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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Pasko in America Unveils Filipino Christmas at American Dream: A Festive Spectacle with Broadway Stars, Local Musical Talents and More

Pasko in America, an offshoot of the summer event Fiesta in America, will launch its Filipino Christmas festival on Dec. 16, from 10 am to 10 pm at American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ. It will transform the venue – the second largest entertainment and retail center in the U.S. into a Filipino Christmas replica, replete with all the festive trimmings and lantern displays. 

“Our event program and activities are designed to convey a threefold message about Pasko in America: it is Your Ultimate Filipino Christmas Away from Home, a conduit for Bringing the Philippines’ Christmas Spirit to the East Coast, and a means of Transporting You to a Filipino Christmas reminiscent of your cherished memories,” said CEO & President Fernando Mendez. 

The activities lined up in the event include school reunions, raffles from sponsors and exhibitors, parol making, Filipino food trucks, some fun games as well as community and artistic excellence awards. Some Filipinos will be at the event to reunite with schoolmates while others will be showcasing their unique products and services. 

Photo by Jenny Anderson

A roster of Filipino musical talents from New York and New Jersey will perform from 1:30 pm to 7 pm. This includes Broadway luminary Arielle Jacobs, known for her standout performances in “Here Lies Love” and a string of other Broadway hits. 

Alongside her Filipino American castmates, she is set to captivate audiences at Pasko in America. Jacobs, who portrayed former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos in “Here Lies Love,” brought a deeply personal touch to her role, drawing from her Filipino heritage and upbringing in San Francisco. 

Other performers include Isabelle Daza De Leon, an actress, singer-songwriter and beauty queen. She garnered a FAMAS Best Child Actress award for her role in Magnifico. Boi Angel, an emerging singer-songwriter, has been creating buzz in the music industry with his unique blend of alternative R&B, rap, and pop.

Fourteen-year-old Camille de la Cruz from New Jersey years is a singer-songwriter who has amassed over 20 million views on her Instagram reels and is growing her social following to over 100k followers.

For more information, please contact Fernando Mendez at


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