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Akbayan PCN 2021

$1,838
61%
Raised toward our $3,000 Goal
70 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 10, at 11:55 PM PDT
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Akbayan PCN 2021

Akbayan SJSU is a nonprofit, student-run Pilipino American organization at SJSU. In the Filipino language, Akbayan means “Embracing in Friendship.” For over 42 years, our organization has developed different programs and events under our four pillars of academics, social, community and political, and cultural. Because of our professional and organized execution of events and programs, Akbayan is one of the largest organizations on campus with about  400 active general members. In addition to facilitating a safe and welcoming space for a diverse population, we continuously give back to the Pilipino American community. As a student organization, we have developed a mentorship program that aims to pair members with other students as mentors to ensure success and a high retention rate in our demographic. As a cultural and social organization, we educate our members through workshops specializing in the arts as well as our history. Our organization’s true purpose is to encourage students to “embrace in friendship” while facing the struggles of academia, mental health, and cultural identity.

The Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) is a program that has been a tradition for many Pilipino American organizations throughout the United States. For SJSU, this is our 33rd anniversary and we are determined to carry out this well-loved tradition despite COVID-19. Traditionally, PCN takes place as on-stage production that showcases our members through the expressive arts, including cultural, contemporary, & modern dances; choir & band; tech & props; and acting & scriptwriting. However, considering social distancing guidelines PCN has been adapted to accommodate for everyone’s safety and participation. The project team now includes positions such as illustrators - who will be drawing a comic book to share the story of PCN, as a supplement to acting. As well as sound engineers, who will be helping our band and choir aspect by capturing, layering, and mixing each cast member’s separate track(s).Our virtual production has garnered a cast of over 70 people who have shown a strong passion and dedication for this program as they believe we can still have an important impact on the community. Our community members are illustrating comic book panels as a way to convert the imagery of the story we are aiming to tell this year. All of our illustrators are being paid within their commission and a proportion of your donation will go towards their commissions. Additionally, our sound engineer is also being paid within their commission and a proportion of your donation will go toward their commission.All the proceeds made through this program go directly back to the organization to continue a legacy of giving back to our community. Please help us reach our goal of throwing our very first virtual PCN and make your gift today! 

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$25

The Barrio Suite

The Barrio suite embodies the simple life of country folk through dance. Your $25 contribution will celebrate the gathering of our 50+ student cast and the printing and distribution of the Program + Comic Book for our virtual theater production. Donors at this level will receive a Special Thanks in the Program.

$50

The Maria Clara Suite

In this suite, our strong female characters wear beautiful, intricate dresses while the males wear traditional embroidered barongs. This $50 contribution will go towards production costs related to properly capturing, layering, and mixing different tracks for our Band and Choir Aspect that will be used throughout the production. Donors at this level will receive a Special Thanks in the Program and Recognition on Premiere day.

$100

The Lumad Site

The Lumad suite reflects the different indigenous people of the many tribes scattered throughout the Philippines who have resisted colonization. Their stories depict a variety of different rituals: worship, courtship, thanksgiving, and so much more. This $100 contribution will go towards the production cost of t-shirts for cast and audience members. Donors at this level will receive Limited Edition Akbayan Stickers (2) + A Special Thanks in the Program + Recognition on Premiere day.

$250

The Southern Isles Suite

The Southern Islands suite emulates the dances of the Mindanao island in the Southern Philippines. Their graceful and fluid movements are similar to that of the ocean, where most of the dances are inspired by. This $250 contribution will help to cover the cost of purchasing culturally accurate attire to portray the different cultures of the Philippines. Donors at this level will receive a Special Thanks in the Program + Limited Edition Akbayan Stickers (2) + a Written Thank You Card from the PCN Coordinator + Recognition on Premiere day.

$500

The Igorot Suitre

The Mountain suite represents the warriors in the mountain regions. The dances in this suite demonstrate the fierceness of these people and their many lifestyle rituals that include ones for war, courtship, and worship. This $500 contribution will help tell the story of PCN by going towards production costs for artist commissions for the comic book to bring the story to life. Donors at this level will receive a A Special Thanks in the Program and at the Premiere + A Printed Copy of the PCN Comic Book + a Written Thank You Card from the PCN Coordinator + Recognition on Premiere day.

$1,000

The Sampaguita

The Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines and has been a part of the Philippine landscape for centuries. It represents purity, simplicity, and humility, its flowers blooming either singly or as bundles of blossoms at the top of the branches. Your $1000 contribution will benefit all aspects of our PCN. Donors at this level will receive a A Special Thanks in the Program and at the Premiere + A Printed Copy of the PCN Comic Book + a Limited Edition Akbayan x [Insert Company] T Shirt + a Written Thank You Card from the PCN Coordinator + Recognition on Premiere day.