From the Contra Costa Times.
Performers present a glimpse of Philippines
By Janice De Jesus
Young dancers know that when they step into a rehearsal for KARIKTAN Dance Company, they learn more than just a certain dance. They get an education about the Philippines.
They soon discover the country isn't just famous for "pansit," "lumpia," and "adobo," -- its signature food dishes -- or Imelda Marcos' shoes, but that there are 7,100 islands with various regions each with its own subculture and dialect.
Ian Quiambao, 12, didn't know much about his Filipino heritage when he joined KARIKTAN. Now, he not only knows each region of the Philippines' their own set of cultural dances, Ian also specializes in the "Tinikling," one of the most popular and the most complicated folk dances where performers rapidly dance in and out of moving bamboo poles.