On April 9th, 2016, The Organization of Young Filipino Americans hosted the 28th annual Barrio Fiesta at the MLK Performing Arts Center, with the theme of “Pinagmulan – Origins.”
Discovering the fun-filled skit of Barrio, the members learn more about what it takes to put on the biggest show of the year. Quickly seeing how it is not easy to come together, the members find out that to organize the show, they would need some Barrio Magic.
Through hardship, hard work, and each other, they discover their culture and also themselves!
Various traditional dances included the annual Igorot, Singkil, Ragragsakan, and Sayaw Sa Bangko. To make Barrio even more special, each class also choreographed their own modern dances! Audience members, friends, and performers also gathered together in a Filipino potluck reception at the end of the show.
Scroll down for videos, dance descriptions, and our program booklet to enjoy Barrio all over again!
Ragragsakan translates to "merriment" in Ilocano, a Filipino dialect. This dance was created based off of the
Kalinga maidens who balanced labba baskets on their heads as they carried things needed by the people during merrymaking,
which usually took place during the celebratory returns of headhunters or successful peace-pacts between rival tribes.
Originating from the Maranao tribe of Mindanao in the Philippines, this traditional dance showcases the ways of wearing a
"malong," a tube skirt made of hand-woven multi-colored cotton cloth worn as a garment by numerous tribes in the Southern Philippines and the smaller
Sulu Archipelago, also in the Philippines. The Rice Cycle dance, comes from the Bagobo tribes of Mindanao and celebrates the yearly harvest.
Men hold sticks to help plant seeds that the women have placed on the ground.
Manton de Manila is centered around the "manton," an ornately embellished silk shawl that was brought to Manila through the
galleon trade. Characterized by a strong Spanish influence, Manton de Manila is performed by women manipulating the shawl with
grace and skill while the men play tambourines end execute zapateados.
Sayaw Sa Banko translates to "Dancing on Chairs," which originated in the Philippines province of Pangasinan.
It is performed by a couple on narrow benches, hopping from one end to another. This dance requires skill in staying
up on the benches as they exchange places by moving their way around or as the girl is thrown in the aire while the boy moves
on the other end. This traditional dance is most commonly seen in town fiestas.
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