So Sarap! Philippine Festival is a unique cultural experience presenting a world-class celebration of Philippine and Filipino American arts, culture and history. San Diego is home to the second largest concentration of the Filipino diaspora outside of the Philippines. Our approach is to provide a destination event that reflects the diversity and hospitality of the Philippines, showcasing our contributions from around the world. We will attract and highlight local, regional, national and international artists, performers, and talents to educate the public of our past, present, and future.

This free family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 10:00AM – 8:00PM at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego.  Presented by the PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company, So Sarap! is our signature festival bridging the exchange of commerce and culture between the United States, Philippines, San Diego and beyond.


PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company is San Diego’s premiere and first Philippine Dance Company having had the distinct honor of performing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company. Since 1970, PASACAT continues to contribute to the cultural enrichment of San Diego. Thirty performances are given yearly by the sixty students, apprentices, and Company members for over 5,000 audiences through numerous educational, cultural, religious and social organizations. Past presentations and performances include the Rose Parade Philippine Float Unveiling, 1998 Super Bowl Pre-Game Show, the Philippine Consulate Host of the Lotus Festival in Los Angeles, and for the receptions of four Republic of the Philippine Presidents.

PASACAT’s primary programs are:

  • Year-Round Philippine dance classes
  • Annual Junior PASACAT Dance Concert
  • Annual Parol (Philippine Lantern) Festival
  • Biennial Extravaganza Concert


PASACAT is proud to co-present the Filipinos of South Bay Exhibit, at the Chula Vista Library Center Street October 1, 2022, through December 2024. For more information: https://www.filipinosinsandiego.org/#Exhibit