EVENTS

VIP: $100
Orchestra: $65
Balcony: $45
Military/Senior/Student: $25

To Purchase Tickets:

By Venmo:
@fasgi

By Zelle:
Filipino American Service Group, Inc.
Email: admin@fasgi.org

By Credit Card:
Call (818) 271-0901 or (213) 908-5050

By Check:
Please make payable to:
Filipino American Services Group, Inc.
135 North Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

501(c)(3) TIN 95-3714064
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Doors Open:
Doors open at 6:45pm

Event Parking:
(Adjacent to JACCC/Aratani Theatre):
Joe’s Auto Parks/Sho Tokyo Garage
350 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

COVID-19 Protocol:
The Aratani Theater strictly follows current State, County and City COVID protocols, which change daily. To maintain a safe environment for the artists and the audience, patrons should be prepared to wear masks once inside the theater for the duration of the entire show and may be asked to present valid vaccination cards. The venue will not accept negative COVID tests results. Patrons should be vaccinated and/or boosted prior to entering the theater.

Becca Godinez: In My Life
Benefit Concert — March 12, 2022 @ 7PM

Official Press Release
Press Contact: Ted I. Benito for LXV Enterprises, LLC
E: tedibenito@gmail.com

FASGI Fundraiser Features Becca Godinez

(February 2022 – Los Angeles, CA.) The Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI), a non-profit organization in Historic Filipinotown dedicated to serving the Filipino community, will kick start a year of raising funds to support on-going programming. In its 40th anniversary, FASGI has helped millions of individuals through programs that include mental health education, naturalization application assistance, arts incubation, health and wellness, and assistance to WWII veterans. FASGI has also implemented programs to deal with COVID protocols and prevention.

Together with Individual Health Care Services, Inc., FASGI will be executive producing its first concert featuring actress/singer Becca Godinez. Entitled “Becca Godinez: In My Life,” the concert is Becca’s most intimate show to date as she revisits her time as one of the Philippines’ most in-demand performers during the 1970’s and 1980’s. This musical journey will trace Becca’s career from hit-music recording artist, concert singer, television host, and thespian with Repertory Philippines. Joining her on stage are special guest artists Mike Monserrat (dancer/choreographer and member of the original “Penthouse 7” crew), Spanky Rigor (co-founder/musician of the 70’s hit group VST & Company), Broadway actors Jennifer Paz (“Evita,”and “Songs for a New World”), Red Concepcion (“Miss Saigon,”and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Nicole Santiago (“Mama Mia” and “Criers for Hire”) and Natasha Kaiserman (Becca’s daughter), who will be making her L.A. concert debut.

Becca will also be joined by guest vocalists Charmie Morales, Leah Auditor and Tina Cruz. Myke Gonzaga, one of the most in-demand musical directors, leads the band which also features Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (drums), Bryant Simpson (bass), Sandro Rebel (keyboards) and Michael Seaman (piano). The concert will also feature a special virtual appearance by Cocoy Laurel, one the Philippines’ legendary actors and Becca’s co-star in many theatrical productions. When asked what the audience will experience, Becca said, “Gosh, my career spans about 50 years!! I chose each guest because they were all part and parcel of what I’ve done as a performer – from hosting TV shows, to being a theatre artist.”

FASGI’s Executive Director Yey Coronel-Alcid stated, “The FASGI Board wants all our fundraisers to be memorable and fun. We know that this concert will truly entertain because it combines Becca’s talent, charisma, and energy with her showmanship, creativity, and style. More importantly, Becca understands and shares FASGI’s passion in helping those in need to lead richer and more fruitful lives.

It is important for FASGI to raise additional funds because most of our programs have either limited or no funding. Our clients become part of the FASGI family, so we commit to care for their needs and provide the utmost quality in services. We embrace our motto, “Happy to serve; Honored to help!” Any funds raised will go towards additional services for seniors, human trafficking survivors, and artists/performers with our Arts Incubator Program. We will also create a revolving loan fund for US citizenship applicants who find costs prohibitive; and resume the Kalayaan Festival, a whole day of medical and holistic healing for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Co- Executive Producer Trinity Foliente, owner of Individual Health Care Services said, “I have known and partnered with FASGI since Yey Coronel became Executive Director in 2015. Under her leadership, I have seen FASGI’s dedication to serving the Filipino American community increase and expand. FASGI always goes the extra mile to help the community in any way possible. They are dependable and efficient and never cease to amaze me.”

