FYLPRO to launch Filipino Arts Festival featuring Filipino Filmmakers Panel, Movie Screening and Comedy Show

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is launching Filipino Arts Festival featuring a filmmakers panel, U.S. screening of “Akin Ang Korona” and a comedy show with Rex Navarette and JR de Guzman on October 9, 2021.

In partnership with Asian Pop-up Cinema and Chicago Asian Network, FYLPRO’s Filipino Arts Festival will take place at Alliance Française De Chicago, 54 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. CST with the screening of “Akin Ang Korona,” directed by Zig Madamba Dulay. “Akin Ang Korona” follows Nanong (Nar Cabico) as his life becomes the focus of a tabloid-format TV show in hopes of finding his lost father.

At 6:30 p.m. CST, a Filipino filmmakers panel including 3-time Tony and Grammy Award-winning entertainment producer and FYLPRO alum Jhett Tolentino who is set to debut his directorial film starring Dante Basco and Toni Gonzaga, Emmy award-winning Filipinx filmmaker Michele Josue of Netflix’s Happy Jail, Billy Dec who is a 2-time Emmy Award Winning TV Personality, Actor, Attorney and the Founder/CEO of celebrated businesses like Sunda New Asian Restaurants and The Underground Nightclub and “Akin ang Korona’s” lead actor Nar Cabico will discuss their experience as Filipino American in the film industry moderated by journalist Cat Sandoval.

Lastly, a comedy stand-up show with comedians Rex Navarrete and JR de Guzman will kick off at 8:30 p.m. CST. Navarrete has performed alongside headliners such as George Lopez, Russell Peters, Ali Wong, among others over the past three decades. De Guzman has entertained all over the world, having performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam, and countless other international shows.

FLYPRO President Louella Rose Cabalona is excited to be back to the cinemas this year after they successfully pivoted to drive-in screenings last year.

“It’s an impressive line-up of notable Filipino Americans in Film from all over the USA coming together for Filipino American History Month here in Chicago!” she said.

“It also is a wonderful comeback to the theater on our third collaboration with Asian Pop-up Cinema.”

For more information on the filmmakers, performers and ticket prices, visit bitly.com/fylproartsfest2021.

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