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Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bayanihan-Philippines National Folk Dance Company

Dance of Lights(Pandango Sa Ilaw)
I saw my first live performance of the Bayanihan Dance Company way back in the early 1960's in Chicago, Illinois. I have never forgotten, how good and polish was this dance company performance at that time. Today, I am proud to reminisce with you via this video, a performance of the company in 2006. I hope you enjoy this video and related videos.

In case you have not heard of Bayanihan Dance Company, here is a short article from Wikipedia for your reading pleasure.

"The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company is the oldest dance company in the Philippines. A multi-awarded company, both nationally and internationally, Guillermo Gomez Rivera has called it the "depository of almost all Filipino dances, dress and songs."
The company was founded in 1957 by Helena Z. Benitez and debuted May 27, 1958 at Expo '58, the Brussels World Fair responding to the request of then President Ramon Magsaysay. Since then they have made at least 14 major tours to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, US and the Middle East. It has performed in 6 continents, 66 counties and 700 cities worldwide. They perform folk dances from throughout the Philippines and from other countries. The group takes its name from the Filipino word bayanihan which means working together for a common good.

In appreciation and recognition of their pioneering efforts and international success in the realm of Filipino dance, the people of the Philippines through the 10th Congress enacted R. A. 8626 declaring the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company as The Philippines National Folk Dance Company".

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