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FILIPINO FESTIVAL: Wesleyan's Filipino student organization, Pinoy, held its 4th Annual Filipino Cultural Night, Pistahan 2008, Feb. 16 in Beckham Hall. The Youth Dance Troupe of the Philippine-American Association of Connecticut performed the Bulaklakan, literally meaning, "of the flowers" during the event.

Brian Jalijali '09 and Tara Abaring '10 demonstrate the Filipino serenade as a way to celebrate Filipino traditions and the rich heritage of the Philippine islands.
Wesleyan's Pinoy puts a modern twist to the traditional tinikling dance, which attempts to recreate the movement of the tikling birds across rice paddies. The dancers, clockwise from front, are Cecil Apostol '08, Chenelle Tanglao '08, Malilay Timbancaya' 10 and Tara Abaring '10. The bamboo clappers, clockwise from front, are Lisa Cunningham '08, Dan Macalinao '08, Jimmy Ong '09 and Fhatima Paulino '10.
Pinoy members Dan Macalinao '08, Brian Jalijali '09 and Mark Leonida '08 perform the Maglalatik, a Fillipino mock-war dance, wearing coconut shells.
Tara Abaring '10, Fhatima Paulino '10, Chenelle Tanglao '08, Hyejin Lee '09, Malilay Timbancaya '10 and Lisa Cunningham '08 perform the traditional Itik-itik, a folkdance that imitates the movement of a duck.
Pinoy charged a $3 admission fee to Pistahan 2008, which included entertainment and Filipino food. All proceeds went to Books for the Barrios, a California-based non-profit organization that sends books to schools/libraries in the remote areas of the Philippines. (Photos by Dan Manuyag '10)