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Philippine National Folk Dance Company Wins Top Award

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The world-renowned Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company won the Gold Award in the 14th World Folklore Festival in Buyukcekmece, Istanbul, Turkey, on July 7, 2013, besting dance groups from Brazil, Egypt, Greece, Ukraine, Estonia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Slovenia, Mexico, Hungary, Serbia, North Cyprus, Turkey, and Slovakia.

The Bayanihan company, whose name means working together for the common good, was founded 56 years ago in 1957 and debuted internationally in 1958 during the Brussels World Fair in Belgium. It has gained international prominence and is today one of the country’s greatest ambassadors of goodwill. Recognizing its pioneering efforts and success in showcasing to the global community the rich Filipino history and culture, the government enacted Republic Act 8626 on April 15, 1998, declaring the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company as the Philippine National Folk Dance Company.  See more of their repertoire below the fold.



Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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