2012 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr.
Global Bayaning Pilipino - Europe
"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free
to follow his vision wherever it takes him."
-John F. Kennedy
LAHING KAYUMANGGI DANCE COMPANY
London, United Kingdom
The Philippines is known to have one of the most colorful culture, and this culture gives us pride as a people. It gives us a clear sense of who we are and where we came from. This is the driving force behind the Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company.
Lahing Kayumanggi is a cultural folk dance group specializing in the promotion and preservation of Philippine culture through performances and workshops. It arranges dance workshops at least twice a year and performs for various activities organized by the Philippine Embassy in United Kingdom and the Department of Tourism to promote the Philippines in various parts of Europe.
Through its workshops and performances, young British-Filipinos are given the chance to reconnect to their native language and the culture of their parents. Watching and learning from Lahing Kayumanggi provides them a link to their rich culture. Over the years, thousands of Filipinos and foreigners were awed and inspired by their performances, demonstrating the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines. They dance "to preserve for posterity music and folk dances indigenous to the different regions of the Philippines".
Aside from promoting awareness about the Philippine culture, they also help their members by establishing a welfare fund for them, especially to aid those who have financial needs. They also encourage members to participate and excel in cultural and recreational activities.
Being far away from home did not stop members of Lahing Kayumanggi to express their love for their country. This love for their culture drives them to preserve it and keep it alive for future generations to enjoy.
Dagdagan natin ang mga kwento ng kabayanihan!