As President of Santa Clara University’s newly formed Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Chapter and former member of Kawayan Folk Arts, I’m really excited and proud to announce Makiling: The Lady in the Mountain.
Kawayan Folk Arts presents its 2010 full-length show, “Makiling: The Lady in the Mountain,” in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander Chapter of the SCU Alumni Association.
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Location: Louis B. Mayer Theatre at Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
View location via SCU’s campus map (corner of Franklin and Lafayette)
Tickets: Purchase through Brown Paper Tickets. (The first and only fair-trade ticketing company!)
Reception: All guests are invited to a free pre-show reception with Kawayan’s Board of Directors at 5:30pm. Light hors d’œuvres and a cash bar will be provided.
Kawayan was founded by a group of SCU alumni who grew close through years of Pilipino Cultural Night productions in college. I’m sure many of them learned a lot about their culture and heritage in those years (I myself can say I know the Pilipino national anthem!), and they decided to continue their commitments to Pilipino arts even into “the real world.”
Eventually Kawayan acquired non-profit status and is entirely run today by musicians, dancers, artists, and administrators volunteering their time to Pilipino folk arts.
For years, Kawayan’s leadership had been talking about producing a show that had a narrative to frame the song and dance. They wanted to create something that included more modern dance styles to intertwine with traditional performances.
Which brings us to now. The API Alumni are sponsoring Kawayan’s performance at SCU, and I cannot wait to see it! I know the group has been practicing and meeting on weekends and weeknights, in daytime and into the evening – and I know I always enjoy their shows. It’s like PCN: The Grown Up Years. Everything moved up a notch as Kawayan grew its family and built upon its foundations. If PCN is your first taste of beer, Kawayan is a fine wine.
I’ll be at the reception along with fellow API Alumni board members, and then I’ll shift gears to help usher you all to your seats. If you’ve been searching for inspiration to get off your puwet and do something with your after-work hours, I highly recommend this show. See you there!