Filipino-Canadian Artist Association of Quebec Association Philippine-Canadienne Artistes du Québec
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And another season has come to an end!
A report on the Nationwide Search for Filipino Canadian Talent (Season 4)
Without batting an eye, the Filipino Canadian Artist Association of Quebec successfully wrapped up its Grand Finale for its Nationwide Search for Filipino Canadian Talent on the 8th of February 2020. As finalists flocked from Ottawa, Gatineau, and the local neighbourhoods of Montreal, outpouring talent filled the Salle La Découverte as they left no stone unturned with their renditions of mainstream and OPM songs. For the first time, this season’s contenders competed in two categories: the Junior Division with Reignan Joseph Aquino (Montreal), Rondell Dwayne Talabocon (Montreal), and Rocco Terigno (Montreal); and the Adult Division with Gino Wael (Ottawa), Tamara Calatin-Radegonde (Montreal), Renzie Ivan Costales (Montreal), Reneh Guintaos (Gatineau), Rufino Cendana Jr. (Montreal), and Joseph Harry Villegas (Montreal).
Now running on its fourth season, the spectacular evening also set the stage for performing previous champion winners including singer-songwriter Isabella Caci (Season 2) and dancer Aiesha Janelle Cunanan (Season 3). Other past finalists and winners—Jessica Jane Quiocho, Kirsten Gail Calma, Ashley Seguin, Rose-Anne Guines, and Jodelle Peralta-Gagaoin—now join the ranks of the unwavering resident group FCAAQ All-Stars. Audiences also enjoyed guest appearances of 5efor1 Entertainment and their hyped-up dance set, and MVL Sounds Montreal (Michelle Vargas-Lao, Rex Padida, Marlo Chu, Anthony Muje, and Minh Dien) with Maria Sophia Denise Gurrea leading Sarah Geronimo’s “Tala” song-dance craze that now enjoys popularity across Filipino populations worldwide. The band also accompanied various musical production numbers that capitalizes on the promise of local home-grown talent in Montreal. At the heart of it all, the comic duo Dominique Brillantes and Rhea Therese Foz hosted the proceedings of the competition, adding spice to the whole mix.
Not everything is pure entertainment—FCAAQ director Michelle Vargas-Lao also took the time onstage to present the recent campaign of its sister organization Montreal Band-Aid that sought to provide assistance from 25 families who suffered from Taal Volcano’s eruption in the Philippines on January 2020. The presence of notable community members in the audience, including Francisco Noel Fernandez III (Deputy Chief of Mission, Philippine Embassy in Ottawa), made the evening not only a delightful spectacle, but also a compelling and engaging moment for the community, Filipino-Canadians and fellow Canadians alike.
Generous partners have offered their full support towards the success of the competition. They are listed as follows: MVL Productions, MVL Sounds Montreal, Imagina Photographs, CCH Photography, A.M. Photobooth and Vina Cruz, Jef Buenafe Photography, Kim Colours, Canadian Pinoy Radio Montreal, and Marche Filipino. Sponsors include MVL Services Inc. Immigration Services, MP Anthony Housefather, SM Services Corp., Batangas Express Bubble Tea, Asia’s Del Services Inc., Jorge Peralta Home of Empanadas & Alfajores, Domino’s Pizza, and Gina Valdez.
The jury for this year’s season—composed of musician-songwriter Julien Arsenault, fitness instructor Aireen Vargas, and theatre director Josa Maule—eventually announced their roster of winners for this competition. The child singer Reignan Joseph Aquino unanimously won both the People’s Choice Award and the Grand Prize of the Junior Division with his captivating rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Ben.” The singer Tamara Calatin-Radegonde garnered the Grand Prize of the Adult Division with a stunning and vocally challenging performance of Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt.
The roster also includes singer Reneh Guintaos (1st Prize), who bedazzled the audiences with Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like A Phoenix,” and singer Joseph Harry Villegas (2nd Prize), with his charming performance of Michael Bublé’s “Cry Me A River.”
At the end, both participants and audiences shared a celebration not only of talent, but also of community. Getting a glimpse of the scene backstage, one would witness newly-formed friendships in dressing rooms, parents congratulating each other, and a positive image of what Filipino-Canadian talent looks like. While one drawback would be a decrease in number of female Filipino-Canadian participants this season, the organization hopes that more up-and-coming artists would find
encouragement in pushing their voices in the forefront.
The future promises more excitement as the competition season concludes.
Juro Kim Feliz
Filipino Canadian Artist Association of Quebec
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CANADA DAY EXTRAVAGANZA 2020
FCAAQ & Canada Day Extravaganza 2019 made another history!
The Filipino Canadian Artist Association of Quebec in collaboration with TFC Canada (ABS CBN North America) made history in the recently concluded first edition of Canada Day Extravaganza at McKenzie Park in the Borough of CDN-NDG as thousands of people drew the biggest crowd of approximately 6K. According to community leaders and community supporters, this was the first time that McKenzie Park was filled with people from different cultural backround – having fun!
