Pacific Asia Museum to Celebrate Things Filipino

Published : Monday, June 24, 2019 | 4:43 AM

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The University of Southern California’s Pacific Asia Museum will dedicate its Sept. 8 free second Sunday to all things, or some, Filipino.

Free Second Sunday at USC’s Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena will present Philippines Cultural Day on Sunday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Philippine Cultural Day, will feature a collaboration of performing artists from Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts, Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, and Rocksteady Rondalla.

Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts is a Los Angeles-based company of artists who interpret Philippine culture for Americans through dance and music performances.

In Tagalog, Malaya means “to be free.” For Filipino-Americans, Malaya represents the freedom to choose their identity and embrace their culture. It is dedicated to the enrichment and artistic practice of Filipino traditional folk dance in new and inspiring ways for future generations.

Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble (PKE) performs traditional gong and drum music from Muslim Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines. Members of the ensemble include ethno-musicologists and dance ethnologists who have conducted intense study with native practitioners in the southern Philippines.

Influenced by the local and world-renowned Rondalla Club of Los Angeles, Rocksteady Rondalla provides Filipino music accompaniment for cultural performances at numerous colleges and high schools. The band also performs at parties and community events.

Additionally, attendees can enjoy artmaking activities, docent tours, and storytime for kids.

Free Second Sunday happens every month at the museum and waves the admission fee for the day. Visit www.coloradoboulevard.net/philippines-cultural-day-is-coming-to-pasadena. The USC Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue.

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