hopefully, it continues for many years to come.  Because of its size, it's the largest ethnic festival
devoted to The Philippines.  It's still one of my favorite events of the summer.

Nergene Arquelada