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Home Sections Entertainment Asian Journal Foundation Presents the Fil-Am Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert on July 10 at Pasadena
Asian Journal Foundation Presents the Fil-Am Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert on July 10 at Pasadena PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Monday, 05 July 2010 11:25


T he Asian Journal Foundation, Inc., invites the community, friends of the Philippines and music lovers to the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) summer concert. It is dubbed the “FASO Goes to the MOVIES” and it will be held on July 10, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.


The FASO is the first-and-only symphony orchestra founded and manned by Filipino musicians in the United States. It is slowly becoming the pride and joy of the Filipino-American communities in Southern California.


The FASO will be celebrating another year of music and memories after its inaugural performance on May 17, 2009, at the Saban Theatre. It also performed a Christmas Concert on December 6, 2009, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is the home to the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra’s (FASO) concerts and performances in 2010.


T he Asian Journal Foundation was founded by Roger L. Oriel and his wife, Cora M. Oriel, the prime movers of the Asian Journal Publications. The Oriel-led foundation has sponsored other community events such as the Rizal Day on Dec. 30, 2009, at the Filipino-American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA). It also sponsored the Sixth Philippine Presidents’ Day at the Kapistahan Restaurant on March 17, 2010, and the “Bantay Pilipinas” forum on the Filipino presidential candidates two days later at the same venue.


The Asian Journal is now the number-one Filipino community newspaper with the largest-and-widest circulation in Southern California. It prints also separate editions for Northern California, Southern Nevada and the New York-New Jersey Filipino-American markets.


The Asian Journal Foundation is the Oriel Couple’s and the Asian-Journal employees’ special way of sharing with the community their successes in the publishing industry. It is their way of giving back to the readers and advertisers part of their support to the Asian-Journal publications.


T he sounds and sights of film – both American and Filipino and past and present – would once again be revisited in a musical journey by the trend-setting Filipino symphony orchestra in the United States. After the astounding success of its previous shows, the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) celebrates the music, the movies and the memories!


From those unforgettable themes to the timeless love songs to the glorious music of contemporary times; from the resounding kundimans that complemented black-and-white films to the lovely medleys of our colorful (and at once digital) era; from classics to the symphonic interpretation of current pop, the FASO would be playing the soundtrack of our lives. The concert will bring together the wonderful scenes and tunes, the brilliant lines and the collective magic of some of the most-popular and unforgettable movies.


The concert features also Ed and Annie Nepomuceno, the much-celebrated master-singer and voice-coach tandem. Readers can get to know them more at this link, FASO Proudly Presents: Annie and Ed Nepomuceno


Ticket prices are pegged at $100, $78 and $68 (Orchestra Section), $68 (Loge Section) and $48 (Balcony Section). For further inquiries, please contact Andy Tecson at (213) 300-4870 or by e-mail at For more information on the FASO and Asian Journal Foundation, Inc., please visit the website at  


Readers may also visit the website of the Asian Journal publications at It is now the top-ranked website in the Filipino-American Fourth Estate. # # #


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Comments (2)
We have attended all the concerts of the FASO since its birth in 2009 and I would say that it is still the best-kept secret in town.

I encourage you to attend their summer concert and discover that musical talents abound in our Fil Am community and our musicians are simply superb. We should encourage them to keep playing and hit the high note, so to speak. And the best way to inspire them to do so is to attend their concerts and support their performances.

Thank you, Roger and Cora Oriel, for your vision in establishing the Asian Journal Foundation that supports the FASO. The Fil-Am community should rally to your side with equal support. I am not aware of any other city in the United States that can boast of a symphony orchestra made up of Fil-Am musicians. The FASO is indeed LA's Fil-Am's pride !

Mga kababayan, let us all make a difference in our community by supporting the FASO. If we don't, who will? If not now, when? And I hope to see you at the Pasadena Civic Center on Saturday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m.


Linda Nietes

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Very well said, Bobby. Thank you for this.

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Dear Fellow Writers and Community Leaders:

We at the invite you to read our articles about the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) and its coming events:

Asian Journal Foundation Presents the Fil-Am Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert on July 10 at Pasadena


Will the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) Prove Hector Santos Wrong from the Historical Viewpoint?


As the FASO is the first-and-only Filipino symphony orchestra in the United States, we suggest most-respectfully that we must not only support it but also publicize its activities in our respective hardcopy or online publications and/or circles of friends. While the orchestra is being supported financially and morally almost-exclusively by the Asian Journal Foundation, we think that the FASO is beyond politics. It is also beyond petty rivalries that some of our publications have with the Asian Journal newspapers.

It is time to come together as a people and as an ethnic community and rally to a common cause that makes us, Filipinos, look good, feel good and proud of our positive contributions to the American society.


Lolo Bobby M. Reyes

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