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Filipinos Making Waves – Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19
(Complete event schedule included below)

TORONTO, August 7, 2007 – Harbourfront Centre’s World Routes 2007 presented by RBC is thrilled to host the Filipinos Making Waves festival. Co-produced with the Philippine Arts and Cultural Experience (PACE), this festival is a celebration of the exuberant and diverse Filipino cultures and features several celebrity talents.

A cultural cross-section of the 7107 islands of the Philippines, Filipinos Making Waves is a rare glimpse into the abundant variations of Filipino music, dance and art that has developed throughout centuries as an archipelagic trading port and colony. Aboriginal customs mingle with south Asian, European (mainly Spanish) and later American influences to produce a truly complex and vibrant people.

Art enthusiasts can enjoy Images: Filipino Visual Artists Making Waves, an exhibition of over 100 multi-disciplinary works reflecting the eclectic styles of Filipino artists from all over the world. World renowned dance troupe Likha from San Francisco make their Canadian debut and command attention with their unique and exquisite costumes. Closing the weekend is the Fluvial Regatta and Parade - a perfect way to spend the afternoon. All Filipinos Making Waves events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Filipinos Making Waves includes the Canadian debut of Passion (Tickets $25), a 20-year old rising pop sensation from California; former Canadian Idol finalist and BMG recording artist Mikey Bustos, plus the Canadian debuts of distinguished jazz pianist Boy Katindig and improvisational guitar virtuoso Angelo Pizarro, as well as the captivating traditional gong music of Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, presented by FIDO, and everybody’s favourite guitarist Mon Torralba!

Filipino Films Making Waves showcases several great feature films including THE GREAT RAID, with a very special appearance from actor Cesar Montano, and Pulong Bayan – The Evolution of Philippine Fashion features panel discussions and a bona fide fashion show.

For information on all Filipinos Making Waves events, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Filipinos Making Waves – Complete Festival Schedule – All events are FREE

Friday, August 17

Visual Art (all weekend)
Images: Filipino Visual Artists Making Waves (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Filipinos Making Waves - Festival Reception
7:00 p.m. – Music from Josie de Leon & Lirio Vital (Lakeside Terrace)
6:30 p.m. – Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble - melodic rhythms using traditional gongs, presented by FIDO (Toronto Star Stage)
7:30 p.m. – Filipino Folk Rock - with Amado Mamaril, Zena Zagala and Chito Sarabia (Toronto Star Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Mikey Bustos and For U (Sirius Stage – formerly the Concert Stage)
10:00 p.m. – Ticketed Event - $25.00 - Youth Wave – featuring Passion & DJ Jooce – Late Night NOW presented by Heineken (Brigantine Room)
9:00 p.m. – THE GREAT RAID – with special guest Cesar Montano (Studio Theatre)

Saturday, August 18

3:00 p.m. – Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble – from San Francisco, exquisite traditional dance – Canadian debut! (Toronto Star Stage)
4:30 p.m. – Culture Philippines Ontario – Igorot & Rural Suite (Toronto Star Stage)
6:30 p.m. – Culture Philippines Ontario – Muslim Suite (Toronto Star Stage)
1:00 p.m. – Likha Rondalla Band (Toronto Star Stage)
2:00 p.m. – Palabuniyan Kulintang Music – presented by FIDO (Concert Stage)
3:30 p.m. – Lirio Vital – the Queen of Philippine love songs (Sirius Stage – formerly the Concert Stage)
8:30 p.m. – Angelo Pizarro – improvisational guitar virtuoso – Canadian debut! (Sirius Stage - formerly the Concert Stage)
10:00 p.m. – Boy Katindig – extraordinary jazz pianist – Canadian debut! (Sirius Stage - formerly the Concert Stage)
11:00 p.m. – Banda Rito, Banda Roon – Mon Torralba with Naked Flame (Brigantine Room)
3:00 p.m. – SIGAW – THE ECHO (Studio Theatre)
5:30 p.m. – ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS – The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Studio Theatre)
1:00 p.m. – Fun with Philippines Arts and Crafts (Natrel Kids Zone)
1:30 p.m. – Filipino Talents Making Waves – Isang Mundo, Isang Awit (Lakeside Terrace)
5:30 p.m. – Filipino Talents Making Waves – Salamat Musika (Lakeside Terrace)
7:30 p.m. – Martial Arts Demo (Toronto Star Stage)

Sunday, August 19

3:00 p.m. – Retro Manila: Sound Waves from the Past (Sirius Stage - formerly the Concert Stage)
4:30 p.m. - Philippine Variety Show (Sirius Stage - formerly the Concert Stage)
5:30 p.m. – Likha - Filipino Cultural Dance Finale (Toronto Star Stage)
3:00 p.m. – THE GREAT RAID (Studio Theatre)
1:00 p.m. – Fun with Philippines Arts and Crafts (Natrel Kids Zone)
12:00 p.m. – Pulong Bayan – The evolution of Philippine fashion – panel discussion followed by a fashion show (Lakeside Terrace)
1:00 p.m. – Best of Filipino Talents Making Waves – finale! (Toronto Star Stage)
2:00 p.m. – Fluvial Regatta & Boardwalk Parade – a traditional boat parade in the water and on the Boardwalk
4:00 p.m. - Martial Arts Demo (Toronto Star Stage)

Filipinos Making Waves at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19. For information please call 416-973-4000 or visit

Harbourfront Centre’s summer long series of festivals, World Routes 2007 presented by RBC. Each weekend from June through September, Generations of top Canadian and international artists perform in all of the creative disciplines including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, readings and film. Harbourfront Centre’s unparalleled 10-acre waterfront site is prized for its fun and educational family activities at multiple venues, as well as the ethnic diversity of the International Marketplace and World Cafι. These rotating shops and cafιs are nestled along an expanded boardwalk, and enable visitors to explore and access each weekend's cultural theme through the purchase of unique items and food. All World Routes 2007 summer festivals are FREE admission.

Media Contact:
Cary Mignault | 416-973-4655 |
Shane Gerard | 416-973-4518 |
Bill Bobek | 416-973-4428 |

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