Fil-Am teens' 'tinikling with a twist' performance goes viral


Posted at Sep 22 2019 06:13 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2019 09:09 PM

MANILA -- They only wanted to pay tribute to their Filipino culture, but little did they know that it would catch the attention of people on social media.

California-based dancers Olivia Mendoza and Mireya Paulos wanted to pay tribute to their Filipino roots and decided to perform tinikling, a traditional Filipino folk dance they have seen their aunts and uncles perform in the past.

"It's just something super different. Not a lot of people, especially if you're not Filipino, have seen it before," Mendoza told NBC Los Angeles.

The performance was for Mendoza's 18th birthday celebration last August.

What made their tinikling dance stand out is the added a hip-hop song, "My Type" by rapper Saweetie, to their performance.

Snippets of the video caught the attention of Saweetie, who reposted it in her Instagram account.


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"Mahal ko ang kababayan kong Filipino (I love my Filipino people)," Saweetie wrote in the caption.

According to Mendoza and Paulos, the recognition inspired them to continue performing and sharing their tradition to Filipinos in the area.

Paulos, who also choreographed the performance, posted a video of it on her YouTube channel.

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