Friday, November 4, 2011

Tinikling at the 40th Annual Festival of Nations in Albany, NY


Here's a video by Rommel Esconde on the recently concluded 40th Annual Festival of Nations held at the Albany Convention Center, NY. Every year, Different countries showcase their culture through their food, crafts, music and native dances. This year was special because it marked the first time that the Filipino community was represented with a performance of the "Tinikling" by the Binhing Pinoy Dancers which was composed of Filipino-American kids living here in Albany. 

I can still remember how ordinary and forgetful my experience was with our Native dances. Having performed the maglalatik with my classmates in grade school, I can still remember the shiver of embarrassment running down my spine whenever I think about it. But looking at these kids doing their very best in representing our culture just makes you lift your head high and be proud to be a Filipino. Great job guys! Can't wait to be there next year!

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