Kinding Sindaw’s ‘Mindanao the Legend’ to premiere in NY

Kinding Sindaw’s ‘Mindanao the Legend’ to premiere in NY

/ 12:35 AM June 20, 2018

NEW YORK – For its 25th anniversary, Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundation, Inc. will premiere “Mindanao: The Legend of Tabunaway, Mamalu and Their Descendants” at La MaMa E.T.C from June 21 to June 24, 2018.


“Mindanao the Legend” with concept, choreography, and direction by Potri Ranka Manis, will highlight the resilience of the indigenous peoples and the sultanates of the southern Philippines, as passed down through generations of oral tradition in the legend of the brothers Tabunaway and Mamalu.

Tabunaway and Mamalu were two brothers who nurtured the land through rituals that depict the cycle of life. Their colorful way of life is reflected in dance, chants, and the Kulintang gong music of the ancestral Mindanao tradition-bearers. Mountains and rainforests caught in the winds of fierce typhoons are brought to life through the power of scarves, apir (fans), and Silat martial arts movements.


Woven into “Mindanao the Legend,” is the history of the Lumad and the Moro indigenous peoples, who descended from Tabunaway and Mamalu. For centuries, the descendants of Tabunaway and Mamalu were repeatedly invaded and besieged by foreign forces. Yet, they remain steadfast and keep rising from the ashes as they uphold the undaunted spirit of their ancestors whose resilience keeps them unconquered.

“Mindanao The Legend” will run from June 21 to June 24, 2018, at 7 p.m., with matinee shows on June 23-24 at 2 p.m. for a duration of 2 hours with intermission. Watch it at the Downstairs at La Mama. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $10 first 10 tickets of each performance. For more ticket info, go to or call (212) 352-2101.

To support the work of Kinding Sindaw, join us and other distinguished guests in the Premiere Benefit Night of Kinding Sindaw’s 2018 production, Mindanao, The Legend, on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 6:30 PM-10:00 PM, at La Mama ETC, 44 East 4th Street, New York, NY.  The Premiere Benefit Night will have a cocktail formal reception and an opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items.  To obtain tickets for the Premiere Benefit Night at $150 each, please go to or contact Malaika Queano at 917-817-3966 or email us at [email protected]

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