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Tinikling folk dance

Pinoy artists, performers shine in Auburn multicultural fest

Tinikling folk dance
Tinikling folk dance

IMG_0202 (300x214) auburn festival peacock gallery sept2014 (21) (300x224)  IMG_4320 (300x182)Sept. 21 – Filipinos hugged the spotlight in today’s launch of Four Seasons Exhibition and Sacred Music Afternoon held last Sunday 21 September at the Peacock Gallery Auburn Arts Studio  in Auburn, NSW.

The paintings of Filipino artists, Francisco “Frank“ Rovero, and Bert Estanislao, dominated the exhibition. They were joined in by Indian artists Lorraine and Maurice Fernandez.

 Auburn Lord Mayor Hicham Zraika declared the exhibition open as he emphasised the value of recognising and showcasing the art works of migrants and through art, people from diverse backgrounds can engage with one another. Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis shared the Filipino people’s love for fiestas or celebrations.

The art exhibition was followed by the Sacred Music Afternoon participated in by five communities. The Filipino-Australian community was represented by the dominant state umbrella organisation, Alliance of Philippine Community Organisations, Inc (APCO)

APCO’s performers included: The procession of the Santo Nino called “Sinulog” performed by VSD Dancers; “Catalana”, a salakot dance performed by the Mindanao Ethnic Dance Group: “Tinikling”performed by both groups and a Filipino song by coloratura soprano Linda Trinidad. The Aborigines, Afghani, Baha’i and Indian communities also performed.

But what was considered most enjoyable of all the performances was the Filipino national dance Tinikling! Dr Cen Amores, acting as impromptu annotator of the Filipino performances, briefly explained the story and significance of every cultural number.

She was also able to invite the VIP guests: Auburn City Councillors Lee Lam, Steve Yang and John Campbell with Gallery coordinator Jenny Cheeseman taking turns trying to dance in tune while gingerly stepping between banging bamboo poles! They later thanked the APCO founding president for this unexpected very enjoyable experience.Reported by RICHARD FORD