Karilagán

Mission Statement

The Karilagán Philippine Cultural Group, Inc. is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization established in 1993 for cultural, educational, and charitable purposes. It is an all-volunteer group whose main goals are to preserve and promote the appreciation and understanding of the Filipino cultural heritage among Asian Americans of Filipino origin as well as within the greater community of San Antonio and Bexar County. It also aims to provide educational scholarships to Asian Americans of Filipino descent in addition to the sponsorship of cultural training workshops in Philippine dance and music for the benefit of the general public.

Karilagán members perform and demonstrate an array of traditional folk dances that show the influences of various cultural groups that have woven their way into Philippine history and society. The Karilagán repertoire includes dances of the Cordillera northern region, the Spanish Suite, the Muslim south, the tribal ethnic groups, and the lowland peasantry, all of which give a glimpse of the colorful and vibrant cultural tapestry of the Philippines from the past to the present.

Karilagán members are all volunteers. They perform regularly at the Texas Folklife Festival, the Asian Festival, the Aloha Festival, the military bases, schools, churches, private functions, and numerous other venues in San Antonio and Bexar County. They are available for presentations for both charity and donations. Any contributions received by Karilagán are tax deductible and are used exclusively to fund its various projects, educational scholarships, cultural training and repertoire property (costumes, accessories, etc.) maintenance.