Events/ Holidays/ Special Occasions


By on June 18, 2014

It reminds us about our culture and history,our great achievements in the past that contributed to the present progress and development of today. That’s how important Independence day is, the concept of freedom that we are embracing and enjoying meant to keep for decades.

In the Philippines, a series of exhibition and presentation revolving around celebrating 116th Independence day(June 12, 2014) Other areas was a  standing attention for review, military parades, special performances, concerts, cultural shows and Aerobatic show by Jet Team to name a few.

Robinson Forum,( mall for shoppers and dining destination) The stage theme” Independence day Celebration” featured live music and cultural entertainment. The event showcased the Himig Chorale Group, Rondalla (composed of 12 members and advisers) and Kultura includes 16-18 members  with teachers and technical team with the support of  Cultural Director Reydora Flordeliza.

Peaceful harmony filled the entire mall by the musical numbers; OPM rendered by Rondalla and the Himig Chorale. It was a wonderful sound of journey through history that made my spirit rise. However,a special dance numbers by Kultura performing the most popular and traditional dance in the Philippines composed of Cordillera, Maria Clara , Rural and Muslim such as;  Binasuan, Tinikling,Pandesetas,Pasa Doble, Banga and many more. It was a unique kind and meaningful celebration. I was one of the audience standing right in front admiring each performers. Of course I was there to cover everything till the end of the show.

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The Himig Chorale .At high note, they sang repertoire of OPM  during the Independence Day celebration.

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The organizers of the program

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The organizers, advisers, Rondalla, Cultural dancers, Technical staff and all Coordinating Team together in one picture.

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The very supportive Prof. Villanueva with the Cultural dancers backstage.

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The 3 beautiful dancers; Zeha, Nicole and Jasmin with their colorful and attractive costume.

Kultura dancers, selected college students from Rizal Technological University.Each group presented their own indivividual talents and traditional performances. It was  enjoyable and entertaining for young and old alike.

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Other male performers with their handsome smiles.

Here are some photos taken during the Cultural presentation. 

Let me show you the expression of God-given talents. Ethnic dance or tribal dance originated from our early ancestors and handed down from generation to generations. The traditional costume and ethnic designs are among the best made basically by weaving and embroidery.

Banga-Salidsid- Ragsaksakan

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 Very artistic dance. The male dancer is about to carry  the 10 clay pots.

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This is the most delicate part of the dance. Male partner is the one carrying all 10 clay pots to be placed on the head of her partner. 

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 Gorgeous act needs to be slow but careful in order to succeed. 

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The fixing movement before the balancing act.

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 Dancer carrying 10 water pots on her head. It represents Cordillera woman in Northern part of  Luzon.

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  Female performer wearing attractive ornaments and colorful beads.

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 Balancing the banga.

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 Bravo! It was perfect!

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 Maria Clara – Pandesetas and Paso Doble

All dances performed tells a story,  a story way back to the primitive that keeps on passing from generation up to the present.


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Maria Clara, traditional gown worn in the Philippines.

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Gorgeous! Wearing traditional costume will really enhanced her beauty.

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Very graceful indeed.

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 Binasuan and tinikling

 Tinikling, a folk dance in the Philippines imitating the movement of a certain bird called,”Tikling”  as they run through branches. Pair of dancers moves together, jumps gracefully in order to balance on air and land on their feet. Number of participants may take part in this kind of dance. I guess, the desired formation would be difficult to arrange. The stepping and hopping  in between two bamboos is quiet tough.

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The lovely dancers getting ready backstage.

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 Graceful on the floor!

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It’s just like a floor exercise dance with discipline. It’s a group dance full of energy and acrobatic. In some cases, performed not onstage but below the stage. Number of dancers with their props(bamboo), the stage is quiet small for them to accommodate. Now, Let me show you their speedy jumps!

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 Following the stepping cycle, the pressure will take place as you jump. Efforts applied will surely increased your heart rate.

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 The right formation.

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 Six pairs about to jump.

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 Stepping right foot followed by the left and jump! Carrying series of movement as quickly as possible.

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See how the pair revolves, it’s the result of strength and speed. They were well-trained dancers.

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 The jumpers floating on air.This is my good shot! 

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The final photo-shoot!

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(Got only one for this pic. I was running to catch up but it was too late)

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Playing the ethnic musical instruments such as; kulintang , wooden drum…

 I would like to thank the organizers and  the teachers for graciously accommodating me. Thank you Prof. Reydora Flordeliza, (CAO Director), Prof. Villanueva and to all performers who made time during the photo-shoot. I hope to see you all again! Thank you all students of  RTU.

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