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30th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
101 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 04, at 11:00 PM PDT
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30th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night

Akbayan SJSU is the nonprofit student-ran Pilipino American organization on campus. In the Filipino language, Akbayan means “Embracing in Friendship.” For over 40 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 spaces 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 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 30th 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. Last year alone, we had a cast of about 200 members with two nights sold out to a total of 1,000 people at the Hammer Theatre. We had so many people buy tickets that we had to add a third matinée show with 250 tickets sold. As the success of our student production rises, we require more funding to attribute to a larger cast and audience for this year’s PCN. This year, our venue is secured at the Santa Clara Convention Center and we are projecting roughly  250 cast members. All the proceeds made through this program go directly back to the organization to continue a legacy of giving back to our community.


For more information on our organization, check out our social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) at @akbayansjsu or our website at


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The Barrio Suite

The Barrio suite embodies the simple life of country folk through dance. Your $25 contribution will celebrate the gathering of our 200+ student cast and the venue costs for our weekly practices and theater production. Donors at this level will receive a special thanks in the program.


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 be graciously flaunted through our costumes that we will be wearing throughout the production as well as future PCNs. Donors at this level will receive a limited edition character stickers.


The Tribal Suite

The Tribal suite reflects the different indigenous people, also referred to as “lumad”, that represent 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 help tell the story of this production with props and lights that will set the mood for everyone in the production. Donors at this level will receive an official poster for the production.


The Southern Islands 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 be paraded through the performers of this production and the backstage help, for this will help ease the costs of their fees. Donors at this level will receive a signed program from the cast of the production.


The Mountain Suite

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 bring about more during this production with shirts, pins, and stickers to provide for audience members. Donors at this level will receive a DVD of the production.


The Sampaguita

Your $1000 contribution will benefit all aspects of our PCN. Donors at this level will receive an official T-Shirt.

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