Creators

Created & Conceived by Alleluia Panis
Artistic and Executive DirecAPtor, is the driving force behind Kulintang Arts, Inc. (Kularts) and the Alleluia Panis Dance Theater (APDT). She is an artist who is at home in both Pilipino tribal & traditional arts and American contemporary forms. She has received grant awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Langton Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission‐Individual Artists, Creative Work Fund and Gerbode Foundation.
She has created fifteen full‐length dance theaters works since 1980, which have been performed on main stages in the US, Europe and Asia. In 2012 she collaborated with Cherrie Moraga in the world premiere of New Fire produced by Brava Theater Center and Jeannie Barroga in Buffalo’ed produced by San Jose Stage. She was the Managing Director for Brava Theater Center and ODC Theater. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

 

Composer: Florante Aguilar
FAFlorante Aguilar is one of the leading figures championing Philippine music art forms in the US and international markets today. Born in Manila, Aguilar grew up in Cavite province where he learned to play the octavina in a rondalla group. By 16 he was enrolled at the University of the Philippines College of Music where he was trained as a classical musician. He later moved to NY under scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory for Music.
His constant search for a tradition‐based contemporary Filipino sound led him to champion harana music ‐ songs used in the now‐vanished Filipino courtship ritual of serenading, and the subject of the award‐winning 2012 documentary, Harana: The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade, which he wrote and produced with his wife and partner, Fides Enriquez. Aguilar has released several CD albums under the private label New Art Media. He recently composed the original sound score for Kulart’s commissioned dance theater work, Maseg: Typhoon.

 

Videographer: Wilfred Galila
WGWilfred explores and exploits various media for making art and telling stories. As a filmmaker his works have been screened at the 23rd & 26th annual LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Asian Art Museum in SF. His writing has been published in Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild, an anthology of short prose and poetry by Filipino American writers. He has contributed photography, prose, and has designed covers for the Milvia Street Art and Literary Journal of Berkeley City College. He is the co‐founder and co‐publisher of and contributor to the Berkeley based zine Something Worth Revising.
He is also known to explore sound and make music integrated with video. He is the lead artist for Kodakan: Pilipinos in the City project where the diverse identities of Filipinos in SF are explored and made visible through still and moving images.

 

Performers

Alexandria Diaz De Fato | Salima–  inspired by the characteristics of  a volcano’s calm exterior and fierce fire core, who can create earth/soil where life can grow. She is a character composite of several friends of Pinoy and other Asian, Latin American and African descent, who are gifted with the responsibility of seeing worlds beyond this physical one. Energies/entities they often call ‘ancestral spirits’. They describe this heavy gift, the ability to commune with ancestors. They struggle to keep balance particularly in the American society who view this ‘gift’ as a condition— an illness to be cured with by medication.

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Alexandria embraces her ancestral roots, keeping culture alive through art. Growing up in L.A., she danced with Kultura Philippine Folk Arts while exploring world dance, classical ballet, contemporary dance, and hip hop. De Fato joined the inaugural B.F.A. dance program with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and has performed in LINES’ String Quartet, and the Moroccan Project. Featured in works by Gregory Dawson, credits include: Eclipsing Venus, Johannes Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (#22), Solid Soil Beneath Our Feet, and On the Way to 16th St BART. Other principal roles include: Julia Adam’s Guttenberg’s Galaxy; Kultura’s Dance, Rhythm, Harmony: Mabuhay!; Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre’s Ibig: Pulse of Desire and You Will Gonna Go Crazy; and Jay Loyola’s 2012 world premiere of Palau’an Bird Call‐ Huni Ng Tandikan, Tagabanua, and 2014 Maseg: Typhoon.

 

Gregory Manalo | Nico — His character is inspired by the symbiotic relationship of trees growing on mountains and volcanoes—trees holding the mountain.

