AKA Kilusan, was born in Long
Beach Califas. He moved with his family to San Francisco,
where he was raised in the mission district. The son of Pilipin@
immigrants, both of his great grandfathers were veterans of
Jeremy took part in youth theater companies in San
Francisco, such as RIOT Theater Co. or Burton Players.
He attended UC Santa Cruz for his undergraduate
studies, where he was involved in several Pilipin@
theater productions through the Filipino Student
Association. He was an active member, actor, director
for a multicultural arts organization known as Rainbow
Theater. In Nov. 2001, he produced and wrote his
first playwright, "A Tuyo In The Sun", which
encompassed three generations of his families working
class struggle in the Philippines and America.
Jeremy was part of a group of students of color who
implemented JUICE, a multicultural theater arts
collective in the Santa Cruz Area. He also is a
member of 8th Wonder, a Pilipin@ spoken word arts
collective in the Bay Area. He is currently working
on his first independently made book of creative
writings entitled, "Descendant of Fire".
Is a native of East San Jose. He attended De Anza College
and later transferred to CSU Hayward where he received a
Bachelor in Sociology with a minor in Filipino/Filipino
American Studies. Outside of the institution setting he
gives credit to his parents, the streets he roamed, Hip
Hop culture, peer (pressure), and loved ones for being a
big part of his educational process. He currently works
with the Filipino Youth Coalition where he is an intervention
specialist at Independence High School. When he is not working
with FYC or getting involved in too many community activities,
he devotes his free time to his art. Painting is one of
his past times, but taking pictures is his all time favorite.
He loves to capture street and Hip Hop culture and really
loves to document what is going on in his community. He
feels that he is a visual aid for the community. You can
usually find him with some kind of free art for the people.
…Favorite quote: “Bootleg your mind, it’s
a whole lot cheaper than selling out”
is like a fortune cookie. When it breaks, there is always
something to be learned.”
Austin Mosqueda is a 27 year old student of life. He has
been involved in the community since the age of 14 thru
various community organizations, such as Filipino Youth
Coalition, Village Project and City Year San Jose. Austin
does not classify himself as an actor, but as “some
guy who like to entertain people.”
In the midst of his hectic life, he always follows his purpose
in life: Helping and making people happy. He is continuing
to help, guide and educate youth by coaching wrestling and
football at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose.
Austin would like to dedicate his performance to his family.
is food for the soul.”
Abulencia Santa Ana
Alicia is a loving wife and dedicated mother of three children.
Born and raised in the Philippines she received her B. S.
in Elementary Education. Her love to help children and her
career as an educator was prolonged as she immigrated to
the states becoming a teacher and a librarian. Although,
her love for education was pinnacle to her success, she
strived to pursue her passion in the arts. Since 1994, she
continues to sing in the St. Maria Goretti Choir, performed
with Gavilan College Choir, De Anza Chorale Choir &
Women’s Choir. Her love of singing also inspired her
to play the piano since 1997 which led her to major in music
at Gavilan Community College. Although she is retired, her
love to learn and thoroughly express herself through arts
is the key to live a long and happy life.
Bassist Paolo Gomez, currently the bass player for the Survivalists,
has played with several local artists comprising of Shamako
Noble, Triplex, Jonah, Kelsi Arnold and the Junior Panthers.
His musical endeavors have recently taken him to the East
Coast, where he and the Survivalists toured and worked on
a second album. He is also working on a separate musical project,
which promises to assemble a variety of local artists to be
featured in one eclectic album.
Currently as attending San Jose State University as a Business
Management major, Paolo hopes to apply his knowledge, skills
and credentials to help cultivate and nurture music and other
fine art programs in communities lacking the resources to
provide such services for disadvantaged children and teens.
“Inside any child is the potential to realize a greater
destiny than what we hoped for in our own selves.”-
Flautist Laura Gomez-Coughlin has enjoyed experimenting with
sounds from the flute since she first picked it up in the 6th
grade. In the past, Laura has shared her skills and collaborated
with musicians like her brothers Alvin and Edwin (from the Junior
Panthers) and Paolo (from the Survivalists). Although she never
pursued a committed career in playing music, she always finds
time to practice her scales during her busy schedule.
Laura’s artistic capabilities are not limited to music.
Unique fashion is also a catharsis for Laura’s creativity.
