About Us

Mission: To train community members in, and promote the theater and performing arts through, the study, interpretation, creation and staging of Filipino literary, musical, dance and cultural forms.

Vision: Increased visibility and participation of local Filipino Americans as artists and arts consumers within the mainstream community.

Formed in 1998, the Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association (SFTPAA) is a Sacramento-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The SFTPAA began as a support group for Sinag-tala (a Tagalog word meaning starlight), an annual theater production first mounted in 1990 by another local organization, the Philippine National Day Committee (later known as the Philippine National Day Association). This production later became known as Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue. In 2004, the PNDA decided not to stage the production. That year, the SFTPAA successfully filed for Federal and State non-profit status and adopted the revue as its own project, retaining majority of the project's original leadership and volunteers.

Each year, the Theatrical Revue offers 12 weeks of free training in basic artistic and business aspects of the theater and performing arts.  Children 4 years and older, as well as teens and adults of all ages, and their families, are welcome to participate.  All ethnicities, racial backgrounds and skill levels (beginning to advanced) are accepted.  No prior experience or training is required, and no one is turned away.  Led by master artists and selected advanced participants, 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.

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The Theater Revue provides selected participants with opportunities to perform a wide-ranging repertoire before diverse audiences in different venues throughout the year.  There is no fee for participating.  The company performs regularly at the California State Fair, Pacific Rim Street Festival, Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival, Filipino Fiesta and other popular festivals, as well as at theme parks, schools, college campuses, community events, conferences, concert halls, 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.

2016 SFTPAA Board of Directors

Dick Mazon

President

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Raeselle Lao

Co-Vice President

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Conrad Panganiban

Co-Vice President

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Maggie Young

Secretary

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Marie Garcia

Treasurer

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Fred Aquino

Director-at-Large

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Febelyn Acosta-Green

Director-at-Large

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Charlie Galinato

Director-at-Large

Ben Fenkell

Director-at-Large

Beth Tan

Director-at-Large

Ruby De Quiroz

Director-at-Large

Testimony

Comments received from attendees of the Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue 2016:

  • It was an eye opener about the Filipino culture. The historical information is powerful.
  • I like how it promotes unity and also to be proud of the roots of this community.
  • It's important to let the young people feel proud of their Filipino Heritage.
  • I cried. It reminds me of my Filipino Culture.
  • Very good. Exposes Filipino talents and good training for non-Filipinos.
  • This gave me insight into my culture.

Philippine Fiesta News (January 2017, Vol 15, No 8):

  • The lively energy on stage captivated the audience who expressed their appreciation with cheers of approval.
  • Without question, faces smiled as they watched.
  • Time flies when one is having fun. On this evening, time flew because everyone was having fun.

Get Involved

As a non-profit organization, SFTPAA relies greatly on its volunteer staff, members, participants, sponsors and the community for support and resources. Such support enables SFTPAA to provide the community with its unique projects that aim to enhance the artistic and cultural lives of those who share and believe in its mission and vision.

There are different ways to get involve with SFTPAA to help sustain its projects and realize its goals.

Please contact us for any questions you may have about helping us out at sftpaa@gmail.com.