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Alba Iulia
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Celebrating mateship and bayanihan through traditional Filipino dance

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The celebration of traditional Filipino culture in the form of dance is a rare and unique sight in the wider Australian community. During the recent celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Philippines-Australian relations in Perth, the Filipino Australian Health Workers Association (FAHWA) actively presented a unique dance to promote Filipino culture.

FAHWA Dancers at Langley Park

FAHWA participated at the Barrio Fiesta 2021 at Langley Park, and Gala Night at the Crown Perth Grand Ballroom.

FAHWA members were able to perform to the public to manifest and express to the Filipino-Australian community and people with diverse background, the identity of the Filipinos as a people and to showcase the uniqueness and aesthetic value of Filipino dances in its authentic impression.

Barrio Fiesta at Langley Park, Perth

‘Silong sa Ganding‘ is a Maguindanao dance that is a favourite among royal courts. The dance is a very demanding dance of discipline because hand positions and placements required are very precise. Similar to other Bangsamoro dances, Silong sa Ganding is danced with the wrists turned in and out in a manner similar to the Kumintang. Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas (“Choose Philippines”) is a song which aims to promote local tourism by featuring the beauty of the Philippines. “Choose Philippines” showcases travel destinations, regional cuisine, local culture and the colourful fiestas and festivals in the country. The song is interpreted through dance movements showcasing a tranche of the rich culture of Filipinos with its cultural and traditional colourful costumes.

Filipino Australian Health Workers Association of WA

FAHWA is a group of health workers who actively carry out outreach programs and projects in Perth. The group often participates in community events to showcase Filipino and non-Filipino culture through dances and music.


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