What People Are Saying About PASACAT

Educators & Community Leaders

“The (Extravaganza 2014) writing, the staging, choreography, music arrangements, drama, the twists on the familiar making everything fresh are beyond compare. And of course the multi-talented and committed cast–double, triple, and quadruple threats — everyone sang, danced, played instruments, and had a production role.”

Charlotte Guarnes Fajardo, Cultural Community Leader/Retired School Administrator, 10/18/2014

“I could clearly see that PASACAT was most qualified to be showcased at the Lotus Fest when the Philippines is the chosen host country. At the FANHS-SD conference we looked forward to seeing you… and again you did not disappoint. This Pinay appreciates the good work you do.”

Eloisa Gomez Borah, Librarian Emeritus, UCLA, 8/11/2014 

“PASACAT’s members have a very professional demeanor and were flexible and accommodating. Their performance represented San Diego’s vibrant Filipino community with great integrity made a lasting impression.”

Anjanette Maraya-Ramey, Artist Coordinator for the Americans for the Arts Convention, 7/15/2011

“PASACAT’s dedication to outreach and education, coupled with their enthusiasm for cultural exchange and sharing is a true gift in the community.”

Annamarie Till, Community Building Program Manager, JCNI, 7/14/2011

“PASACAT encourages not only the older generation but the new generation to learn the history through its art, dance and music… an asset to the Filipino and Filipino-American Community in California.”

Romulo Sarno, Jr., President, House of the Philippines, Balboa Park 7/13/2011

“PASACAT’s colorful performance was everything I always hope a school & family show will be: entertaining, educational and inspiring. …a joy to present the personable PASACAT dancers and musicians.”

Darla Meeker, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, 3/13/2000

Tutup Gemma Cabato soloist PASACAT
“PASACAT presentations…excellent as they were in the quality of dance and music and professionalism. What was most valuable from my perspective as educator and ethnomusicologist was the degree to which you have trained your students to be active transmitters of Philippine culture.”

Marnie Dilling, Professor of Music, UCSD; 6/15/1992

The Media

“It was a great opening to a night of captivating dances, music and songs. A night of fun! A night of memories! It was an enjoyable a feast for the senses, and none other than PASACAT, the premier dance company in San Diego, delivers.”

Zeny Sultan Babao, San Diego Asian Journal, 10/11/2008 

“For those young people in PASACAT who spend hours of rehearsal time, there is a kind of authenticity, and I wouldn’t challenge it for the world.”

Anthony Shay, Interview with San Diego Union Tribune, 1/8/2006

“PASACAT had plenty to celebrate… troupe pulled out all the stops to mark the occasion with…theatricality and verve.”

Eileen Sondak, SD Union-Tribune, 10/9/2000

“PASACAT delivered….with some impressive feats of virtuosity.

Eileen Sondak, SD Union-Tribune, 10/9/2000

Smooth, fast-paced choreography, for a joyful extravaganza!”

Jennifer de Poyen, SD Union-Tribune, 9/15/1998

“PASACAT uses the dance floor as classroom….From mimicking animals to pagan worship and tribal ritual, the dances have evolved into art and a kind of looking glass into the past through which present generations can peer for clues to understanding themselves better.”

Veronica Pedroza, CNN International, 2/17/1996

“PASACAT….skilled young performers. The Philippine Countryside had the exuberance of musical comedy…theatricality and all that singing, expert and heartfelt, just in time to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of Philippine independence.”

Anne Marie Welsh, SD Union-Tribune, 9/9/1997

“PASACAT celebrates with a sterling show….A moving program with vivid spectacle sights and sound making the performance a total visual delight.”

Eileen Sondak, SD Union-Tribune, 11/1/1994

“So much theatrical savvy went into this rich, well-paced program that PASACAT seemed a touring professional company in all but name. The dancers are skilled, well-drilled and eager to please.” “… the visual sweep of the choreography. The entire stage space was always animated by formal groups or moving dancers and musicians…in vivid and lavish costuming.”

Anne Marie Welsh, SD Union-Tribune, 9/15/1992