Members of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Mike Nierva (President), Ledy Almadin (Treasurer), and Vincent Roldan (VP Legal) were among those present at Ma-Yi Theater Company’s cocktail reception on February 10th at the residence of Edwin Josue and Jerry Sibal. After being introduced by Jerry Sibal, Jorge Z. Ortoll, Executive Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company, gave an impassioned talk about why Ma-Yi Theater Company is important to the Asian American community. As the fastest growing ethnic community in the tri-state area, it is still greatly underrepresented in the world of art and culture.
Ma-Yi is celebrating its 25th benchmark year with a Gala Benefit on March 24, 2014 at the renowned Hudson Theater (145 West 44th Street), right in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. The Benefit Committee is headed by Honorary Chairs Loida Nicolas Lewis (PACC Board member) and Lily O’Boyle, and presided by co-chairs Lolita Valderrama Savage and Etan Merrick. This year, Awardees, as decided by the Benefit Committee, will be:
Ms. Bessie Badilla, filmmaker and musician, for Excellence in the Arts
Mr. Ernest Escaler, Chairman of the Board of Asian Cultural Council-Philippines, for Excellence in Arts Advocacy
Mr. Cao K. O, co-founder and former Executive Director of Asian American Federatio n of New York, for Excellence in Community Service.
Ma-Yi aspires to the excellence of these three in their respective fields, and the Board, staff and artists of M-Yi are proud to honor these exceptional individuals.
Ma-Yi Theater Company, the pre-eminent Asian American theater company in the country today, is extremely pleased to team up with the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce to make the evening a resounding success and to ensure that Ma-Yi’s mission and vision continue to thrive over the years to come. Members of the PhilAm Chamber of Commerce can support Ma-Yi and Asian American artists by purchasing their tickets online at www.ma-yitheatre.org.
Mezzanine tickets at $100 entitle patrons to a sumptuous cocktail reception with open bar and canapes at 6pm, followed by the show and awards presentation at 8pm. VIP guests in the Orchestra section, for $300 and $500 tickets, are entitled to a private VIP cocktail reception with the awardees, and three course dinner before the program and awards presentation. All guests are welcome to participate in the <strong>Silent Auction</strong>, which will include luxury stays at Hyatt Shanghai, Beijing, Cannes, Paris and the Raffles Manila, as well as priceless items like – yes! – boxing gloves of Muhammad Ali, and works of art by Marc Chagall, Philippine National Artist Arturo Luz, Phyllis Zaballero and Benefit co-chair Lolita Valderrama Savage.
The program, <strong><em>A Tribute to David Merrick</em></strong>, will feature numbers by Asian American artists. Mr. Merrick has produced such titan shows like 42nd Street, Hello Dolly!, Oliver, to name a few.
PACC members, come and join the fun for a good cause! See you on March 24th!
Read the press release and biographies here..