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ANN ARBOR – The Philippine Arts and Culture Ensemble of Michigan (PACE-MI) will stage its first annual Philippine cultural presentation on June 20, 2015 at 6:30pm at the St. Francis Church Parish Activity Center in Ann Arbor.

The presentation entitled Ugnayan ng Ating Kultura (Linkages of Our Culture) is a celebration of Philippine traditional music, songs and dances featuring members of PACE-MI with special participation by Filipino-American artists.

The program will showcase PACE-MI’s ensembles — namely, Kulintang, Rondalla and Folk Dance.  The Kulintang ensemble will perform music and dances from southern Philippines. The Kulintang music will include Duyug, Kanduro Pampang, Binalig, and Badbad, and the ethnic dances to be presented will be Asik and Singkil.

The Rondalla ensemble will entertain the audience with Bahay Kubo, Dandansoy, O Ilaw, Naranyag A Bulan and Leron Leron Sinta.  The Folk Dance ensemble will present native dances Salakot, Itik-Itik, Sayaw sa Bangko, Carinosa and Tinikling with live Rondalla ensemble music.

Featured Filipino-American artists will include Dr. Christi-Anne Castro, associate professor of ethnomusicology and director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at the University of Michigan.

Doctor  Castro, main Rondalla instructor for PACE-MI, will perform with the Rondalla ensemble.  Elizabeth Ordinario Weil, lyric soprano and Kulintang program director, will sing Diwata ng Pag-Ibig and Lulay.

Roy Coloma, concert pianist and long-time piano teacher, will perform Buencamino’s Inday and Damdamin on the piano, while Patricia Sorra Cabuena, cantor and choir member at St. Francis Church, will sing Sa Ugoy ng Duyan.

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PACE-MI is a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Ann Arbor. Its mission is to provide community-based programs and resources on Philippine arts and culture.  Its main focus is on learning and teaching Philippine arts and culture with the use of string and gong instruments that accompany Philippine folk dances and songs.

PACE-MI has three executive directors with performance expertise in Kulintang, Rondalla and Folk Dance.  The newly formed Rondalla component was inspired by Michael Dadap, classical guitarist and conductor/music director of the Children’s Orchestra Society in New York, and his former student, Doctor Castro.

Dr. Quirico Samonte, professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University and PACE-MI Advisory Board member, envisions that “PACE will continue to be active in sharing and in conserving those aspects of Philippine culture that have entertained and enlightened us in this part of Michigan. To continue this legacy, it is important to recruit and involve young participants who will carry on this fine tradition.”

For more information about this cultural event or PACE-MI, interested individuals or parties are asked to call Benita Murrel at (734) 213-1948, Joet Reoma, (734) 972-8875 or email at [email protected]