Tickets for the one-night-only concert on Saturday, March 12 are $100/$60/$45 and can be purchased by contacting Yey Coronel 818-271-0901 [phone/text] and Trinity Foliente 818-455-2132 [phone/text] or via email at admin@fasgi.org. Special balcony pricing of $25 is available for seniors, military, and students by calling 818-271-0901. Tickets are also available at the Aratani Theatre website by visiting www.jaccc.org or by calling 213-680-3700.

FASGI’s Acting Board Chairperson, Celina Taganas-Duffy is excited for the concert. “Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to see Becca perform. She’s truly amazing and we’re honored she’s headlining this benefit concert to raise funds and further FASGI’s mission to provide vital services to our community.” She is joined on the Organizing Committee by Co-Chairperson Ronnie Cross (FASGI Board Member), Mae Abeleda (FASGI Board Treasurer), Ferdinand “Bong” Soriano (FASGI Board Member), Ethel Provido (FASGI Program Director), Evelyn Andamo (Principal, Westin Enterprises, Inc.), Ethel Rubio (Principal/Owner, Ethel G. Rubio Assoc. AIA, PRO, Kalayaan Incorporated, Community Leader), Rosalie Caratao (Community Leader) and Thelma Sugay (President, Filipino American Press Club of California).

FASGI and Individual Health Care Services are honored to have LA City Commissioner Dr. Cris B. Liban and his wife, Benel Se-Liban (Managing Partner of JBC Group, LLC) as the presenting sponsor for the show. Other sponsors include Asian Journal; Joel & Luchie Pengson, Eleos – The Cognitive Center of Southern California, MVCMG – the Moreno Valley Community Medical Group; Joel A. Pengson, M.D., A Medical Corporation; Josie Jones, Admiral Home Health Inc., Admiral Hospice Care and Alpha Hospice Care; Ronson Provido, P.E., Century Engineers, Inc.; D-1 Productions, Monte Maria Wine Cellar; and BayaniPay.

The Aratani Theater strictly follows current State, County and City COVID protocols, which change daily. To maintain a safe environment for the artists and the audience, patrons should be prepared to wear masks once inside the theater for the duration of the entire show and may be asked to present valid vaccination cards. The venue will not accept negative COVID tests results. Patrons should be vaccinated and/or boosted prior to entering the theater.

For more information on the concert, please visit The Filipino American Service Group, Inc. at www.fasgi.org. Becca Godinez: In My Life is produced and directed by LXV Enterprises, LLC to benefit the Filipino American Service Group, Inc.

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Our Mission

FASGI’s mission is to promote the cultural, social and economic advancement of individuals, families and the community by:

  • Providing high quality human, economic and community services to improve quality of life for all;
  • Identifying the community’s needs and mobilizing efforts to address these needs; and
  • Strengthening and enhancing the integration and empowerment of the Filipino American people within the greater society.

FASGI Programs

Over the years, FASGI has significantly contributed to advance the health and well-being of Filipino American individuals, families, and communities in the United States of America by promoting resiliency, racial and health equity, healthy lifestyles, and overall well-being, and uplifting Filipino arts and culture. With our motto – Happy to help, honored to serve! – FASGI is dedicated to public service and passionate about our work with the people and communities that we serve and protect.

Mental Health Program

We implement a combination of medical and holistic approaches, which include the following programs: Human Trafficking, Healthy Perspectives, Young At Heart, Referral Services, and Education & Awareness.

Naturalization Application Assistance

For eligible permanent legal citizens who need help in filling out application forms, determine their eligibility for fee waivers, and as necessary, address any personal issues clients may be undergoing in relation to the naturalization application process.

Arts Incubator Program

Created in 2016 to promote and uplift Filipino and Filipino American arts and culture. The program’s mission is to
help Filipino American artists to be properly recognized and given economic opportunities for advancement.

