Kilusan Shines Light on Overlooked Part of History

The city of Stockton is defined by its many cultural hubs, one of which being the Filipino community that has thrived here since the 1930s. Filipino culture has blossomed at Pacific as well, being demonstrated through the 21st annual Pilipino Cultural night on March 25th, 2017, by the Kilusan Pilipino Club.

The show had two performances, at 1 pm and 6 pm, in the UC Ballroom of the DeRosa University Center.

The show was titled “This is Our Shot,” and included a two act play about two Filipina teenage sisters living under the martial law of the former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who became infamous for his brutal and corrupt rule under martial from 1972 to 1981 and continued to stay president until 1986.

Along with the play, several performances were showcased between the scenes capitalizing on Filipino culture.

The show was a fusion of both cultural performances and modern dance. Part of the welcome included the PCN Choir who performed both the American and Philippine national anthems, demonstrating the unity of both cultures along with their mission to “use our voice to musically set a mood and connect the audience to the important story that is happening on stage.”

Some of the cultural dances included the national dance of the Philippines, Tinikling. Tinikling involves the beating and clapping of large bamboo poles accompanied by the dancers quick and complicated foot movements.

Another captivating performance was Binasuan, which includes dancers balancing water-filled glasses while performing intricate moves. The dance is most commonly performed at weddings and festivals, being quite entertaining as the dancers move without spilling the water.

The modern dances included the Cha Cha, a ballroom dance with Spanish origins. The dance follows the “ladies first” rule, with the men matching the women’s movements.

Additionally, Kilusan Pilipino’s dance crew “Hooligans” performed an urban piece. The dance crew aims to “provide a healthy, welcoming environment where people can feel comfortable to dance regardless of the dance experience they may have.”

Other dances included the Vinta, Maria Clara, Kadtubaw, Kuntaw, Kapagapir, Singkil, and Uyaoy/Uyauy. The intricacy of the choreography and detail of the costumes exhibited the months of hard work that Pacific’s Kilusan Pilipino Club put into making PCN a memorable show.

The plot of the play was both riveting and deep, touching on a topic few are familiar with and highlighting the importance of standing up for what is right. The myriad performances illustrated the colorful Filipino culture; a community that stands out both on Pacific’s campus and Stockton itself.

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