Since its founding in 1970, PASACAT builds community by working with youth-at-risk in developing confidence, teamwork, creativity, self-esteem, poise and discipline through the performing arts. We provide a safe space for the young and the young at heart to develop life-long friendships and a spirit of camaraderie. We connect generations to generations through the love of culture which strengthens family bonds while creating global awareness.
Preserve and promote Asian Pacific culture through the arts, thereby, extending goodwill and enhancing cultural understanding.
WHY INVEST IN PASACAT?
PASACAT provides a unique experience in developing positive contributors to our community.
Focus and discipline are key components to the artistry of dance and music. It instills camaraderie among dancers and strengthens family bonds. Once you step into PASACAT, you’re part of the family where we encourage and model respect to our elders.
We are not just dancers and musicians, we strive to be Ambassadors of PASACAT, but more importantly Ambassadors of Filipinos here in San Diego and in the Philippines. This responsibility is not about PASACAT, it's about the serious role we play in representing our ancestral origins.
When you donate to PASACAT, you are investing in impacting the lives of young people to discover their identity, show their connectedness to all cultures of the world, and ultimately an appreciation for all humanity.
DANCE TRAINING & EDUCATION
PASACAT offers Philippine dance and music education and training to students 5 years old to 40 years old and beyond. Our dance education is designed to help our students to:
Students are trained modified ballet and regional dance forms unique to the 7,120 Philippine islands. Philippine folk dance is not just dance - it is ancient and current history in motion. Therefore, emphasis on historical background, customs & beliefs, attire, and even language are touched upon. These all together help our dancers to understand in a creative way how to express emotions and thoughts in a cultural context.
We take great pride in our ability to encourage our students to achieve great things onstage and offstage.
PASACAT dance productions are inspired by folk dance, tales and traditions for a contemporary theatrical experience. PASACAT productions provide a glimpse of the diversity and uniqueness of the Philippines and its 7,120 plus islands. Major productions are the Annual Junior Concert held in the spring, Annual Parol (Philippine star lantern) Festival held in December, and the Biennial Extravaganza held in October to coincide with Filipino American History Month. Most recently, we have transitioned most of our programming online to reach our audiences. We collaborated with the Mingei International Museum in the very first San Diego Design Week in 2020 with Hibla Filipiniana, which showcases the uniqueness of Philippine hand-made artistry
PASACAT has been featured on CNN's Inside Asia, performed for the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXII, Americans for the Arts Conference, the Major League Baseball All Star Night in Balboa Park, and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines. PASACAT has also performed for the Los Angeles Philippine Consulate and Philippine Department of Tourism representing the Philippines at the Lotus Festival in Echo Park and the inauguration of the Philippine Rose Bowl Float.
FOR THE LAST 51 YEARS
The secret to 51 years is love – love of Philippine dance, love of culture, and love for each other. Over the years we have trained hundreds of dancers who have established life-long friendships. When you shower everyone who comes through your door with love, you can’t help but get a return that is unexplainable. As humans, we have a need for connection, and by creating a sense of belonging, it fulfills one of our basic human needs.