In her late teens, Laura helped create and assemble local fashion
shows in San Jose (Channel One, Fuel 44, EVC,) while acting
as one of the principal designers. Laura’s formal education
and training took place in the Body Mechanics School of Myotherapy
and Massage in Washington where Laura became a licensed massage
practitioner. She and her family recently moved back to her
native city of San Jose.
She currently works as a massage therapist for a clinic as well
as for private clients. Laura’s two young children are
her inspiration and motivation to promote the growth of musical
and artistic foundations within the community. Her love and
devotion to her family compels her to participate in activities
that positively contribute to building awareness and appreciation
of fine arts in her children as well as the community.
Jenicide & That Girl
Since 1997, DJ Jenicide and ThatGirl have been captivating
audiences with an exquisite blend of reggae riddims, sexy
dubs, hip-hop nostalgia, classic soul, rock steady breaks,
raw funk, jazzy grooves, and experimental beats, creating
the wicked hybrid, all-female, earth signed, moon powered
crew of two illin-illocanas known as A Lady's Touch. Hailing
straight out of San Jose, the duo has rocked crowds together
and individually from the bay area, all the way out to the
Midwest while still maintaining an organic appeal and resisting
all forms of mainstream commercialism.
Affiliated with collectives such as the 5th Element, Sisterz
of the Underground, Funk Lab Productions, Jah Warrior Shelter,
and the Zulu Nation, ThatGirl and Jenicide not only can rock
a party, but have also been known for flexing their turntable
trickery and creating abstract musical landscapes, selecting
the freshest breaks for the b-kids to battle, and even simply
providing audio ambiance for random art shows, in-store appearances,
and private cannabis club engagements. Their diverse sets
have landed them gigs for a vast array of events and venues
such as Pride 2003, Carnival, the Great American Music Hall,
Oberlin and Stanford college just to name a few. They've performed
with and opened up for some of the most talented artists today
including MC Lyte, Mystic, Goapele, Medusa, Eyedea from Rhymesayers,
Triple Threat, the Anomolies, Pam the Funkstress, Crazy Legs,
Rocafella, and Asia One.
"I love being able to put something out there that people
feel... it gives me a sense of sanity." -DJ Jenicide
"I do it for the girl in the corner with curly hair."
Deona de Leon
moonshine dilates to a 360-degree radius, tranquilly beckoning
tides of emotional oceans with words spoken in the dialect of
the soul. Since 1998, Jocelyn Deona de Leon has carried on the
talk story tradition of her Pilipino ancestral heritage, delivering
messages of the past resonated through time, bridging the gap
between third world struggle and first world dreams.
Born in San Francisco and residing in the South Bay, Jocelyn
cultivated her verse and collaborated with seven other artists
in the summer of 2000, forming the Pilipino Performance Poetry
group, 8th Wonder, who premiered at Bindlestiff Studio- the
epicenter for Pilipino
American Performing Arts. Individually and as a part of 8th
Wonder, Jocelyn has toured nationally through Oberlin, Chicago,
Seattle, California, and Hawaii. Affiliated with collectives
such as 5th Element, Sisters of the Underground, and community
organizations such as Bagong Bayan and Youth Speaks, she shares
her words and energy with youth at various elementary, high
school, and college campuses.
Reflecting on experience through the eyes of love, her words
have served as a common denominator of hearts, cutting across
all ages, color lines, religions, and politics, earning her
the privilege of performing for a vast array of events and venues
such as San Jose’s Annual Art and Resistance Summit, the
Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in LA, Chicago’s
Chopin Theatre, and the bay area’s own San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, La Pena Cultural
Center, the Justice League, and MACLA. She has opened up for
and performed alongside some of the most talented artists of
today including Ursula Rucker, Jessica Hagedorn, Ishle Yi Park,
Bao Phi, Isangmahal, Feedback, and I Was Born With Two Tongues.!
Jocelyn has been highlighted in media sources such as the San
Jose Mercury News, Asian Week Magazine, KPFA 94.1, and KMEL
106.1. We Can, her first published work, appears in UC Berkeley’s
Literary publication, Maganda Magazine (Issue 12). Her featured
audio pieces include Rice Dreams (Re Evolve, 2001), Love Poem
(Maganda Magazine Issue 13, Audio Insert, 2000), and Speakeasy
and Sensual Connectivity (8th Wonder Debut Album, 2000). The
audience as her canvas, Jocelyn has the ability to paralyze
time and mold it to her will, increasing the space of a moment
into one collective reflection.
“The world is a poem drawn in calligrapher’s ink/
and I am simply a child/ attempting to decipher it.”
