About Barrio 2017: Pagkatuklas - Discovery
On April 1st, 2017, The Organization of Young Filipino Americans hosted the 29th annual Barrio Fiesta at the MLK Performing Arts Center, with the theme of “Pagkatuklas – Discovery.”
Discovering the fun-filled skit of Barrio, the members learn more about what it takes to put on the biggest show of the year. Quickly seeing how it is not easy to come together, the members find out that to organize the show, they would need some Barrio Magic.
Through hardship, hard work, and each other, they discover their culture and also themselves!
Various traditional dances included the annual Igorot, Sakuting, Polkabal, and more. To make Barrio even more special, each class also choreographed their own modern dances! Audience members, friends, and performers also gathered together in a Filipino potluck reception at the end of the show, where people could learn traditional dances such as Sakpaya (the bird dance) and Tinikling (bamboo stick dance).
Igorot is one of OYFA's biggest traditions. Showcasing a warrior side of Filipino tribal culture, the dance is a display of confidence and strength.
Polkabal is a Spanish influenced dance that is accompanied by a rondalla ensemble. Polkabal is also believed to be a combination of two old dances, the polka and the balse (waltz).
Although the Polkabal name includes balse, there are no waltz steps included.
The Sakuting dance is the Philippine folk dance that symbolizes a mock fight between two rival groups, the Ilocano Christians and non-Christians.
It is usually perfomed during Christmas time as dancers go from door to door.
Also known as the "bird dance," Sakpaya is a traditional tribal dance of thanksgiving for a good harvest.
The name is derived from the sakpaya birds that are commonly seen flying over the farms. Farmers saw the birds as
deities, and the dance originated from them mimicking the sakpaya's flight.
In Spanish, "malaguena" means "a woman from Malaga." However, the Malaguena dance is a lighthearted number
that the Malagan Spaniards brought to the Philippines. The version that we chose to represent uses many elbow-flapping movements as well
as spinning movements to showcase the dress' design.
Pandanggo Sa Ilaw is one of the most iconic traditional Filipino dances. Featuring an intense display of balance and precision, the dance can either
be an all-female or partner dance.