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… continued from Part 2.


The truest expression of a people are in their dances, their music and their festivals. The way a people move is their autobiography in motion. Bodies never lie.


Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words; it has to be danced. It is music made visible and is the poetry of the foot. It is the mother of all languages.


Nothing is more revealing than movement. To dance is to give oneself up to the rhythms of all life. The feet may learn the steps, but only the spirit can dance. It is like dreaming with your feet.


The great diversity in traditions, language, arts, music and regional dance pro vide us with a glimpse about the richness of the Philippine archipelago and its people. It provide students of Philippine history, sociology, psychology and allied disciplines a living documentary of the cultural development of this country.


These dances, staged at various celebrations and festivals across the country side, reflect the Filipinos’ capacity to express pride, joy, dreams, aspirations and even sorrow which celebrate milestones and events in their lives.


Hereunder are more examples what we mean.


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Jota Quirino






Rigodon de Honor




Ati-Atihan Festival

Sinulog Festival

Maskara Festival

Philippine Festivals


Before the turn of the 20th Century, artistic performances were primarily held in plazas and other public places around the country. In Manila, the Manila Grand Opera House, constructed in the mid-19th Century, served as the primary venue for many stage plays, operas and zarzuelas and other notable events of national significance.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was established to preserve, develop and promote arts and culture in the Philippines and to showcase performances and exhibitions for various local and international productions at its 62-hectare complex located by the Manila Bay astride the Cities of Pasay and Old Manila where stunningly beautiful sunsets display their majestic colours.


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Its artistic programmes include the production of performances, festivals, exhi bitions, cultural research, outreach, preservation, and publication of materials on Philippine art and culture. The scope of activities the center engages in include architecture, film and broadcast arts, dance, literature, music, new media, theatre and visual arts.


The Center has undertaken steps to bring culture and arts more accessible to a larger segment of the Filipino society. It has become a beacon to Filipino mi grant communities across the world whose pride and joy are its rich culture and traditions.


The CCP is also home to a number of resident performing organisations that include: Ballet Philippines, the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Compa ny, National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation, the Philippine Ballet Theatre, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orches tra, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino and the University of Sto. Tomas Symphony Orchestra.



HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THIS ONLINE MAGAZINE PANEL: The full content of this magazine issue is stored on the servers of When clicking the image inside the boxed panel above, you will be redirected to a separate webpage which expands on your browser. Navigation buttons are found on this new page which makes it easy for you to view all pages, including closing the web page when you’re done which will return you to the website of Filipinos in Auckland.


Starting on page 26, Tahanan Magazine’s Summer 2011 publication (Volume #1 Issue #2) features the Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe of Canada – one of the most successful Filipino dancing acts in North America. For most of the last 48-years this cultural dancing troupe has been at the forefront of Philippine arts and culture in that country. Even though most of the dancers have never taken formal dance training, their longevity is a testament of their members who are all volunteers, into performing professional level performances. What’s more, their beautiful costumes reflect a wide palette from different regions of the Philippines highlighting its cultural diversity and their choreography is quite complex. Read through this feature article, it’s an inspiring story which many Filipino-Kiwis in New Zealand might learn to take a leaf from.


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