-Jocelyn Deona de Leon
(Co-Writer \ Vagrant)
Lorenz is a writer who tries to capture human experiences, and
human potential into his writing. He has published short stories
and poetry in the literary magazine, "Leaf by Leaf."
He has been writing for over 12 years. Lorenz tries hard to
pay respect to classical styles of poetry and to past poets
that have came before him. He takes other art classes (ceramics,
sculpting, photo, & etc.) in hope to better himself as an
artist and as a writer. Lorenz feels that his writing has been
guided by the English teachers before and especially by his
professors Rose Ann Higashi and Sterling Warner.
Lorenz on occasion performs spoken word to embody the role as
a story teller and an entertaining activist. He has performed
his poetry at San Jose State University, FYC's Know History
Know Self, and at Evergreen's Poetry Festival. Lorenz uses spoken
word during history workshops to help give a layout of the Pilipin@
struggles and events that have came before him. Lorenz credits
his success as a spoken word artist to the organization FYC
and to his friend Tony.
Besides writing Lorenz's other passion is singing. Lorenz has
been singing for over 16 years. Lorenz has been involved in
school choirs since elementary and has sung at various events.
Lorenz is currently active in his church choir and cantors when
he can. Lorenz's greatest singing accomplishment was when got
to perform with the EVC Choir at the Santa Clara Mission. Lorenz
credits a lot of his musical passion to the beloved Mrs. Alkire
Lee as well as the talented individuals he has been blessed
to sing with.
Lorenz's hope is to produce art that will not only portray the
world he lives in but to also produce art that will help sculpt
the world he wishes to see.
(Co-Writer \ News Anchor)
Tony Santa Ana, raised in San Jose, CA, is finishing his Master’s
Degree at the University of San Francisco in Education. While
working with young people for the past nine years, he has created
a Pin@y community school, produced a creative expressions CD
(Re-Evolve), been published in UC Berkeley’s Maganda Magazine
and traveled throughout the country speaking to young people.
He seeks to creatively express himself through various forms
of art from writing to dancing, to spinning records to making
videos, to playing the djembe to the kubing.
he is a consultant for Community Crime Prevention Associates
working with urban youth training them how to evaluate non-profit
organizations. Also, he is working on a campaign, Juvenile
Detention Reform, to prevent youth of color to become part
of the Juvenile Justice System. This collaboration of elected
officials, school districts, law enforcement, judicial system,
community based organizations, parents and youth work together
to change this system.
future goal is to develop Pin@y Community Venture expanding
on the ideas of the Pin@y community school, mentorship program
and a national training ground for future Pin@y activists.
His passion for the development of youth will create a community
of young people striving to find truth, cultural roots and
freedom of spirit. His motto is “youth are not the leaders
of tomorrow, they are leaders of today! & Never underestimate
the power and voice of young people to change the world!”
Rommel R. Reyes aka Romedigs
Musical Occupation: Freelance Studio Performer/ Musician (drummer,
saxophone player, electronic musician
Professional occupation: operations manager for Pinnacle Mortgage
Corporation in the Silicon Valley Favorite Musical Genre:
Jazz, Hip Hop, anything
Soulful Education: Archbishop Riordan High, Skyline College,
California Recording Institute
Groups: Raw Soul, the Foundation and the Soul Searchers
Performances: shared spotlight with numerous acts ranging
from Too Short, the Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean,
Alkaholiks, Wu Tang Clan, Hieroglyphics, Invisbl
Scratch Piklz, and various high profile R&B-
Underground hip-hop acts
Previous affiliation: 1995-1998 Radio personality for 106.1FM
Album Resume: Released 3 vinyl EP’s
Raw Soul- SoulKids Records
Supa squad- Intersound records
Wicked mix-Wicked mix Records,
L.J. "Esoin tha Esoteric Being"
(Hip Hop head)
(Pronounced ES-O-IN... S.O.N. as in “Shine on Nocturnal”)
Macaraeg, born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Esoin has called San
Jose his hometown for most of his life. To start his musical
journey Esoin picked up the drums and started to play at the
age of nine. Here, he established his rhythm patterns focusing
more on the funk and jazz rhythms setting the foundation for
his future. As he grew older, he gravitated to the music we
all call Hip Hop sensing the funk, soul and jazz that were
the basis of all Hip Hop.
