Creating and Enriching Cultural Awareness through Philippine Dance and Music
The arts and learning of a race or a nation are in its culture. Philippine has a rich body of indigenous artistic traditions which make it well known all over the world. Pearl of the Orient Seas has already been rich in culture before we had been colonized by foreign countries, but Spanish colony influenced traditional Philippine folk music and dance, cuisine, festivities, religion and language. After the Spaniards, Uncle Sam entered, Americans also left evident of their influences in English language, contemporary pop culture, such as fast food, music, film, film and sports (basketball). All their influences have been added to our rich culture that reflects the complexity of the history of the Philippines. All of the forms of cultures and all the people of the country play a vital role in enriching our culture. One way of making them do their role is cultural awareness. Why is there a need to enrich cultural awareness? Cultural awareness is the foundation of communication and it involves the ability of standing back from ourselves and becoming aware of our cultural values, beliefs and perceptive. Becoming aware of our cultural dynamics is a difficult task; it takes different ways and requires several factors to completely fulfill what is desired. One way is through dance and music. As a youth, I can see the phenomenon; some people like me have already forgotten what they have. They tend to learn foreign culture instead of their own. Maybe, it’s because of the Filipino value of having a desire to appear well off and having a certain degree of racial inferiority. Now, people are conscious on how can they be attuned to the times. They think that knowing the foreign songs such as the songs of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Korean songs, etc., you are considered updated and so called expression “you’re in”. Don’t they notice that our culture is dying? It’s dying because...
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