Manila, Philippines–The UP Manila Indayog Dance Varsity (Indayog) held their annual
benefit concert, Sayaw Manila, last February 27 and 28, 2016 at St. Cecilia’s Hall in St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. The event had a full house attended by roughly 2,000 people.
This year’s Sayaw Manila, as suggested by the title “Isyu”, focused on the different social issues in the Philippines. Ten pieces were choreographed to carry the theme: “Leksyon”, which showed the realities of Philippine education; “Antala”, which presented the deplorable transport system in the country;“Balikbayani”, a piece which centered on the stories of Filipino workers abroad and their families; “Giniling”, which revealed the rampant prostitution in our very soil and the factors that triggered this activity; “Diskoneksyon”, which put into foregroundthe negative effects of technology; “Babae”, a piece which advocated women empowerment and gender equity; “Pab*b*”, which exposed the seeming dumbing down of contemporary media;“Lumad”, which represented the silent battles of the indigenous people;“Upuan”, which highlighted the flaws in Philippine public administration; and“Hikahos”, which depicted the everyday fight of an ordinary Filipino to make ends meet.
College-based dance groups also shared the stage with Indayog namely: SinAg, Synergy, MedRhythmics, PHAC, Saliwan, Pharmakinetics, and UP Manila Belle. The WF Squad, UPLB Street Jazz Dance Company, Airdance, TPM, Unschooled, *The ADDLIB, and Danz Edge also performed to support Indayog in its 12th year of giving back to the community.
Our nation will always be challenged by social issues, but we can all do our part to somehow ease the situation we are in. It starts with you. It’s you. ISYU.
Sayaw Manila 12: Isyu was made possible by John Robert Powers, Renew Placenta, iflix, Hawk, Rexona, and Fly Health Hub. Official media partner is Dance PH.
by Mai Kasilag
Photos by by Axl Ofrecio, Jara Rogacion, Marc Olan, Remigio Cabildo, and Jilian Villafuerte
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