Pistahan Parade and Festival Announces World Class Entertainment Lineup!


20th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival

International Celebration of Filipino Culture and Cuisine
Saturday, August 10
11:00 am

March down Market St, from Civic Center to Yerba Buena Gardens

Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St @ 4th St, San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO, CA  – The 20th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival features the diverse talent of the Filipino American community, from guitarists performing harana, the traditional practice of courtship through music, to hilarious comedians, to dance groups and cultural performances, and even martial arts, there will be an abundance of Filipino talent on two stages sure to entertain everyone this weekend Aug. 10-11, 2013 at the Yerba Buena Gardens located at Mission and 4th Streets.

Featured guests:

Comedian Rex Navarrete

Comedian Rex Navarrete

From ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel: The Drama Princess and two-time Best Actress winner MAJA SALVADOR; actor-singer-model XIAN LIM, one of the Philippines’ most eligible bachelors (and San Francisco native) and KZ TANDINGAN, winner of the first season of “The X Factor Philippines”

Celebrated comedian REX NAVARRETE

DAKILA, the Legendary ’70s Latin rock band that mixes latin beat with Filipino flair

JORDAN SEGUNDO, the first Hawaiian and first Fil-Am on “American Idol”

World class crooner and heartthrob MITCH FRANCO

Along with Pistahan faves Mabuhay Folkloric Society, Westlake School of Performing Arts, Parangal Dance Company and more!

For the complete entertainment schedule, visit: http://www.pistahan.net/performance_schedule.

*Performance times subject to change. For onsite media interviewing opportunities this Saturday, Aug. 10 from noon to 2pm, contact Angela Pang at apang@asianweek.com or (415) 691-7264.

Other entertainment features include:

Martial Arts Pavilion

Enjoy exhibitions on Filipino martial arts including Arnis, Escrima and Kali, in addition to Taekwondo. Families and friends of all ages are invited to experience, learn and preserve these traditions for the next generation of Filipino Americans. The Martial Arts Pavilion is located on Jessie Square on Mission Street across from Yerba Buena Gardens.

For schedule of Martial Arts Pavilion events visit: http://www.pistahan.net/martial_arts_pavilion

Culinary Pavilion sponsored by Ramar Foods International

An international celebration of Filipino culture and cuisine! Featured events include: Pistahan Adobo Cook-off, to Magnolia Purple Freeze Challenge – an ice cream speed eating contest, balut eating contest, Heavenly Ice Cream Tasting Bee, to the Kulinarya – an annual Filipino culinary competition.

For more info: http://www.pistahan.net/culinary_pavilion

Dance Pavilion

Festival attendees can catch the rhythm and participate in folk dance demonstrations. This interactive pavilion will teach traditional folk dances for a memorable and immersive cultural experience. The Dance Pavilion is located above the waterfalls inside Yerba Buena Gardens.

For a schedule of Dance Pavilion events visit: http://www.pistahan.net/dance_pavilion

Harana Film Screening

The winner of the New Filipino Cinema 2013 Audience Award, “Harana” returns for special screenings, held during the Pistahan festival in Yerba Buena Gardens. Upon his father’s death, Florante Aguilar (a classically trained guitarist from San Francisco) returns to the Philippines after 12 years of absence. He rediscovers the music of harana – an almost-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading, where men sing under a window at night to declare their love for a woman. Led by award-winning director Benito Bautista, this riveting film contains a treasure trove of beautiful Filipino music waiting to be rediscovered. Intent on preserving vanishing customs, the film rekindles a connection with the past before it is irrevocably lost.

For tickets and screening dates and times, visit: http://www.ybca.org/harana

The Pistahan Parade and Festival is the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S. and features delectable Filipino cuisine and desserts, cultural exhibits, and world-class live performances on two stages. The two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 70,000 people. It is FREE admission and fun for the entire family!

The Pistahan Parade will kick-off the weekend festivities and will take place Saturday, August 10 at 11 a.m. This year the Pistahan Parade begins at its original start at San Francisco Civic Center at Grove Street and Larkin Street and will go down Market Street, make a right on 4th street, and disembark east onto Folsom Street.Pistahan_parade