June 18, 2018

Mindanao: The Legend of Tabunaway, Mamalu, and their Descendants; Concept, Choreography and Direction by Potri Ranka Manis

New York - During their 25th anniversary year, Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundation, Inc. will premiere Mindanao: The Legend of Tabunaway, Mamalu and Their Descendants at La MaMa E.T.C from June 21 to June 24, 2018, with concept, choreography and direction by Potri Ranka Manis. Mindanao The Legend will focus on the resilience of the indigenous peoples and the sultanates of the southern Philippines as passed through generations of oral tradition in the legend of the brothers Tabunaway and Mamalu.

Mindanao The Legend will bring you into the lives of Tabunaway and Mamalu, two brothers who nurtured the land through rituals that depict the cycle of life. Their colorful way of life is reflected through dance, chants, and the Kulintang gong music of the ancestral Mindanao tradition-bearers. Mountains and rainforests caught in the winds of fierce typhoons of this spirited land are brought to life through the power of scarves, apir (fans), and Silat martial arts movements. Woven into Mindanao The Legend, is the history of the Lumad and the Moro indigenous peoples who descend from Tabunaway and Mamalu. For centuries, the descendants of Tabunaway and Mamalu are repeatedly invaded and sieged by foreign forces. Yet, they remain steadfast and rise from the ashes as they uphold the undaunted spirit of their ancestors whose resilience keep them unconquered.

Mindanao The Legend will run from June 21 to June 24, 2018, at 7PM, with matinee shows on June 23-24 at 2PM for a duration of 2 hours with intermission. Watch it at the Downstairs at La Mama. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $10 first 10 tickets of each performance. For more ticket info, please go to www.lamama.org/mindanao or call (212) 352-2101.

To support the work of Kinding Sindaw, join us and other distinguished guests in the Premiere Benefit Night of Kinding Sindaw’s 2018 production, Mindanao, The Legend, on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 6:30 PM-10:00 PM, at La Mama ETC, 44 East 4th Street, New York, NY.  The Premiere Benefit Night will have a cocktail formal reception and an opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items.  To obtain tickets for the Premiere Benefit Night at $150 each, please go to http://lamama.org/mindanao/ or contact Malaika Queano at 917-817-3966 or email us at malaika@kindingsindaw.org
Kinding Sindaw created magic,” New York TIMES  

Kinding Sindaw (Dance of Light), founded in 1992 by Potri Ranka Manis, is renowned for its indigenous-led majestic dance theater productions which recreate the living traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and oratory of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines. Its repertoire is of the Iranun, T'boli, Maranao, Maguindanao, Yakan, Higaonon, and Tausug peoples of the southern Philippines. By asserting their arts and living traditions, the historical and contemporary stories of these peoples are brought to life.
For More information, visit: www.kindingsindaw.org.  Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @KindingSindaw

Dr. Jose P. Rizal 157th Birth Anniversary Commemoration in New York

June 5, 2018

Filipino American Youth Join March for Human Rights & Democracy, Call on Youth to Enact Change

New York, NY - On June 3, Kabataan Alliance joined Malaya Movement’s march for human rights and democracy at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City. The annual parade aims to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the independence of the Philippines from Spain.  But in a time when human rights are being violated, impunity reigns, and democracy has been stripped from us, how can we truly celebrate our independence and call ourselves free?

Kabataan Alliance joined the march to condemn Duterte’s de facto dictatorship and the vicious wars he is waging against the people and the youth. Alongside more than 400 people in Malaya’s contingent, Kabataan Alliance participated in a die-in in front of the parade organizers and Philippine government officials to symbolize the more than 20,000 deaths, including those of youth between the ages of 5 and 17, as a result of Duterte’s War on Drugs.  

Because it is easy nowadays to hide social media posts or change channels to avoid the news, we wanted make a bold statement that this is the reality of our kababayan back home in the Philippines and that they cannot turn their eyes away from that reality.

In addition to Duterte’s Drug War, over 400,000 people, including many children, have been displaced by the bombings in Marawi and ongoing martial law and heavy militarization in Mindanao. Duterte has also threatened to bomb schools for indigenous youth, accusing them of being rebel schools, while they are only being taught how to protect and sustain their lands.  

Threatened by any form of criticism, Duterte has also cracked down on activists and community leaders through political killings and illegal arrests -- including the arrest and imprisonment of Myles Albasin, the secretary general of youth organization Anakbayan Cebu.

As Filipino youth and students in the United States, we have an important role to play in fighting dictatorship.  We are inspired by the young Filipino activists in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s who took to the streets and protested the Marcos dictatorship and contributed to his ousting.  We see that our motherland is now under another dictatorship that we must resist.

Kabataan Alliance calls upon other Filipino youth in the United States to take part in the fight against tyranny and the killings.  As the inheritors of the future, we must participate in the movement for genuine democracy and uphold human rights in the Philippines.  We must be the change that Duterte has failed to be.

Kabataan Alliance will be joining Malaya Movement’s next action, the People’s State of the Nation Address (SONA ng BAYAN) on July 23, 2018 at 6:00PM outside the Philippine Consulate in NYC.