Pinoyfest ‘08 – The Pinoylife Recap

September 9, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized 

I’m not a fan of kicking a dead horse when it is down.  It’s just a mean thing to do. 

HOWEVER, there was one question people kept asking me when I was at FPAC, “Do you know how Pinoyfest went?”  

So for all of you that were curious, someone that goes by the name “A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude” took one for the team and went to Pinoyfest with a video camera. 

I just have a few more things to say and I promise to stop with the Pinoyfest stuff.

To the Pinoyfest planning crew, I just want to say it was painful to watch that video and I TOLD YOU SO!  Congrats on actually following through with the festival and announcing publicly on your festival PA system that all vendors would be comped for next year’s festival. 

To Marko and anyone else that thinks this site is further promoting the drama in the Filipino American community, shit, you ain’t seen nothing yet!  Let me speak in a language some of you understand… THAT’S HOW I ROLL, NAWMEAN? GYEAH!

Ok, that’s it. Big thanks to Pinoyfest for all the fun you have provided us.  Please, by all means, do it again next year! I could use the material. 

Wait, one more kick to the dead horse…

Ok, now I’m done.


Much thanks to A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude for the video.

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32 Responses to “Pinoyfest ‘08 – The Pinoylife Recap”

  1. Brian on September 9th, 2008 9:06 am

    Ow. That stings.

  2. WowowaBALOS on September 9th, 2008 9:35 am

    SO how was PinoyFest?

  3. richard move on September 9th, 2008 9:52 am

    i used to be into sadism, necrophilia, AND bestiality… but then i realized i was just BEATING ON A DEAD HORSE (ba-dum-bumm!)

    i hear premiere will be at next year’s fest. and these rappers called “2 flips” will be opening for them. whooo! [twirling noisemaker]

  4. Moonie on September 9th, 2008 9:54 am

    Based on the video, Pinoyfest was a lot like a beautiful whore – really hot but empty inside.

  5. Barocker on September 9th, 2008 9:57 am

    If an artist performs at Pinoyfest, do they make a sound?

  6. Valleypinoy on September 9th, 2008 10:19 am

    Do artists get compensated at Pinoyfest?

  7. richard move on September 9th, 2008 10:42 am

    based on the latter pic moonie posted, i think the more relevant questions are…

    did SALACIOUS CRUMB and THE RANCOR get compensated? does pinoyfest pay artists with REPUBLIC CREDITS? is jabba’s palace the pinoyfest answer to the “generations stage”? instead of the balut-eating contest, do they have an OOLA-eating contest?

    ho! ho! ho! ho-hohhhh!

  8. Ms. Tsismis on September 9th, 2008 10:46 am

    What is this nonsense! Pinoyfest was a tremendous success!! We should be proud of our Pinoyfest. Why? Because all of us Filipinos have immigrated here to this wonderful country and work very hard. That is the strength of the Pinoy!

    You did not show the thousands of people there kasi, um, before your cameraman arrived, Janelle So from Channel 18 gave away free Island Pacific gift certificates to the thousands of people there! So naturally, they headed straight to the market to go shopping. Only after your cameraman was there did the multitudes return to the Pinoyfest, where it went on until after dark.

    I do not believe this, you are so crab mentality.

    Pinoyfest 2009 will be stronger and bigger than ever! We believe in the strength and beauty of the Pinoy! Mabuhay si Pinoyfest!

  9. Joe Bag O'Suman on September 9th, 2008 1:20 pm

    OMG!x3. Mad props to Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude for some stellar reportage, camera work, editing and keeping his composure in the midst of the teeming hordes of grass blades, lechon-crackling heat and personal attacks questioning his ethnicity.

    Interesting that the camera captured no signs of the events’ four listed producers or the bikini babe from their website. Maybe she chose to go to FPAC as well.

  10. Eman on September 9th, 2008 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the recap.

    Sadly, I couldn’t make either festival over the weekend. But later that night, I hopped on the PinoyLife website. I read a few posts. I laughed.

    And so I’d think it’s fair to say that on Saturday, September 6, 2008, PinoyLife had more unique visitors than PinoyFest.

    Go PinoyLife!!

  11. Rod on September 9th, 2008 3:14 pm


    Camera pans across barren wasteland of destitute vendors as stage performer sings the irony-laden words to “Heaven.”

  12. A Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude on September 9th, 2008 3:36 pm

    Hmmm. I wonder if I can submit this to next year’s FPAC PinoyVisions…

  13. Dirk Digglir on September 9th, 2008 5:05 pm

    Thank you Very Opinionated Pinoy Dude for posting this video. On top of the 17th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture, the organizers of PinoyFest did not take into consideration that MEGA-SUPER-DAUGHTER KC CONCEPCION made an appearance at the Alex Theater in Glendale to promote her new movie this past Saturday as well. Are the organizers of PinoyFest and the San Fernando Filipino American Chamber of Commerce really in touch with the Filipino Community of Los Angeles & Southern California or is PinoyFest a money making scheme and pissing contest?

  14. Marko on September 9th, 2008 7:14 pm

    Ouch, just saying in the last comment that maybe fil ams should support and improve each other, despite difficulties and flops, rather than bringing each other down, aka the “crab mentality” that someone mentioned here. I completely support the idea of your site, but wow Moonie, there are other perspectives out there.

