Two Cavite-based folk dancing school groups rule World Folklore Competition in Korea

World Folklore Festival
Team Philippines composed of La Salle Filipiniana Dance Company and Cavite Institute Marilag Folkdance Troupe of Silang hailed as champions in adult and junior categories of IDO World Folklore Festival 2019 in South Korea. Credits to Joel Refuerzo.

The Philippines’ delegation composed of folk dancers from Cavite schools successfully raised the Philippine flag on Korean soil after dominating the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Folklore Festival 2019.

The Pinoy folk dance school groups bested other contingents from Asian countries at the international tilt held on October 4 to 6 at the Yeongdong Complex Culture & Art Center in Yeongdong, South Korea.

The Caviteño folk dancers shined in two competitions organized by Korea Dance Organization and participated by 350 dancers.

La Salle Filipiniana Dance Company (LSFDC) of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) won the first place award in the adult category for showcasing the dances of Kalinga from Cordillera.

The Cavite Institute Marilag Folkdance Troupe (CIMT) of Silang, Cavite secured the first place award in the junior category for performing dances of Tboli from South Cotabato in Mindanao.

The Cavite school-based dance groups also wowed the audience during the festival’s opening ceremony as they presented a medley of Filipino rural dances accompanied by the song “Kanta Pilipinas” of Broadway star Lea Salonga.

After the competitions, Team Philippines then showcased the Maria Clara and rural dances at the 52nd Nangye Gurak Festival.

The Filipino groups of dancers took home trophies and certificates for excellently displaying the country’s traditional dances in South Korea.

Various Filipino folk dance groups and traditional dances have been making headlines this 2019 after gaining the world’s attention and winning international awards.

Saint Louis University (SLU) Dance Troupe from Baguio City also presented Filipino folk dances also in South Korea at the 2019 Jinju World Folk Arts Biennale.

Recently, a video of teenagers went viral online for dancing Tinikling instead of the traditional cotillion at a debut party in San Francisco’s Bay Area in California.

Just this September, the Bayanihan National Dance Company bagged its 13th international recognition after winning the 1st Federation of International Dance Festivals (FIDAF) Brazil World Championship at the 15th edition of the Festival Internacional de Folclore de Nova Prata for their performance of traditional and indigenous Filipino dances.

WATCH the award-winning performances of La Salle Filipiniana Dance Company showcasing the dances of Kalinga and Cavite Institute Marilag Folkdance Troupe presenting dances of Tboli in the videos here and SEND your congratulations in the comments below!


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Atom L. Pornel
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.