"Thousands of Philippine Latter-day Saints celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints being established in the Philippines. More than 4,000 members performed traditional songs and lively dances in elaborate costumes at a cultural celebration on Saturday, 30 April 2011. The event depicted the Church’s history as well as the local culture and history. The youth started practicing their dance routines and making their colorful costumes as early as two years ago." (media release). (Click here to watch a clip of the dancers).
We loved being in attendance at the Araneta Center with about 20,000 other people to watch this spiritual, and yet colorful display of the culture of the Philippines. The routines depicted how different cultures, viz. Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Western cultures have molded this country.