EVENT: June 7: Dance X Kulintang X Baybayin: Alameda, California


Philippine Independence Day Celebration: Lumago Lampas (Grow Beyond)
Featuring American Center of Philippine Arts, Parangal Dance Company, Kulintronica & Kristian Kabuay When: Saturday, June 7th Time: 7:00pm Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda Cost: $20 advance, $25 door, $15 students/seniors

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In honor of Araw ng Kalayaan, Philippine Independence Day, Rhythmix Island Arts presents the American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) in collaboration with an array of spectacular artists celebrating the cultural traditions of the Philippine islands on the island of Alameda. Parangal Dance Company will perform the evocative Hindu Malayan influenced dances of the Mindanao region accompanied by indigenous instrumentation of kulintang, gongs and drums*. Ron Quesada will deliver a fusion of ancient Filipino gong instrument with modern electronic dance music, dubbed “Kulintronica”. Kristian Kabuay brings to the stage his modern performance style writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) based on the ancient writing system, Baybayin.

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Baybayin dance & martial art

In 2008, Bonifacio Comandante developed seven forms of movement, miming the ancient script and referred to it as the Liping Baybayin.He developed a fitness dance and aerobic exercise, not patterned after Western fitness programs but acting out each Baybayin character. He describes another wellness exercise “to be better than Tai-chi and smoother (to perform) because Baybayin (characters) are not angular (in form).”

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