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18/06/2012: SF PCG supports AngLahi presentation: "Rizal, Atbp."- the story of Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero, as seen through the self-realization of a young Filipino American, Joey, and set in music, dance and a display of the rich Filipino culture

The AngLahi Challenge and Rizal, atbp.

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA on 18 August 2012 Joan B. Kroc, San Diego, CA on 25 August 2012                                                         Valley Performing Arts Center/Calstate Northridge, Los Angeles, CA on 8                September 2012

AngLahi presents, "Rizal, Atbp."- the story of Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero, as seen through the self-realization of a young Filipino American, Joey, and set in music, dance and a display of the rich Filipino culture. The story aspires to not only depict the events in Rizal's life, but also the influences that shaped him and the choices he made that defined his actions and his destiny.

The AngLahi Challenge and Rizal, atbp. History is resplendent with great people and the tales of their greatness. To some, they have earned their place through self-aggrandizement, by treading a path that generally benefited their own deep-seated pleasures and agendas. To some, they found themselves as reluctant players, being throttled into the position not by their own volition, but through circumstance. And to a few, they have wilfully taken on their journey and burden, embracing the call for greatness not for the glorification of themselves, but rather, at the expense of their own lives for the sake of others. Of the last breed, did stem Jose Rizal.

One of the first true global Filipinos, the depiction of his life takes us through his childhood - the early beginnings of his national pride, through his adult years in the Philippines and around the globe, his fruitful exile in Dapitan and also through his last few days which he valiantly embraced. To parallel Rizal's impressive biography, we find Joey who struggles through his own identity as a Filipino growing up in America where the dilemma is whether to be homogenized into the American society of today, or to stand firm on the pride and legacy of his Philippine roots as he navigates his own life ahead. "Rizal, Atbp." is not just a story, but a glimmer of hope for a brighter Filipino legacy.

AngLahi, directly translated means "the race", or possessively, "our race". The name is actually a contraction of the phrase "angat lahi", or "raise up the race". AngLahi strives to not only raise awareness or to inspire Filipinos of their race, history and culture, but it exists to challenge each individual to unleash their fullest potential not for their own self-gratification, but to benefit the greater populace.

Truth be told, the great people of before became great not because they were extraordinary men, but they were ordinary men, desiring to dream and strive for the extraordinary pursuits, whatever it took and wherever it may have taken them. Just as Rizal and the great men of yesteryears have stepped in to fulfill a need, within each person also lay the challenge to rise up to their own call. The burning question that looms though is this: "Will you take the challenge?" *For further information, please contact the following individuals in your area: Jeannie Campo, (650) 228 - 4069 (San Francisco); Glynda Santos, (619) 549-9849 (San Diego); and Cherry, (626) 524-9119 (Los Angeles).