The PHL Embassy in Brunei Darussalam hosted a Cultural Show featuring the Sining Kumintang ng Batangas, the official Cultural Performing Group of the Province of Batangas, on 21 May 2017, at the Embassy grounds in observance of the National Heritage Month. The performance of the Sining Kumintang also served as a kick-off activity in commemoration of the 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of PHL Independence this year. Said event was attended by around 180 guests, mostly coming from the Filipino community.
With the theme, “Malasakit Para Sa Pamana” (Care for Heritage), PHL Ambassador Meynardo LB. Montealegre highlighted in his message the recent signing of the PHL-Brunei Agreement on Cultural Cooperation during His Majesty The Sultan’s State Visit to the PHL last April; the very close cultural and historical affinity between the PHL and Brunei; and the Embassy’s appreciation for the assistance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in bringing to Brunei the Sining Kumintang ng Batangas.
As the main attraction, the Sining Kumintang ng Batangas performed a 40-minute repertoire of PHL folk and native dances which included the well-known Singkil, Pandango sa Ilaw, Tinikling, and Fiesta Filipinas, among others. The performance was well-received by the audience and they were impressed with the overall cultural production. The Filipino Community conveyed their appreciation to the Embassy for bringing the group to Brunei to entertain and remind them of their Filipino roots.
Following the Cultural Show, the Embassy treated the audience to a taste of Filipino cuisine including pansit guisado, biko, puto with cheese, and buko juice, among others, to the delight of the visitors. They also took photos around the Chancery, which had been adorned with woven products, such as the t’nalak, a textile produced by the T’bolis from South Cotabato, and the sinamay, which is woven from abaca, dyed or stiffened to produce decorative accessories, wall covering, draperies, and packaging materials, among others.
The PHL Embassy in Brunei, through its Sentro Rizal, will continue to work with the NCAA and PHL cultural performing groups in promoting Philippine culture, traditions and arts. END