Filipino dance group Bayanihan Folk Dance Company has given the Philippines another world class award, this time from the 60th International Folklore Festival in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.
This is the 3rd time the dance company has won the Golden Temple at the folk dance competition, the first one in 2002, and the second in 2005. They have competed with the dance companies of the counties of Bulgaria, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, and Ukraine.
The Bayanihan Dance Company bagged the “Tiempo d’ Oro” Award or the Gold Medal Award in the 70th edition of the week long competition called the Sagra del Mandorlo Festival in Agrigento.
Bayanihan Dance Company shared with GoodNewsPilipinas their thoughts after receiving the gold award, “Winning the competition gives one extreme pride in what our country can offer. We continue to gauge our success vis a vis the best companies in the world. We realize how talented our young people are, how passionate they can be for their art as well as pursuit of excellence through teamwork and cooperation.”
The Philippine dance company also shared that aside from preparing themselves physically and mentally daily, the group attributes their success to requested holy masses, prayers from family and friends, and blessings from the Chaplain so that their trip will be safe, smooth and successful.
The Bayanihan advises young Filipino dancers that although “there is no money in cultural endeavours such as this one, however the satisfaction of bringing pride to the Philippines and letting the world know of the beauty of the Philippines through music and dances is more than enough to actualize one’s dreams.”
The Bayanihan Folk Dance Group was originally established in the Philippine Women’s University and has since been recognized by Congress as the National Folk Dance Company.
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