SINING KUMINTANG NG BATANGAS
Sining Kumintang ng Batangas, the Official Cultural Performing group of the Province of Batangas was founded by Engineer Vicente P. Cordero in 1980, and was formally organized in 1992. Since then it has established itself professionally and artistically as one of the premier dance companies in the country today. Composed of enthusiastic high school students and alumni of Bauan High School and ably supported by the faculty, staff and parents, the group has performed extensively in Batangas, its neighboring provinces and in Malacañang Palace, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Manila presenting full length productions of Philippine folk dances and music. The group has been consistently invited at command performances in Malacanan palace for visiting dignitaries and corporate events as well.
The group has joined forces with other Filipino folk dance companies here and abroad in various productions and has toured Asia, Europe and the United States of America. In addition to its extensive touring program, SKB continues to offer free community workshops on Philippine dance, train the youth, most of whom have no prior dance training in basic Filipino folk dancing. Sining Kumintang members in turn share their knowledge and experience in Philippine folk dance with their own communities, parishes, and school organizations either by performing, teaching, consulting, coordinating, and/or producing cultural programs.
Sining Kumintang participated in its first Conseil International des Organizations de Festivals de Folklore et d’Arts Traditionnels ( CIOFF ) festival in 1997 in Israel organized by MAATAF. They were also one of the groups invited by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in the 1998 World Folklore Festival Manila, one of the biggest festivals organized by CIOFF Philippines. In the same year, SKB was chosen as the country’s Cultural Ambassador of Goodwill to the International Folklore Festival held in the U.S.A., France and Italy along with 50 other countries from all over the world. In the year 2000, SKB was chosen as the official Philippine representative to the 2nd World Folkloriada in Tokyo, Japan as one of the 73 countries invited for the event, where they were proclaimed as the top performers of the festival. SKB is considered as the Department of Tourism Cultural representatives to their foreign dignitaries and guest, here and abroad.
August of 2003, the group participated in the International Folklore Festival and Folk Arts Fair in Szazhalombatta, Tokol, Rackeve and Budapest , all in Hungary. Awarded as the Best Performing Group out of 15 participating countries and the Peoples Choice award, as voted by the local and foreign audiences.
In the year 2004, the Sining Kumintang ng Batangas toured the East and West Coast of the United States of America, to join the Filipino community in Celebrating the Philippines Independence Day. In the same year, Sining Kumintang ng Batangas became the Philippine representative to the 2004 Beijing International Cultural and Tourism Festival held in the same city on September 2004.
During the closing of the World Expo 2005, a huge and wide expositions of different Nations from Around the globe in Aichi, Japan , the Sining Kumintang ng Batangas performed the cultural presentation program along with other Philippine performing groups such as the Resident companies of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, some showbiz personalities and National champions in some regions of the country.
United States of America was not far from the heart of SKB, Cultural performances in California such as San Jose, Sacramento, San Francisco,, Daly City, San Diego and Los Angeles in the year 2006. Lauded for its commendable performance by the young and talented students, the group went back again, as requested by numerous Impresarios in U.S.A. during summer of 2008. This time, aside from the said places, the group also performed in other cities in California such as Oakland, Napa, Vallejo, to name a few, and to Chicago.
Known for its youthful exuberance and unparalleled discipline, the group was proclaimed the 1997 National Champion in Folk Dancing by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. Sining Kumintang is also a recipient of Cultural Center of the Philippines Performing Arts Grant and has since participated in the Center’s annual and special productions, festivals and other projects.
Earnestly fostering cultural awareness in today’s generation – the group never loses sight of its goals and objectives as an example to the youth. These are to develop the personality and self-confidence of its members; preserve and share the Filipino heritage through the language of dance and music, and lastly to keep students culturally active in order to shield them from bad influences. It is in this light that the group continues to gain the skills, mastery and appreciation of Philippine Culture, to expand and to grow in their chosen art.
Goals and Objectives
Earnestly fostering cultural awareness in today’s generation- the group never loses sight of its goals and objectives as an example to the youth.
- To develop the personality and self-confidence of its members;
- Preserve and share the Filipino heritage through the language of dance and music, and lastly to keep students culturally active in order to shield them from bad influences.
- It is in this light that the group continues to gain the skills, mastery and appreciation of Philippine Culture,
- To expand and to grow in their chosen art.