FMAACI and JCI Winnipeg Spearhead “Rhythms for Peace Concert”

The .Filipino Music and Arts Association of Canada, Inc. (FMAACI) and JCI Winnipeg in cooperation with Acoustic Live in Winnipeg (ALIW) and Maginoo, Inc., will hold a multi-cultural music concert to promote the unending message for peace for all cultures on April 20, 2019 at Maples Collegiate Student Commons, 1330 Jefferson Avenue, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Local musicians and artists, Filipino and non-Filipino, will perform on this momentous occasion.

Volunteer performing artists are as follows: Phoebe Man, James Cruzat and Jef Reyes, Victor Bustamante, Alfie Mela & Julius Eugenio (The Halflings), Christine Mazur and Gilbert Trillana, Daniel Tabo-oy, Darwin Rufino, Dario Javier(Triple “D”), Nandita Selvanathan, DJ Feliciano, Ke Meng, Levy Abad, and Acoustic Live In Winnipeg (ALIW) singers and players: Jojo Yso, Rodel Olesco, Frank Urbano, Jon Rigor Natoc, Patrick Mayuga, Arnold Tongol, Donn Kay Bermudo, Jaymar Tria, and Emogen Ventura; with the special participation of the “Movin’ Up with Seniors” Dancers (led by Alma Ganaden), and KC Salazar, Miss Junior Canada Galaxy candidate.

Proceeds of this collaborative endeavour will cover the event’s cost of production and for FMAACI’s music and arts programs as the 2nd Filipino Folk Music Festival is slated on June 23, 2019 at the Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre (SOPAC) just in time for the celebration of Filipino Heritage Month.

FMAACI is a non-profit organization established since 2014 that gave birth to the 1st Filipino Folk Music Festival that was held at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba on November 15, 2014. It aims to explore and develop unique and creative approaches in the preservation, promotion and blending of Filipino music and arts in a multi-cultural environment. Composed of local artists musicians and creative community leaders, FMAACI’s objectives are: to discover and develop talents in music and arts; to establish and build relationships among Filipino artists through networking and mentoring, academic and artistic programs, and special recognition; to share Filipino music and arts in the community and to ensure their continuity for the next generation.

JCI Winnipeg, on the other hand, is comprised of young professionals and entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-40 who come from a wide variety of backgrounds : business owners, managers, accountants, sales professionals, financial analysts, journalists, lawyers, doctors, dentists, students, and the like.

Their mandate is to provide the members with opportunities for professional and personal development, networking, camaraderie, and to instill in their membership a sense of local and global responsibility.

Formerly known as the Jaycees and the Winnipeg Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Winnipeg chapter was established in 1923, making it the oldest chapter in Canada. Winnipeg was the first chapter formed outside of the United States. (ErnestoNicolasOfiazaJr)