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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

PLM Hiyas ng Maynilad Dance Company in Concert at the Park

Concert at the Park

The pride of the City of Manila – PLM Hiyas ng Maynilad Dance Company, takes center stage in Concert at the Park, this Sunday, June 03, 2007, starting at 6:00 p.m., opening the month-long tribute to the Filipino’s innate artistry, in celebration of Philippine Independence. Joining them are the PLM Rondalla and PLM Student Chorale Society. This presentation is in partnership with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila President’s Committee on Arts & Culture. Ms. Minette Padilla is program host.

The PLM Hiyas ng Maynilad Dance Company, PLM Rondalla and the PLM Student Chorale Society are the official cultural groups of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. They are all composed of students from the various colleges of the university who are all scholars of the City of Manila. The PLM Rondalla is headed by rondalla master Jun Arandela while Rodel “Aiko” Valdez is the artistic choreographer of the Hiyas ng Maynilad and ably assisted by Julio Calinao, assistant choreographer. The PLM Student Chorale Society is headed by its choirmaster, Alfie Malana Jacinto. These three groups are all under the PLM President’s Committee on Arts & Culture, headed by its Chairperson Susan Mercado.

For this Sunday’s presentation, our featured dance company has prepared the following programme: Part I – CORDILLERA: Kayao (dance showing the skills in combat of the highland tribes), Kayabang (tribal maidens gather food which are placed on baskets called “kayabang”), Uya-Oy (a ceremonial dance); DAHIL SA IYO (Velarde); Part II – SPANISH-INSPIRED: Jota Gumaquena (a dance from Gumaca, Quezon), Simpatica (a courtship dance featuring the many uses of a fan to send messages to a girl’s suitor), Jota de Manila (a dance named after the historic city of Manila); GAANO KITA KAMAHAL (National Artist for Music Ernani Cuenco); Part III – DANCES FROM MINDANAO: Kuntao Silat (showcasing the warriors’ skills in combat), Paunjalay (a tribal pre-wedding dance), Singkil (the famous dance of royalty); Part IV – LIFE IN RURAL PHILIPPINES: Kalapati (dance imitating the cooing of the doves), Palo-Palo (male dancers show their combat skills using bamboo weapons or “palo-palo”), Sayaw sa Bangko (showcases dancers skill and ability to maintain balance while dancing on a wooden bench), and Tinikling (the country’s famous national dance).

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