Esoin is a story teller. Stories that range from fierce intergalactic
outer space Battles, (similar to analogies to an emcee battle)
to simply walkin' the streets of San Jose with his backpack
exploring life. Esoin’s lyrics are broken down into
various topics in his writings include a wide spectrum from
life and death, love and hate, to pain and happiness. Sometimes
he’s kickin' rhymes about his record collection, other
times he’s bending time and space or he’s simply
zoning out & possessed by the beat. His stage presence
is charismatic, and at times inspiring to see him work the
masses. He’s calm, cool and collective onstage, never
having to worry about peeps throwin' their hands up. The beats
(provided by Him & Silent John) and his vivid imagination
is enough to work the people in his show.
2002 marked Full Dose Records first Big Release, Esoin’s
“Substance & Oblivia.” It also marks Esoin's
first “official” Release. He originally established
himself within 2 crews, Daysmen Empire & Constylations
and has been slangin' “Underground tapes” out
of his backpack since the birth of his career. He has also
shared the stage with some of Hip-Hops finest acts including
KRS-1, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Zion-I, Living Legends, Hieroglyphics
and The Pharcyde.
B-Syde is a movement.
B-Syde is a vision.
B-Syde is a train of thoughts.
B-Syde is a way of life.
B-Syde is a sense of passion.
B-Syde is a sisterhood comprised of 6 individuals aspiring to
in 1997, B-Syde was formed out of a high school after school
activity through the efforts of Nick Ngo, Jennilee Gomez,
and Olivia Totten. The goal was to represent hip hop as a
young group of individuals and
showcase at the event, DISPLAY 97 in Hayward, CA. Inspired
by the brothers of Mindtricks, B-Syde was drawn to another
level of choreography that has set them forward until this
day. B-girlism is what they like to call it, with a fresh
and funky style no one can compare.
term "b-side" is understood as the "B"
side of the record, which in most cases, is known as the side
of that record that is typically unheard of. Metaphorically
speaking, the "B-Syde" is a 100% female dance crew
to create and perform unidentified dance techniques to favorable
underground hip-hop artists, break beats, old skool jams,
and then some. Each sister brings personality to the group
to where others are able to see right through them and compare
them to no other. B-syde is a sisterhood with defined strength,
and relies on nothing else but their soul and their feet to
keep them groovin'. Individually, they are starving artists
of their own, together they are Representing for all the females,
the B-Syde is keeping it real.
is: Jennilee Gomez. Ohtee Totten, Danielle Buendia, Janelle
Ayran, Tisha Santos, and Renee Laput.
and molded in San Jose, CA and a graduate of Independence
High School 03’ he was drawing even before walking and
talking. Motivation for his art is adding a keen sense of
spirituality and consciousness to his work and something that
helps manifest all that is music. Showcasing his work around
the bay area and Hawaii, he involves himself with numerous
local organizations like Filipino Youth Coalition, City Year
youth outreach and San Jose magazine Silicon Valley De-Bug.
Currently, he started a clothing line, Konscious Klothing,
which will feature his artwork and also proverbs and sayings
which gives the apparel a more than meets the eye niche. Receiving
a partial admission scholarship, he plans to attend California
College of Art & Crafts in Emeryville. “As long
as you keep looking, my mind will keep creating and my hands
will keep painting. Some one told me once that Knowledge Speaks
and Wisdom Listens, so as life passes I take in all I can
and try to hear what best applies to my love…Art.”
won’t tell you the truth, because it doesn’t exist.
What I will do is share my story and tell you my truth.”
– Justine B.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Justine currently
attends De Anza College. She loves being involved with the
community and credits her passion to a collective of motivational
mentors that she has encountered through FYC. Justine discovered
her niche in life when she joined “Bayani Ng Kabataan”
(“Young Heroes”) in 2000. Since then, Justine
has been multi-tasking to do her part in organizing various
events in the community. Through her involvement with the
Filipino Youth Coalition, she has helped put together events
such as “Battle of the Tribes”, “Know History
/ Know Self Conference”, and the “Melvin Ancheta
Dinner”. Outside of FYC, Justine also helps out with
the dance competition “BattleFest” and is currently
part of the executive staff for another Bbox Entertainment
event. For the near future, Justine plans to transfer down
south to San Diego where she will pursue a major in Business
Management or Public Administration. When times get hectic,
Justine likes to keep her sanity by spending time with family,
goofing off with friends and getting lost in music.
“What happens now, will become the past. The past will
foreshadow the future because the future is only possible
because of the past. Thus, make the present count and make
it rich.” – Justine B.