FPAG at Pista 201
Tinikling at Pista 2018.
The Filipino Performing Arts Group (FPAG) is now part of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico effective 2020.
To view performances at the Pista sa Nayon 2018 on YouTube, click on: Tinikling and Singkil.
FPAG was established in February 2017 as an independent group with Tessie Greenfield as artistic director. After three years, FPAG was dissolved in late 2019 since Tessie retired. The remaining members are now back with FAFNM Cultural Group starting 2020, with Maricar Castro as Artistic Director.
Kulintang musicians (from left): Miracle, Malaya, Jasmine & Justine with instructor, Tessie.
Kulintang, an indigenous (percussion) instrument from Southern Philippines, is the main instrument in a kulintang ensemble. It is composed of 8 gongs in graduated sizes.
2015: Kulintang Recital (for New Mexico Arts)
The first and only kulintang recital was performed by Miracle McCastle at an elementary school as part of the grant from New Mexico Arts.
Group practices of musicians with Tessie
Kulintang musicians at the 2016 Xmas Party
Percussion Class with Jenny D.
Miracle at Santacruzan 2015
Mindanao including Sulu Archipelago
Southern Philippine (Mindanao) Dances
- Kini Kini
- Maiden Dance (part of Singkil but also performed separately). This is also called Pag-Apir or Fan Dance
- Entrance Dance (based from Maglalangka) with big scarves (or malongs.)
Ethnic or Martial Arts Dances
To view dances performed 2016 to 2018, click: FPAG dances. For performances from 2013 to 2015, visit: FAFNM Cultural.
If you want to learn the dances, click on Tessie’s Youtube channel, click on the Playlist, “Dance Instructions” which has the names of the dances.
Contemporary Dances/Poetry (to honor contemporary Filipino musicians or heroes)
- Pinoy Samba dance – Samba Song (by Bong Penera)
- Hip Hop dance – Pinoy Ako (Orange and Lemons)
- Rhythmic Poetry Reading: “A Dollar Forty an Hour”. This is the minimum wage during the 1960s that the Filipino farmworkers fought for. The poem, written by Tessie, is a tribute to Larry Itliong, Filipino Farm Worker who spearheaded the Great Delano Grape Strike from 1965 to 1970 with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. The teenagers or young adults usually read the poem. Ashley read it at Cesar Chavez Day; Jasmine and Krystal at the Santacruzan.
Starting in May 2018, we are adding Tinikling which is known as the bamboo dance and the National Folk Dance in the Philippines. This is choreographed by Krystal. We decided to add this to our repertoire since the audience is always asking for this dance.