Tanglaw Newsletter

TANGLAW NO. 22

FROM THE CULTURAL FRONT

By Amanda Kalb

I am extremely excited about our cultural program these days and there certainly are many reasons to be. First and foremost, of course, is the fact that I'm no longer the Association's Treasurer, which hopefully, will give me more time to concentrate on what I love to do to begin with . . . to teach and choreograph dances for PAMAS. This is now my primary job as the Second Vice-president in charge of the Association's Cultural Program. Another reason for my being so happily optimistic about our program is that there seem to be a flickering light at the end of the proverbial tunnel in our ever-present search for a venue in which to train and rehearse our dancers. We've used the function hall at St. John's church in Quincy, MA a couple of times already but hopefully, we can arrange for its use on a more permanent basis.

At this time, I would like to welcome our new dancers, Helen Louderback of Nashua, NH, Wina Shaw of Worcester, MA, sisters Charlene and Leizl Pascua of Quincy, Gerry Plant from Hanson, MA, and the return of some veterans, such as Michelle Chiefe of Randolph, MA and Edith Ramel of Hyde Park, MA. Welcome and break a leg, people! Just in time too, the "Big Kahuna" has been pushing for another cultural variety show in the coming Spring.

Just a sense of what we've been doing in terms of cultural expressionism, we have our usual share of performances to start the new fiscal year with. We danced during our Induction and Scholarship Awards Night last July 15th at Lantana in Randolph. A couple of new dances by the PAMAS Dance Troupe debuted this evening, the "Oyayi" and the "Gambut" of the Tiboli Tribe of the Philippines. This was followed by a performance at the August Moon Festival in the heart of Boston's Chinatown; the annual gig for the U. S. Post Office's South Station's Multi-Ethnic Festival; a fundraisher performance for the Filipino-American Society of New Hampshire in Nashua; a first-time performance during the Diversity Day celebrations at the U. S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, MA. Then there was the unveiling of another newly choregoraphed, uniquely PAMAS dance, the "PAMAS Variada De Bailes", during the recent Philippine-Miss PAMAS Coronation Night last November 25th.

Upcoming performances include two major bookings. First, we have been contracted to open up the First Night Worcester celebrations with a 30-minute performance at 1:00 PM, then, for the 3rd year in a row, on to the First Night Quincy performances of two 40-minute segments at the Fleet Bank Bldg. right across from our unofficial headquarters, the Shuttle Stop Carinderia! It's getting bigger, folks!

As I said in the beginning, we are looking to do a remake of "Ang Pagbabalik" at the Massachusetts College of Arts in the Spring as a fundraiser for the PAMAS Building Fund. So, if artistic expression is your thing, stick around, the PAMAS Dance Troupe is here to stay!

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