BENEFITING: KAYAMANAN NG LAHI PHILIPPINE FOLK ARTS
ORGANIZER: KAYAMANAN NG LAHI PHILIPPINE FOLK ARTS
As you are now familiar, I have been a part of the Kayamanan Ng Lahi family for 14 years. Established in 1990, Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts is a critically acclaimed non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California. Under the leadership of Joel Jacinto, Barbara Ele and Ave Jacinto, Kayamanan is committed to presenting, promoting and preserving the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music...to entertain, educate and enrich. Kayamanan's artistic approach is based on anthropological research, resulting in a strong and appropriate translation between traditional folk and folkloric Philippine dance and music forms and styles - from the village to the stage. Noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and music ensembles. Kayamanan has received numerous accolades including L.A. Times' description of one of the group's concert as " ...consistently exciting and a triumph of enlightened cultural preservation.”
KNL is turning 25 this year (just like me!), and we are kicking off the quarter century celebration with our newest production - MANA…the inheritance of the ancestral spirit in cultural dance and music. In the Philippines, the word mana refers to the cultural and material inheritances passed on from ancestors. In Hawai’i mana is the spiritual energy that can exist in everyone, everywhere and everything. Though separated by an ocean and distinctive histories, the connections between the two cultures are uniquely presented through dance and narratives, revealing the ancestral ties that that lay beneath each aesthetic styles. Whether it be something we touch to something we feel, the shared spirit of mana is in us all defining and strengthening us as keepers of our heritage and cultural heirlooms. MANA features Kayamanan’s first-time collaboration with Na Hoku Hanohano awardees, Patrick Landeza (a contemporary Hawaiian slack key guitarist) and Abe Lagrimas Jr. (a versatile multi-instrumentalist and accomplished ukulele musician). Kayamanan’s MANA will premiere at JACCC on March 21 as part of the Aratani World Dance Series and then debut on the world stage at the 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai’i.
I am very excited and honored to have been granted the opportunity to participate in the Merrie Monarch Hula Dance Competition in Hilo, Hawai'i in April 2015. The Merrie Monarch Hula Dance Competition in April of 2015 honors the legacy left by King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of hula traditions, native language, and the arts. The week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, a crafts fair, an art show, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town. Kayamanan has been granted the great honor to perform at the opening ceremonies as a guest performer to share the culture of the Philippines.
We are extremely proud to send at least 40 dancers and musicians to the festival, and each member spends about 10-15 hours each week preparing for the festival. Your donation will lend greatly in achieving our mission to preserve, promote and present the richness and diversity of our culture to the world stage. What I've devoted to Kayamanan over the past 14 years, the organization has given back to me ten-fold. Kayamanan has truly become a second family to me; over the years the members have witnessed me grow as an individual and as a member of the organization. I have inherited so much mana from the members, learning to embrace my culture and heritage with open arms.
I normally do not ask for donations for our organization, but I would like to do what I can to pass on the mana I inherited to the next generation. Your donation will help me accomplish this goal by funding projects like Merrie Monarch, hosting the regional Philippine Dance and Gathering Workshops in the spring, our 25th anniversary celebration, updating our material culture, and sending members to the Philippines for training - just to name a few.
I hope to raise funds to give back to the organization that has given me so much, and I am asking for your support. Your tax-deductible contribution will help fund these once in a lifetime opportunities. The proceeds will go directly to the organization.
Whether your donation be $1, $50 or any denomination in between, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity from the bottom of my heart! If you are interested in supporting to our group by purchasing a ticket to our Mana concert in March, here is the link to additional information regarding the concert: http://www.festivalofsacredmusic.org/kayamanan-ng-lahi/. If you are unable to attend or donate, you can still assist us by simply liking our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kayamanan-Ng-Lahi/32161706256) and sharing it with your loved ones.
Maraming salamat! Mahalo!