The Soul of the Filipino in Dance

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THE FOUNDERThe_Founder.html
THE RESEARCHThe_Research_Splash.html
REPERTOIRERepertoire.html
WATCH/INVITEWatch_Invite.html
KALOOB DANCEKaloob_Dance.html
 

The past decade saw KALOOB stage numerous performances in different venues around the country and some parts of the globe, witnessed by thousands of people. Each performance celebrates the diverse expression of Philippine music and dance, conveying to every audience sheer beauty and spirituality.

KALOOB has taken great pride in rendering authentic traditions of indigenous peoples, showcasing, with each performance, their indigenous context and spiritual essence. The tradition of authenticity can be attributed to one of KALOOB’s commitments—Research. It is a process considered as the back-bone of all KALOOB’s creative idioms. All of these began with the vision of Pastor Ed Lapiz, KALOOB’s founder, when he saw the power of indigenous expressions in enriching the national identity of Filipinos.

He believes that gathering, documenting and developing indigenous cultural heritage such as music and dance can also serve as chronicles of culture and history for Filipinos to look back into and for the rest of the world to see.

In 1993, Pastor Ed went to four towns in Central Luzon to document never-before published Tagalog folk poetry.

More than a decade later, KALOOB has extensive cultural research of almost half of the country’s 110 known indigenous groups, from the Cordilleras, down to the frontier of Tawi-Tawi, the land of the gentle Sama Di Laut. Among these are documented and recorded researches of more than 200 dances, musical pieces, folk literature, chanted epics and rituals.

As of this moment, five chanted epics from the Manobo groups of Mindanao and from the Mangyan groups of Mindoro are being recorded while T’boli epics sung by two chanters are being translated for publication. Under KALOOB’s care are hundreds of cultural artifacts, costumes, accessories and artworks from different indigenous groups.

Research done on indigenous groups entails careful study of every dance and music, their peculiarities, context, aesthetics and most especially, their spirit. KALOOB pays attention to every detail, discovering the meanings of each body movement, even the smallest gestures and the minutest twitch, or the significance of drones and patterns of melodies of music in their indigenous setting. By remaining faithful to context and essence, KALOOB imbibes the true spirit of these expressions and translates into authentic representations of Filipino indigenous culture.  For most of the indigenous peoples, dances and music are highly sacred facets of their culture, and should not be readily revealed to anyone. Its revelation entails the highest mutual trust, which, in Filipino, is a process called “pag-iisang loob” or oneness of spirit. That is why it is every KALOOB member’s goal when doing research to first meld with the heart and spirit of the informants and to treat them with the highest respect. Beyond the research phase, KALOOB remains friends with resource persons and, whenever possible, continue to visit with each other again and again.
 

“The story of the Filipino is not written on paper, but in music and dance.”

Research done on indigenous groups entails careful study of every dance and music, their peculiarities, context, aesthetics and most especially, their spirit.

Survey of half of all known indigenous groups
KALOOB has undertaken cultural research on almost half of the country’s 110 known indigenous groups. Authenticity is a mark of Kaloob performances.The_Research_Splash.html
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Rites of Passage
KALOOB presents spiritual ceremonies to rites of passage to events depicting the cycle of life - royal successions, courtships and marriages, planting and harvesting, and even warfare.Repertoire.html
INVITING 
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THE KALOOB RESEARCHThe_Research_Splash.html
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ABOUT THE
FOUNDERThe_Founder.html
Man behind the vision
Cultural Redemption began with the vision of Pastor Ed Lapiz, KALOOB’s founder, when he saw the power of indigenous expressions as a creative tool for enriching national identity.The_Founder.html


Because its primordial goals are research, documentation and preservation, Kaloob performances are faithful. There is minimal theatricalization and stylization, and costuming and paraphernalia are authentic.
Nothing has been invented --
you are looking back into
time, into the world of the
first Filipinos.

A Peephole into a People’s Past.