Welcome Home! That’s what our Pilipino American Culture Night title translates to for this year and in a way, the title is SUUUUUPER fitting because not only were we coming back home to the Philippines, but we were also coming back home to the first theater we performed at my first year. This is my fourth PACN, and for a change instead of teaching a cultural dance suite, being a part of the costume committee, or being an actor, my biggest responsibility this year was being an acting director, helping out the Culture Chair and being a mentor to all our actors for this year’s script along with actors from last year and the year before.
This experience was so different being on the other end. So much more different than learning, teaching, and making choreography or having it mandatory to learn a script. Other than learning the dance suites that I wanted to be a part of this year such as Traditional and Project Obvious, our Members Modern group, working with our actors and their varying schedules was insane. Who knew that being an acting director also meant you directly work with the actors in defining who the character would be, what they would look like, how they would sound, and if the person was absent for the night/practice, fill for them too. Our culture chair, Victor, put in a lot of work into these characters, and although I was not directly the character, I got a pretty good understanding of who they were and how the issues were presented in actual Filipino American culture of today.
I miss PACN so much and would do it again, most likely. We will see though.
Gotta wait one more year to see where I stand and where I will be in terms of Barkada and what PACN will hold for me next year.
Till then, enjoy your Sundaze!
ALSO SHOUT OUT TO THE DESIGN COMMITTEE FOR MAKING SUCH A CUTE PROGRAM AND POSTER FOR THE SHOW LIKE IT WAS SO CUTE YOU HAVE NO IDEA.