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Dance group keeping Filipino culture alive in San Diego

Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 20:33:42-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- For the last 50 years, PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company has taken center stage, bringing Filipino culture to San Diego.

In their dance studio in National City, they’ve taught kids as young as 4 to 18. It was here where they put together elaborate performances using music, song, and dance to tell the history of the Philippines.

Anamaria Cabato, the Executive Director of PASACAT says, “they knew it would be a way for us to connect to our heritage.”

But now their building is empty, closed up, and nothing but silence is heard. When the pandemic hit, PASACAT had to hit the rest button, placing their focus on teaching classes virtually.

Cabato says, “We’re trying to find new ways to be attractive, to stay relevant, so our students want to stay connected.”

They moved their lessons virtually event connecting directly to those in the Philippines taking their dance lessons to a deeper level.

Cabato adds, “We’ve had classes on the culture of various people, the traditional dress of whatever that culture was, the instruments, everything.”

But facing adversity isn’t new for PASACAT, within the last decade their dance studio has gotten flooded out twice. Both times, flooring had to be ripped out and replaced.

But through it all, they’ve managed to push forward showing their resiliency.