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Monday, December 18, 2006

Vamos A Belen 2006 | Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group

"Vamos A Belen 2006"
Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
(CCP Main Theater)
December 21, 22, 23, 2006

The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group presents Vamos a Belen 2006 on December 21-23, 2006 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

For the past nine years the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group has been presenting the Vamos a Belen! at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as part of the company’s contribution to the institution’s yearly Christmas celebration.

"Vamos a Belen" is a two-hour production showing a collection of pastores (shepherds) traditions that include versions from the Bicol region, Leyte and Samar, Pampanga, Cagayan Valley, Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental; the retelling of the Christmas story in varying ways with excerpts from the Maytinis of Kawit, Cavite; Panarit of Samar; Kagharong of Albay and Ensayo of Libagon, Southern Leyte.

These are interspersed with vignettes of Filipino beliefs and practices that are observed during Christmas and the celebration of the New Year. Western influences like the Christmas tree, Santa Claus and gift-giving. Among others are included in a repertoire of adapted Filipino Christmas traditions.

Vamos A Belen 2006 will be staged by the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on the following dates:

December 21, 2006
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
(CCP Main Theater)

December 22, 2006
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
(CCP Main Theater)

December 23, 2006
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
(CCP Main Theater)

For more details on Vamos A Belen 2006, please call the CCP Complex at 832-3704, 832-1125 loc. 1409 - 1410.

"Vamos A Belen 2006"
Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group
Ticket prices: P500, P400, P300

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The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (ROFG) celebrates 32 years of preservation and perpetuation of Philippine traditions with special emphasis on music and dance.

Founded in 1972, the ROFG started as a fledging folk dance company, composed of some thirty performers. Leaning on the vast amount of data and artifacts that he has accumulated while he was doing researches, Ramon A. Obusan thought of starting a dance company that will mirror the traditional culture of the Filipinos through dance and music.

For thirty-two years, the ROFG has created a niche in the world of dance as forerunner of Philippine folk dance performed closest to the original. Boasting of over a thousand performances in the Philippines and abroad, the ROFG is one of the Cultural Center of the Philippines' leading resident companies since 1986.

Though steep with international recognition, the ROFG has never forgotten the people who are the very source of its pride. For the past two decades it has documented and performed the rituals of more than 50 ethno-linguistic groups in the country. With more than twenty outstanding full-length Filipino dance works, among which are the memorable suites from the Cordillera, Bagobo, T'boli, Tausug, Maranao, the Aetas and the Talaandig among others - the ROFG has served to highlight the authenticity of the movements and costumes of these people.

Contact ROFG at 8310894.

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