Kulintang galore at 22nd annual FPAC in San Pedro, CA
For this year’s Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) I travelled incognito as a member of my teacher Danongan Kalanduyan’s performance ensemble. Dressed in a red gold green black traditional attire with a colorful Sama headwrap I joined my kulintang brothers from Northern California and San Diego to bring a heavy dose of kulintang to a festival that always makes room to feature kulintang music; FPAC! For more pictures and videos, see the @kulintronica twitter/instagram/vine feeds!
First task was to gather first thing in the morning all of the kulintang players gathered for this performance. We had experienced performing kulintang musicians from Northern California and San Diego.
After the performance on the Legacy Stage we moved to the Dance stage for interactive workshops where we were ecstatic to be joined by a number of kulintang players attending the festival. We jammed, danced, and had reunions.
Local dance force Kayamanan ng Lahi also had live kulintang playing as part of their performance Saturday morning. The Center for Babaylan Studies also kept a kulintang handy at their pavilion tent. The kulintang is a great tool for bringing people together, which is great to draw attention in a festival rich with activities.