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Greg is an Oakland native. He has performed with Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre in Ibig‐Pulse of Desire at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival; Cherrie Moraga’s La Semilla Caminante, produced by Intersection for the Arts; Jason Magabo Perez You Will Gonna Go Crazy; POMO 2008 with Brother’s Keeper; in The Renaissance, directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph; and Overseas Artists. In 2012, he performed in Brava Theater Center’s production of Cherrie Moraga’s play New Fire, San Jose Stage production of Jeannie Barroga’s Buffalo’ed. He performed in Jay Loyola’ s Palau’an Bird Call‐Huni Ng Tandikan and 2014 Maseg: Typhoon. His physical theater work is rooted in the Maestro Sonny Umpad’s Visayan Style Korto Kadena Eskrima System. By day, he is a Video Maker.

 

June Arellano | Adhara entity inspired by power of breath, wind and air.

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Ladislao “June” Arellano was born in Bataan, Philippines. Inspired by street dancing, television,and performances by the Bayanihan Dance Company, he joined countless school productions and dance competitions. He trained at the Philippine Women’s University and New York’s Broadway Dance School. He moved to SF and joined the Barangay Dance Company. He is a lead dancer in Parangal Dance Company since 2008 and performs in all of Parangal’ s major performances, including at the 6th Annual Las Vegas World Folk Dance Competition (2009), and at the SF Ethnic Dance Festival. He was a dancer for ODC Sandbox Dance Series and performed in Jay Loyola’s Tagabanua (2012), Palau’an Bird Call‐Huni Ng Tandikan (2012), Maseg: Typhoon (2014) & film Sayaw directed by Cecilio Asuncion.

 

Rebecca Fazio | Kimat entity inspired by power of lightning, electricity and fire.

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Rebecca was born and raised in San Francisco, she has dance training in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, aerial arts and ballroom. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University. She’s a core member of New Ground Theatre Dance Company since 2009 and competes in ballroom dance competitions including the International Grand Ball in 2013. She teaches and choreographs for the Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame de Namur University. She loves improvisational dance and to travel as well as experience different styles of dance from different cultures. She performed in Jay Loyola’s Maseg: Typhoon (2014).

 

Samantha ‘Sammay’ Dizon | Ragat entity inspired by oceans and sea.

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Sammay is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley and an alumna of Main Stacks Competitive Dance Team. Sammay is also known as the host of the Dance for Canswer workshop series. Her most recent performance credits include the role of Mercy in “Embark,” the Beholder of Light in “Turangawaewae,” and Amanda Ladensack in “Searching for Garland Jackson.” Having trained in Polynesian, modern, musical theatre, Hip Hop, contemporary, African diaspora, and urban dance—Sammay has been a young builder for the Bay Area urban dance community and extends her advocacy for cross‐cultural understanding and making progressive social impact through the arts. Sammay holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology, has two minors in Dance and Performance Studies and Global Poverty and Practice. She is teaching Hip Hop Dance at Spotlight Arts Academy of Dance and Music, is facilitating the writing process for UCB PAA’s Pilipin@ Cultural Night, and is pushing for the prioritization of cultural arts and inclusion of indigenous practices in contemporary society.

 

Jonathan Mercado | Ig entity inspired by fresh water of the lakes, rain and rivers.

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Jonathan Michael Mercado Originally from San Jose, he moved to San Francisco to enjoy a diverse and city‐oriented lifestyle. His Philippine folk dance experience includes SFSU’s Pilipino Cultural Night, and Barangay Dance Company. He was a featured performer in Jay Loyola’s Tagabanua, 2012 world premiere of Palau’an Bird Call‐Huni Ng Tandikan, 2014 Maseg: Typhoon, and film Sayaw directed by Cecilio Asuncion. He currently dances with Parangal Dance Company and Project M, an all‐male hip‐hop group. Mercado has passion and genuine love for dance, continually trying to grow and learn new dance styles to make him a wellrounded dance artist. “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

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