For the first time in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, the celebration of Al Cinco de Noviembre highlighted the country’s historic legacy through song and dance with the public performance of the Philippine National Folk Dance group - the Bayanihan Dance Company – at the Talisay plaza Monday.
With the partnership of Rep. Alfredo Benitez and the City of Talisay, through Mayor Neil Lizares, and the cooperation of Dr. Jose Francisco Benitez, chairman of the Bayanihan Dance Company and president of the Philippine Women’s University, the Bayanihan brought its “Teaching and Touching Lives” program, led by Suzie Benitez, trustee and executive director of the Bayanihan, together with 14 top Bayanihan dancers and musicians of the Bayanihan Rondalla, a press release said.
The Al Cinco de Noviembre program also featured performers from Colegio de San Agustin and the Kagayon Dance Troupe, champion of the contemporary dance competition of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Program coordinator was Rene Lacson, Talisay executive assistant for culture and arts.
Lizares and PWU president Benitez also led city officials, multi-sectoral leaders, and the Knights of Columbus in the commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies for the Talisay heroes of the Negros Day, at the monument of General Aniceto Lacson at Ayala North Point, the press release said.
The heirs of the Talisay 1898 revolutionary movement leaders, General Aniceto Lacson, General Simon Lizares, and Don Julio Diaz, were presented with tokens of appreciation by the Talisay City government.
Some 143 students, teachers, and choreographers from schools and barangays in Talisay City experienced the discipline and creativity, the energy and artistry of the Bayanihan as they conducted a dance workshop Nov. 4, at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay, the press release said.
The three-hour workshop also attracted participants from Bacolod, Victorias, Cadiz, and Kabankalan. It was capped off with a three-minute presentation by four workshop groups tutored by the Bayanihan team.
The workshop was opened by Dr. Benitez and Talisay assistant city administrator Ismael Penado, the press release added.*
back to top