Annual Concert of Philippine Dances and Music held on November 2, 2013 at The Joan B. Kroc Theater, San Diego – Commemorating the Legacy of Samahan’s Founder

The Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center, Inc. will present their 38th Annual Concert of Philippine Dances and Music at the Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Avenue, San Diego on November 2, 2013, Saturday, 3:00 pm Matinee and 8:00 pm Gala. Tickets are available at $15 for General Admission, $12 for students and senior citizens (ID required) and $25 for Patron (reserved seating).  For advanced ticket purchases, please call (619) 286-8029 (619) 425-0262 or email samahanphildance@gmail.comor visit the website –

The general public is invited to watch the annual presentation by the SAMAHAN performers as a tribute to the magnificent legacy of Philippine culture and tradition bestowed by the late Dr. Lolita Diñoso Carter to the Filipino American youth of San Diego.  The annual concert commemorates Dr. Carter, SAMAHAN’s Founder and Executive Director, who passed away on July 25, 2011.  Since her passing, Samahan is being managed by Dr. Carmen B. Galang, a recently retired university professor in Nursing, who was asked by Dr. Carter herself to take over the helm few weeks before her untimely demise.

The two-hour program of popular Filipino folk dances choreographed for theater performance by Artistic Director, Ruby Pearl B. Chiong, will showcase SAMAHAN’s rich repertoire in vivid and colorful costumes.  Joining her in staging the Philippine’s traditional dances and music are two former students of Samahan who went on and pursued successful careers in dance and Philippine music, to some extent, due to their training with Samahan.  Returning as guest choreographer and dancer is Michelle Aguilar Camaya, a UC Irvine dance graduate, who has been performing in Broadway productions, such as, The Lion King, Fame, Kismet and also Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Dance With Me.

Collaborating with both choreographers in presenting a few tribal dances of the Cordilleras and the Southern Philippines, is Bernard Ellorin, a UCLA cum laude graduate in Ethnomusicology.  Bernard, now a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, has been the Director and lead percussionist of the Gangsa and Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensembles that provide the traditional “gong” musical accompaniment for the indigenous dances and rituals. The ensemble is one of the very few Kulintang ensembles in the U.S. that play the authentic music of the Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausog and Sama tribes of Mindanao.

Special guest artist, Bob Schroder, the foremost Filipino American flutist and conductor of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), performs a number of favorite Filipino songs, highlighting the concert. Elegant Maria Clara and exhilarating rural dances are performed with the lively music of the Samahan Rondalla under the direction of Frederick Embalsado, promising an enjoyable evening.  The rural suite features the ever-popular Binasuan which SAMAHAN dancers perform with skill and joy, and the creative version of Tinikling dance ending with a fast pace.

The programs of the SAMAHAN FILIPINO AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS & EDUCATION CENTER, INC. are partly funded with grants from the California Arts Council – Creating Places of Value, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego Enhancement Program through Supervisors Ron Roberts, Greg Cox and Dave Roberts, and contributions from individual sponsors.

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