Friends, partner artists and institutions of the Erehwon Center for the Arts gathered at the Tanghalang Behn Cervantes for the Center’s yearly celebration of dance and music.
In line with the founding of the Erehwon Art Council last November, this year’s Tugtog at Sayaw sa Erehwon is a baby step towards consolidating the Center’s artistic talents as it showcased performances by four artistic groups under the Erehwon Art Council—the Erehwon Dance Scholars, the Erehwon Rondalla, the Erehwon Chorale, and the Erehwon Jazz Orchestra.
The show also featured a foreign guest performer, the Ryu Dance Company from South Korea, courtesy of Bayanihan’s Fiesta Folkloriada 2018.
Fresh from their successful first dance concert in November, the Erehwon Dance Scholars performed “Pasikat na Baso,” “Binuyugan,” “Tinikling,” and “Karatong.”
The Erehwon Dance Scholars—composed of students from Batasan Hills National High School and Bagong Silangan High School in Quezon City—are passionate in promoting Philippine folk dances.
They are under the mentorship of trained folk dancers Dante Ballesteros, Roldan Bonifacio, and Janet Amor. The dance performance was accompanied by live stringed instrument music rendered by the Erehwon Rondalla, the newest addition to the Erehwon Art Council’s fold of artists.
Tugtog at Sayaw sa Erehwon is also a celebration of the Center’s participation in cultural exchanges of global magnitude.
The Center has brought a piece of “Fiesta Folkloriada 2018” to Quezon City, with the Ryu Dance Company from South Korea performing the opening number for Tugtog at Sayaw sa Erehwon.
Tugtog at Sayaw sa Erehwon 2018 welcomed the presence of University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters, Art Studies Department faculty member and award-winning book author Purissima (Petty) Benitez-Johannot and husband Daniel Henri Johannot; Doya Varela, who represented her husband and President of the Erehwon Art Foundation, Inc. Jess Varela; Erehwon Volume III author Laya Boquiren; Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Culture and Arts Officer Angelo Camus; and Gallery Genesis owners Ernie and Chichi Salas, and family.
Erehwon Center for the Arts CEO/Chairman Rafael Rivera Benitez was joined by the Erehwon Art Council members Chinggay Lagdameo, Bonifacio Ilagan, Prof. Neil Doloricon, Edgar “Egai” Fernandez, Pablo “Adi” Baens Santos, Antipas “Biboy” Delotavo, Jose “Al” Giroy, Jun Vicaldo, Boy Domiguez, Eghai Roxas, and Jun Impas, in hosting the event.