Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts
Philippine arts and culture
Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, committed to presenting, promoting and preserving the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music. In addition to performing and holding weekly workshops, Kayamanan also plays a leadership role in providing technical assistance, training and consultation, instruction and planning of innovative and culturally appropriate performances and programs in folk dance to many student and community folk dance groups across the United States. Over 500 public and private performances have reached thousands in settings ranging from self-produced dance concerts, citywide festivals, community events, and private functions to school-based activities.
Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts received a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program in 2010 for their Philippine Dance Gathering and Workshops, in an effort to strengthen the capacity of California and U.S.-based practitioners of Philippine dance and music in the areas of learning and understanding, training and instruction, and presentation and production. The gathering is expected to attract over 200 participants representing community and school-based Philippine dance groups. Grant funds will support the participation of traditional artists Danny Kalanduyan (kulintang master) and the BIBAK Dance Ensemble (ethnic and tribal indigenous peoples of the Philippines).
In 2011, with support from ACTA’s Traditional Arts Development Program, Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts engaged the services of website designer and developer Felipe “Pip” Abrigo to launch the Philippine Dance Resource Network (PDRN) website.
In 2016, a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program will support the creation and purchase of new costumes for the ensemble.
A 2017 Living Cultures award will build upon the company’s recent trip to the Philippines to study regional dances and will support repertoire development of eight dance and musical pieces.