    P.S. FPAC was awesome–and remember it started from a simple beach festival. PinoyFest, when it’s properly placed on the day and month they intended and they learn from their experience, should also grow to be a great event for the LA community.

  15. Craig David's Beard on September 9th, 2008 7:16 pm

    Marko: Actually FPAC started on the campus of LA City College (1992-1993) before heading seaside.

    Bow To Me,
    Craig David’s Beard

  16. Marko on September 9th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Corrected, thanks craig david’s beard

  17. Moonie on September 9th, 2008 7:50 pm

    Marko, no hard feelings bro. I just wanted to make sure you knew you were heard. Thanks for supporting the site.

    And remember, there are people in our community that are shady and have questionable motives. I used to blindly support anything Pinoy until I saw firsthand people pocketing funds at events that were “for the community”.

  18. Marko on September 9th, 2008 8:25 pm

    None at all Moonie, sorry if I sound accusative too. Keep bringing your unique voice to the world and representing your necessary take on the Fil-Am community :)

    Maybe we all can track happenings in the community and critically and responsibly analyze the purposes and intentions of the organizers while bringing it back to to the world through online venues like

  19. Kiwi on September 10th, 2008 11:54 am

    HILARIOUS!!! and um, sad…

  20. John Bender on September 10th, 2008 12:24 pm

    Demented and sad, but social.

  21. Principal Richard Vernon on September 10th, 2008 1:28 pm

    Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.

  22. pirate Bob on September 10th, 2008 2:19 pm


  23. pirate Bob on September 10th, 2008 2:21 pm

    waar be me old matey Bob? avast ye!

  24. richard move on September 10th, 2008 2:53 pm

    YOU PEOPLE, don’t you ever talk about my filipino festivals. you don’t know any of my festivals. you don’t look at any of my festivals. and you certainly wouldn’t condescend to SPEAK at any of my festivals. so you just stick to the things you know: shopping, nail polish, your father’s BMW, and your poor, rich, drunk mother in the caribbean. and as far as being concerned about what’s gonna happen when you and i walk around the next festival together, you can FORGET IT cuz it’s never gonna happen! just bury your head in the sand and wait for your freaking PROM!

    and, pirate bob – does barry manilow know you raid his wardrobe! wharrrd!

  25. Fishman on September 10th, 2008 3:44 pm

    Hello everybody.

    It has been a long time.

    And no see.

    First of all I would like to thank Mr. Moonie and the staff.

    For doing all the hard work in bringing back

    I know it is not easy.

    I am not in California right now.

    I am in a fishing village in Greece.

    But I will return to San Pedro soon.

    I regret not being able to go to the Festival of FPAC this year.

    I also could not go to the Pinoy Fest either.

    I have watched the video from the Opinionated Pinoy Dude.

    It was very funny.

    And also sad.

    Especially since the food booths did not appear to have any fish.

    I do not know whether the Festival of FPAC had fish this year.

    I hope it did.

    I would like to close by saying that it does not matter whether you visit the Festival of FPAC or the Pinoy Fest.

    As long as you like fish.

    p.s. I like fish.

  26. KoRN on September 10th, 2008 6:21 pm

    WOW…it was kinda hard watching that video, yet I couldn’t stop laughing especially at the commentary =)

  27. mohawk mike on September 10th, 2008 9:16 pm

    well, at least the video shows a better turnout than the one i saw on sunday morning… at least on saturday, most of the VENDORS were there…

  28. Elson on September 11th, 2008 6:32 pm

    Good work, AVOPD! It’s as if I was really there!

  29. GR on September 11th, 2008 11:45 pm

    just had a chance to watch the video. o wow.

  30. H on September 12th, 2008 12:03 pm

    Man…that sucks. As much as I love FPAC (one of the first performers when it was at Cabrillo) it would’ve been nice to have a sort of supplemental festival over on my side of LA. Cause dude, San Pedro is freaking far from the valley. Just ask my sister. So there were actually a few things that i thought about after watching the video:

    1. Dude…that was Chase park, where I used to have my elementary school (ST. GEN’S!) football practices, and where I played basketball on Sat. and Sun. mornings with all the other Filipinos who throw elbows.

    2. Dude…why would there be a Jollibee vendor there when Panorama City has officially become the first small city with TWO Jollibees within a half mile radius. I mean…seriously, there’s no lack of Jolli around this side of the world.

    3. In all honesty, Panorama City would be a good spot for a festival, seeing as how my church is, oh, about 85% Filipino attended, and up until earlier this year, the clergy were 75% Filipino.

    4. Thanks Moonie for letting me know that my cousin is in a band, and that her band performed at FPAC.

    5. I was in a Coffee Bean last night, and on their calendar of events, they had the Kayamanan Ng Lahi show at the Ford Theater on there. Man…that’s semi-mainstream.

    6. Kobe’s not having surgery on his Pinky?

    7. Man…it is hot in the Valley, so I would suggest any events held there should either be in the winter, fall, or not summer. And nowhere near CSUN.

    Ummm…that’s all I got for now.

  31. joy marie on September 14th, 2008 9:28 pm

    Hello everyone…

    This is the first time i open the pinoy life..

    Goodluck to all the staff of this website..

    Have more power!..Godbless you all…

  32. Moonie on September 14th, 2008 10:49 pm

    Thanks joy marie. I’ve actually started doing yoga while cutting down on carbs so I am trying to work on getting more power and stamina.

    Just letting you know you were heard :)

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