Organization - Philippine Folk Dance Society

Philippine Folk Dance Society
Basic Information
English Philippine Folk Dance Society
Local language Samahang Tagapagtaguyod Ng Katutubong Sayaw Ng Pilipinas
Country Philippines
Category General NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Function Policy and System
Education and Training
Established year 1949
  • To propagate authentic Philippine folk dance.
  • To preserve their traditional characteristics for the present future generations;
  • To enrich knowledge on the importance of Philippine folk dance for cultural identity;
  • To acquire values from the folk dances for appreciation; and
  • To foster and promote goodwill and understanding among Filipinos and people of all nationalities through folk dancing.

The Samahang Tagapagtaguyod ng mga Katutubong Sayaw ng Pilipinas (STKSP) also known as Philippine Folk Dance Society (PFDS) is a non-profit, non-government organization founded in 1949 by the late Mrs. Francisca Reyes Aquino, the first National Artist in Dance. it was later revived in 1978 at the Folk Arts Theater after years of inactivity through the leadership  of Dr. Lucrecia Reyes Urtula, another national Artist in Dance. From then on, the society survives as an active association working in coordination with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on various cultural development projects.

Being the premier institution committed towards the preservation and promotion of Philippine folk and traditional dances, the Society aims to promote nationalism and patriotism through folk dance, to develop appreciation of folk dance among the youth, and to foster goodwill and understanding among Filipinos and other nations around the world.

One of its major achievements is the wide dissemination of folk dances to teachers through its annual folk dance workshop attended by thousands of participants coming from the different regions of the country. The national Folk Dance Workshop for Teachers is a project of the STKSP/PFDS and the CCP in cooperation with DepEd and CHED. Conducted yearly at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila and in different regions around the country, this event provides forum for discussion of immediate issues and concerns of folk dance teachers and practitioners. It is also a venue for the dissemination and presentation of new and unrecorded folk dances and music.

The Society acts as clearing house to resolve issues and concerns pertaining to folk dance steps, movements, music, costumes, props, and other aspects of folk dance production. Its projects include dance clinics, regional dance workshops, organization of local chapters in the provinces, publication of “SAYAW” books and CDs, scholarship grants and awards, participation in national and international folk festivals, folk dance research, the Society’s Newsletter, and most recently the Philippine Folk Dance Teacher Accreditation Program.

The STKSP/PFDS also promotes the international linkages through its membership in international organizations such as the Conseil Internationale des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d’ Artes Traditionales (CIOFF), and the World Dance Alliance (WDA).

Major Activities

Mrs. Francisca Reyes Aquino, Supervisor of Physical Education of the Bureau of Education, organized the PHILIPPINE FOLK DANCE SOCIETY, Mrs. Carmen Gil de Montes, Physical Education instructor at Sta. Isabel College was elected President

The first chapter of the Society was organized – the Division of City Schools, Manila Chapter under the leadership of Mrs. Carmen F. Adevoso

The Philippine Folk Dance Society actively participated in the Southeast Asian Regional Conference in Music and Dance by presenting a folk dance festival during the conference.

1957 – 1964
The best era of the Philippine Folk Dance Society. It’s mission of promoting nationalism through folk dancing was felt in many sectors of the country. More chapters were organized. More dance festivals were conducted. These were on the national, regional and the local levels. One of the best festivals was the “Hiyas ng Lahi Festival” held in Manila. Folk dance numbers were contributed by colleges and universities within the Metro Manila area.

The City of Manila awarded the Philippine Folk Dance Society the “Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Sayaw” on its 395th celebration of “Araw ng Maynila”.

Mrs. Francisca Reyes-Aquino, founder and consultant of the Philippine Folk Dance Society was awarded National Artist for Dance of the Philippines. She was the first to receive this award.

A temporary natural death occurred this year because of political reasons and the Society was re-organized under the leadership of Dr. Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula. Dr. Paz Cielo A. Belmonte, choreographer of the PNC Barangay Folk Dance Troupe was elected president.

The First Annual Folk Dance Festival was organized by the Folk Arts Theater. This included folk dance workshop conducted and managed in cooperation with the Philippine Folk Dance Society. Since then, the Society has been a co-sponsor of this annual folk dance workshop of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It has continually attracted folk dance enthusiasts all over the country as shown by the phenomenal increase in participation yearly.

