Parangal Dance Company showcases Philippines in Japan World Music and Dance Festival

Parangal Dance Company will have their Asian debut in Japan this August. Credits to Parangal Dance Company.
Parangal Dance Company will have their Asian debut in Japan this August. Credits to Parangal Dance Company.

California-based Parangal Dance Company will have their Asian debut as the Philippines’ representative at the World Music and Dance Festival (WMDF) in Hakodate, Japan.

The Filipino folk dance group which has been showcasing Filipino culture through dance and music in various international festivals in the US, Europe, and in Colombia, announced on social media their upcoming performance in Asia on August 5 to 11.

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Artistic Director Eric Solano revealed to Good News Pilipinas that Parangal Dance Company has been preparing for this international tour since February, while still conducting free folk dance workshops.

Aside from Ta’u Sug dances, Solano also shared that part of their performance is the Yakan dance repertoire, which will premiere at San Francico Dance Festival (SFDF) in California this coming July before presenting it at the WMDF in Japan. Last year, Parangal showcased Marawi-inspired repertoire at the SFDF.

Eric Solano is also positive for Ta’u Sug culture bearer from Davao to join them in Japan.

“If it all works out with visa this will be our first international tour kasama ang culture bearer ng Ta’u Sug, Aunty Lingling,” Solano said.

After their debut performance in Japan, Parangal Dance Company is set to showcase Filipino folk dances in the international festival in Greece on August 28 to September 1.

Send your cheers to Parangal Dance Company, the Filipino-American group showcasing Fiipino culture to the world!

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.