Cal Poly Pomona’s Third Annual Urban Showcase

By Shian Samuel

Whether it was through dancing, singing, slam poetry or rapping,
performers of the Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center
displayed its cultural pride and celebrated the Asian and Pacific
Islander Heritage Month coming up in May during the third annual
Urban Showcase last week on Tuesday.

“[This is] pretty much just a way for unnoticed and unrecognized
performers from surrounding cities and other students to get more
exposed to other students on our campus and to just show off their
talent,” said second-year Kinesiology student and Program
Chairperson Rochelle Raquel. “A few of the performers are from
previous years, and most others are referred.”

Singers hit the stage first with song covers, medleys and
originals.

Krystle Tugadi, a 26-year-old singer from Buena Park, started
singing at the age of 3 and began performing at 16.

“I want this to be my bread and butter,” said Tugadi. “I want to
wake up every morning and know that I’m going to be doing music
every day.

Tugadi sang Katy Perry’s song “Firework” and an original titled
“Sunshine.”

Fifth-year Computer Engineering student Leonard Mendoza played
his red guitar while softly singing “Grenade” by Bruno Mars,
followed by a multi-genre medley including songs such as “Bed” by
J.Holiday, “Bedrock” by Young Money and “Falsetto” by The
Dream.

Mendoza said he can’t get the adrenaline rush he gets during a
show elsewhere.

The performers were not the only ones having fun. Audience
members cheered, screamed and clapped for their friends.

The intermission involved raffle drawings for prizes such as
movie tickets, wallets, lotion and a Hello Kitty towel.

Younger performers were involved in performing on stage with
their dance teams.

Team Millennia Juniors is a hip-hop dance team and consists of
30 middle school and high school students. Sheroes is an all-girl
dance team from all over Southern California consisting of
teenagers who define themselves as female heroes.

Eighteen-year-old Monica Parales from Long Beach performed with
Sheroes and another group, Beach Boys.

“Beach Boys originated as best friends from high school, and
they all lived on Beach Boulevard in Buena Park,” said Parales. “It
just so happens that they chose some girls they were best friends
with, and I was chosen for one of them.”

Parales, locally known for her dance appearances in music videos
such as “Gossip Folks” by rap star Missy Elliot and “Breathe,
Stretch, Shake” by Mase, is also on Team Millennia Juniors and is a
choreographer.

She is in the all girls singing group called School Gyrls,
managed by former Nickelodeon star Nick Cannon, and has a record
deal with Island Def Jam.

Clothing lines were present at the showcase to add to the
hip-hop atmosphere.

The Masses, a clothing line based in Pomona, was founded when a
group of friends combined their love for “art, design, music, and
dance.”

“We represent the masses because we’re so eclectic and
different,” said Kohn Nguyen, operations manager and co-owner of
The Masses.

The Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center is providing
shows, a conference and a potluck for the month of April. Upcoming
events include API Spring Olympics at the Bronco Commons on Friday
and Tunnel of Oppression on April 27.

Students interested in participating in these events may visit
the Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center in Building 95.

Cal Poly Pomona

Jonny Tai / The Poly Post

Cal Poly Pomona’s Third Annual Urban Showcase

Cal Poly Pomona

Jonny Tai / The Poly Post

Cal Poly Pomona’s Third Annual Urban Showcase

Cal Poly Pomona

Jonny Tai / The Poly Post

Cal Poly Pomona’s Third Annual Urban Showcase

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