About Us

Sinag-tala Cast
Sinag-Tala 2014 “Hapi Bertdey” (Photo by JAZPHOTOstudio.com/Eugene Asuncion)

The Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association (SFTPAA) is a Sacramento-based charitable organization. Our Mission is to provide community members the opportunity to promote the works of Filipino musical, dance, literary and cultural artists through the study, interpretation and staging of theater and performing arts.

SFTPAA first began as The Sinag-tala Project. The project was first organized in 1986 under the Philippine National Day Association (PNDA) until 2004. The project’s first director was Sonny Alforque. The original intent of this project was to cultivate the talents of Filipino youth and community in singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, acting, and all other jobs in theater production.

The Sinag-tala Theatrical Revue was launched during the first weekend in December of 1990. The Revue was co-sponsored by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce, on the initiative of Ernie Santos, and the Paluwagan Investment Club, headed by Rene Laroa and Vic Chico.

Arguably the only regional Filipino American theater and performing arts training organization of its kind north of the Bay Area, the SFTPAA has two signature programs: Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue, and the Sinag-tala Touring Ensemble. In addition, the SFTPAA also presents lectures, workshops and performances by visiting artists and scholars.

Each year, the Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue offers 12 weeks of free training in basic artistic and business aspects of the theater and performing arts. Participation is open to all interested children 4 years and older, teens and adults. All ethnicities, racial backgrounds and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience or training is required, and no one is turned away. Led by master artists, the training consists of workshops and rehearsals emphasizing the study, interpretation and staging of Filipino musical, dance, literary and cultural works and culminates in a professionally staged annual theater production in December. The Revue involves some 100 singers, actors, dancers and musicians each year and a similar number of production volunteers.

The Sinag-tala Touring Ensemble provides participants opportunities to present a wide-ranging repertoire before diverse audiences in different venues throughout the year. The company performs regularly at the California State Fair, Pacific Rim Street Festival, Filipino Fiesta and other popular festivals, as well as at schools, college campuses, community events, conferences, concerts, corporate functions and private gatherings. The Ensemble consists of as many as 50 members drawn primarily but not exclusively from the cast of the Sinag-tala Theatrical Revue.

For inquiries about booking our Touring Ensemble, please email sinagtala.touring [at] gmail [dot] com.

2016 SFTPAA Board of Directors