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A Commemoration of National Bayanihan Day - May 27th

The Filipino concept of bayanihan is known to many as the life-force of a community - that resolute effort by a people united to achieve a common goal. May 27 was designated as National Bayanihan Day through a presidential proclamation by then President Joseph Estrada. It was on this day that the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company first introduced Philippine dances and songs to the world at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. Forty years later, Bayanihan was heralded as the national folk dance company to officially represent the Philippines and become part of a national educational program to help promote the bayanihan spirit through our very own cultural and artistic heritage. As a testament to its enduring influence on Philippine culture, dances popularized by Bayanihan such as Itik-Itik, Tinikling and the majestic Singkil are now intrinsic to the Philippine folk dance repertoire.

And, to officially celebrate the spirit of bayanihan the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, 9-time World Dance Grand Prize Winner, in cooperation with the Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco Foundation will present a special performance on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Philippine Women’s University located at Taft Avenue corner Gen. Malvar in Manila. The public is invited to attend. The performance will mark the culmination of a three-day celebration featuring the colors, rhythms and products of the Philippines with products from Liliw, Laguna on display from May 27 to 29 at the CCAMS gallery at the Philippine Women’s University, the original home of the Bayanihan. For tickets please call tel. 516-3028, 524-6285 and 526-8421 loc. 120 or 206.

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