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It felt like a big (very big) family reunion, with hundreds of Filipinos and friends gathered for an exuberant, open-air “Pinoy’tainment Night” at the Ford on Sunday. Filipino American comedians, rappers, singers and dancers ranged from established names such as comedian Rex Navarrete and Black Eyed Peas rapper Apl.de.Ap to up-and-coming actress Lila Hart and up-and-coming rapper Ruby Ibarra.

Singer-songwriter AJ Rafael hosted; His sister, Jasmin rafael, danced with his team. From the back of the house, members of the dance team Modern Kaba (a spin on the Tagalog word Kababayan, or “compatriots”) encouraged them. The backstage echoed with the same camaraderie, as the performers joked and mingled.

Members of the Kaba Modern dance group pray before taking the stage.

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Actor Erick estebanall of ‘s was highlighted by a bit about the Ewoks of “Star Wars” speaking Tagalog, one of the many languages ​​spoken in the Philippines; singer Jules Aurore seduced with “Kailangan Kita”, sung in Tagalog – which she does not speak about. VJ Rosales from the a cappella group the filharmonic joined her for an interpretation that will please everyone of “Just the way you Are“(Mars is also Filipina American).

Stag, who likes to say she is “as big as a parking meter”, had big laughs with energetic – and blue – humor scathing her experience with spina bifida. Ibarra was joined by 14-year-old singer Ella Jay Basco (for their collaboration “Gold“) and fellow Bay Area rapper Nump (for his”I have grapes“). Ibarra concluded with his most famous song, “We», Rapped in English, Tagalog and another Filipino language, Visayan.

Navarrete’s routine envisioned Manny Pacquiao in “The Expendables 2”; the laughs showed that spectators weren’t too deeply bruised by their champion’s convincing defeat the weekend before.

Apl.de.Ap closed the evening, which brought out the new singer of Peas J. Rey Soul (a Filipina he discovered while animating “The voice of the Philippines“) for the Philippine American hip-hop anthem”Baby. “

AJ Rafael concluded the festivities like a lumpia by saying, “Food, friends, family are what I think of when I think of being Filipino. “

Artists gather on stage to close

Artists, including comic strip Lila Hart, center, gather on stage to close “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment”.

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Ella Jay Basco, left, and Ruby Ibarra rehearse in the dressing room.

Ella Jay Basco, left, and Ruby Ibarra rehearse in a dressing room.

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Singer-songwriter AJ Rafael, the host of the evening, buttons up his shirt.

Singer-songwriter AJ Rafael, host of the evening, buttons up his formal shirt, called a Tagalog barong.

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Rappers Ruby Ibarra, below, and Nump perform.

Rappers Ruby Ibarra, below, and Nump perform at “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment”.

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The Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.Ap and rising comic book Lila Hart share a backstage laugh.

The Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.Ap and rising comic book Lila Hart share a backstage laugh.

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Jasmine Rafael, left, dances with her team.

Jasmine Rafael, left, dances with her team at “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment,” a celebration of Filipino-American talent at Ford.

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The dancers snuggle up before taking the stage.

The members of the dance group Kaba Modern regroup before taking the stage.

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JR De Guzman plays the guitar.

JR De Guzman performs at Ford.

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Lila Hart rehearses backstage.

Lila Hart rehearses backstage before her comedic performance.

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Rapper Apl.de.Ap dances with singer Jules Aurora at

Rapper Apl.de.Ap dances with singer Jules Aurora at “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment”.

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Comedians Rex Navarrete and Lila Hart kiss backstage.

Comedians Rex Navarrete and Lila Hart kiss backstage.

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Comedian Erick Esteban, left, and rapper Nump at the Ford.

Comedian Erick Esteban, left, and rapper Nump at the Ford.

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The artists take the stage at the end of the show.

The performers take the stage at the end of “A Night of ‘Pinoy’tainment”.

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