Organization - Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company

Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company
Basic Information
English Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company
Local language Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company
Country Philippines
Category General NGO
Domain Performing Arts
Function Promotion
Established year 1961

To promote the knowledge and appreciation of Philippine folk dance in all its forms as well as folk songs and traditional music.


Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company

Formerly the Leyte Filipiniana Dance Troupe, founded in 1960 by Teresita Veloso-Pil, its choreographer and artistic director. The group started at the Holy Infant Academy in Tacloban City, drawing members from the students and the faculty, and with the support of Sr. Mary Canisius, director of the academy.

The Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company (LKCD) made its professional debut on 21 Sep 1961, which led to numerous invitations all over the country. From 1961 to 1964, the company toured major cities in the Philippines. In 1965, the troupe was designated as Cultural Ambassadors by President Diosdado Macapagal and embarked on a ten-month tour of the USA. The company made an appearance in the famed Ed Sullivan show watched by millions of Americans.

Since then, the troupe has gone on 25 international tours, performing to capacity crowds at Expo ’70 in Osaka, opening the UNESCO cultural season in Paris, dancing to standing-room audiences in Saudi Arabia, receiving standing ovations from over 7,000 spectators at the World’s Fair ‘82 in Tennessee, participating as one of the “18 World’s Best Dance Troupes” at the opening rites of the Epcot Center in Disneyworld in Florida, and joining international festivals in Israel, Rome, France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, England, Slovenia, Greece, Kuwait, Bahrain, Mexico, and Malaysia. In 1980, the LKDC received the silver medal at the Dijon International Folklore Festival, held in Dijon, France, a dance competition participated in by over 32 folk dance groups from all over the world.

In 2014, the company was able to honor prior engagements despite suffering from the ravages of super-typhoon Yolanda, performing at the International Cultural Festival in Thailand from 17 to 22 Aug, and at the closing ceremony of the China-ASEAN Cultural Exchange Year from 12 to 17 Dec at Myanmar. • In 2016 The dance troupe was recognized one of the best dance companies in the world (

With the support of the Leyte Filipiniana – Kalipayan Alumni Association, the governments of the Province of Leyte and the City of Tacloban, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the National Commission for Culture and Arts, as well as its alumni, many now living in the United States and other parts of the world, The Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company continues to educate and entertain audiences locally and internationally on the splendor of Philippine dance and music.

Major Activities

Major Performances & Tours

First public performance of the Leyte Filipiniana Dance Troupe during the Holy Infant College Day Celebration in September 1961
Tour of Eastern Leyte

San Agustin Gym, Iloilo City
La Consolacion College Auditorium, Bacolod City
Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City

Subic Naval Base in Zambales
Cubi Point and Clark Airbase in Pampanga and Sangley Point in Cavite
Camp John Hay in Baguio City, Benguet Province

Catbalogan, Samar.

Philippine Official Cultural Mission to the United States designated by President Diosdado Macapagal
U.S. Cross-country Tour; appeard in The Ed Sullivan Show

An extensive tour of Northwestern Bohol

St. Bridget’s College in Batangas

Philippine Official Cultural Mission to the Osaka Expo ’70 for the Philippine Day Celebration in Japan

Philippine-Guam International Trade Fair in Angana, Guam sponsored by the PhilippineMinistry of Trade & Industry
Cebu City sponsored by-the Philippin National Red Cross, Cebu Chapter
Cagayan de Oro City sponsored by the Rotary Anns
Maasin, Southern Leyte, sponsored by the Boy Scouts of the Phils, Leyte Chapter

1975 – 1985
Command performances for the State visitors and guests of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos in Olot, Tolosa, Leyte

Camp John Hay, Baguio City sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism
Performance in Nasugbu, Batangas for the Batulao Village Club Foundation Anniversary Celebration
Three week daily lunchtime shows at the Tropical Palace Hotel in Manila
Asian Youth Conference in Manila
The Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater, April 23
“Celebrity Night”, National Press Club, Manila

