THE Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI), a nonprofit organization in Historic Filipinotown dedicated to serving the Filipino community, will launch a year-long fundraiser to support ongoing programming. On its 40th anniversary, FASGI has helped millions of people through programs including mental health education, assistance with naturalization applications, arts incubation, health and wellness and aid for veterans of the Second World War. FASGI has also implemented programs to deal with COVID protocols and prevention.
In collaboration with Individual Health Care Services, Inc., FASGI will produce its first concert featuring actress/singer Becca Godinez. Entitled “Becca Godinez: In My Life“, the concert is Becca’s most intimate performance to date as she revisits her time as one of the Philippines’ most in-demand performers of the 1970s and 1980s. This musical journey will trace Becca’s career in as a successful music recording artist, concert singer, television host and comedian with Repertory Philippines, she is joined on stage by special guest artists Mike Monserrat (dancer/choreographer and original crew member of ” Penthouse 7″), Spanky Rigor (co-founder/musician of 70s hit band VST & Company), Broadway actors Jennifer Paz (“Evita” and “Songs for a New World”), Red Concepcion (“Miss Saigon” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Nicole Santiago (“Mama Mia” and “Criers for Hire”) and Natasha Kaiserman (Becca’s daughter), who will make her concert debut in Los Angeles.
Becca will also be joined by guest singers Charmie Morales, Leah Auditor and Tina Cruz. One of the most sought-after musical directors, Myke Gonzaga leads the group which also includes Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (drums), Bryant Simpson (bass), Sandro Rebel (keyboards) and Michael Seaman (piano). The concert will also feature a special virtual appearance by Cocoy Laurel, one of the Philippines’ legendary actors and Becca’s co-star in numerous theatrical productions. When asked what the audience would experience, Becca replied, “My God, my career spans about 50 years!! I chose each guest because they were all an integral part of what I did. have done as a performer – from hosting TV shows to being a theater artist.
FASGI Executive Director Yey Coronel-Alcid said, “The FASGI Board wants all of our fundraisers to be memorable and fun. We know this concert will be truly entertaining as it combines Becca’s talent, charisma and energy with her showmanship, creativity and style. Most importantly, Becca understands and shares FASGI’s passion for helping those in need lead richer, more successful lives.
It is important for FASGI to raise additional funds as most of our programs have limited or no funding. Our clients are part of the FASGI family, so we are committed to meeting their needs and providing the highest quality services. We adhere to our motto, “Happy to serve; Honored to help!” All funds raised will go towards additional services for seniors, survivors of human trafficking and artists/performers through our arts incubator program. We will also create a fund revolving loan for applicants for U.S. citizenship who find the costs prohibitive; and resume the Kalayaan Festival, a full day of medical and holistic healing for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Co-Executive Producer Trinity Foliente, owner of Individual Health Care Services, said, “I have known FASGI and have been associated with FASGI since Yey Coronel became Executive Director in 2015. Under her leadership, I have seen the dedication of FASGI to serve the Filipino American community to grow and expand. . FASGI always goes the extra mile to help the community in any way possible. They are reliable and efficient and never cease to amaze me.
Tickets for the one-night-only concert on Saturday, March 12 are $100/$60/$45 and can be purchased by contacting Yey Coronel at 818-271-0901 [phone/text] and Trinité Folliente 818-455-2132 [phone/text] or by email at [email protected]. A special balcony price of $25 is available for seniors, military and students by calling 818-271-0901. Tickets are also available on the Aratani Theater website by visiting www.jaccc.org or by calling 213-680-3700.
FASGI Acting Board Chair Celina Taganas-Duffy is thrilled with the concert. “Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to see Becca play. She is truly amazing and we are honored to have her headline this benefit concert to raise funds and further FASGI’s mission of providing vital services to our community. She is joined on the Organizing Committee by Co-Chair Ronnie Cross (FASGI Board Member), Mae Abeleda (FASGI Board Treasurer), Ferdinand “Bong” Soriano (FASGI Board Member) FASGI Administration), Ethel Provido (FASGI Program Director), Evelyn Andamo (Principal, Westin Enterprises, Inc.), Ethel Rubio (Principal/Owner, Ethel G. Rubio Assoc. AIA, PRO, Kalayaan Incorporated, Community Manager), Rosalie Caratao (community leader) and Thelma Sugay (president, Filipino American Press Club of California).
FASGI and Individual Health Care Services are honored to have Los Angeles City Commissioner, Dr. Cris B. Liban, and his wife, Benel Se-Liban (Managing Partner of JBC Group, LLC) as main sponsor of the show. Other sponsors include Asian newspaper; Joel & Luchie Pengson, Eleos – The Southern California Cognitive Center, MVCMG – The Moreno Valley Community Medical Group; Joel A. Pengson, MD, a medical company; Josie Jones, Admiral Home Health Inc., Admiral Hospice Care and Alpha Hospice Care; Ronson Providedo, PE, Century Engineers, Inc.; D-1 Productions, Monte Maria Cellars; and BayaniPay.
The Aratani Theater strictly follows current state, county, and city COVID protocols, which change daily. In order to maintain a safe environment for performers and audiences, patrons should be prepared to wear masks once inside the theater for the duration of the performance and may be asked to present valid vaccination cards. The site will not accept negative COVID test results. Guests must be vaccinated and/or vaccinated before entering the theater.
For more information about the concert, please visit The Filipino American Service Group, Inc. at www.fasgi.org. Becca Godinez: In My Life is produced and produced by LXV Enterprises, LLC for the benefit of the Philippino American Service Group, Inc.