First Citizens commemorate PH Independence
By Margadrew Nicole L. Macatangay
Celebrating 117 years of Philippine Independence, the Baliktanaw Performing Arts showcased their terpsichorean talents through a lecture-demo show at the Kalayaan 2015 Repertoire, Starmall San Jose Del Monte (SJDM), June 12.
Headed by Director Robert Ramirez Jr., the event ushered the revival of the Filipino culture and traditions by presenting the music of different tribes in the country.
The Baliktanaw Musicians played a variety of musical instruments like balimbing, gansa, sagaipo and trianggulo from the Cordillerans, the Kulintang Ensemble of the Muslims and the Yakan and the Bagobo instruments from the indigenous tribes.
The Baliktanaw Dance Troupe showed their dancing skills while performing the dances from the different parts of the country.
These dances include Maglalatik, Binasuan, Karatong, Tinikling, Putritos, Jota Piragua and Singkil.
The dancers also presented the dances of the lesser known tribes of the country like Pagkawin from the Yakans and Pamalugu from the Bagobos.
“Dahil sa mga aktibidad na tulad nito, lalo nating nalilinang ang ating pagiging makabayan,” First City Providential College’s Principal Echel Simon-Antero said.
Students, faculty members from different schools in SJDM and parents attended the said event.
Architect Noel K. Vitug, SJDM’s historian, also attended the Independence Day celebration and left some memorable words to the audience.
“Magbago man ang panahon ay hindi maluluma ang alaala ng mga bayaning nag-alay ng kanilang buhay para sa kalayaan ng ating bayan. Matimyas nating gunitain amg makasaysayang kasarinlan ng ating inang bayang Pilipinas,” he emphasized.