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Second Generation Swiss-Filipinos holds workshop on Philippine dances

The Network of Independent Pinoys (Noi-P), a network of second generation Swiss-Filipinos, held a dance workshop on Philippine dances in Zurich on 04 May 2013. The workshop, which was participated in by eighteen (18) Swiss-Filipinos and Swiss young professionals, was conducted by Ms. Lannie Knab, an active member of the Filipino community in Switzerland who is married to a Swiss national.
The participants learned from the one-day workshop a couple of Philippine dances- the malong (a traditional tube skirt worn by women in southern Philippines) dance and the fan dance.
Apart from offering the second generation Swiss-Filipinos an opportunity to socialize with their peers, the workshop became a platform for them to explore more about their Philippine heritage through traditional dances. They commented that it was nice to see different kinds of Philippine dances apart from the more popular bamboo dance, Tinikling.
For their Swiss friends, the workshop became an encounter with the rich Philippine traditional dances. One of the participants who is a teacher from Liechtenstein said that it was fun and that it would be nice to teach the dances to her students who, she is confident, would likewise enjoy the experience as she did.  
Noi-P, which came into being in 2010, has had a number of activities that help promote various aspects of Philippine culture. Despite being a young association, the

group has already staged seminars, workshops and conferences that promote a better understanding of the Philippines and teach young Swiss-Filipinos their Philippine heritage, as well as raise funds in support of a number of charitable and educational projects in the Philippines.
Among the projects the network has organized include an integration project for whereby teachers are taught how to handle Filipino schoolchildren; a Tagalong course for second generation Filipinos; a conference/seminar on the Philippines; screening of the documentary about the Kalinga tribe entitled, “Luminawa”; provision of school supplies for underprivileged children in the Philippines; a video conference among second generation Filipinos in Switzerland, other parts of Europe, and the US, aimed to link second generation Filipinos across the globe and share experiences; and a visit to Schaffhausen, the first city in Switzerland where Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, stayed.
Second generation Filipinos is one group that the Philippine Embassy nurtures; because they straddle two cultures, they could play a critical role in creating awareness on the Philippines in Switzerland and could easily promote the country among the young generation of Swiss. END

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