Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jose Llana, Nicky Paraiso, Jose Antonio Vargas, Liz Casasola and More set for A ‘Golden’ Opportunity: Filipino New York Stories at Asia Society on Dec. 4

Image by Common Space Studio

Image by Common Space Studio

Jose Llana. Photo by Bily Bustamante

Jose Llana. Photo by Bily Bustamante

Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, New York) and FAM (Filipino American Museum) are presenting A ‘Golden’ Opportunity: Filipino New York Stories, curated by Nancy Bulalacao-Leung, on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00PM.

Tickets are $15 members; $17 students/seniors; $20 nonmembers.  Click here for tickets. Tickets include a pre-show cocktail in the Garden Court (starting at 6PM).

Meet the extraordinary people responsible for the Filipino Renaissance in New York — an unprecedented upswell of creativity, leadership, and style within the Filipino community. In this exuberant cabaret-style program, Filipino New Yorkers who are prize-winning composers, journalists, artists, writers and wave-makers, will recount the moments that shaped their lives — in five-minute, story slam style. This celebration of identity and community will be followed by a reception that includes an open bar and food provided by a roster of top Filipino restaurants in New York. Music by DJ GetLive!

Storytellers include:
DJ Neil Armstrong, renowned and groundbreaking DJ
Liz Casasola, founder, Broadway Barkada
Michael Dadap, guitarist/composer/conductor
Christelle de Castro, photographer/filmmaker/art director
Sarah Gambito, founder, Kundiman
Kate Gavino, author, Last Night’s Reading
Susie Ibarra, composer, sound artist
Lucille Javier, co-founder #beawesometosomebody
Jose Llana, actor, The King and I 
Nicky Paraiso, director
Nicole Ponseca, restaurateur, Maharlika/Jeepney
Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Jamieson Webster, author, The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis 

In conjunction with the exhibition Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms, on view September 11, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

About Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in, BlogJade Magazine and

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