The Parangal Dance Company of California is set to represent the Philippines in the celebration of the 455th anniversary of the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade.
The 2-day event slated on November 20 to 21 will serve as the dance company’s debut performance in Mexico.
“We were invited po as cultural ambassadors by the organizers here in San Francisco and Mexico,” Parangal Dance Company said in an interview with Good News Pilipinas.
The San Francisco-based Filipino dance group will present native Filipino dances from the indigenous groups such as Kalinga of Northern Philippines, and the Tboli, Maguindanao, and Tau’sug from the South in the festival to be held at the Colima and Barra de Navidad in Jalisco, Mexico.
Parangal will also perform Filipino dances with Hispanic influences as part of the shared culture between Mexico and the Philippines. Both countries were colonized by Spain. Mexico gained its independence on September 16, 1810, while the Philippines declared its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.
“The crew of 16 is excited po about the event and has been working hard as well preparing,” Parangal added.
Parangal takes pride in being part of the festival that celebrates the long and old connection of the Filipinos to Mexicans, and to meet the Filipinos living in Mexico.
“Most importantly, (we’re excited to be) in a place where one of the historic events between Mexico and Philippines started, and in a community with Filipino descendants,” the United States-based Philippine dance group said.
Parangal Dance Company has been promoting Filipino culture through dances and music in various festivals around the world such as in the World Music and Dance Festival held in Hakodate, Japan, at the Folclórico Internacional de Barraquilla Estefania Caicedo in Colombia.
Parangal is a regular performer in the annual festivals of European countries and at the San Francisco Dance Festival.
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