The Department of Tourism (DOT) is calling on foreign and local culture aficionados to experience Kultura Filipino, which features the Philippines’ traditional songs and dances as presented by the country’s top performing groups. Launched early this year by DOT, in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), Kultura Filipino is held every Tuesday and Thursday at Barbara’s Restaurant at the Plaza San Luis Complex, History Town Intramuros, Manila.
“With this unique attraction, we hope to highlight our multi-cultural heritage of as one of the main staples in a tourist’s itinerary,” said Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism.
Slated to perform in all Tuesdays of July is Sinukwan Kapampangan which will present Pampanga’s folk dances, while Sining Bulakenyo and Lahing Batangan will render Maglalatik, Sayaw sa Bangko, Singkil, La Jota Manileña, and other ethnic and rural dances in all Thursdays of the same month. Wearing sophisticated costumes and elaborate make-up, the members of the groups ease into their different roles effortlessly, amidst a backdrop of dramatic lighting.
“Kultura Filipino establishes Manila as a major cultural stop, as it will be one of the highlights in city tour packages offered by tour operators. We likewise urge interested groups to join us in our campaign to promote and preserve the Filipino artistry,” added Durano.
“As of now the project primarily features songs and dances. Although we are also exploring the possibility of using it as a venue for exhibits in sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and cinema among others,” according to Undersecretary Eduardo Jarque, Jr., DOT Tourism Planning and Promotions.
Director Elizabeth F. Nelle, DOT Office of Product Research and Development said, “With the country’s different regions tapped to participate in Kultura Filipino, the audience can expect a colorful presentation from a whole spectrum of different traditions and performing arts.”
Holding these exemplary shows within the walls of Intramuros also adds an atmosphere of historic and old world charm, said Nelle.
Performances are held at Barbara’s Restaurant, Intramuros. Packaged at a special introductory rate of P495 per person, the show includes a dinner buffet.