Iloilo’s Paraw Regatta Festival to feature NCCA’s ‘Sayaw Pinoy’

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The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) “Sayaw Pinoy” will be adding color to Iloilo’s Paraw Regatta Festival as the touring dance troupe is scheduled to perform simultaneously with the highlights of the festivity here on February 21-22.

Iloilo City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena said the group is composed of the Bayanihan Dance Company, Silanganan of the University of the East, and Halili Cruz Ballet School.

They will be joined by local dance troupes such as the Kawilihan Dance Troupe and the Annie Sartorio Divinagracia Performing Arts.

Jimena said the “Sayaw Pinoy” will be held at the Robinsons Place car park, in the municipality of Oton, and the Jaro Gymnasium. All performances are open to the public.

“That is something new for the Paraw this year,” Jimena said.

The “Sayaw Pinoy” which Jimena dubbed as “Sayaw sa Paraw” is one of the highlights of the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF), which used to be known as the National Arts Month that is being celebrated every February.

According to the NCCA website, the “touring dance concert brings together different dance forms and features local dance troupes of the host cities and municipalities performing back-to-back with the different professional dance companies in the country.”

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