What is PCE?
The Pilipino Cultural Exchange (PCE) is an organization that provides a “home away from home” for anyone in the Cal Poly community who needs it. PCE is a club that consists of members from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and goals, but together we are a family.
We strive to provide unique personal, social, cultural, and academic resources that benefit every student that crosses our way. Our members are assisted in academia through our mentor-mentee program, as well as participate in our kuya/ate/ading program (our version of a big/little program) where many life-long friendships, memories, and traditions are forged and remembered.
With three non-audition performing groups, our members are given numerous platforms that foster personal growth and self-expression. Our Modern dance group is known for its hip hop, contemporary, and pop-influenced style and dance. Our choir, Ating Himig offers individuals the opportunity to show off their singing abilities. Our cultural dance troupe, Kasayahan, allows members to take part in learning the cultural dances of the Philippines. We also host numerous social events, sporting and recreational events, and hold regular cultural and political dialogues and spaces for our members. Along with various community outreach efforts, and our annual Pilipino Cultural Night, our organization strives to share culture, and a positive influence with our members, fellow student body and wider community.
What is PCN?Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) is a tradition that is set in the foundations of Pilipinx organizations all throughout California. This is the opportunity for students to learn about issues that our relevant in, not only the Pilipinx-American community, but in many marginalized communities, and to showcase the diverse talents of our members through choral performance, traditional and modern dance, acting, and stage production.
The show is entirely student-run, encouraging participants to develop and improve upon skills that could be applicable in the real-world, such as, time management, communication, and leadership. This show also strives to educate students on social issues, and to help them discover their passions outside of a classroom setting. Additionally, the nature of this show conveys the message that the people you see every day experience many different things that may stem from differences in culture, gender, tradition, socioeconomic status, environment, etc; but, at the end of the day, everyone is deserving of respect, dignity, and happiness in their identities. Overall, this year’s PCN is an event that aims to teach about the everyday plights of, not only Pilipino-Americans, but people of all marginalized communities, in hopes of creating a mutual understanding and respect among all individuals on campus.
When?: Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 7:00-10:00 PM
Where?: Clark Center for Performing Arts @ 487 Fair Oaks Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420