Sunday, October 20, 2019

PH Showcases Resilience and Creativity at Chingay Parade 2019

Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019 

The Philippine Contingent during the Chingay Parade 2019 at the F1 Pit Building on 15 and 16 February 2019 with the theme “Dreams Funtasia (Bicentennial Edition). (Photo courtesy of Mr. Ton Garcia).

The Philippine Contingent performing a traditional war dance “Dance of the Pintados” during Chingay Parade 2019 (photo courtesy of Mr. Ton Garcia).

 

Young street dancers from the Eastern Visayas compose the Philippine contingent to Chingay 2019. The performers were all survivors of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Visayan region in November 2013.

Prior to the Philippine contingent’s performance, the local officials of Barugo, Leyte, headed by Mayor Ma. Rosario C. Avestruz (third from left), paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Yap (extreme right) at the Chancery on 14 February 2019. The local officials of Barugo, Leyte served as the chaperones of the dance troupe who are also their constituents. Also in the photo are SK President Jake Andrian C. Gerona and LEYTEAM Chairman and Founder Jan Kairel C. Guillermo (extreme left and second to the left, respectively).

The Philippines proudly displayed its rich and colourful culture as well as its resilience amid adversity during the Chingay Parade 2019 which was held on 15-16 February 2019 at F1 Pit Building, Singapore. The theme for this year’s parade is “Dreams Funtasia.”

The Chingay Parade, Singapore’s annual national event, is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia.  Singapore President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended this year’s event. The street extravaganza showcased the dynamism of Singapore’s multicultural society.

The Philippine contingent, composed of 100 youngsters from the Eastern Visayas region aged between 14 and 25, performed the traditional Filipino war dance called “Dance of the Pintados.”  Their performance was considered one of the highlights of Chingay and was well-applauded by Singapore government officials, diplomatic corps, foreign and local guests.

According to Mr. Jan Kairel Guillermo, artistic director and founder of LEYTeam that spearheaded the Philippines’ participation in the Chingay, “their dance demonstrated how they rose above the tragedy to emerge stronger.”  All the performers were survivors of Typhoon Haiyan which brought devastation to the Eastern Visayas region in November 2013.he Philippines’ participation in the Chingay this year coincided with the celebration of the the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Singapore,” Ambassador Joseph del Mar Yap said.

The performance of the Philippine contingent was also their way of conveying their gratitude to Singapore, which provided humanitarian assistance to the region affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Aside from the Philippines, foreign contingents from China, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea and Japan also joined the parade.

After the weekend parade, the Philippine contingent again performed on 17 February at Singapore’s Chinatown district to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.