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Ten-year-old ventriloquist shines in Filipinotown fest

By Abner Galino

A photo of Shane Selloria and Winston, the turtle, in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center.

SHANE Selloria, a 10-year-old singing ventriloquist and his “turtle” named Winston, stole the show at the 15th Historic Filipinotown Festival in Los Angeles this weekend.

Selloria, who performed for an hour or more, obviously got the crowd excited with his hilarious conversation and duet with his friend Winston, the turtle.

The boy, said to be a self-taught ventriloquist, competed for the attention of a crowd that endured a temperature of 86 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit last Saturday.

Filipino American YouTube sensation Karencitta also contributed greatly in sustaining the audience’s excitement.

Philippine-based artists such as the Power Impact Dancers and classical singer Cristian Rebada, the 2016 grand champion of the Long Beach-based World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA), also contributed to the entertainment of the mostly Filipino American crowd.

Also worth mentioning were the demonstrations on single short-stick fighting conducted by martial arts guru Khalid Khan and his wards.

Dancers from as young as the Burlington School pupils up to mature women donning Filipiniana costumes kept the show going throughout the day.

The were also two sets of fashion shows that featured Filipiniana-inspired dresses participated by girls and ladies from the Ms. Philippines-USA pageant.

Several Filipino Americans were also presented with certificates of recognition by the representatives of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’farrel and Congressman Jimmy Gomez.

The day-long show was hosted by celebrity Filipina Americans namely; NBC4 meteorologist Shanna Mendiola, actress Tessa Bartholomew, radio personality Mylene Recto and Thelma Sugay.


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Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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