The Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association (SFTPAA) is a Sacramento-based charitable organization. Its mission is to train community members in, and promote the theater and performing arts through, the study, interpretation and staging of the works of Filipino musical, dance, literary and cultural artists.
The SFTPAA was first known as the Parents and Supporters of Sinag-tala (PSST). Established in 1998, the PSST’s main objectives were to help raise funds and provide volunteer support for the annual theater production Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue SM, which was first introduced as Sinag-tala (a Tagalog word meaning starlight) to Sacramento audiences in 1990. In 2004, the PSST adopted SFTPAA as its new name and also received formal 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS retroactive to 1998, the year the PSST was founded.
Arguably the only regional Filipino American theater and performing arts training organization of its kind north of the Bay Area, the SFTPAA has three signature programs: Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue SM, the Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble and the Sinag-tala Rondalla Program. In addition, the SFTPAA also presents lectures, workshops and performances by visiting artists and scholars.
Each year, the 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 during the first weekend of December. The Revue involves some 100 singers, actors, dancers and musicians each year and a similar number of production volunteers.
The Theater Ensemble provides selected 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.
The Rondalla Program offers instruction in Philippine rondalla music, which is performed on string instruments unique to the Philippines.
Designed by Conrad Panganiban in 2004, the SFTPAA logo’s most prominent element is a proud and robust tala – the Tagalog word for star. The term Sinag-tala (a star’s radiance) is a metaphor for the stellar cultural pride and artistic energy that the SFTPAA strives to inspire.
ABOUT THE SINAG-TALA THEATRICAL REVUE LOGO AND THE PHILIPPINE PAROL
Designed by Sonny Alforque in 1992 and registered as his service mark in 2004 along with the phrase “Sinag-tala Theatrical Revue,” this logo was inspired by the parol, the unique lantern which for generations has symbolized the Christmas season in the Philippines. This logo represents both the annual Sinag-tala Theatrical Revue’s tradition of ushering in the Christmas season and the magical, star-like radiance (sinag-tala) of the theater stage and its inhabitants.
Footnote on the parol:
The traditional 5-point parol is customarily constructed from thin bamboo slats and braces fastened together with fine twine or wire and shaped to form a three-dimensional star. The outer covering may consist of brightly colored tissue paper or cellophane individually cut to the precise dimensions of each section of the star and affixed to the frame with glue. Tassels are cut in a netlike pattern from the same material as the outer covering and fastened to the tips of the star with string or wire. Tinsel trimmings or paper fringes may be added along the contour of the star. A piece of wire or thin bendable bamboo is sometimes made to create a complete circle along the 5 points, and then similarly decorated. The parol is often lit with an electric bulb and hung in windows, porches and ceilings, lending a warm, festive glow to holiday evenings.
The SFTPAA’s Artistic Director is Sonny Alforque. For more information about participating in Sinag-tala programs or about supporting the SFTPAA, visit www.sinagtala.org or send an e-mail to SFTPAA@aol.com.