Tipanan – A Buffet of Cultural Delicacies.
Written and Photographed by JUN REYNALES.
|Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group|
July 11, 2012, Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Philippines – “Tipanan” a loose Filipino word that means gathering or to gather. It is an old classic word that means of having to gather – of good friends, families, and loveones – be it of some exciting celebration of life, birth, death or to whatever purpose to celebrate. That was what happened in that dinner event in Makati City.
It was a buffet presentation of the marvelous and world-class music by the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, The Company, The Hotdog Band, young vocalist Jerica Villanueva, Lance Reblando and the God’s Little Sparrows choir.
|The Company shows them|
This “Tipanan” showcased the beautiful cultural diversity that our country have. It showed, that as early on in our ancestral families, the majestic stature we always have in us – like those beautiful food and dishes served that festive night – each of our little pieces of culture and history complements each other and bore the sons of what we as Filipinos now lives. The night’s event was like a showcase of the different “alibata” of the Philippines.
It was a cultural awakening that, our culture, is similar to a complex jigsaw puzzle that you need to see the full pieces all in the right places together in order to understand and appreciate what a real Filipino is. Our complications as a country is what makes us very interesting and fascinating.
|Filipino consul general and crowd enjoyed the show|
With more than 7,000 islands that encompasses more than 9 billion people currently living and interacting in a complex web of life in our country, it is but an exciting challenge for me – through my camera lens and pen – to get the chance to learn, feel and imbibe the beauty of our cultural diversity. Now I know my objective, now I know what to help promote and adhere to – the appreciative beauty of the people, the places, the traditions and culture, and well, basically the lives of the country. It is like looking at the buffet table feast – to many to choose to partake and enjoy. One subject at a time, one soul to digest. One thing is certain though, I look forward to capture the moment of each cultural treat that will be offered to me. Now that’s what I am do as part of this delectable culture.
Now I am hungry. So who is with me in my quest of this cultural adventure advocacy? Indeed... Life is Good!
|The Hotdog Band wows them|
** This event was organized by the Philippines' Department of Tourism together with the Department of Foreign Affairs with the generous sponsorship of the Western Union Philippines.