1998 marked the Philippine Centennial – a great milestone in Philippine history and for many involved Filipinos, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For the PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company, they have a double dose of once-in-a-lifetime experiences as participants of the Super Bowl XXXII pre-game show on January 25, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium.
“PASACAT is the first Philippine dance group to share the Philippine culture before an audience of 68,000 and perform for Super Bowl festivities” an exhilarated Joji Ramirez-Castro proclaims. PASACAT proudly represented Filipino’s in a tribute to California’s diverse ethnic population. Forty-two PASACAT dancers performed a collage of dances from Mindanao to live musical presentations by Grammy Award winning artists, the Fifth Dimension and Lee Greenwood who sangProud to Be American.
An overwhelmed Michelle Alvarez, 17, a Senior student at Marian High School, was mesmerized by the attendance, “I forgot where I was dancing after seeing the cheering crowd.”
James Jabinal, 18, a PASACAT veteran of 4 years, just returned from Marine boot camp training. During his leave, he joined PASACAT and found himself star-struck by alternative rock star Jewell.
Actor, John Stamos, of Full House fame, performed with the Beach Boys and drew screaming teens who called out “hi Uncle Jesse!” Joyelle Cabato, 18, managed to obtain his autograph and with a gleam in her eyes said, “he was so friendly and handsome!”
Each participant received a complimentary pass to the NFL Experience, a pre-game sweatshirt and a Super Bowl XXXII cap. But more than the tangible items, the participants walked away with the memory of being a part of Super Bowl XXXII and in 1998, will provide them with two “once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”