Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble’s mission is
to preserve the ancient tradition of kulintang by accurately representing and educating its audiences on the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) cultures of the Maguindanaon, Maranao, Tausug, Sama, and Yakan ethno-linguistic groups
PKE advances the understanding of kulintangan through culturally appropriate programming and performances for audiences, based on anthropological research.
Cultural exchanges are an excellent opportunity for Pakaraguian to educate the community on the art and culture of Mindanao. One of the most widespread misconceptions about Kulintang is that it is Muslim music. This is not the case.
The art of Kulintang predates the spread of Islam throughout the Philippines. Performing arts troupes, claiming to represent an authentic repertoire of traditional culture, harm the perpetuation of kulintangan by presenting a fictitious ‘tradition’ dubbed as Muslim music.
Pictured below are Bernard Ellorin, Angeline Fasano and Joseph Ramirez, teaching students at Wangenheim Middle School in Mira Mesa, San Diego. This cultural exchange program took place in May 2007.
Mira Mesa has a large population of Filipinos: 20.7%, or roughly 16,560, of the suburb’s population according to the 2000 census.