Philippine Independence Day Celebration

Philippine Independence Day Celebration

7:00 pm

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2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, USA

Rhythmix Island Arts Presents:

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. This event will also include a live Skype stream connecting City of Alameda Councilmember Dr. Stewart Chen with Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria of the Philippines as part of the Alameda-Dumaguete Sister City Project.

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.

Choreographer, Jay Loyola takes inspiration from the Pangalay, the most distinctively Asian of all the dances in Southern Philippine islands. In this collaborative production of Lumago Lampas (Grow Beyond), Loyola re-imagines the influence and movement patterns of this familiar dance form, in a theatrical framework and the Molbog peoples’ cultural standpoint to create a compelling dance interpreted by Kristian Kabuay, Kimberley Requesto and Ron Quesada. The original concept of the Pangalay is based on the pre-Islamic concept of celestial spirits- important characters in other Southeast Asian dances. Its motion recites the Baybayin an ancient Filipino script which strokes are comparable to the dancer’s dexterity and flexibility of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists accompanied by the sound of the Kulintang- an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs. (Concept, design and choreography by Jay Loyola)

For more than two decades, Jay Loyola has created over 40 Philippine dance works and performed in Asia, Europe, and the US. He has significantly contributed to San Francisco Bay Area’s multicultural landscape and creating performances at venues such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Herbst Theater, Cowell Theater, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Loyola is the founding artistic director for American Center of Philippine Arts, adjunct professor at University of San Francisco for Philippine Dance and Culture and consultant for numerous universities and festivals around the globe.

The American Center of Philippine Arts provides a unique educational program for youth through innovative, hands-on classes, collaborations, and showcasing events. The Students Enriched in Education and Dance (SEED) offers cultural education to youth ages 5 – 18, with instruction in the fundamentals of Philippine folk dance then applied to the dance choreography. ACPA’s focus on high quality cultural education and dance instruction instills in their students a great sense of professionalism and respect for their heritage.

Kristian Kabuay is a self-taught artist influenced by calligraphy, graffiti, abstract art, indigenous culture, technology and Asian writing systems. He is also a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Philippine script. Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian has been tirelessly advocating a reawakening of the indigenous spirit through decolonization, and the native ancient writing system, Baybayin.

Parangal Dance Company’s mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances. PDC aims to serve as a bridge,inspiring and connecting Filipino Americans to their roots to give them a sense of pride and identity, while educating diverse communities to foster awareness and appreciation of Philippine culture.

Ron Quesada studied ethnomusicology at San Francisco State University and the University of Hawaii and is a veteran Filipino folkloric music practitioner. As a member of the Haranistas de Manila directed by former Rondalla director of Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company Celestini “Bayani” Tan, he learned the diversity of Filipino ethnic instruments including strings, gongs and bamboo. Ron had extensive instruction in traditional regional styles of kulintang music and toured internationally both as a performer and educator in Filipino music. His contemporary kulintang music style is gaining recognition both in the United States and in the Philippines.

This performance is made possible with funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.