MANILA – The national dance company of the Philippines has emerged victorious in an international competition in Brazil.
Bayanihan won the first prize at the first Federation of International Dance Festivals (FIDAF) Brazil World Championship.
At second place is Mexico, with Russia and Slovakia winning the People’s Choice and Special Jury Prize awards, respectively.
State-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported that the group’s performance piece titled “Muslim Mosaic” garnered a standing ovation from the crowd, on top of their other presentations such as “People Under the Sun” and “Call of Lumads.”
“The dance companies had more than 35 dancers, but Bayanihan only had 10 dancers and 5 musicians. But the organizers insisted we be in the competition,” Bayanihan executive director Suzie Moya-Benitez told PNA.
She added that the win makes Bayanihan “the first folk dance champion in the Americas.”
The FIDAF, which attracted performing arts groups from Europe and Latin America, is part of the 15th International Folklore Festival in Nova Prata, Brazil.