Sayaw! Batang RO or Batang Ramon Obusan 2 on Flickr.
Roxas Boulevard, corner South Drive, Manila
September 06 – October 06, 2011
Museo Pambata will showcase the collection children’s costumes of National Artist for Dance, Ramon Obusan. It will highlight various costumes, props and materials used for different folkloric dances.
Sept 17, 3pm, Mall of Asia
Sibod, an aspect of the culture of the highlands of Panay will be brought to SM MOA with the performance of UP College of Music’s Dr Christine Muyco and representatives of Panay-Bukidnon group.
Sept 17, 6 pm, Mall of Asia
35 Batang RO (Ramon Obusan) demonstrates boundless energy as they dance, play music of various ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines.
Sept 24, 6 pm, Mall of Asia
Gumboot dance performance by Museo Pambata child advocates with Nyko Maca.
About the Artists:
Batang RO (Ramon Obusan) is a group formed by National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan in 2002 as part of the expansion of his performing group. 35 kids from the communities around the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (ROFG) Center form the Batang RO.
The Children’s Advocacy Program of Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc., or better known as CAP has been part of the foundation since 2002. The program selects 15 children, who are between the ages of 7 – 12 and are residents of Manila, and trains them to be child advocates of the foundation through various workshops and learning sessions done in and out of the museum. This year, the children underwent various art workshops, from visual arts, theater, to music and dance. They were trained in hip-hop and street dancing by professional dancers and musicians from Germany through the Goethe-Institut, Alliance Francaise and Japan Foundation’s Rap In Tondo project, which has been running for two years now. The children have performed in B-Side, The Collective along with other children and professional dancers from Manila for the Rap In Tondo 2 culminating activity. They also recently went through a series of dance workshops on the South African Gumboot Dance with Ms. Nyko Maca.
Escola de Samba de Manila is the first and only such group in Manila that performs Afro-Brasilian drums and dance. Founded by Toni Bernardo, who is also its drum director, Escola de Samba have performed in the Philippine International Jazz Festival of 2006 as well as the World Pyrotechnic Show in 2005.
Nykó Macá. Distilling a deep passion for performance, the written, spoken and sung word, movement and sport, art and life, Nykó draws upon her United World College experience to bring the globe home to the Philippines. Having studied in McGill University she returned to Manila to pursue a career in the performing arts. As a multi-lingual vocalist she and her Brasil-inspired band GAFiEiRA are a soul, samba, and all-around funk movement. As Macaca, she credits the martial arts of Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with the orientation and way of living that sets her free to pursue her dream, as she dreams for all to do the same. She has performed in various venues around the country and abroad, and works to bring the Philippines to the world stage: A filipina who represented the country in foreign lands and aspires to represent the world here at home, this is Nykó Macá.