MIXING traditional moves with contemporary style usually yields good results. University of the Philippines did better by adding a dash of street game to street dance.
University of the Philippines Streetdance Club incorporated Filipino games such as patintero, luksong tinik, and piko into their dance routine on their way to the top as the UAAP Season 77 streetdance competition returned after a one-year hiatus.
The club’s coach said they wanted to create awareness for Filipino games in conceptualizing their dance, and they did so with a flourish at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.
UP Street won the title in runaway fashion, with Company of Ateneo Dancers and De La Salle Dance Company occupying the next two spots.
“Gusto rin naming magbigay ng bago sa mata,” said UP coach Von Ace Asilo. “Honestly, panahon ko ’yung laro sa kalsada talaga. Na-experience ko ‘yung patintero, tumbang preso, piko."
Asilo says kids nowadays play on their laptops, tablets, and gadgets instead of playing the usual ‘Larong Pinoy.'
“Gusto ko lang balikan ’yun dahil ngayon, more on gadgets, computer games, tablets na ang generation ngayon. Hindi na sila masyadong lumalabas ng bahay,” said Asilo, a Physical Education instructor who also teaches dance at UP.
“Somehow, napansin ko na naapektuhan na ’yung mga well-being ng mga bata dahil madali na silang ma-injured ngayon. ‘Yung paglalaro sa labas, ’yung naaarawan ka, nakakapagpalakas din sa katawan, and at the same time, doon natutuhan ’yung mga values like camaraderie and fair play,” said Asilo.
Asilo said creating awareness for Filipino games will help preserve the Filipino culture.
“Gusto ko siyang ibalik at impluwensiyahan ’yung mga youth ngayon na sana maibalik ’yung ganung kultura kasi baka mawala,” said Asilo.