29 years
of
Community Service
MUNTING NAYON
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
SAN FRANCISCO  BASED PARANGAL DANCE COMPANY SHOWCASED PHILIPPINE CULTURE IN PORTUGAL and SPAIN



By Denise Wong
Faro-Portugal
September 7, 2016

 
 


Continuing its epic journey of paying tribute to Philippine culture throughout the world, San Francisco-based Parangal Dance Company wrapped up its invitational appearance at Folkfaro in Faro, Portugal, on August 28.

Known as the 2016 Folkfaro International Folklore City of Faro, the eight-day festival showcased about 300 dancers from Brazil, France, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Philippines, and Portugal at both local performances in the Faro area and guest appearances in Spain for the 37th Festival Internacional de Danzas Villablanca in Palos de la Frontera and Villablanca. Faro is the capital of southern Portugal's Algarve region, the beautiful and sunny mecca for vacationers seeking to enjoy the warm waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the impressive array of cork souvenirs sold beachside.

As a milestone of cultural exchange for both parties, the 14th edition of Folkfaro marked the first time the Philippines was represented in the festival. Likewise, Folkfaro was Parangal's first international tour since its inception in 2008. Parangal is humbled to have been involved as a U.S based Philippine dance company.

The Folkfaro experience was not only extremely unique, but also very fitting for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it represented to Parangal's 20 touring performing artists. The festival provided numerous occasions for the company to spread Philippine culture throughout the Faro community; the venues ranged from a cobblestone plaza modified into a stage to a sold-out, 1000-seat theater at Teatro das Figuras. Housed in a converted middle school and bussed to a new performance venue every evening, the group took on eight performances in the span of eight days.

Parangal’s main show showcased an hour-long program at Folkfaro’s Main Stage in downtown Faro, exhibiting cultural pieces from the Ga'dang, Kalinga, Maguindanao, Subanen, Tau Sug, and Yakan indigenous groups. On some days, the group also performed Spanish-influenced dances as a bonus for its audiences.

Parangal's successful first international tour served as a solid testament to both the company's incredible growth and indubitable ability to create magic with their fellow dancers, both on- and off-stage. The company wishes to express a muito obrigado (thank you very much) to Folkfaro director Amabelio Pereira, the Folkfaro staff, and Parangal’s tour group for their tireless work to present Philippine culture on this prestigious stage.

We are honored to showcase the dances and teachings of the indigenous people from whom we have learned multitudes. Parangal aims to let others know that these indigenous people are still there, and that we can use the power and language of dance to create friendships and peace amongst nations and people of the world.




PARANGAL DANCE COMPANY PERFORMANCE IN SPAIN (YouTube):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZXwVF7RfL0&feature=youtu.be



    MoreMAY HANGGAHAN ANG PAGTITIIS - (Part 3)
    Mga Gintong Kwento ni Rene Calalang

    MAGPAPASKO na at ang pinagtatrabahuhan ko, na kinatatalagahan niya ay sarado ng dalawang lingo. Humingi pa siya ng isang linggong karagdagang bakasyon sa pinagtatrabahuhan niya, na ibinigay naman sa kanya....
    MoreAGAPI marks Fil-Am Day 2017; emphasises day’s importance
    Evelyn A. Opilas

    The Association of Golden Australian Pilipinos Inc (AGAPI) marked Philippine American Friendship Day 8 July, its members confirming that they remember the time when July 4 was celebrated as the Philippines’ Araw ng Kalayaan (Independence Day).
     ...
     
    MoreCaviteños in Canada 34TH Annual Picnic - 2017
    Diego Kalaw Linan

    The Caviteños in Canada held their 34th Annual Picnic last Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at Earl Bales Park in Toronto....
    MorePIDC Mabuhay Cup 2017 Basketball Invitational Tournament Ready to Kick Off
    Tony A. San Juan

    This year's summer premier basketball tournament in the Filipino Canadian community is all ready but the kick off day.  Yes sirree.....the...
    MoreProud to be Migrante BC, Proud to be Union Activist
    Erie Maestro

    Migrante BC members, many of them, work in unionized workplaces, are union members or union organizers. Migrante BC is proud...
    MoreSongs that define your life
    Willie Jose

    One morning while I was navigating Facebook, I saw an entry posted by a close friend of mine, Joey S--...
    MoreA treat for multicultural families in Auburn-Australia!
    Ruben Amores

    July 16 was a special day for all families (Filipinos and multicultural) who attended the entry-FREE Philippine Family Day held...
    MoreRowena Romulo named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World’
    Gina McAdam

    (London, 18th July 2017) Rowena Romulo, owner of Romulo Café London, the first international branch of Manila-based Romulo Café restaurants,...
     
    More`CON AMOR’ FOUNDATION B0ARD MEMBERS VISIT PROJECTS IN PHILIPPINES
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.

    Welcome!

    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    MoreTHE CHILDREN IN DON MANUEL GK VILLAGE
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...
     
    Disclaimer

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.