Michaelinians Engage at 1st Folkdance Workshop

Excitement filled the hearts of the Michaelinian participants in the 1st Folkdance Workshop launched by the SPC Education Ministry on April 15-17, 2016 at Saint Paul College Pasig (SPCP), Pasig City.
Two Paulinian schools attended the said workshop – Fr. Louis Chauvet Foundation School (FLCFS) and Saint Michael College (SMC). The team was composed of ten high school students, namely: Jesse Kenneth D. Yparraguirre, Bonifacio P. Sanchez, III, Ian Khen L. Alegado, Debbie A. Reyes, Earon John I. Biol, Ilyka Jean D. Sionzon, Kathleen E. Yparraguirre, Jasmine Rose B. Beldad, Jeanette G. Ortega and Franzen Pearl A. Cruiz. The students were accompanied by Mr. Nico Michael D. Huelma, High School Student Affairs Moderator.
During the first day of the workshop on April 15, Mr. John Christopher Mesana, a teacher from Saint Paul College Parañaque, member of Philippine Folk Dance Society and dance mentor of the said workshop, gave a short orientation about Folk Dance. Warming up and learning the basic fundamental steps followed. The SPC Parañaque Dance Troupe, known as Pas de Tous assisted the dance trainor. After lunch, the group started practicing the folkdances Subli and Idudu. After executing the two folkdances, the group had dinner and went back to their run-ons.
April 16 was another beautiful day for the delegates. The team had their breakfast first and later proceeded to the SPCP auditorium for the continuation of workshop that started with a warm-up to energize the delegates. Afterwards, a recap of the steps given the previous day was done by everyone. Rehearsing Lanceros de Tayabas followed. Every participant gleefully executed the steps with gusto. After lunch, the fourth and final folkdance, Kinakulangan was practiced. Then, the group had their quick break and went back to their run-ons after.
On the last day, the Pas de Tous Dance Troupe presented various Philippine Folkdances during a short program at the SPCP Auditorium. The SMC Dance Troupe also performed Polka sa Nayon and showed the audience their best interpretation of the said folk dance.
The whole event was indeed remarkable. The delegates learned the importance and true essence of Philippine Folkdances aside from learning the basic steps and the four folk dances.

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