Congrats to Broadway Barkada co-founders Liz Casasola, Brian Jose and Billy Bustamante (The King and I), and Barkada members Emily Borromeo (“Sunny Side Up”), Jon Viktor Corpuz (The King and I), JayGee Macapugay (School of Rock, Here Lies Love), who are performing at the White House today.
In a recent interview, Bustamante discussed how the invitation came about.
“One of the many new wonderful things about the Obama administration is the celebration of Filipino American History Month in The White House. The White House is gathering officials, dignitaries, policymakers, tastemakers, from all over the country who are of Filipino American descent together about furthering of the culture, and our presence and global impact in the community. Broadway Barkada, an organization that I co-founded and co-run, which bridges the gap between the Filipino community and the theater community, has been invited to go and be the entertainment for the day. We’re doing the opening number from our recent Broadway Barkada Flaherty and Aherns tribute concert. It’s a mashup of songs from two of their shows –Dessa Rose and Once on This Island.”
Broadway Barkada [barkada means “a group of close friends” in Filipino], co-founded by Liz Casasola, Billy Bustamante, Brian Jose, is a collective of Filipino artists with professional credits in the performing arts, using their talents to raise funds and awareness for various organizations at home in the US as well as in the Philippines.
ALADDIN’s Adam Jacobs, Don Darryl Rivera, and Joshua Dela Cruz Join Alan Ariano, Emily Borromeo, Liz Casasola, Chris Ignacio, Brian Jose, Gillian Munsayac, Belinda Allyn and More for Broadway Barkada’s Tribute Concert to Ahrens & Flaherty on Jul. 24
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.