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Philippine Daily Inquirer

Thursday, April 19, 2007

 
 
 

Bayanihan wins in  Folkloric Dance Festival in Spain

Manila Bulletin

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 
 

Cande Bayanihan, the national dance company of the Philippines founded by Chairman Emeritus Helena Benitez, won the Absolute Winner award Sunday, besting 50 dance groups from all over the world that joined in the international competition in the 12th World Folkdance Festival in Spain.

Palma de Mallorca, the major city on the island of Mallorca and the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain, is this year's host of he festival.

DR. HELENA Z BENITEZ

 

The World Folkdance Festival that started in 1985, is held every two years and is one of the most important festivals in Europe.  It was organized to join together various cultures.  Folkdance groups from all over the world gather to share their cultures with one another through dance and music.

The highlight of the festival is the international competition where excellent performances by the  dance groups with emphasis on the authenticity of their presentations are judged.

For its Hispanic journey, Bayanihan sent a 27-man delegation led by its directors Suzie Moya Benitez, Isabel Santos, Ferdinand Jose, and Melito Vale Cruz, The company flew to Madrid from Kingdom of Bahrain where they participated in the Spring of Culture Festival in Bahrain.

In May, 2004, Bayanihan was in Alava, Spain, to participate in a Folk Festival.  The  following month, the dance company performed during the Universal Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

 
 

Bayanihan wins at World Folkdance Festival

The Philippine Star

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 
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Bayanihan, the national dance company of the Philippines, bagged the Absolute Winner award in the 12th World Folkdance Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain last Sunday. 

The Bayanihan dance company bested 50 dance groups from all over world that joined in the international competition.

Palma de Mallorca, the major city in the island of Mallorca and the capital of city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain is this year’s host of the festival.

The World Folkdance Festival thatstarted in 1985, is held every two years and is one of the most important festivals in Europe.  It was organized to join together different and sometimes diverse cultures.  Folkdance groups from all over the world gather to share their cultures with one another through dance and music.  The highlight of the festival is the international competition where excellent

performance by the dance groups with emphasis on the authenticity of their presentations are judged. 
 

For its Hispanic journey, Bayanihan sent a 27-ma delegation to be headed by its directors Suzie Moya Benitez, Isabel Santos, Ferdinand Jose and Melito Vale Cruz.  The company flew to Madrid from the Kingdom of Bahrain.  In may 2004, Bayanihan was in Alava, Spain to participate in a Folk Festival.  The following month, the dance company performed during the Universal Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

 
 

World Winner

Business Mirror

Sunday, April 17, 2007

 
 
World winner, Bayanihan, the national dance company of the Philippines, bagged the much-coveted Absolute Winner award, besting 50 dance from all over the world in the recent 12th World Folkdance Festival in Palma de Mallorca in Spain.  Started in 1985, the festival is held every two years and is one of the most important in Europe.  Highlight of the festival is the international competition where excellent performance by the dance groups with emphasis on the authenticity of their presentations are judged.  Bayanihan sent a 27-man delegation, headed by its director Suzie Moya Benitez, Isabel Santos, Ferdinand Jose and Melito Vale Cruz, to Madrid from the Kingdom of Bahrain where they participated in the Spring of Culture Festival.
 
 

Philippines take top honours in World Dance Competition

MAJORCA DAILY BULLETIN

By Staff Reporter

PALMA

Sunday, April 15, 2007

 
 

The Bayanihan Arts Foundation of the Philippines took top honours at the World Folk Dance Festival which ended in Palma yesterday.  Bad weather forced the organizers to change the venue of the closing ceremony from the Sa Riera park to the fairs precinct at the airports former A Terminal. 

Second prize went to local group Aires d’ Andratx, while Eurasian Artists of Turkey came third. 

The first prize was 5,000 euros in cash, a trophy and a diploma.  Second prize was 4,000 euros and third prize 3,000 euros. 

The prizes in the dance, costume, children’s and music-chorus category were 1,500 euros, a trophy and a diploma. 

In the dance category first prize went to Veszprem Dance Ensemble of Hungary, second was Slanchev Bryag of Bulgaria and third was the Akragas Folk Dance of Italy. 

Rusga Tipica Da Correlha of Portugal took first prize for best costume, followed by Sergiani of Greece and Michanzaman of Peru. 

In the children’s category, Bellos Atardeceres of Puerto Rico were first.  Ananquiños of the Galician Centre in Majorca were second and Pereplyas of Russia were third. 

The children’s group Northern Lights and Dales of England won a special mention from the jury. 

The festival is the most important of its kind in the world, and 55 groups took part, although this year it was marred by the poor weather, which meant that the groups could not perform in the streets as often as originally planned. 

The jury was presided by Geraldine Ryan of Australia and comprised Vernice Strumia of Argentina, Gabriel Frontera Mestre of Spain, Therese van Altena-laurant of Holland, Cliff Jones of Wales and Dick van Vooren, the coordinator.

   

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