Cultural Dance Groups

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Cultural Dance Groups


Effective February 2017, the FAFNM Cultural Group has been dissolved to give performers more autonomy.  There are independent groups (that used to dance for the FAFNM) you can contact:

  • Ethan Sabay Filipino Folklorico – mostly, but not limited to FOLK DANCES and dances from Northern Philippines.  Contact Ligaya White.
  • Filipino Performing Arts Group – mostly, but not limited to Southern Philippine dances (with Kulintang Ensemble music) and ethnic/martial arts dances from other regions.   The group will welcome new members in August or January when new dances will be taught.  We take breaks during summer, Christmas and sometimes, spring school breaks.  Contact Tessie at or Maricar
  • NOTE:  If you have a group that performs Filipino dances or music and want to be included in the list, please contact Tessie.

Thank you.


We are retaining the information below to give credit to all performers of the Cultural Group.

The Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico (FAFNM) Cultural Dance Group was in existence for more than three  decades.  The Cultural Dance Group has been the ambassador of goodwill and the showcase of our Filipino community in many City of Albuquerque events and Asian cultural events.   In most of the FAFNM fundraising projects, the group provided the cultural shows that helped draw people to the events.

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In Maria Clara costumes

In Maria Clara costumes











Some of our dancers are with the other organizations such as Asian American Association of New Mexico, Federal Asian Pacific American Council New Mexico Chapter, Diversity Groups at the New Mexico Veterans Administration Health Care System and Filipino American National Historical Society, Rio  Grande Chapter.  Others have worked in projects for the New Mexico Asian Family Center and participated in events sponsored by the the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.   Because of these affiliations, the group has supported other Asian communities in their cultural and fundraising events (for calamity or tsunami victims).

Aside from encouraging Filipino identity, the group fostered camaraderie and self-confidence among dancers.  Most of our new members are young – our future – and the next generation who will carry our legacy.  Visit:  YP and Youth Page and Scholarship.

2017 Performances in Albuquerque

  • April 1, Cesar Chavez Day, National Hispanic Cultural Dance Group by the Filipino Performing Arts Group.

See dance descriptions and choreographers’ names:  Dance-Descriptions-2013-2016-Updated

Past performances:  2013 Performances2014 Performances2015 Performances and 2016 Performances in Albuquerque.

You can watch some of our performances on and We are eternally grateful to our donors and supporters.  See list:  Acknowledgements.