Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre to Host Traditional Philippine Dance and Music Performance

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: Adults (18 and over) $15 Seniors (62 and over) $12 Children (17 and under) $10

The  U. S. Premiere in May 2012 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center is followed by this performance at El Campanil Theatre.

TAGABANUA, a dance interpretation conceptualized, designed and choreographed by Jay Loyola featuring traditional music by a Philippine indigenous tribe in Palawan with performances by dance and musical artists of the bay Area.

Taga Banua is a Palawano word that means “from the village.” Loyola created the concept in 1998 as a way to incorporate native dance forms to assimilate his art to people’s lives and the importance of the community to strengthen cultural identity. The project fulfills Loyola’s passion for dance and sharing these art forms with the world as he continues to work untiringly towards the refinement of Philippine dance into its highest disciplined form and as well as the preservation of Philippine traditional dance forms – by continually exploring interdisciplinary collaborations in his advocacy for peace and equality.

The piece will be narrated by the artists through dance and music, leading the audience on a journey through sounds and rhythms set against a backdrop of a Palawan indigenous village. This work will integrate original indigenous music and chants from the Philippines. The dance and music composition will incorporate Palawan rituals and shamanic percussive rhythm structures which will be integrated with the compositions of the performing artists.

Alab ng Puso” is a dance that explores the meaning, perception, and exploration for beauty and understanding. Inspiration came from the simple, yet profound lyrics of Lupang Hinirang the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julian Felipe, with lyrics in Spanish adapted from the poem Filipinas, written by José Palma in 1899.

The performance features the World Premiere of Jay Loyola’s new work inspired by Lucrecia Reyes- Urtula’s “Lemlunay Festival”” The piece is collaboration with award-winning Philippine composer Tony Castro and will be performed to live instrumentation by American Center of Philippine Arts. The program will also include “Mindanao Pageantry” (1994) “Philippine Panorama” (1990).

You will have the opportunity to see the talented young dancers of the ACPA SEED program.

About the American Center of Philippine Arts

Our mission is to provide a unique educational and developmental platform for multidisciplinary Philippine arts through innovative hands-on classes, collaborations, networking opportunities, and showcasing events. We strive to nurture both traditional and progressive Philippine arts to strengthen our community and ethnic identity. 

Jay Loyola, along with trained dancers, instructs youth on basic steps in Philippine Folk Dance and applies it to choreography and the stage. Philippines history and culture will also be emphasized. Each class is designed with the student in mind for natural progression and growth.

Artistic Director & Co-Founder – Jay Loyola

For almost two decades, Jay Loyola has created dance pieces performed by cultural groups in the Philippines, Asia and Europe. His dance method have garnered respect form his peers as he emerged as the Bay Area’s ingenious  dance practitioner with choreographies motivated through immersions in Philippine indigenous tribes. He has significantly contributed to Bay Area’s multicultural landscape by performances at major venues such as Palace of Fine Arts, and Cowell Theater as well as festival events like San Francisco Ethnic Festival, Pistahan Festival, and Filipino-American Arts Exposition that have been attended in by more than 150,000 audiences who yearn to experience a genuine Philippine dance experience.

Tickets May Be Purchased in Advance at the Ticket Office 604 W. Second Street – next door to the Theatre – Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and one hour before showtime or by phone at (925) 757-9500 or online at

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