TALENTS from the University held multiple performances throughout the two-day Pasinaya 2018, a cultural event that ran from Feb. 3 to 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The UST Symphony Orchestra kick-started the line-up of performances at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), delighting the audience with its own arrangements of Filipino folk songs and pop-song medleys.

Their performance was followed by an “Instrument Petting Zoo” at the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, where orchestra members, comprised of students from the UST Conservatory of Music, gave a talk and demonstration about the instruments of the orchestra and their different uses.

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe performed ethnic dances from Muslim Mindanao, such as the royal couple dance Pangalay ha Pattong of the Badjao. In this performance, dancers balanced on high bamboo poles and imitated the movements of a vinta, a traditional boat from Mindanao, gliding across the Sulu Sea.

They also performed the fierce Burong Talo of the Tausug. A dance based on an indigenous martial art form, it is also known as a “fighting dance,” with performers demonstrating a “battle” between a hawk and a cat.

The dance troupe performed contemporary dances at one of CCP’s dance rehearsal halls, including pieces “In Time” and “Gone Mad” choreographed by the senior members of the troupe.

This year’s Pasinaya was a two-part event dubbed Palihan and Palabas; the first day for workshops and the second day for concerts, dances, plays, films, and exhibits.

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