UPAABC Holds Annual Balagtasan Event

  • Page Views 1233
  • After a year of an online Balagtasan event due to the pandemic, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in BC in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver held its annual Balagtasan event in person. Entitled, “Balagtasan, Kundiman, Harana, Tula at Sayawan – Ikapitong Yugto”, the event was held at the Praise International Church in Surrey and was sponsored by SunLife Canada and La Meza Grill. Consul General Maria Andrelita Austria gave a speech on the importance of the celebration of Buwan ng Wika, and quoted Manuel Quezon’s poem about the beauty of the Filipino language.

    The show featured the poetry of Cliff Belgica, who hails from the Ifugao province, as well as poetry from Ahmed Tillah III who rendered one in a song form in Tausug. The oft-awaited Balagtasan debate was written by Bella Balisi-Bevilacqua and the two debaters featured were Art Fabian and PNC-Balitang Vancouver’s  Juville Hipol. A dance was performed by the United Masskara Association, while Christina Aquino of the Philippine Consulate in Vancouver rendered a song. The UPAABC Choir, which was composed of a few alumni of the UP Concert Chorus, was led by Ruby Cortes and sang some kundiman songs. The Friends, Apothic and Music (FAM) presented a hilarious look at the art of the Harana, complete with a facade of a bahay kubo as props. Master Shishir Inocalla and his son Jesse and a student did a demonstration of  Philippine Martial Arts, and announced that he is working towards making the sport an official sport in Canada. The event was completed with guests being treated to a baon/bugong of asado rolls, ube cakes and chocnuts with their Paradise juices as a thank you for their attendance.

    Other sponsors of the event included Raycel Fortaleza (Realtor), Paradise Juices,Cansel,T1 Mobile, as well as organizations UFCABC and the Fil-Canadian Cultural Heritage Society. The event was also sponsored by many of its members, such as wellness doctor Dr. Iris Radev.

    The annual event is a showcase of Philippine literature, song and dance, and is in its seventh year.

     

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 28 January 2023
      5 days ago No comment

      Tinig Migrante By E Maestro

      Minister Fraser’s Pathway Announcement: “Disappointing” Migrant organizations, migrant justice advocates, allies, and the thousands of undocumentedmigrants all across Canada still have to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliver onthe promise he made on December 16, 2021 to create a regularization program that willensure regularization for undocumented migrants and permanent ...

    • 27 January 2023
      5 days ago No comment

      Hop on to the Year of the Rabbit

      Welcome to the Lunar Year of the Water Rabbit! On Jan. 25, let’s wish formerpresident, the late Cory Aquino, a very happy birthday in heaven! Rabbits are cute, cuddly, joyful furry creatures and many believe to be superproductive, too. They reproduce fast, which makes them ideal to breed for ...

    • 20 January 2023
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Wala siyang ginawang mali’: Shamcey Supsup on Celeste Cortesi, Miss Universe Philippines future plans

      MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup commended Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi for a job well done at the recently concluded 71st Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up also stressed that Celeste should be proud of herself and that the Philippine ...

    • 20 January 2023
      2 weeks ago No comment

      The Menu (PG) *** Running time: 1h 47m Bon Appetit! By Robert Waldman

      Dine out on the antics displayed in The Menu. Now be honest, who doesn’t like to go toa nice restaurant for a good meal? All of us like to be wined and dined. Only the guestswho sign up for The Menu get just a little more than they bargained ...

    • 20 January 2023
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Liza Soberano is moving to LA

      Liza Soberano is moving to Los Angeles, California.This she shared through Filipino–American makeup artist Patrick Starrr’s mostrecent vlog where she underwent a transformation as Miss Universe.When Patrick asked why she is moving to the City OF Angels, Liza explained it’s a careermove.She said: “That’s just because it is much ...

    %d bloggers like this: