Pictured here are (top) Guru Danny with members of the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble and the Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble. The bottom photo is of Bernard Ellorin. Photo credit: Chris Feraro
Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble celebrated it’s 10th birthday last year and is looking forward to the years ahead. Without a doubt, we must thank the late Dr. Lolita Carter for insightfully and capably bringing Samahan Fil-Am Arts and Master Danny Kalanduyan together in 1995 by securing a grant with the National Endowment for the Arts.
We encourage you to visit Samahan’s website. http://www.samahanphilippinedance.com
Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan, master artist/ teacher of Kulingtang Music became a guest teacher and artist with the Company from 1988 to 1991 and 1994 to 1997. He introduced Samahan to the authentic music of the Maguindanao people as well as the music of the Maranao people. Kalanduyan was honored in 1995, as a recipient of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship Award bt the National Endowment of the Arts. His patient guidance resulted in the development of Bernard Ellorin, one of his students, as a Kulintang player of great promise. The group eventually adapted the name Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, merging with the group formed by Bernard and his UCLA music student colleagues.