Health & Wellness Program

Our Health and Wellness Program is designed to promote wellness and peace of mind, body and spirit. The Kapayapaan Festival is a free day-long symposium of speakers, health classes, screenings and wellness checks, holistic healing, and free healthy food.

Human Trafficking Program

Designed to promote peace of mind and positivity while fostering resiliency and empowerment through classes that provide tools to relieve trauma, release negativity, and promote confidence.

Young At Heart Program

The Young At Heart Program incorporates various activities catered towards active seniors who are unable to socialize and are facing loneliness, isolation, depression, and fear, especially due to the COVID pandemic.

FASGI Testimonials

Hello, my name is Carlos Santos.  Thank you, FASGI, Mam Yey Coronel, and staff, for the support, therapy, and guidance you’ve given me.  Without FASGI, I do not know where I would be today. I am a victim of human trafficking and have lived without hope and in fear for many years.  Because of FASGI, I have the tools necessary to cope with the trauma I have endured. They’ve given me hope for my future and taught me that my past does not define me. Thank you, FASGI, for the hope you have given my family and me!  I pray you will continue to give others the same hope. Thank you again, and may God Bless FASGI.

—Carlos Santos, Human Trafficking Survivor

I’m a very independent woman and as long as I can do it, I will do it. I have tried to learn how to use Zoom and a computer because I like to learn new things. When the pandemic started, I frequently felt depressed and lonely at home but because of FASGI I have something to look forward to each week. The Healthy Perspectives and Happy Hour sessions makes me feel busy and the usual group makes me feel a sense of community online. I look forward to seeing the students, learning something new with each guest speaker, and keep my body moving. I’m thankful for FASGI because they were able to make me feel a lot better and less socially isolated through the pandemic.

Although I don’t have family here, now I know that I have extended family. You lighten my light everyday during this pandemic.

—Ofelia Legaspi, FASGI Healthy Perspectives Participant

Before the pandemic, I was very depressed in staying at home…I was very sick, and I always called my doctor. They said I’m not sick. When I was invited to this program, I became alive.

—Largrimas Pardilla, FASGI Healthy Perspectives Participant

The pandemic has made me so lonely at home… I had nothing to do until I joined this program.

—Lilia Fos, FASGI Healthy Perspectives Participant

…we’ve done cancer talks and webinars with them where a few healthcare workers and doctors from Cedars-Sinai Cancer would come and speak on the topic. And a favorite thing about FASGI that I like is knowing how close and tight-knit they are with the community that they serve. They’re so generous and very giving in regards to their time and energy, which I really appreciate. And I think they’ve really been successful in providing services virtually especially during this pandemic and they really just give a welcoming space to the community that they serve. 

—Shenazar Esmundo, Filipino Outreach Coordinator,
Cedars-Sinai Cancer Research Center for Health Equity

We would like others to recognize the tireless dedication and effort that FASGI and FASGI Staff does to serve the Filipino community…. Their quick mobilization [during the pandemic] in transitioning programming to an online format has proven that FASGI is a resilient organization committed to serving the community despite adversity. We are impressed and truly grateful that they have fostered a sense of community amongst their members and ours, despite operating nearly entirely remote during the pandemic. We are excited to work with FASGI in the future and hopefully under in-person circumstances. FASGI truly is an inspiration to our organization and will remain so for generations to come.

—Pilipinos For Community Health (PCH), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

We would like others to recognize the tireless dedication and effort that FASGI and FASGI Staff does to serve the Filipino community…. Their quick mobilization [during the pandemic] in transitioning programming to an online format has proven that FASGI is a resilient organization committed to serving the community despite adversity. We are impressed and truly grateful that they have fostered a sense of community amongst their members and ours, despite operating nearly entirely remote during the pandemic. We are excited to work with FASGI in the future and hopefully under in-person circumstances. FASGI truly is an inspiration to our organization and will remain so for generations to come.

—Pilipinos For Community Health (PCH), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Our Community Partners

Filipino American Service Group, Inc. 135 North Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 908-5050  admin@fasgi.org

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