Bayanihan, the national
folk dance company of the Philippines won the second
time the Gold Temple Award, the Absolute Gold Award for
over all best in dance, music, costume and production at
the 50th Festival Internationale del Folklore and 60th
Sagra del Mandorio in Fiore held in Agrigento, Sicily
on February 9-13, 2005.
"Voyage for Love and Peace." a Muslim Suite
and original Bayanihan dance piece, bested all the Gold
Temple Awardees for the past 50 years who competed for
the festivalís Golden Anniversary Gold Temple Award.
The Bayanihan scroed the double win when its dancer Tina
Martinez also copped the Primavera trophy for
outstanding beauty, grace and intelligence among the
It will be recalled that
Bayanihan first won the much coveted Gold Temple Award
in February 2002. The Gold Temple Award is a replica in
heavily built gold of an ancient temple in Sicily, the
archaeological capital of Italy. In 1999 the company
also won the award for best traditional costume. The
Agrigento Festival is among the oldest and most
prestigious folklore festivals in Europe.