Karilagan Dance Society 48th Anniversary

Karilagan Dance Society 48th Anniversary

By Elmina Cochingco
Karilagan Dance Society celebrated its 48th anniversary last April 27, 2019 at Radisson Hotel Edmonton South with the theme “Piliin Ang Pilipinas” – Choose Philippines. It also presented the 22nd Hiyas (Gem) Award recipients. The event was attended by Honourable Amarjeet Sohi and his wife and Mayor Don Iveson. It was also a tribute to the late Leonardo C. Molo who passed away last July 4, 2018. Mr. Molo was a big part of the Karilagan Dance Society, he became involved with the group in 1996 as a volunteer member and later on became a long- time adviser. He led the yearly props making sessions by sharing his artistic talent. To date, his art works are still part of the group’s performances. He was one of the Hiyas (Gem) Award initiators and one of the editors of the Philippine Hiyas newspaper. Mr. Jun Angeles, who have known Len for such a long time paid a nice tribute to his friend and mentor.
Karilagan showcased folk dances from tribal, rural and Muslim suite to the delight of their guests. The night started with an opening group dance and song number of “Piliin Ang Pilipinas” followed by talented entertainers during dinner and ended with the intricate moves and gracefulness of the dancers and display of colorful costumes accompanied live by exceptionally talented KDS musicians. Karilagan have 51 performing members as young as three years old.

Photos by Dario Juanillo | Alberta Filipino Journal

Karilagan Dance Society’s President, Artistic Director and Choreographer Elmina “Memen” Cochingco
22nd Hiyas (Gem) Award Recipients From left: Lulu Bernal, Hiyas Award chairperson, Jamie Balmores, Excellence in Business and Community Service-Adult, Mariah Bernal, Excellence in Sports, Nadine Swanson, Excellence in Sports, Joselito Velasco, Excellence in Community Service-Adult, Elmina”Memen” Cochingco, President , Dave Hagglund, Hiyas Award co-chairperson
Leigh Makarewicz, Constituency Manager for Hon. Amarjeet Sohi’s Constituency Office awards the Plaque of Recognition to Lito Mendoza Velasco
Leigh Makarewicz, Constituency Manager for Hon. Amarjeet Sohi’s Constituency Office awards the Plaques and Certificates of Recognition to Jaymee “JayTee” Balmores
AFJ Publisher Jose “Jun” Angeles, AFJ Editor Lito Mendoza Velasco, Karilagan Head Choreographer Memen Cochingco, and 101.7-Himig Pinoy DJ Rolan Latorre
Jose “Jun” Angeles – AFJ Publisher, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi – Member of the Parliament for Edmonton-Millwoods, and Lito Mendoza Velasco – AFJ Editor (Awardee).
The Late Leonardo “Len” C. Molo
Jun Angeles, publisher of Alberta Filipino Journal paid a special tribute to the late Leonardo “Len” C. Molo, a long time Adviser of KDS during the 48th anniversary presentation of the Karilagan Dance Society.
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