The Soul of the Filipino in Dance

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“Ed Lapiz’s résumé reads more like several,

“We must reclaim from history and fading memory what is good in indigenous arts and culture.”

describing completely discreet lives; that of a cultural worker and researcher, a nationalist, a pastor, a dance director, a writer, to name but five.

And whilst the published body of work names him author -- and a prolific one, the word gives meager account as he is accomplished across several media, being acknowledged and even celebrated on radio and television, pulpit and podium.

There is a vision though, threading through the array of efforts and achievements and the magnitude of the work: to reclaim from history and fading memory what is good in indigenous arts and culture for active employment in the building of a nation.

He is founder, artistic director, chief researcher and dance director of the Kaloob Philippine Music and Dance Ministry. His academic background includes studies in Mass Communication and Anthropology,
a Bachelor’s Degree in Philippine Arts, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Philippine Studies, all from the University of the Philippines.  Both the UP Rural High School and the UP Manila College of Arts and Letters recognized his fruitful and sustained efforts at cultural research and development and gave him their prestigious outstanding alumni awards.

A prolific writer on Philippine culture, he is a strong advocate for uplifting the country’s cultural heritage. His undergraduate thesis, a collection of fast-vanishing Bulacan folk poetry, was published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. His Masteral thesis, a documentation, transcription and translation into Filipino of the T'boli epic Tudbulul, is now a reading in Philippine myths and epics studies. His doctoral dissertation on Baybayin, ancient Filipino syllabary, will soon be published, like his many first-hand field researches on indigenous Philippine music and dances.

Ginoong Ed, as he prefers to be called, has also produced and directed many cultural performances in the Philippines, East Asia, Europe and North America.  Lamenting institutional religion's many culturally destructive policies, he pioneered in a ministry he calls Cultural Redemption. His mission: to persuade the church to be a sanctuary, instead of cemetery, of indigenous arts, especially music and dances.

For about two decades now, he has been steadily promoting, teaching and modeling cultural redemption among congregations in the Philippines and around the world.

In a landmark shift of focus and philosophy, the Lausanne Committee of World Evangelization, one of the Evangelical Christianity’s biggest and most influential bodies, recognized the importance and indispensability of redeeming culture and arts in its 5th International Forum held in Thailand in 2004. Ed Lapiz was invited to this historical gathering where he contributed insights
and experience in this pioneering ministry, especially in drafting the Lausanne 2004 Forum declaration on redeeming the arts.

In KALOOBAN, dance advocate Ed Lapiz pioneers in two fronts: in reliving from forgotten historical records and celebrating on stage the lost dances of 16th-century Philippines and in clustering Philippine dances ---transcending regional, religious and historical barriers ---to present them as powerful metaphors of the oneness of the Filipino soul and the people's enduring resistance to inundating waves of foreign cultural encroachments.


Aside from Kaloob and other nationalist concerns, the pastor has several other professions.

Broadcaster: He hosts various radio programs aired in the Philippines, West Asia and Africa, Canada and the USA 

Speaker: He is continually invited to lecture in seminars, symposia, retreats, milestone occasions, etc. among government, civic, cultural, artistic NGOs and religious organizations in the Philippines and abroad.

Head Pastor: He founded and heads Day By Day Christian Ministries, a fellowship with congregations in the Philippines, Japan, Middle East, Canada and the USA.


Doctor of Philosophy in Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines, Tri-College Philippine Studies Program

Master of Arts in Philippine Studies University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Letters

Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Arts  Including Mass Communication studies, University of the Philippines

Philippine Music and Dance, More than 30 years of research, teaching and staging of productions/works

Islamic Arts, University of the Philippines Manila under Mr. Abraham Sakili

Stage and Production Design, University of the Philippines Manila, and Cultural Center of the Philippines under Mr. Salvador Bernal

Technical Writing, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Asian-European Cultural Exchange Gesselschaft fur Internationale Begegnung, Cologne, West Germany

As ambassador of goodwill, speaker, guest, observer, researcher on heritage architecture, theater, music, dance and other cultural concerns.

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, (Former) Federal Republic of Germany, (Former) Democratic Republic of Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peoples’ Republic of China, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, (Former) Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,  United States of America, Yemen Arab Republic.

Ed Lapiz 
is the founder and Artistic and Dance Director of KALOOB Philippine Music and Dance Ministry.