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18/06/2010: Simbuyo 2010 Marks Cultural Highlight in Greater Metro DC’s Month-Long Commemoration of 112th Anniversary of Philippine Independence

18 JUNE 2010 KENSINGTON, MD The month-long commemoration of the 112th Anniversary of Philippine Independence in the Greater Metro DC was highlighted by a cultural performance that showcased Philippine performing arts and fashion bolstered by the Filipino bayanihan spirit.

Simbuyo 2010, a cultural presentation by the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. with volunteers from the Filipino community, played to capacity audience at the 500-seater Grand Theater of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Visitors Center here recently.

Ambassador Willy C. Gaa praised the performance, describing it as “performances that made everyone proud of the Filipino culture and heritage.”

“The artistry of our people shone through, the beauty of our soul was reflected in the performances that were diverse yet truly representative of our nation.  We are happy with the success of this event,” Ambassador Gaa said after the concert.

Audience members were treated to a virtual tour of the Philippines through folk dances, traditional and popular songs, choral music and indigenous instruments from acclaimed artists, including an interpretation of Jose Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios by 2009 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and Washingtonian Magazine Top 20 Showstoppers of DC, Jason Garcia Ignacio.

Also featured were the designs and fabrics of Mindanao’s Fashion Czar Alfonso “Boy” Guinoo in a fashion review.  Guinoo was flown in courtesy of Philippine Airlines.

Former member of “Smokey Mountain,” Tony Lambino and Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor Butch Arroyo performed “Harana” and “Manila” to the delight of the audience.

The evening’s repertoire included angklung rendition of the songs Kalesa and Rosas Pandan from the Fil-Am Christian Church of Fredericksburg, VA Angklung Ensemble; Igorot dance, Malong-malong and Pandanggo sa Ilaw from the Fil-Am Ministry of All Saints Church of Manassas and piano and violin duets of Dahil Sa Yo and Maalaala Mo Kaya from World Doctors’ Orchestra first violinist Dr. Joel Ang and Adelphi University Professor Sidney Marquez Boquiren.

Multi-awarded tenor Allan Palacios Chan sang “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” in a tribute to all mothers and received a standing ovation for his heartfelt rendition of “Bayan Ko.”

The Young Adults Choir of St. Columba Church performed “Hesus” and the upbeat song “Urong-Sulong,” both with lively choreography.

The Philippine Embassy’s own Singing Diplomats, in their maiden public performance, also drew applauses for their renditions of “Ikaw lang ang Mamahalin” and “Ikaw ang Mahal Ko.”

Now on its second year, Simbuyo is envisioned as an annual venue for highlighting the best in Filipino heritage and culture through the performing arts. END

Ambassador Willy C. Gaa and Madam Linda Gaa join Mindanao Fashion Czar Alfonso “Boy” Guinoo, Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. Chair Ador Carreon, multi-awarded dancer and choreographer Jason Ignacio, the Fil-Am Ministry of All Saints Manassas, VA during curtain call of Simbuyo 2010.  With the theme, Kasarinlan, Kamalayan at Kasuotan, Simbuyo 2010 showcased Filipino culture and heritage through the performing arts and fashion.  Also joining Ambassador Gaa are Elder Robert Rich and Ms. Anne Santini of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  (Photo: Bing Branigin) END

The Philippine Embassy’s Singing Diplomats perform “Ikaw lang ang Mamahalin” and “Ikaw ang Mahal Ko” during Simbuyo 2010, held to commemorate the 112th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.  This is the first public performance of the Singing Diplomats (Left to right: Minister Ariel Rodelas Penaranda, Consul Arlene Magno, Vice Consul Angelito Nayan, Vice Consul Corina Apostol and Vice Consul Robert Borje).   A cultural concert presented by the Embassy of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc., Simbuyo 2010 carried the theme, Kasarinlan, Kamalayan at Kasuotan. (Photo: F. Calimlim FAIA)