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#AAPI TRAILBLAZING: Sinag-Tala Performing Arts Troupe

Members of the Sinag-Tala Performing Arts Troupe function as the cultural ambassadors of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City. The Filipino Association was founded in 1968, and the Sinag-Tala in 1972. Dr. Lillian G. Pardo said, “As a co-founder and current executive director of the Sinag-Tala, the promotion and preservation of our rich cultural heritage is most valuable in keeping second and third generation Filipino Americans as part of this experience.” The all-volunteer organization welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds who are willing to practice and learn the cultural arts, including dance, choir, or music with the rondalla string instruments. Members participate in city-wide programs, such as Fiesta Filipina and the Ethnic Enrichment Festival. Sinag-Tala recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concert at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  

(Front row) K C Vasquez, Claudette Dela Cruz, and Beth Merrick (back row) Susan Lira Bergeron, Corina Dela Cruz, Gemma Alemania Snyder, and Rica Lansangan


Armando Costes, Jessica Lindsey, Rica Lansangan, Francine Henry, Marilou Magarin, and Ben Lansangan 

Featured in the May 13, 2023 issue of The Independent


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