PHILCONGEN NY SHOWCASES CULTURAL DIVERSITY TO COMMEMORATE
THE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
NEW YORK 02 June 2022 – The Consulate General of the Philippines in New York held a cultural show to commemorate the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on 24 May 2022 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York.
Traditional dance and music from the Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Pacific Islander and Philippine communities were featured during the cultural show as a means of bridging the cross-cultural communities of New York City, and fostering greater cultural understanding.
In his welcome remarks during the event, Consul General Elmer G. Cato said that “In the midst of increased incidents of racism, discrimination, and violence against the AAPI community, our weapon is the soft power of art and culture.”
Left to right: Consul General Elmer G. Cato delivers his welcome remarks during the Asian Amrican Pacific Islander Heritage Month Cultural Show held on 24 May 2022 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York; Bottom right: Jameelah Lenises, Frank Ortega of Kinding Sindaw perform dance excerpts from epics and legends of Mindanao. (Photos from PCGNY, credits to Consul General Elmer G. Cato and Jose Magaso)
Left to right: Amalia Suryani of the Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance Group performs Topeng; Michael Zang of the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company performs a Chinese Opera Warrior Dance; Kevin Suzuki Minbuza of the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York performs Tsugaru Aiya Bushi; Ms. Erika Comrie of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima (School of traditional Hawaiian Dance) performs a hula. (Photos from PCGNY. Credits to Jose Magaso)