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.