PIYESTA PINOY or "Philippine Fest" is the largest outdoor Filipino American event in the Chicago area which celebrates Filipino food, culture, tradition, and entertainment.
We are pleased to announce the lineup entertainers at this year's Piyesta Pinoy
Be sure to come and join us - Saturday June 10, 2023 from 11am to 7pm at the The Roger C. Claar Performing Arts Center - Village of Bolingbrook
Admission to the Festival is FREE. However, Food is at your own expense.
Cost - $ 40
Donations can be sent by Zelle or Venmo to PiyestaPinoy@gmail.com
Entertainment Lineup includes:
There are many ways to be entertained at Piyesta Pinoy.
Gabby Concepcion (CELEBRITY PERFORMER)
Gabby Concepcion is a Filipino actor, singer and businessman. He began his show business career in the 1980s as a teen commercial model and is known for his debonair career in Philippine cinema, spanning several romanticized associations. We are very grateful to have him as a featured celebrity artist of Piyesta Pinoy.
PACF PERFORMING ARTS
Philippine American Cultural Foundation Performing Arts is a cultural group that promotes our Philippine culture through music, dance, arts and cultural workshops. They have performed for many years at events such as Museum of Science and Industry, Christmas around the world, Navy Pier World Dumpling Fest, Destination Asia at Morton Arboretum, and more.
Alpha Nicolasin is a flight attendant for a major US airline and writes on her journal during her layovers. She hosted Hataw Pinoy Chicago, a weekly television show that aired in Chicago from 2003 to 2013. She was the managing editor of The Filipino American Community Builder, a monthly newspaper that served the Filipino community in the Greater Chicago Area from 2002 to 2015.
Olive Leopoldo is a dedicated individual who is passionate about promoting cultural awareness and community building. As a member of CIRCA Pintig, she has played an important role in promoting Filipino American culture and history through various programs and events. Her leadership in her high school’s Asian American Club and her role as a Piyesta Pinoy Youth Emcee for several years demonstrate her commitment to fostering cultural appreciation among the youth
Galilee Lien Montero
Galilee Lien Montero is an undergraduate student studying for a Biology degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Filipino American, Filipino culture has always been an important factor throughout her life. During her upbringing, she had the privilege to perform and teach many cultural dances. She wishes to share our culture with younger generations and is she is proud to be able to express this through Piyesta Pinoy where she will be a co-host!
Manilyn Pogoso is a Filipino-American singer/songwriter from California. Her earlier experiences include opening for various Filipino artists, singing at baseball games for the San Jose Giants, and winning 1st Place in the 2019 Columbus Local Showcase. MANI’s artistic career began with a desire to write music from the heart to inspire people’s soul. MANI can be found in the local South Chicago community empowering men and women to pursue purpose, while utilizing their God-given gifts.
Filipino American Association of South DuPage Cultural Dance Group (FAASD) is a vibrant civic organization founded in 1985 by first generation immigrant Filipinos who shared the same sentiments of belonging, missing families at home, desiring to assimilate in the American culture yet wanted to preserve their own valued heritage and traditions.
1Radio’s People’s Choice award winner of “The One.” Performed as an opening act in concerts for Martin Nievera, Jaya, Threelogy with Morrisette, and many more.
Anna has been singing since she was young – with her family, church choir, school choir and a cappella groups, and at Fil-Am events like Adobofest and Piyesta Pinoy. She also played the violin in school, and learned to how play ukulele to accompany herself while she sings. Anna lives with their husband and their fur baby, a beagle-corgi named Jasmine Milk Tea.
Emilio M. Nicolasin, Jr.
Known as a actor, singer, and musician. He started singing in his native Butuan City in the Philippines, where he was a champion in the regional Tawag ng Tanghalan, the equivalent to today’s The Voice. His performance in the lead role (Jamail) in the award-winning play, “Halik sa Kampilan” (Kiss the Sword) earned him rave reviews from the critics, as well as a nod from the Aliw Awards Foundation, which gave him a coveted Aliw acting award, the Philippines’ equivalent of a Tony.
From Villa Park, IL. Ingrid uses music as a pathway to connect to her Filipino roots. She plays guitar, piano, and writes her own original music.
A Chicago based Rock/Alternative band fused with Funk, Blues, Math Rock and everything in between.
Fia’Liwan is a musical group stemming from UIC’s Filipino organization. Consisting of male & female singers, beatboxers, emcees, and instrumentalists, the group has grown to cover a wider variety of musical talent. The Filipino word “Aliwan,” meaning entertainment, reflects the talent, versatility, and flexibility of the group – not just as performers, but as entertainers.
Julie Azarcon is a real estate broker with Keller Williams and a passionate Zumba instructor. With eight years of experience, she brings high-energy fitness classes to various gyms, infusing workouts with electrifying music and vibrant dance moves. Julie’s love for Zumba extends to volunteering at events like Piyesta Pinoy, where she promotes the joy and benefits of this international dance party. She aims to help people say goodbye to boring workouts and hello to a fun and invigorating fitness experience.
PNAGC is a nonprofit nurses organization that promotes diversity and unity in our nursing profession. They are dancing the tribal malong dance from the Maranao with costumes designed by Tata Blas Pinuela (an Ilonggo based designer).
PSA Barkada is a cultural dance group dedicated to exploring the indigenous history of Filipino performing arts. Barkada hopes to foster a deep-seated connection between our performers, audience, and the rich traditions of pre-colonial Filipino culture. Barkada works to create a nurturing environment for dancers to develop and explore their own interests in our culture’s indigenous roots.
As one of the five subgroups within Filipinos in Alliance at UIC, FIA Cultural focuses on teaching aspects of Filipino Culture to its members from teaching different cultural dances (such as Tinikling and Maglalatik), to showcasing how to cook different Filipino foods. We hope to challenge our understanding of our heritage by building an environment of traditional and modern Filipino ideals and by continuing to strengthen new and old relationships.
Kapamilya Habang Buhay
Lane Tech’s Filipino Club, also known as Kapamilya Habang Buhay, or KHB for short. As a cultural dance group that represents the Philippines, they perform in Lane’s International Days as well as various other events all around the Chicagoland area! Through performing historical cultural dances, like Tinikling and Bangko, they love spreading the Filipino culture around the city!
The Roger C. Claar Performing Arts Center (375 Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL)