LFDC celebrates 10th anniversary

Jamie Garcesa February 18, 2017
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The Letran Filipiniana Dance Company (LFDC), with its guests from the Kawachinagano International Friendship Association (KIFA), officers, volunteers, and host families, commemorated its 10th founding anniversary last February 17 at the Letran grounds with its theme “Sampung Taong Pagmamahal sa Kulturang Pilipino.”

Hosted by Communication sophomore Aldrich Docor and Broadcasting junior Kiko Nones, the program started at 6PM with opening remarks by Rev. Fr. Clarence Victor C. Marquez, O.P.

After launching LFDC’s AVP, the dancers were then welcomed for their first performances – “Sayaw ng Pilipinas” and “Sayaw sa Kordilyera”.

As one of the largest organizations in the Colegio that managed to reach 10 years, the Beato Fra Angelica Cultural Office, led by its moderator, Ms. Edna Marco, awarded LFDC for its continuous promotion of Letran here in the Philippines and all over the world through its repertoire.

Upon receiving the award, LFDC again presented another performance titled “En Canto de Maria Clara” which was originally a poem written by Dr. Jose Rizal. The poem turned song depicts the beauty of the Philippines and the reasons why it slowly loses its innate culture.

Another award was given to LFDC’s presidents from its first year of establishment up until its 10th year after the said performance.

“I am just so grateful that I became part of LFDC, sobrang laki ng naging improvement sa sarili ko. It really made me more mature and of course, well-disciplined. All the trainings, blood and tears are all worth my time. I just wish that this group will last for a long time and continue to leave a legacy to the Philippine culture. I thank all the undying support of the Letran community, we felt all the love most especially during the concert. We serve as an instrument in spreading awareness that Philippine culture is still alive and I hope that the Letran community continue to share what LFDC can offer to people inside and outside our country,” Isabel Alves, LFDC’s president remarked.

The last presentations were “Tribu ng Mindanaonon” and “Pista ng Pilipinas”.

“Please do visit us [in Japan], thank you so much Letran,” Prof. Lilia Shiba, vice president of KIFA said upon the closing of the event.

Lastly, Asst. Prof. Randy Lero was called for his speech as the artistic director of the group.

“’Di ko akalain na aabot kami ng 10 kasi I only started with two bamboos dito sa Letran. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng sumuporta, lalo na sa administration na palaging sumusuporta sa’kin sa lahat ng program ko,” Lero said, thanking also the Dominican fathers that supported him along the way, as well as his parents.

Lero also expressed his gratitude to the people at KIFA, his resident dancers, former LFDC members that came to support, and all his co-workers that have been by his side throughout the ten long years of the organization.

Lero also shared that he set the date of the concert on the 17th because its’ the death anniversary of his mother.

The program ended with LFDC receiving a plaque and badge from KIFA.

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