August 25, 2018, Filed under Press Release

Lingayen, Pangasinan — The Regional Folkdance Workshop 4th edition held on August 18-19 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center registered an overwhelming number of participants.

“Organized by the Philippine Folkdance Society (PFDS) Region 1 in partnership with the provincial government, the dance workshop gathered 500 participants compared with fewer entries in the previous years,” Childe Libertad, PFDS Region 1 President, said.

Representing Governor Amado I. Espino, III during the event’s closing ceremony, Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco reiterated “the love for the arts and cultural heritage” which is being promoted by the provincial administration.

Under the Espino leadership, the provincial government strengthened the cultural arm of the province by launching various programs which help revive local culture and the arts.

In response to the growing number of PFDS training participants, Francisco bared that the Provincial Training and Development Center II once completed shall accommodate twice or even triple the number of the registered participants of the regional folkdance workshop this year.
Libertad underscored that the literature-based learning of folk dances is crucial and significant to teaching the proper way of execution of dance steps and interpretation.

The “re-echo” regional seminar on Philippine folkdance and contemporary dances which are presented during the National PFDS Convention held in Antique last May 21-26, featured workshops on Pampilpilalekan (courtship dance of Pangasinan), Lapay Bantigue (comic mimitic dance of Masbate City), Sinublian (game dance of Zambales), Valse Vieja (festival dance of Pangasinan), Pitik Mingaw (courtship dance of Roxas City, Capiz), Pahid (festival dance of Capiz), and Binungey (occupational dance of Western Pangasinan).

Participants of the regional folkdance workshop were elementary and secondary school teachers from schools divisions of Department of Education from all over the region, including Zambales province.

Also present during the folkdance workshop were folkdance consultant Mila Ancheta, choreographer Jeff Bachar, and schools division cultural coordinators.

/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca

photos for 4th Regional Workshop on Philippine Folkdances

4TH REG’L WORKSHOP ON PHL FOLKDANCES HELD IN PANGASINAN. Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco (left, upper photo), on behalf of Governor Amado I. Espino, III, assures the provincial government’s support to the promotion of culture and the arts during the closing ceremony of the 4th Regional Workshop on Philippine Folkdances held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center on August 19. The folkdance workshop participants (lower photo) perform the Binungey Folkdance, a newly registered folkdance of the Philippines which is an occupational dance that originated in Western Pangasinan. /Photo by EGaner/MGNO



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