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Helobung: Tales, Tunes, and Threads of the Tʻbolis

Date and Time: 7:30pm Friday, 10/27/23
Location: Barbara B. Smith Ampitheatre, UHM Music Department, 2411 Dole St., Honolulu
FREE and open to the public

Preserving T’boli culture and providing a livelihood for their community in the biodiverse lands of the southern Philippines, Helobung (“endless joy”) is a wellspring and tradition bearer. Performed by five dancers and musicians, Helobung’s “Tales, Tunes, and Threads of the T’bolis” introduces and shares this people’s cultural roots and signifiers — the living traditions that continue to sustain contemporary T’bolis today.

Michael Angelo L. Yambok — director, dancer/chanter
Mary Grace Y. Guay — dancer/chanter
Joel M. Ganlal — instrumentalist
Kenette M. Blagay — instrumentalist
Amelita M. Lugan — dancer/chanter

Helobung is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the US Government, administered by the New England Foundation for the arts in cooperation with the US Regional Arts Organizations. General Management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.