Our Resume

The AlunAlun Dance Circle (ADC) is a Metro Manila-based dance group dedicated to preserve, develop and popularize pangalay nationally and internationally.

Performances, Trainings, Activities in 2014

Oct 24, 2014


Likhang Habi Market Fair/ Festival Performance / Costume Parade  A performance to help showcase ethnic weaves at the Habi Festival at the Glorietta Mall, Makati.

Aug - Dec 2014

August to December

Pangalay ng Bayan: Sayaw at Laro ng Lahi

AlunAlun Dance Circle Popularizes Games of Our Heritage in New Pangalay Choreographies at the Manila Boys’ Town Complex, Parang, Marikina City

Beneficiaries: Manila Boys’ Town Complex Wards (young people from the Boys & Girls Home Units)

Aug 2, 2014


The Best of Pangalay: time-honored and well-loved dances from the Sulu Archipelago

Celebrating Eid’l Fitr 2014, in cooperation with the NCCA and Magbassa Kita Foundation at the The Atrium, SM North The Block, Quezon City

Aug 2-9, 2014

Celebrating Eid’l Fitr at Museo Pambata
Performances at Museo Pambata. With the support of the NCCA.

Aug 4, 2014

“Ang Pagbabalik sa Tawi-Tawi” (Return to Tawi-Tawi)

Film Showing with Performance at the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival in Little Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines

Jul 11, 2013


Carl Jung Conference entitled Walking with Jung: Alchemy That Works
Ritual-dance at Club Filipino, San Juan, Manila

Apr 18, 2014


The 7 Last Words: Live on Good Friday.

Performance by the AlunAlun Dance Circle
Christ the King Church, Quezon City. Telecast over ABS-CBN Network. Produced by the SVD Social Communications Secretariat

Mar 8, 2014


“Ang Pagbabalik sa Tawi-Tawi” (Return to Tawi-Tawi), a film about a woman’s quest to preserve endangered cultural heritage.

Film Showing with Lecture/ Open Forum and Performance.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Angel C. Palanca Peace Program Foundation (FEU) in cooperation with DocuCinema Media Collective (LotusBlaze Projects) and the AlunAlun Dance Circle. At the Mini Auditorium, Technology Building, FEU Manila

Mar 4, 2014

“OF WAR AND PEACE: Lantakas and Bells in Search of Foundries in the Philippines”

A Book Launch and Exhibit Opening Dance Performance at the Marble Hall of the Museum of the Filipino People, National Museum, Manila

Feb 2004


The Centennial Celebration of the UP Anthropology Department celebrates its anniversary through pangalay dance and the exhibition of the documentary films “Sayaw sa Alon” and “Pagbabalik sa Tawi-Tawi”. The project is in cooperation with CSSP Folklore Studies Program. In between the film showings, pangalay workshops were conducted by Louanne May Calipayan.

Feb 24 & 26, 2014

UP Islamic Studies celebrates the National Arts Month with film showing, open forum and dance interaction. “Ang Pagbabalik sa Tawi-Tawi” was also shown at the UP Diliman Romulo Hall

Jan 31, 2014


Cultural Night Festival, “Culture, Religion, and Maritime Links among Philippine Islands and Beyond”

National conference organized by the Philippine Association for the Study of Culture, History and Religion (PASCHR) at the Holy Angel University Grounds
Angeles City, Pampanga

Performances and Trainings in 2013

Dec 5, 2013


3rd Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan Performance. The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) invited the “beloved Pangalay Dancers to perform at the awards ceremonies” of the Ikatlong Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan

Sep 21, 2013


“We Are One Global COMMUNITY” Earthdance Manila 2013. Performance with lecture / demonstration. Arts in the City, Bonifacio Global City, Manila. Organized by Eartdance Manila

Aug 10, 2013


Celebrating Eidl Fitr Through Pangalay and ICONS OF PHILIPPINE CULTURE AlunAlun Dance Circle popularizes Filipino cultural icons. Sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Magbassa Kita Foundation

Mar 1, 2013


Celebrating Pangalay: A Glimpse of the Continuing Badjao Saga Francisco Balagtas Auditorium in our Laguna campus. Film showing of Sayaw sa Alon with Open Forum and Dance Performance

Feb 6, 2013


Philippine Arts Month and The Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) Opened with pangalay choreographies performed by the AlunAlun Dance Circle at the Marikina Riverpark. Sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA in cooperation with the City of Marikina and Damlay, Inc. of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina

Feb 5, 2013


Performances and Trainings in 2012

Dec 11, 2012


Pangalay sa Boys’ Town A special performance with the children and senior wards  of Manila Boys’ Town. In cooperation with Hasik, Inframachineries, and the City of Manila

