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Monday, Mar 18
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Book Signing: Susan Meissner
7:30 PM Stage: Spamalot
Tuesday, Mar 19
All Day Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
7:30 PM Stage: Spamalot
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Wednesday, Mar 20
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
6:00 PM Documentary: Our Lost Years
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Thursday, Mar 21
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Talk: U.S. Trade Policy Toward China
4:00 PM Talk: The Political Lives of Cows, Rivers, and Mountains in Contemporary India
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Music: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Friday, Mar 22
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM The 34th Annual International Expo & Cultural Fashion Show
6:00 PM Japanese Sake
7:00 PM Soccer Match: Mexico vs Chile
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
7:30 PM Stage: Paul Rodriguez
8:00 PM Music: Puccini's Glorious Mass
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
8:00 PM Film: Degas: Passion for Perfection
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
9:30 PM Stage: Paul Rodriguez
Saturday, Mar 23
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Exhibition
1:00 PM Talk: Archaeology on the Coronados Islands
4:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
7:00 PM Music: At Home with Bulgarian Music
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
9:00 PM Music: Boogaloo Assassins
Sunday, Mar 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM House of Iran Lawn Program
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Exhibition
2:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
2:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
4:00 PM Indian Music: Prasanna
6:00 PM Brasil Jazz Festa
7:00 PM Stage: Paul Rodriguez
7:30 PM Music: Roberto Carlos
Monday, Mar 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Mar 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Wednesday, Mar 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Thursday, Mar 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Friday, Mar 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Music: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Saturday, Mar 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:30 PM Hands on Kimchi Workshop & Beer Pairing
1:00 PM Music: Clinton Davis
4:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Sunday, Mar 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Dance: House of Palestine Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
2:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
4:00 PM 16th Annual Festival of World Dances
Filipino Folk Dance


Folk dances of the Philippines reflect the various influences that formed the long history of the island nation, and folk dances vary according to the island's various regions. The Philippines consist of more than 7,000 islands that are divided into three main areas: Luzon in the north, Visayas in the middle, and Sulu and Mindanao in the south.

Several tribes live in the northern mountainous region. Each tribe goes by its own name; however, collectively the tribes are called Igorot. Mountainous or Igorot dances preserve world views and philosophies from the pre-Christian era, while showcasing instances of everyday life, such as family life or courtship. Igorot dances also celebrate battle victories and pay homage to ancestors or gods in order to bring good luck and fair weather to the villages. In Sulu and Mindanao, some of the dances were influenced by Islam and Christianity. For example, the Muslim dance Singkil is the local interpretation of the Indian epic, Ramayana, and is probably the most popular form of Filipino dance. Between Luzon and Mindanao lies Visayas, the middle part of today's Philippines. Dances from this region demonstrate Spanish influence and are called Maria Clara dances after the female protagonist in the novel by Jose Rizal. The choreography in Maria Clara dances is an amalgamation of Spanish and other European dances such as the waltz.

While Maria Clara dances were popular among the urban Filipinos, the rural areas had their own dances called Barrio dances. These dances celebrate life with elan and joy. To reflect their happiness and love of life, women and men show off their skills by balancing lamps on their heads or dancing on narrow benches. In the dance called Maglalatik, which is a mock war dance, dancers beat on coconut shells tied to their bodies, creating a furious rhythm while reenacting battle. Women wear either traditional dresses adorned with butterfly sleeves, or long skirts and lace blouses. Men traditionally wear Chamisa de Chino and colored trousers.

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