Pakaraguian, though formed in 2003, is by and large connected to the Samahan Philippine Dance Company, also based in San Diego, California.
Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan, master artist/teacher of Kulintang Music, came to San Diego as a guest teacher from 1989 to 1991 and again from 1994 to 1997.
He introduced Samahan to the authentic music of the Maguindanao and Maranao people of the Philippines. Kalanduyan was a recipient of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1995. His patient guidance resulted in the development of Bernard Ellorin, a Samahan performer who would later become one of the founders of PKE.
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Samahan Music Ensembles