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San Jose, CALIF. (August 12, 2013) –

The Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of San Jose State University is preparing to host its 13th ANNUAL MA”BOO”HAY TALENT SHOWCASE, a benefit concert showcasing talents from the local community that is scheduled to take place October 5 in the Morris Dailey Auditorium at San Jose State University.

Headlining this year’s Ma”BOO”hay is YouTube sensation JEREMY PASSION, who is based out of San Francisco. Passion as he is known by, is acknowledged as a “pioneer of the R&B/Soul acoustic movement on the Internet”. His subscriber base has exceeded 200,000 followers and has over 26 million channel views.He has performed with artists like Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Bobby Valentino, Goapaleand more. Passion’s full-length album “For More Than a Feeling” is available on iTunes as well as his new single, “Suddenly”. Passion doesn’t only have a passion for music but for what music can do for people. He has started his own project called the Empty Suitcase Project in Tanzania. He’s one of the first Asian-Americans to go viral on the Internet with his original songs and acoustic covers standing true to his slogan “Music With A Message.”

Akbayan’s 13th Annual Ma”BOO”hay will also feature performances from a musical trio known for their unforgettable harmonies, THE JAMS ofSacramento, the comedic stylings of JR DE GUZMAN AND DIEGO CURIEL, a San Jose based dance crew called VIPSJ, YouTube sensation and San Diego native MARK MEJIA,and contestants from ABDC (America’s Best Dance Crew) STEPBOYS and many more.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to F.Y.C. SJ, a non-profit organization that serves the youth and families of the Filipino communityby providing positive after school youth activities and alternatives (talent shows, dances community service and also going back to one’s culture).

Pre-sale tickets will start selling on August 13, 2013. Tickets can be purchased online on the Akbayan WePay website or at the Akbayantable.  Prices for tickets are as follows:

Presales are $13 for General Admission / $18 for Meet & Greet and Tickets at the door are $15 for General Admission / $20 for Meet & Greet.


About The Ma”BOO”hay Talent Showcase

Held every year to celebrate Pilipino-American Heritage Month, the Ma”BOO”hay Talent Showcase has been a staple to the Cultural aspect of Akbayan for over 10 years.  Not only does the event feature an array of Pilipino-American talent, but the event is also a charity event that helps with events transpiring in the Philippines. The “BOO” in Ma”BOO”hay is a play on words due to the show being so close to Halloween.


About Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization

Akbayan, meaning “Embracing in Friendship,” is San Jose State’s premier, Pilipino-American organization.  Originally founded in 1976,Akbayan has since adopted the aspects of cultural awareness, community activism, and social responsibility to become one of the most active organizations on the San Jose State campus with highly regarded events such as its annual Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN), Raising Awareness Amongst Pilipinos Conference (R.A.A.P.), and its increasingly competitive presence in Friendship Games hosted every year in Cal State Fullerton.  In 2011, Akbayanwas awarded MOST OUTSTANDING CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION and ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR by the Sparta Awards Committee of SJSU Campus Involvement.


About F.Y.C. SJ (Filipino Youth Coalition San Jose)

A coalition of San Jose high school and college students joined forces in the summer of 1992 to combat an upsurge in violence among family and friends involved in drugs, gang violence and other non-constructive activities, even dropping out of school as a result. The coalition developed from modest garage meetings and into an official non-profit organization known as the Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC) with the goal of providing positive and healthy alternatives for troubled youth and families of the Filipino Community. FYC works to assist our youth with character development and community involvement while upholding four core values: education, culture, leadership and community.

But FYC’s efforts have been crippled as a result of cuts to funding, leaving more and more troubled youth without a place to turn. FYC advocates say that these cuts will have violent repercussions for the entire San Jose community.



Myla Leseñana

Cultural Chair / Ma”BOO”hay Exec. Director

Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of SJSU



Mia Guevarra & Britt Coyne

Public Relations Officers

Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of SJSU

Mia- (707)567-2685

Britt- (510)846-0082


Hidee Reyes


Akbayan Pilipino-American Organization of SJSU