Established in 1988, Filipino American History Month was nationally recognized in October 2009. October was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Filipinos in America on October 18th, 1587. In 2018, we celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain.
FACT: Filipinos make up the second largest Asian-American group in America.
Our self-proclaimed weirdo, ZorDonofDoom has been singing since before she could understand words, and performing since she
learned how to walk. Taking inspiration from experience and from the world that breathes life inside her head. Candy, music, anime, and comics are her LIFE. FAVE video games are Final Fantasy and Tales. She loves writing fantasy and Sci-Fi stories, but sports are a no-go, unless it's tennis. She absolutely despises butterflies. They're fine at a distance, but don't let them near her. You can watch Zordon's shenanigans all day long on snapchat: zordonofdoom. ZorDon's debut single, 'WELCOME TO MY WORLD' is coming your way on November 16th!
WEIRD, COOL FILIPINO STUFF ABOUT ZORDON: ZorDon's favorite food is Sinigang, a sour soup and she likes it best with ox tail. She was born on an important holiday in the Philippines: People Power Revolution. She studied nursing at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in the Cavite, Philippines.
FACT: One-fifth of the Filipino-American population is multiracial. (Hi, NYAH! Hi, CHYKA! )
Nyah Vollmar is a singer, dancer, actor and model, but her fear of cheese has put her in some awkward moments. You can’t pull her away from spicy buffalo wings and chocolate milk shakes, though. When she’s not singing the National Anthem for the Oregon Ducks, she’s preparing for dance competitions with C.R.O.W.’s Flight Dance Team. She loves all the fluffy animals you can name. And, unicorns. Especially unicorns. She’s a big sister and a little sister at the same time. If you like to play Mario Cart 8 and watch Disney movies, you can be her BFF. Nyah has actually never been to the Philippines, but her favorite Filipino food is lumpia (spring roll). She wants everyone to know “It’s okay to be yourself because there’s no two of the same person, so just be yourself." Nyah is shooting her debut music video with InRage Entertainment on November 17th in her hometown of Florence, OR and we are inviting the whole state to come out and be in the video!
FACT: Filipino-Americans have a significant presence in the arts and in hip-hop culture. (Shout out to Bruno Mars!)
Chyka Jackson is a multi-cultural artist of African American and Filipino American descent. Raised in both the U.S. and the Philippines, her mom was the first to notice the big voice coming out of her small body. She enrolled Chyka in piano and voice lessons and Chyka began performing at the age of five in cities throughout Northern California with Dalilah’s Rising Stars touring group. Despite a diagnosis of Epstein’s Anomaly, a congenital heart defect, Chyka continued pursuing the stage throughout high school and college studying at Arizona Conservatory for the Arts and Academics and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After receiving her BFA, she performed in Disney’s “Aladdin” at Utah’s Tuachan Arts Center and she starred as Lil’ Inez in Hollywood Bowl’s production of “Hairspray”. In development with InRage Entertainment, she is now embarking on her career as a recording artist.
CHYKA'S MEMORIES FROM THE PHILIPPINES: Chyka remembers her visits to the Philippines: "It was really cool to feel the island vibe. No one really lockes the doors, it was very open. Our street was you know dirt; it was like one with the earth so it's very chill. Everyone's very like chill. My family lives in the country. We had to get our water from the back for our baths." She also recalls "in the middle of the night you can hear people having karaoke parties like next door. People are really passionate about the arts in the Philippines."
We can't wait for you to hear the music of our Filipina American artists. Stay tuned to InRage Entertainment to hear their debut releases starting with ZorDonofDoom in just a few weeks on November 16th.
(FACTS via Buzzfeed.)