Oct - Dec 2012

October and December

Special Pangalay Workshop for the Seniors and Child Wards of the Manila Boys’ Town Funded by HASIK

Sep 20-21, 2012


Fusion of the Traditional and the Contemporary Sponsored by Getz Pharma, Philippines

Aug 31, 2012


Pangalay sa Okasyon ng Institusyonal na Pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika, Miriam College Auditorium

Aug 12, 2012

Kamalayang Kasaysayan, Sandigan ng Sambayanan: Muslim Contributions to Philippine History.  Lecture by Ligaya F. Amilbangsa; Performance by the AlunAlun Dance Circle Art and culture exhibit by Dr. Abe Sakili at the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Manila

Aug 25-26, 2012

Pangalay: Celebrating Eid’l Fitr through Dance Sponsored by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI) Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Commission on Muslim Filipinos (CMF) and the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID)

Jul 15, 2012


Ateneo Student Exchange Council Cultural Program. Pangalay performance at the Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila

Apr 15, 2012


Pangalay ng Bayan: Alay sa Kalikasan Dance, Music and Prayer for Mother Nature A special presentation on Earth Month 2012. With support from National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Riverbank Mall

Mar 8, 2012


Pangalay ng Bayan: Alay sa Kababaihan A full-length dance concert at the Ateneo de Manila University. Presented by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALIWW) and the the Alunalun Dance Circle (ADC) “The show will celebrate women through dance featuring pangalay choreographies with Filipino music, for example: SA UGOY NG DUYAN (Rock-a-bye) composed by Lucio San Pedro, with lyrics by Levi Celerio and rendition by Regine Velasquez; Hindi Basta-basta (A Classy Woman) rendition by Sylvia la Torre, Babae Ka (You’re a Woman) , music and lyrics by Ananias Montano and rendition by Susan Fernandez; and Babae (Woman), music and lyrics by Ramon T. Ayco and rendition by Inang Laya. “

Performances, Trainings, Milestones in 2011

Sep 24-17, 2011


Most Outstanding Artist of Tawitawi

Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa returned to Tawitawi to receive the award given by the Tawitawi Provincial Grovernment in Bongao. The occasion allowed Ligaya Amilbangsa to re-connect and share with the artists and the people belonging to various ethnic groups—the Samal, Badjaw, Jama Mapun and the Tausug– who gave her their confidence and trust in documenting their lifeways and various artistic expressions. Through this journey, Ligaya Amilbangsa came full circle as an artist and as a cultural conservationist.

Jun 23, 2011



Sponsored by the FEU President’s Committee on Culture and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Jun 12, 2011

Alay sa Kalayaan (Ode to Freedom)

AlunAlun Dance Circle’s show at the City Hall Covered Court on the Occasion of the 113th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the Batangas City Culture Committee

Mar 25, 2011


Pangalay in Sunset Ceremony during Women’s Marketplace Event for Women’s Month, organized by SARILAYA

Performances and Trainings in 2010

Dec 13, 2010


AlunAlun Dance Circle initiated the launch of the UP Dance Studio as a venue for interactive and laboratory performances through its innovative interactive show: “Malikhaing Pangalay sa UP Dance Studio.”

Dec 11, 2010

UST Graduate School on Cultural Heritage Studies headed by Prof. Eric Cerrudo sponsored a short pangalay training for a special performance on the occasion of the UST 400th year celebration.

Sep 29-30, 2010


Pangalay solo dance numbers provoked and highlighted the discussions regarding the need for cultural revival and preservation during the international conference entitled “Islam, Childhoods, and Building Cultures of Peace in Southeast Asia” at the Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The conference was sponsored by the Psychosocial Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center together with the KKSP Foundation of Indonesia, Southeast Asia Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center.

Jul 8, 2010


Pangalay performances on the occasion of the symposium sponsored by the Foreign Service Institute: “National Living Treasures and National Artists: Strengthening National Pride” held at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila.

Feb 23, 2010


In honor of International Arts Month 2010, the AlunAlun Dance Circle rendered three one-hour performances of “Pangalay at Musika ng Bayan” at the Holy Angel University theatre in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Feb 12, 2010

Two performances (morning and afternoon) of “Pangalay at Musika ng Bayan” at the Emilio Aguinaldo College auditorium in Manila coincided with the EAC College Foundation Day, making the celebration of International Arts Month more meaningful to the audience.