According to Michelle Varga-Lao, Founding President of FCAAQ, she met with CDN/NDG Borough events officials for an after event consultation. They discussed what has transpired during the event and what could be improve for its 2nd edition next year. Altogether, she mentioned that since it was her second time organizing Canada Day celebration but it’s her first time seeing such big event with the biggest turnout – to date! She also said that, she’s very happy that after her meeting with the CDN/NDG Events Team to inform the public that she passed the borough requirements. She mentioned that there are some minor things that needs reorganization but she’s confident to say that with the grace of God, support of the community, and hard work, next years edition will be as succesful as the first – if not, better!
This initiative is made possible by The Filipino Channel (ABS CBN), a collaboration between the Municipality of Cote-de-Neiges and Notre-dame-de-Grace. Cette initiative est rendue possible par le canal philippin (ABS CBN), une collaboration entre la municipalité de Côte-de-Neiges et Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
FCAAQ Made History 2017!
The 1st Multicultural Canada Day @ Vanhorne Park to date!
The Filipino Canadian Artist Association of Québec (FCAAQ) in collaboration with Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi CDN/MontRoyal organized the 1st Multicultural Canada Day to date! The crowd gather on a rainy day at Vanhorne Park and hundreds came to celebrate Canada’s 150th. The Philippine Cordillera Cultural Association of Montreal performed a dance ritual to stop the rain followed by an opening prayer performed by the City Church Creative Team & Panday Tinig Ensemble sang the Canadian Anthem. LoveMontreal sponsored 5 inflatables with freebies for kids. Otago Catering prepared sumptuous and affordable food. Checkers provided various flavored coffee for free, Fiesta Filipino donated baked goodies, FCAAQ momshies and dads prepared lunch for volunteers and Primerica gave away free water bottles to everyone. The Honorable Pierre Arcand, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the provincial riding of Mont-Royal in the Island of Montreal, Mr. David Birnbaum, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for D’Arcy-McGee, Mr. Russell Copeman, Mayor of CDN/NDG and Mr. Siegfrid T. Masangkay, Third Secretary & Vice Consul greeted the crowd. Despite the rain, the crowd participated in games with prizes donated by Isles Pinoy Depot, Junior Filipino Restaurant, Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi, Marche Filipino and Sun Life Financial c/o Jacinta Panganiban. Back-to-back performances by Ingrid Torrico, The Filipino Indigenous People of Quebec, Matthew Mannucci, Arianne Soriano & Chris Elamparo, John Bunga, Funk/Jazz band Under Our Groove, La Voix Junior, Zumba Community of Montreal, Kevin & Kier Javier, Jessica Jane Quiocho, Frozen Flame, RX3, Candace & Aldy Santos, Kirsten Gail Calma, Jodelle Peralta-Gagaoin, Carolyn Fe, Andrew Aguilar, Rose Anne Gines, Maria Isabella Caci and Strums entertained the crowd until 8PM. #fcaaq #alliance150#canadaday #singing #montreal #diversity #canada150 The Search for Filipino Canadian Talent
The Search for Filipino Canadian Talent was an amazing experience. It was tough and stressful at times but I’d do it all over again. Joining this competition taught me so much about my capability as an artist and just how far I can go. Because of this contest, the workshops, and the training, I’ve grown a lot as an artist. I won’t say that it was smooth sailing during this competition, the mentors gave some tough love and that was simply to show you and help you step out of your comfort zone and try. I’ve learned that everything comes with practice, every day even for just an hour and you can really see an improvement. What’s next for me? Well because of Ate Michelle the amazing voice coach and mentor, I’ve been able to perform at multiple events, such as benefit concerts. This also inspired me to create my own music and compose my own songs, that I’ll eventually perform when given the opportunity. Moving forward I still am working on growing as an artist, this is still the path I want to take. This is a dream that is slowly but surely turning into reality. I was a shy kid who loved to sing but was too scared to try. Now I still love to sing but I am more confident in myself and I am unique in my own way. Just enjoy the experience and love what you do because no one is going to decide what you’re going to be. You are the writer and honestly, my story has just begun. “When you join FCAAQ Talent Search, you don’t just join a competition, you join a family.”
Maria Isabella Caci
I really recommend joining The Search for Filipino-Canadian Talent because not only it is a great experience, made new friends, you join basically a family. You will improve as an artist, I didn’t expect it to be this way, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Joining FCAAQ was such a fun and great experience for me. Ever since this competition happened, my confidence on stage as well as singing in different venues increased with the help of my voice coach & mentor, Michelle Lao, and the workshops they provided me. The competition really helped me in improving my piano and singing skills. During my entire journey, I learned that what really matters is you should not be afraid to step on stage, rather show and prove the world you have what it takes.
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The success of our initiatives depends entirely upon the financial and product support of donors and private sponsors. We have been fortunate in the past to have received support from businesses & individuals. We are hopeful that this year will be no exception, and we are counting on your support! We would like to ask that you consider becoming one of our 2018 Donor or Sponsor. As a sponsor or donor you will receive positive media attention within the Filipino/Canadian community of Montreal & Suburbs. Most importantly, you will help us pave-the-way and introduce the new generation of brilliant artists in the community. Should you be interested in becoming a sponsor, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly at (514) 482-5206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance we look forward to partnering with you!