NEW YORK – “Sining Filipinas,” the first episode of a seven-part virtual lecture series on Philippine arts, made its debut December 18, with the topic “Pagsalin – Urog Han Pasko – The many ways Filipino folks celebrate Christmas.” The organizers broadcast the event on the Binhi ng Lahi Folk Dance Troupe’s and the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary’s Facebook pages.
“The concept of ‘Sining Filipinas‘ is very much aligned with the Consulate General’s own cultural diplomacy program, and we are pleased to collaborate with Binhi ng Lahi in promoting this meaningful project,” Philippine Consul General to Calgary Zaldy Patron said in describing the Consulate General’s support for the event. “I encourage the Filipinos and the Canadians in Alberta and Saskatchewan to watch and listen to these online lectures to know more about the Philippines and the Filipinos from a cultural perspective.”
“Sining Filipinas” is the brainchild of Binhi ng Lahi Philippine Folk Dance Troupe or Binhi, a Calgary-based cultural group formed in 2017. In staging “Sining Filipinas,” Binhi aims to continue to promote the beauty of Philippine culture and traditions through education and dance performances even during the pandemic.
Aquino Irasca, Jr., researcher and cultural worker, gave a presentation on the history of the Christmas celebration in the Philippines and how Filipinos celebrate it in various parts of the country. Angelee Delos Reyes, Ms. Earth Philippines 2013, hosted “Sining Filipinas.”
The two main sponsors are the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary and the Calgary Arts Development. At the same time, the event partners include the Philippines’ Cultural Center, National Commission on Culture and Arts, Kalilayan Folkloric Group, Philippine Folk Dance Society, and the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office – Bulacan (PHATCO).
The upcoming episodes of “Sining Filipinas” will be shown:
January 22 – Philippine Rondalla
February 26 – Philippine Costume
March 26 – Kuaresma
April 23 – Tubong of Catanauan;
May 21 – Baybayin; and
June 11 – Kundiman-Philippine Art Song
Noel Lloren, Binhi’s Program Director, said that his group would like to contribute to many Filipino cultural workers’ efforts to introduce Philippine culture to the world as part of the global community.
Viewers are requested to follow the Facebook pages of Binhi ng Lahi Folk Dance Troupe and the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary to watch these episodes.