Filipino Groups Dazzle in Tawau Cultural Festival

21 March 2017 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported today that Filipino dance groups impressed audiences at the 6th Tawau International Cultural Festival held on March 16-20 at the Dataran Majlis Perbandaran Tawau in Tawau, Sabah.

Philippine-based Kaloob Philippines Music and Dance Ministry and two Tawau-based Filipino community cultural groups, namely the Persatuan Kababayan Sabah (PKS) and the Filipino Tawau Community (Filtacom), wowed the audience during the festival as they performed Philippine dances during the pocket shows.

Cultural Attache Helen Grace Cuisia was on hand to witness Kaloob win the audience over during their pocket shows as they showcased Philippine dances such as manlalatik, manton de manila, tinikling and binasuan.

The group also performed at the grand performance, where Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman was the event's guest of honor.

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya recommended to the National Commission on Culture and the Arts that a noted Philippine cultural group participates in the Tawau festival.

"People-to-people exchange is best built upon cultural understanding and personal friendship, and the participation of Philippine cultural groups in the Tawau International Cultural Festival contributed much to this objective, particularly as Tawau is a few hours boat ride from Bongao in Tawi Tawi," Ambassador Malaya said.

Kaloob is committed to the research, documentation, preservation and promotion of Philippine traditional music and dances. It was founded in 1994 by Dr. Ed Lapiz, whose extensive field research and formal academic studies in the Philippine culture provide the solid foundation of cultural correctness in the company's repertoire and give essence to its artistic direction.

The group travels to far-flung corners of the country, doing research among indigenous cultural communities to collect fast vanishing music and dance traditions.

Twenty-eight groups, including cultural groups from Indonesia and Thailand, participated in the event, which serves as a platform for the participants to share their culture and enthusiasm to the locals. END