The Saysay Project, a new story-telling initiative from FilAm ARTS, will be prominently featured at the 22nd annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) at the all-new Saysay Pavilion.

The word “Saysay” (pronounced sigh-sigh), is Tagalog for “having intrinsic value or meaning,” and “to declare.” The Saysay Project is open to all ages and aims to encourage the community to tell their stories, and to document these stories. The purpose of the project is to highlight the contributions of Filipino Americans to U.S. life and culture. The Saysay Project launched this past July to rave reviews and overwhelming positive feedback.

“The Philippines has a wonderful tradition of passing down stories and history through oral storytelling, so The Saysay Project will serve as an invaluable resource to Filipinos to learn more about their culture,” said Alyssa Arias, Co-Coordinator of The Saysay Pavilion. “This is an opportunity for everyone to learn and share.”

The pavilion will feature programs and opportunities for visitors to stop by and listen to other storytellers and perhaps share their own. The SaysayProject debuted this past July to a highly enthusiastic and engaged audience that is undoubtedly looking forward to coming together to share and hear more stories.

The Saysay Project is presented by the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture (FilAm ARTS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Embracing the value of KAPWA (shared being), FilAm ARTS’ mission is to facilitate community synergy and transformation by advancing the understanding of the arts and cultural heritage of Filipinos in the United States through arts services, presentation, and education. This project is funded by The James Irvine Foundation.

FPAC is the largest and longest-running community tradition in Southern California, presenting over 500 artists and cultural bearers from across the nation every year. FPAC is produced by FilAm ARTS – the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, LA County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, Toyota, The Getty Foundation, LA-18, Mavshack, The Asian Journal, Weekend Balita, BakitWhy.com, Oishi Media, The Philippine Department of Tourism, Western Union, The James Irvine Foundation, and LEAP, Inc.