The Soul of the Filipino in Dance

THE FOUNDERThe_Founder.html
THE RESEARCHThe_Research_Splash.html
KALOOB DANCEKaloob_Dance.html
  As the story of our race was told and preserved in music, dance and rituals, these traditions, along with other native artistic expressions, are repositories of our unwritten histories, values and aspirations.

To destroy or forget these would lead to historical and cultural amnesia and its attendant crisis of identity. Thus KALOOB is zealously committed to the studious research, documentation, preservation, appreciation, promotion and creative reuse of fast-vanishing Philippine indigenous music, dance and rituals.

To deviate from the spirit of the original expressions would lead to misrepresentation of what is true and sacred to our people. It would also betray the all-important task of nation-building based on our true identity. Thus KALOOB strives for authenticity and faithfulness to the original material in choreography and musical rendition, minimizing theatricalization and honestly labeling artistic license whenever occasionally employed.

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
Attend or invite
Attend a KALOOB performance, there’s one every so often. Click for information on how you can invite the dance troupe to your locality or country. 
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
THE KALOOB RESEARCHThe_Research_Splash.html
Man behind the vision
Cultural Redemption began with the vision of Ginoong Ed Lapiz, KALOOB’s founder, when he saw the power of indigenous expressions as a creative tool for enriching national identity.The_Founder.html

“This isn’t dance;
this is breathtaking research.”

From the slopes of the Cordillera mountains to the shores of Palawan, Filipinos have created steps, gestures, sounds and songs that reflect their values and mores.

From the Founder

The story of the Filipino people, especially that predating the 16th Century colonization, is not written on paper; it is told in music and dance. And even through the following 400 years of “recorded” colonial history including Islamization and Christianization,
many ethnolinguistic groups tenaciously held on to their tradition and identity, imbedding in their performing arts their fierce resistance to and even “filipinization” of such cultural encroachments.

The careful study and faithful interpretation of Philippine dance, therefore, is an important historical and cultural endeavor, especially in the case of the Philippines where there is little recorded history before 1521 and where most of what got written was from the point of view of western colonizers. This is the aspiration of KALOOB: to know, preserve, present and celebrate the Filipino soul in music, dance and ritual.

Mabuhay ang kultura ng Bayan!


Ed Lapiz