Performances and Trainings in 2009

Nov 2009


Joint Performance with Indonesian dancers on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Philippine-Indonesian Relations, Heritage Hotel, Manila

Nov 10, 2009

Performance for the International Conference on the Galleon Trade at the Coconut Palace, sponsored by the Intramuros Administration

Sep 19, 2009


Opening number of the Urian Awards featuring Yoyoy Villame suite

Jul - August 2009

July and August

Pangalay workshop for PETA-MTTL

Jun 1 , 2009


Independence Day Celebration, pangalay performance for the diplomatic community at the Sofitel Hotel, Hanoi

May 31, 2009


“Pista sa Hanoi” pangalay performance on the occasion of the 111th Anniversay of the Declaration of Philippine Independence and the Philippine National Heritage Month at the Hanoi Press Club, Hanoi, Vietnam

Apr - May 2009

April and May

Workshop for the participants of the International Dance Exchange in Dumaguete City sponsored by the NCCA

Feb 28, 2009


Performance at the formal launch of the Punta Cruz Watch tower, Maribojoc, Bohol

Performances and Trainings in 2008

Nov 28, 2008


Dance as Opening ritual of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Forum, Unesco, DFA Building, Pasay City

Oct 10-20, 2008


Workshop on pangalay dance style for the Punta Cruz Cultural Collective, Maribojoc, Bohol; on October 21, 2008 Ligaya F. Amilbangsa and Nannette Matilac joined the Punta Cruz Cultural Collective in a showcase

Sep 25, 2008


Ligaya Amilbangsa lectured on “Dance and Power Cross Currents” with dance demonstration by Nannette Matilac at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City where there was an ongoing exhibit entitled “Sulu: Beyond the Current on the art, lifestyle, an, d culture of the peoples of Sulu”

Feb 8, 2008


Short dance repertoire at the Cafe Mishka, for a PWU alumnae homecoming

Performances in 2007

Nov 29, 2007


Dance performance at Grand Ballroom of the Manila-Intercontinental Hotel, Makati, Philippines on the occasion of the Agora Awards

Nov 13, 2007

Metropolitan Museum, dance for the opening of an exhibit by Mindanao-Sulu visual artists

Sep 28, 2007


A fusion of film and dance at the UP Film Institute

Jul 7-8 2007


ADC performed in various audiences and venues in Paris, France on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Franco-Philippine relations

Feb 23, 2007


ADC pangalay performance at the Metropolis Star Alabang sponsored by the NCCA and the Muntinlupa cultural affairs and tourism office.

Feb 15, 2007

Pangalay performance at the grounds of the UP Theater, Diliman, QC sponsored by OICA

Feb 8-10, 2007

International Conference on the Conservation and Popularization of Pangalay and Related Asian Dance Cultures held at the Riverbend Hotel, Riverpark, Barangka, Marikina City

Performances and Trainings in 2006

Dec 6, 2006


Performed “Shoeperb-Superb!” at the Metropolitan Hall, Taipei, Taiwan as official performing group delegation of the Asian Performing Arts Festival (APAF)

Nov 30, 2006


Performed “Offering” at the Metropolitan Hall, Taipei, Taiwan as official performing group delegation of the Asian Performing Arts Festival (APAF)

Sep - Nov 2006

September - November

Workshop training for the Metropolitan Teen Theatre League (MTTL), the youth arm of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)

Nov 12, 2006

Performed “Stillness In Motion”, a 26 minute dance suite at the Hotel Nikko, Makati City

Sep 22, 2006


Dance performance at the Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines

Sep 9, 2006

Lecture-demonstration at the Emilio Aguinaldo College

Aug 19, 2006


Dance performance at the lobby of the Gateway Cinema Theatres, Cubao, Quezon City during the opening of Moonrise Film Festival

Aug 11, 2006

Lecture-demonstration at the UP Hotel for the pre-schoolers of Pail and Shovel School

Apr 2006


Performed a ritualistic dance during the press launching of Philippine Heritage Month at the Manila Intercon Hotel, Makati

Mar 2006


At the Marikina Cultural Center, launch of the book Ukkil by Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa, an Ateneo de Manila University publication

Performances in 2005

Dec 11, 2005


Full-length performance, “Pangalay at Pasko,” at the Roman Gardens, Riverpark, Marikina City

July 24, 2005


Pangalay suite for the Tanglaw ng Lahi Award, Ateneo de Manila University

Feb 28, 2005


Lecture-Performance for UP Manila students and patients of UP PGH

Feb 20, 2005

Benefit performance for CRIBS and orphanage and shelter for girls

Feb 18 - 19, 2005

Full-length performance at the “Pangalay at Maskara,” Marikina City Hall and Roman Gardens, Riverpark, Marikina City

Performances and Trainings in 2004

Nov 2004


Lecture demonstration at the Filipinas Heritage Gallery for the Museum Volunteers

