My first non-Filipino story is the Ramayana using Indonesian Shadow Puppets. Ramayana (Rama's Journey) was written by an Indian poet Valmiki about Rama's adventures fighting the Rakshasas (demons) with his brother, Lakshmana and about saving his wife Sita from the demon king, Ravana with the help of Hanuman, a monkey general. The story is broken into seven short episodes. Check out the playlist:
Twenty videos showing musical numbers of fingers dancing on YouTube. See Playlist, "Finger Feet": http://bit.ly/37UrAWh
Learn Tagalog (Filipino language) lessons for beginners, focusing on vocabulary on YouTube. The lessons are taught by our puppets, Pinya and Liwanag (photo), to appeal to our youth. We have a total of 23 lessons which started in Nov. 2018 . They are short (5 to 7 minutes).
Puppet shows of familiar Philippine folktales such as Ibong Adarna, Juan Tamad, Monkey and Crocodile, Monkey and Turtle (see photos at bottom) and other children stories are told in English. Some stories have Tagalog or Visayan versions in separate video clips. We sometimes include Puppet Making series, showing how puppets were made for each folktale in separate video clips. On our YouTube, check out Puppet Making playlist. These were past productions of Alsa Balutan America which is now Kidstale, producer of Puppetnettes videos. Click below to check out our folktales on YouTube.
Puppet shows on Filipino contemporary and traditional music by Filipino musicians to showcase our culture. We have also started using Latin and American music composed by Americans. We include Puppetmaking series, showing how we strung the marionettes. Slideshows (Chinese lantern exhibits, gingerbread houses) that may not have any Filipino motif are also shown from time to time that may spark interests in different art forms. Click below to check them out on YouTube.
A Filipina talks about relationships and other issues relevant to Filipinos living abroad (No puppets) on YOUTUBE and LOVE BLOGS on this website.
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Learn step by step dance instructions: Janggay (dance with long nails), Kini Kini and Kinakulangan, Pag-Apir or Fan Dance (also called Maiden Dance), Ati Atihan.