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Participants of Bayanihan’s “Sayaw” workshop during rehearsals at the Philippine Women’s University Sports Center.

Participants of Bayanihan’s “Sayaw” workshop during rehearsals at the Philippine Women’s University Sports Center.

Participants of Bayanihan’s “Sayaw” workshop during rehearsals at Conrado Benitez Hall.

Teaching and Touching Lives Through “SAYAW”

Posted: May 24, 2018

Now on its 21st year, the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company’s annual two week intensive dance workshop, aptly called “Sayaw”, culminates in a grand finale at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on May 27, 2018 at 3pm. What better way to celebrate Bayanihan Day (E.O. 138) than to showcase the true essence of the Bayanihan spirit, or working together for a common good. This year fifty students, composed of children, teens and dance enthusiasts, will be part of the finale.

“Sayaw” is part of the social mobilization program designed by Bayanihan’s Executive Director Suzie Moya Benitez, which aims to share with local and foreign communities the beauty of the Philippines through songs, music and dances. This year’s dance workshops were successfully conducted through the efforts of Carmona Mayor Dr. Dahlia Loyola, Mayor Richard Gomez and the Ormoc City DepEd Office, Fr. Erno Diaz and the parish council of Capiz, the Office of Congressman Albee Benitez of Silay City in Negros Occidental, Silay Mayor Mark Golez, and Philippine Women’s University President Dr. Francisco Benitez.

On June 15, Bayanihan will participate in the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Guam, organized by the Filipino Community of Guam and its President Norman Analista. In addition to performances, they will also conduct a dance workshop at the Southern High School, Guam hosted by Mr. Vince Reyes, Federation of International Dance Festivals (FIDAF) Chairman for Oceania.



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