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Sulyap (Glimpse) - Official Press Release
April 22, 2008

April 23, 2008

Vancouver’s Premiere Filipino Performing Arts Group Presents its Fifteenth Anniversary Presentation: “SULYAP" (Glimpse)

(Vancouver, BC, Canada) Through a captivating display of authentic dance and music, local Filipino performing arts group, Kababayang Pilipino will celebrate and share the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts.

In its 15th season offering, "Sulyap" is a glimpse into Filipino life through the traditional art forms of dance and music. "Sulyap", literally translated as "a short look", will give its audience exactly that—a look into the diversity and variety of the numerous forms, styles and functions that dance and music plays in Philippine life. Through vignettes of eras gone by, of snapshots in time, from the retelling of the legend of Tagabili from the indigenous group the T’boli of Mindanao to life in the rural Philippine countryside, re-enacting the rice growing season, from planting to harvest, "Sulyap" will demonstrate how dance and music is inextricably linked to everyday lives of the Filipino people. For the Filipino people, expression through movement and music is synonymous with living.

Since 1993, Kababayang Pilipino has been wowing its audiences with its dynamic and dramatic traditional Filipino dance interpretations complemented by its authentic and brilliant costuming and fiery live musical accompaniment.  

Under the direction of, Randy Romero, Kababayang Pilipino continues to push the boundaries, taking what is essentially folk and making it contemporary and relevant. From its desire to discovering new horizons, while committing to preserving the authenticity of its presentations, Kababayang Pilipino, while always looking back to its new roots, continues to propel itself forward as one of the premiere Philippine folk dance companies in Canada.

Kababayang Pilipino is also proud to have international recording artist Joey Albert and critically-acclaimed Filipino-American classical guitarist Florante Aguilar as special guest artists.  Collaborations will be featured between Ms. Albert and Mr. Aguilar, as well as an original work choreographed by Mr. Romero, accompanied by Mr. Aguilar’s version of "Bayan Ko".

With an ensemble of over 40 members comprised mainly of first generation Filipinos, Kababayang Pilipino is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Filipino folk heritage through its presentation of dance and music. This vibrant group provides the opportunity for its members to educate themselves and in turn, educate the community at large about the rich history and culture of the Filipino. Conceived for youth, by youth, Kababayang Pilipino is ever inspired by each new generation of young people who are eager to discover something of themselves by learning something of the Filipino people to which they are tied in culture, bound in hearth and indelibly marked in spirit.

“Sulyap” is a one night show on Sunday, May 25 at 7:00pm at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.  Tickets are $25 and are available at all Manila Cargo Express outlets: Broadway (604) 736-6121, Richmond (604) 279-1545, Main Street (604) 874-5571 and Surrey (604) 588-1975; or by calling the KP Information Line at 604 650-7276.


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