Akbayan SJSU is the nonprofit student-run Pilipino American organization on campus. 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 over 650 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’ve 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 Pilipinx 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 34th anniversary. For two nights, PCN showcases our members through the expressive arts, including and not limited to cultural, contemporary, & modern dances; choir & band; tech & props; and acting & scriptwriting. In addition, we expose our members to opportunities in marketing, public relations, graphic design, and financial planning. This is our first production back with in-person rehearsals aimed for a 2 night fully in-person premier since our production of PCN 32: Morena back in 2020.
As the success of our student-run production rises, we require more funding to contribute to the growing production and attraction for the many years to come for our Pilipinx Cultural Nights. This year, our venue has been secured at the Morris Dailey Auditorium at San Jose State University and we have a cast of roughly 100 members. All the proceeds made through this program go directly back to the organization to continue a legacy of giving back to our community and sharing the voices of our ancestors.
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