Oct - Nov 2004

October - Novembber
  • Oct – Nov 2004: 36-hour (two weeks) Training Workshop for Kaloob Dance Troupe
  • Oct – Nov 2004: started seasonal workshop at the UP Vargas Museum
  • Nov 2004: lecture demonstration at the Filipinas Heritage Gallery for the Museum Volunteers

Jul 2004


Performance for the UNDP Budget Conference at the AIM Garden

Jun 2004


Completed Metaphors, a 26-minute choreography by Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa with music Dance of the Waves for the Onassis Dance and Music International Competition 2006

Performances in 2002 - 2003
In 2003, the ADC performed in international conventions like:
  • ASEAN People’s Conference at the Shangri-la Hotel, Metro Manila
  • International Conference on Water sponsored by the Department of Education at the Sheraton Hotel, Pasay City
  • “Pangalay at Maskara”, a full-length major dance concert at the Central Colleges of the Philippines
  • The opening presentation of the Marikina City’s Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival
  • “Pangalay ng Bayan” January 2002, Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Heavenly Buddies, a recital on pangalay choreography sponsored by the UP College of Music, ADC, and the Francisca Reyes Aquino Memorial Foundation, 2001
  • At the CCP in a major concert entitled “Pangalay ng Bayan” (January 12, 2002)
  • The ADC also performed in schools and communities during the Arts Month 2002
Within the first 3 years since 1999, the ADC was able to 1) teach pangalay to public schools teachers, non-government organizations workers, theater artists specifically:
  • Dance training for the members of Teatro Talyer (year 2000); and
  • Trainors’ Training for public school teachers in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental supported by Rep. Cojuangco last November 1999. More than 150 avid cultural workers have thus been exposed to the pangalay dance tradition.
  • The company has conducted several workshops using the special syllabus designed by ADC Artistic Director, Ms. Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa. Some of these notable workshops include: dance training for the members of the Philippine Educational Theater Association or PETA (April-May 2001).
  • Starting school year 2001-2002, ADC’s artistic director with ADC senior dancers have started teaching class in Asian Dance at the College of Music, University of the Philippines. This is an academic requirement of the Dance Program of the College of Music. This cooperative effort signals the beginning of strengthening the process of institutionalizing the preservation, popularization and formal teaching of pangalay.
  • Training of elementary school students from March to December 2003 sponsored by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts
Performed in various schools/universities to educate the audience, namely:
  • De La Salle University, “East Meets West” – February 2000
  • Far Eastern University, “Stillness in Motion” – April 2000
  • Central Colleges of the Philippines – February 2002
  • Central Colleges of the Philippines – December 2003
  • Roosevelt Colleges – February 2002
  • Ateneo de Manila University – February 2002
Performed in various socio-political meetings, artists gatherings and international conferences to popularize pangalay:
  • Opening of Women’s Gallery at the Museo ng Maynila – December 1999
  • Grand launch of Earthian Magazine at the Remedios Circle, Ermita – January 2000
  • House of Representatives in celebration of Women’s Month – March 2000
  • Performed at the Marikina Riverbank Complex on the occasion of the Sunset Ceremony, the opening of the First Young People’s International Conference Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, attended by 200 delegates from 30 countries – May 21, 2000
  • Opening of women’s exhibit “Who Owns Women’s Bodies?” at Lipa, Batangas – October 2000
Performed on television:
  • Epol-Apple, ABS-CBN’s production featured the pangalay in a special episode – June 1999
  • Y2K, IBC 13’s children’s show also featured pangalay – March 2000
  • Loren, the tele-magazine show of ABS-CBN hosted by Senator Loren Legarda also featured the AlunAlun Dance Circle and pangalay – November 2000

Did you know...

Fact #1

The company was established in 1999 and was subsequently registered as a non-stock, non-profit organization under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fact #2

The ADC also believes in re-establishing links with other dance cultures in Asia to which pangalay bears closest affinity to. The effort will surely strengthen cultural bond with fellow Asians. All these will surely keep pangalay alive in the 21st century and beyond.

Fact #3

The pangalay, a dance style in the classical tradition, is the dominant indigenous dance form of the Sulu Archipelago, home to the Tausug, Samal, Badjao and Jama Mapun groups. This little-known dance style from Southern Philippines has the richest movement vocabulary among all Philippine dances.

Fact #4

The techniques and aesthetics of the pangalay are parallel to those of other Asian dance forms. Pangalay is a living link to traditional dance cultures in the Asian region where sensitivity is the key to learning and gaining mastery of the many nuances of traditional dances.

Fact #5

The ADC believes that the pangalay can be at par with Western classical dance styles like ballet and jazz. This is why we continually create new choreography using different types of music ranging from traditional, pop, classical, folk and others.