PHL Embassy Welcomes Filipino Students Performing at International Folklore Festival




3 July 2013 Tel Aviv, State of Israel - The Philippine Embassy headed by Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge welcomed fourteen members of the Tarlac State University (TSU) Performing Arts Dance Troupe on 3 July 2013. The courtesy call was part of the group's ten day visit to Israel. The students who were accompanied by officials from TSU arrived in the country on 25 June 2013 to participate in the 28th International Folklore Festival 2013 held from 26 June to 4 July 2013. The annual cultural event is organized by MAATAF (The Israel Center for Encouragement of Cultural Exchange and Folklore). According to Mr. Zion Shlomi, Director of MAATAF, the TSU Performing Arts Dance Troupe was the first group from the Philippines to be invited to the festival since he joined MAATAF nine years ago.

During the visit, the Philippine Ambassador congratulated the students for being able to set foot on the country which is regarded by most Filipinos as the Holy Land. He also commended them for representing the Philippines in the International Folklore Festival and showcasing the uniqueness and diversity of Filipino culture, as well as the creativity and many talents of our artists.

Dressed in colorful Filipiniana costumes, the students regaled the Ambassador and the rest of the Embassy personnel with their rendition of the popular Kapampangan folk song Atin Cu Pung Singsing. Afterwhich, they performed the national dance Tinikling at the Embassy's Consular Section, to the delight of many consular applicants. The highlight of their Tinikling dance, however, was the Ambassador's joining the group, wowing the audience with his dancing skills.

The TSU Performing Arts Dance Troupe is composed of students selected from the various colleges of the university. Since 1994, the group has travelled to and performed in countries such as Malaysia, China (Hong Kong), Singapore, and Thailand. -- END --