The PFDS logo was introduced

The first Regional Folk Dance workshop sponsored by the Philippine Folk Dance Society in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports – National Capital Region was held at P. Burgos Elementary School, Sta. Mesa, Manila on February 15, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 1979.

The first National Summer Folk Dance Workshop with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports as co-sponsor held at P. Gomez Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Manila from Arpil 29 to June 3, 1979 (Sundays only)

Inauguration of the Philippine Folk Dance Society Office at the Folk Arts Theater on May 25, 1979.

A special Dance clinic was held in December 1979 featuring the Pangasinan dances researched by Mrs. Jovita Sison Posadas who came as a balikbayan from the USA.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines through its Outreach program, started conducting folkdance workshops on the regional level with members of PFDS, particularly its board members who acted as resource persons.

The Francisca Reyes Aquino Memorial Foundation was organized with Miss Sally C. Datoc spearheading the movement. Dr. Adelina R. Ferrer was elected President. The Philippine Folk Dance Society, together with Mrs. Celia Tolentino Martinez, Mrs. Aquino’s daughter, was among its patrons.

This was declared the commemorative Year of Francisca Reyes Aquino. As a fitting celebration of the vent, the Philippine Folk Dance Society joined hands with the Cultural Center of the Philippines in the conduct of the following:

Tertulia – program in honor of Mrs. Aquino

Pang-alay – dance concert on Aquino dances

Memorabilia Exhibit – exhibit on the life and works of Mrs. Aquino

“O Kikay” – a dance drama on the life and works of Mrs. Aquino, as held at UST, CEU, and CCP. This as a project of the FRAMF.

Lecture-Demonstrations of folk dances was given in honor of Francisca Reyes Aquino with the theme “Moral Recovery Through Sayaw Filipino” was held in selected cities in Luzon. The first was held at the Philippine Normal University in March. Again, the Philippine Folk Dancer Society was involved in this project. Other venues of the project were Bulacan, Pangasinan, Baguio City, Cavite City and Legazpi City.

1994 – 1996
DECS MLC on Physical Education, Music and other through

PFDS Officers and Board Members were invited to judge the Ati-atihan Festival in Ibajay, Aklan

1996 – 1998
Rebuilding the Association’s programs in the following areas:

  1. Approval of the PFDS Organizational Structure
  2. Approval of the Six-year Development Plan
  3. Extension Programs in ISabela, Davao, Cadiz, and Cagayan de Oro City
  4. Collaboration with the World Folklore Festival, World Dance Alliance and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts on the two international dance conferences

First PFDS Flyer was issued to all members of the annual summer workshop

Society received an award from the FRAMF thru the Society’s President, Larry A. Gabao on March 9, 1999.

Golden Jubilee (50th years) celebration of PFDS

Launching of PFDS Sayaw Book last May 17, 1999 at the CCP Main Theater

Gawad Parangal: Sayaw Bulawan, a recognition to members and other folk dance enthusiast who excelled and made major contributions to the preservation, documentation, and promotion of Philippine folk dances last May 22 , 1999 at Folk Arts Theater

Golden Jubille Dinner-Dance in line with the 50th years of PFDS last May 22, 1999 at Folk Arts Theater

First National Folk Dance Workshop conducted out-of-town. This was hold at Saint Louis University, Baguio City

Launching of the PFDS Accreditation Program

Commencement of the PFDS Accreditation Program conducted at Aquinas University, Legazpi City, Albay

The PFDS Officers and Board Members undergo Accreditation last October 11, 2014 at the National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna with Mrs. Emerita E. Basilio, PFDS Adviser and Accreditor

PFDS co-sponsor the National Training – Workshop for PASUC Cultural and the Arts Festival Adjudication held in Mindanao University of Science and technology in Cagayan de Oro City last August 26-28, 2015.

Launching of the PFDS Official website Implementation of the PFDS Accreditation program coincide with the 36th National Folk Dance Workshop in Dakak, Dapitan City.

1st PFDS Dance Clinique focusing on the dances of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on October 20- 22, 2016 at Saint Louis University, Baguio City in partnership with CCP, SLU and I-PHERDS of PNU

Contact Information (Organization)
Address PHILIPPINE FOLK DANCE SOCIETY : c/o Arts Department, Cultural Center of the Philippines CCP Complex, Manila, Philippines 1004. RODEL MAYOR FRONDA : c/o PHACTO, Ople Building, Capitol Compound, 3000
Tel +63 916 423 0013
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