Baguio City; IIocos Sur and La Union provinces
Dagupan City, Pangasinan; and in Daet, Camarines Norte.
The Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company (Name changed)

Pili and Libmanan, Camarines Sur
Legaspi City, Albay
Cebu City in connection with the sacerdotal celebration of His Eminence, Cardinal Julio R. Rosales
Tour of Taiwan, covering three weeks under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and the National Dance Association of Taiwan
Philippine Official Cultural Mission to International Dance Festivals
Third Haifa International Folklore Festivals, Israel
Festivale di Musica et Danza, Rome, Italy
Rencontres Folkloriques Internationales, Fribourg, Switzerland
Dijon Festival International de Folklore, Dijon, France
Wins the Silver Medal at the Festival International de Folklore, the only regional dance troupe to win the award!
Koenigsfelder Festival of Classic Arts, Windisch, Switzerland
A special performance at the United Nations Theater to officially open the UN Cultural Season in Paris
A PAL-sponsored show at the Sheraton Hotel, Paris, in honor of the V.A.M.O.S. club members

Invited by First Lady Imelda Marcos to perform at the Malacafiang Palace for the dinner party in honor of the delegates to the World Tourism Congress

Philippine Official Cultural Mission to the Middle East to join in the Celebration of Philippine
Independence Day in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and an eleven-day performance engagement to celebrate
Philippine Arts and Food Festival in Saudi Arabia
Participation at the Kuwait Folklorique Festival, Kuwait
Special show at the Hilton Hotel in Bahrain

Philippine Official Cultural Mission to the United States
1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee
The formal opening of the EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Inaugural opening of the 1982 Wolf Trap International Children’s Festival, Virginia
Special performance during the Presidential Dinner held at the Corcoran Gallery Museum of Arts in Washington D.C.
Performance-tour of the US mainland and Hawaii
Participation at the 10th Festival lnternacional Cervantino in Mexico with perfonnances in its 15 cities

Tacloban City Fiesta Celebration
Fifth Chapter Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Metro Tacloban
8th Annual District Convention: Kiwanis International Visayas-Mindanao Chapter
RMS National Conference of the Min. of Transportation
Two-week, twice-a-day performances in Olot, Tolosa for Mrs. Juliet Romualdez’ Wish-To-Know-You Socials for teachers and government employees from different towns in Leyte
Command performancefor the 39th Leyte Landing Anniversary Celebration

Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Holy Infant College, Tacloban
Tacloban City 1984 fiesta celebration
National Convention of Electric Cooperatives
Command performance Grand 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Leyte Landing
One-hour dance and choral performance at the Sol Oil Co. Inc., Tanauan, Leyte

7th National Tourism Conference held in Tacloban City
Tour of Manila, Clark Airbase in Pampanga, Ilocos Norte and Dagupan, Pangasinan
A special performance for the Santiago A. Fonacier Centennial Celebration in Laoag City, Ilocos, Norte
A Manila Bay Cruise choral performance in honor of Manila Advertisers and Publishers
Performance-Tour of DGeneral Santos City and Marbel, South cotabato with a special showat Dole Philippines, in Polomolok. South Cotabato
Performances for:
The Regional Commanders and Officers of the Phil. Navy, AFP and Philippine Air Force of Region 8
The United Architects Association of the Philippines, Region 8 chapter convention
The newly-installed Archbishop of Palo, Msgr. Pedro R. Dean, in Palo, Leyte
Command performanceDOE THE 41st Leyte Landing Anniversary celebration

25th Anniversary of the Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company with 2 gala shows on March 8 and June 28, 1986.
District Conference of the Rotary Clubs in the Visayas & Mindanao areas;
National Conference of Amateur Radio Hams Association of the Philippines
Hermanos Pasados of Tacloban Fiesta.

