Upcoming Performances

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We’ve updated our Performances page and will keep you posted on the details as and when they become available.

Spring 2014
Pilipino Cultural Celebration at the University of California, San Diego

Summer 2014
Lecture and Demonstration at the Filipino American a National History Society Biennial in San Diego

Samahan Performing Arts Company Festival

A Sulu Focused repertoire in collaboration with the Malaya Filipino American Performing Arts Troupe, at the Festival of Pilipino Arts and Culture

Autumn 2014
Samahan Performing Arts Festival Gala

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The Virtuosity of Kulintangan

FPAC 2013 and Guru Danny

Guru Danny Kalanduyan

Guru Danny Kalanduyan

The Festival for Philippine Arts and Culture celebrated its 22nd year this summer 2013.

According to filmarts.org:

FilAm ARTS traces its roots to the production of the Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) first conceptualized in 1990 as part of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department’s Festivals Program, an arts program designed to address the multicultural constituency of the city.

Organized by about 100 artists and community leaders, the first FPAC took place at Los Angeles City College on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1992, where 3,000 participants braved the aftermath of the L.A. riots that occurred the week before. Since then, FPAC has only grown stronger and bigger, moving to Cabrillo Beach in 1994, then finally to its current location, Pt. Fermin Park, in the historic district of San Pedro in 2001.

Today, FPAC is the largest presenter of Philippine arts and culture in Southern California presenting over 1200 artists in 9 disciplines and attracting over 25,000 audience members from all over the country. FPAC is still a grassroots and community-led effort, produced by a core group of 50 volunteer professionals, in collaboration with 50 community based and civic organizations, and involving over 400 volunteers.

Pictured here is Guru Danny Kalanduyan, a beloved mentor to Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble. Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble would not have been possible without the extensive field research and cultural exchange dimensions that have been carried out since 1994. Funding for these activities was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and in-kind donation. From 1994 to 1997, Kulintang Master Danongan Kalanduyan traveled from PI and introduced the authentic music of Maguindanao and Maranao people to the rondalla musicians and percussionists of Samahan Fil-Am Arts and Education Center in San Diego, California. “Guru Danny” provided intensive workshops on the agong, babandil, dabakan, and gandingan instruments of the ensemble as well as private lesson on traditional kulintang pieces from ethnolinguistic groups of Southwest Mindanao.

Bayanihan The Philippine National Folk Dance Company

Philippine folk dance, over the past 40 years, has been dominated by bayanihan-influenced performances. Bayanihan is The Philippine National Folk Dance Company.

Bayanihan, the National Dance Company, looks back at its triumphs as it moves onward with each new presentation. From Folkdance translated into the modern stage, Bayanihan carefully advances into Folklore, and beyond, with Filipino History and national identity as its guide. After all Bayanihan literally means patriotism or love of country, its root word being bayani (hero), – a kind of hero that renders personal service to his community which during Spanish times was known as polo and, or, falla. In this regard, we dare say that each one of those involved in Bayanihan are literally national heroes and artist who reiterate through dance, music, percussion, dress and action what is Filipino. read more…Bayanihan’s Website

Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)

The Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble will be participating in a lecture demonstration at the Filipino American National Historical Society’s Conference in San Diego, California. This year the theme is Kapwa: Moving Forward in Unity and the conference will take place from July 31st through August 2nd.

According to their website,

Founded on 26 November 1982 in Seattle, Washington, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) is a community-based organization. The mission of the Filipino American National Historical Society shall be to promote understanding, education, enlightenment, appreciation and enrichment through the identification, gathering, preservation and dissemination of the history and culture of Filipino Americans in the United States.

For more information, please go to their website.

Pakaraguian’s History

Early Pakaraguian Photos

The Samahan Philippine Cultural Arts Festival is an annual two-day event held every summer in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Pictured here is a throwback from 1998. The Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble had yet to be formed. This photo includes (L-R) Severino Profeta Reyes, Mariegee Gonzales, Fornabel Bagongahasa, Bernard Ellorin, Sheryl Aguilar, and Chris Feraro. By this time, members of Samahan had been studying and practicing kulintang under the tutelage of Master Danny Kalanduyan for about three years.

By 2003, along with other University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) alumnists, Peter Paul De Guzman, Bernard Ellorin, Mary T. Lacanlale, Eleanor Lipat- Chesler, and Nickki Martin-Lustre, Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble was formed.

Rest in Peace, Fornabel.

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