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School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Luzviminda: the Philippines Dances for Canada 150

Celebrating one of the largest visible minority groups in Toronto and the fastest growing immigrant community in Canada.

From folk dance to hip hop, Luzviminda: the Philippines Dances for Canada 150 is a dynamic program of dance that celebrates Filipino-Canadians and the embodiment and expression of their diasporic identities. A portmanteau, the title Luzviminda represents the three groups of islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago and the provenance of Filipino immigrants in Canada. The show runs October 26-28 in York University’s Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre.

Artistic Director Patrick Alcedo, a Professor Department of Dance and the recent recipient of the Golden Balangay Awards’ Pinoy of the Year award for outstanding Filipinos in Canada, explains the cultural significance of one of the elaborately costumed folk dances to be performed.


Singkil is a dance of royalty that originated in Mindanao, the large island in the south, and is performed by Philippine dance groups within and outside the Philippines. It tells the story of a princess lost in a forest who is rescued by a prince.


Pandanggo Sa Ilaw and Wasiwas is a combination of two dances of lights from Visayas in the central Philippines and Luzon in the northern region of the country. Both these dances are strongly influenced by the Spanish fandango. The lights the young man is holding are for welcoming the fisherman back to the shore.


Salidsid is a dance of courtship in the Cordillera, the northernmost area of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island. It is a dance of skill that takes the solo female dancer many years of practice to learn to balance many pots.

Alcedo (kneeling on the left) poses with the dancers.


Artistic Director: Patrick Alcedo
Choreographer: Flordeliza Punzalan
Guest Choreographer: Susan Cash
Director of Design: William Mackwood
Featuring: Josie de Leon, Lilac Caña, and Paulo Alcedo
With: Breadcrumbs Crew, Culture Philippines Ontario, Fiesta Filipina, Folklorico Filipino Canada, and The York Dance Ensemble

Performance Schedule
October 26 7:30pm
October 27 7:30pm
October 28 1:30pm

Tickets $15 ($10 students/seniors)
416-736-5888 or

Produced with the support of Canada150@York and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.