Virtual show presents Filipino ancestors’ journey

The Ateneo Chamber Singers will perform in the Floy Quintos-directed virtual concert, ‘Of Balanghai and Galleons: Journey Towards Nationhood’.

Audience of the upcoming virtual concert at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds will go back in history to witness the journeys and influences that shaped our culture today. The Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in partnership with SM Cinema Drive-in, will stage a virtual dance concert, “Of Balanghai and Galleons: Journey Towards Nationhood” on June 26, 7:00 p.m. at MOA’s SM Cinema Drive-in.

A project of the Filipino Heritage Festival, the show begins with the time of the Austronesian settlers, through the establishment of the island Kingdoms that dotted the archipelago, all the way to the mighty Galleon Trade that linked the Philippines to Spain.Through dance pieces, tableaux, and original music, the journeys of our ancestors come alive in a one-hour virtual dance concert; a newly-edited version of the 2018 cultural concert “Journeys on a Galleon”. It aims to expand the original production which was focused on the Galleon Trade into a show that commemorates the Circumnavigation of the World.Written and directed by Floy Quintos, the show will feature the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, The UE Silanganan Dance Troupe, Philippine Ballet Theater, and The Ateneo Chamber Singers. Choreography is by Gener Caringal set to original music by Jesse Lucas. There will be a narration of historical vignettes by Jeremy Domingo. 

Source: Manila Standard