Special performance at Dole Philippines. Polomolok. S. Cotabato, in honor of visiting VIP Mr. David Murdock, Chairman of Castle & Cooke International
Fund-raising Gala Performance at the Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, November 10, 1987

Dole Philippines, Polomolok, South Cotabato, February 9 in General Santos city sponsored by the Solar Task Force Committee
Special Gala Performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Manila, September 23 and 24 as CCP Dance Venue Grantee for 1988, co-sponsored by the Kerygma Foundation, Inc.

Town fiesta celebrations in the towns of Liloan, Southern Leyte; Abuyog, Leyte’; Baybay, Leyte
For the VIP Guests of the Province of Leyte in connection with the 45th Leyte Landing Anniversary Celebration, held at Leyte Park Hotel
Department of Science and Technology National Conference at the People’s Center
Coronation Pageant of the Centennial Queen of Tacloban City
Leyte Samar Kauswagan Festival held at the Nikko Manila Garden International Hotel, Manmila
Performance-Tour of Legaspi City, Iriga City and Buhi, Camarines Sur

The Taiwan TV Corporation at Leyte Park Hotel
National Reunion of the Lee Family
RTR Medical Foundation on its Graduation Exercises
Town fiesta celebration of Tanauan, Leyte sponsored by Assumption Academy PIA.
Performances in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, as part of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Exchange Artists Grant
Central Luzon State University, Nueva Ecija, and at St. Mary’s College, Meycauayan, Bulacan, as part of the CCP Cultural Exchange Artists Program
St. Bridget School, Buhi, Camarines Sur
University of Nag a, Nueva Caceres, Naga City, Albay
Colegio de Immaculada Concepcion, Cebu City, as part of the CCP Cultural Exchange Artists Grant

Official Philippine Delegate to the 1990 Asian Folklore Festival trom January 30 to February 7 in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Alor, Setar, Penang, Ipoh)

A three-month performance-tour from June to September to represent the Philippines at the International Folkflore Festivals held in Spain (Badajoz, Jaen, Cadiz, Burgos, Mallorca, Gijon, Viveiro, Ourense, Moixent, Villablanca and Ronda) with a special show in Madrid for the members of Diplomatic Corps sponsored by the Philippine Ambassador to Spain
A special participation at the International Folkflore Festival at Luz de Taviera, Portugal

June 13 to August 25, 1995, represented the Philippines at the International Folkflore Festivals held in The Netherlands (Burgum, Enschede, Warffum, De Steeg, Nederweert, Sas van Gent, Appelescha and Odoorn); in Belgium (Aalst and Schoten) and in the United Kingdom to participate at the Bournemouth Philippine Festival, England and two special shows for the Philippine Festival held in London

A two-month tour of Europe which began in Germany with special performances for the Philippine Centennial Celebration in Mainz and Passau from July 4 to 11, 1998. Then, participated at various prestigious international folklore festivals held in Minturo, Pescara, Assemini and Sardignia, Italy trom July 15 to August 5, 1998; in Viviero-Lugo, Ourense, La Coruna, Villablanca-Huelva, and Zaragosa, Spain from August 8 to September 6; and in Viana do Castelo, Portugal from September 7 to 16, 1998

Tour of Slovenia, Greece and Spain

Performances in Taiwan
Performances in Beijing, China

2 months tour in Spain and Portugal

2 months tour in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland

International Cultural Festival in Thailand
China-ASEAN Cultural Exchange in Myanmar

Performance for the arrival of Pope Francis in Tacloban City
Performance in Cagayan de Oro City
The Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company which was affected by the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan is in the process of rehabilitating its lost costumes, props and musical instruments by raising funds through various local performances. Also, to continue its mission to promote the rich cultural heritage of our country, the troupe launched a Cultural Awareness Campaign performing in different high schools and colleges in Region 8 in order to address the extinctive Philippine culture because of Western influences.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address 22 Arellano St. Tacloban City 6500
Tel +63 915 218 0143
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