PH Embassy in Qatar Brings Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group for a Night of Cultural Performance
DOHA 30 April 2019 — The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (ROFG) left foreign and local audience mesmerized during a performance dubbed as “Indayog ng Pilipinas: A showcase of Philippine Folkloric Dances” held at the Drama Theatre of the Katara Cultural Village Foundation in Doha, Qatar on 14 April 2019.
The 15-member dance troupe, which is one of the leading resident dance companies of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, regaled the audience with a repertoire of 13 Philippine ethnic dances performed to the tune of ethnic and tribal music, which was played live using Philippine traditional instruments like agong, bandorya, dabakan, gabang, gandingan, gitara, kulintang, octavina, sarunay, and singkil.
In his welcome remarks, Ambassdor to Qatar Alan L. Timbayan shared with the audience how the Philippine geographic make-up as an archipelago of 7,107 islands has strongly contributed to the evolution of diverse Philippine ethnic dances that are unique to each region and province in the country.
On the sidelines, the ROFG also conducted dance workshops at the Katara and performed a mini-cultural show at the Philippine International School Qatar (PISQ) on 15 and 16 April, respectively.
The visit of the ROFG in Doha was made possible through the collaboration between the Philippine Embassy in Doha, as part of its cultural diplomacy program, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), as part of its Sentro Rizal program, and the Katara. END