Kulintang is good for all ages

30 Jun
Vallejo Pista Sa Nayon

Vallejo Pista Sa Nayon

Kulintang is good for all ages.

Vallejo Pista Sa Nayon

It was the 20th anniversary of this festival rooted in this Bay Area city on the waters edge that almost birthed a Filipinotown in the delta–Vallejo.

It was uncharacteristically rainy at this festival that hadn’t seen rain for all of the previous 19 years. This might have slowed things down a bit but the Filipino community of Vallejo showed up by the thousands before the day’s end.

Kulintang Dance Theater

Kulintang Dance Theater

Kulintang Dance Theater

Playing kulintang for KDT

Playing kulintang for KDT

I sat in with Kulintang Dance Theater for an educational performance at a Bay Area children’s school. These kids are so lucky to be exposed to such eclectic experiences.

Philippine Fiesta of Sonoma County

Kulintang Friends of the Bay Area

Kulintang Friends of the Bay Area

The Philippine Fiesta of Sonoma County was held in Santa Rosa on a beautiful sunny day in wine country. This festival has a lovely neighborhood feel. It seemed nearly everyone knew each other. FANHS had a great booth, the performances were inspiring (including another great show from Kariktan!), but there was one other thing that stood out at this festival: the food! Home cooked delights come from neighborhood chefs including a Sonoma specialty: kilawin kambing.

Kulintronica holding his favorite props

Kulintronica holding his favorite props

Nightlife at California Acadamy of Sciences Filipino Night

Nightlife at California Acadamy of Sciences

Nightlife at California Acadamy of Sciences

Meanwhile, at the California Acadamy of Sciences, which is also home to the amazing Philippine Reef Exhibit, prepared to share the results of a recent biological expedition to the Philippines that resulted in the documentation of over one hundred new species.

The occasion was marked by a Filipino takeover of the museum. Even Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble performed, warming up the crowd with authentic Maguindanaoan kulintang music and dance. They drew quite a large crowd with its unmatched tempos, colorful attire, and entrancing dancers. I couldn’t have asked for a better setup for my set.

Dancing to Kulintronica

Dancing to Kulintronica

I thank all who attended this great event, especially the gentleman who started the dance party (and got a free kulintang starter lesson after the show). It was so great to see a crowd of dancing bodies smiling and enjoying the sound of live kulintang playing. The more experienced kulintang fans recognized some of the pangalay influenced patterns and did the corresponding dance moves (thanks Diwa!). I loved seeing those fluid hand movements above the bouncing crowd. Perhaps one day we will be seeing oceans of pangalay hands at every Kulintronica show.

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One Response to “Kulintang is good for all ages”

  1. @KitchenKwento September 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Nice shot with Rocco, kulintronica. How dare you use his cuteness to further your kulintang goals. :)

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