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.. So many factors play a role in the success of Hiyas - this part of the site is dedicated to those special individuals and their contributions that helped make Hiyas a favorite and most sought after Filipino folk dance company of Silicon Valley and the Greater South Bay Area - THANK YOU ..

Pastor Sam Quema
.. for believing in our mission from the very start and helping us develop a relationship with the Filipino Youth Coalition!

Sarah E. Gonzalez and the Filipino Youth Coalition
.. for bringing us into the FYC family as its cultural component, providing us with dance studio space for rehersals on a weekly basis and most especially for your support, encouragement and trust in HIYAS' ability to be of community service in promoting our culture!

Adeline Arce, Rowena Subijano, Leonila Diaz & Teresita Sarmiento Yabut DDS of Yabsar's Fashions, Olongapo City, Philippines (and all the parents who help out)
.. for all our beautiful costumes, all of us know you work hard to get costumes done right in time for our shows and we appreciate all that you do!

Llane Vera Cruz M.D. and Joane Soliven M.D. of Santiago City, Isabella; Divina Vera Cruz Basilio M.D. of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
.. for your precious time and efforts in helping us acquire our extensive collection of costumes, props and accesories from the ethno-linguistic tribes of the Northern Cordillera!

Laurence Pascua of the Bituing Silangan Dance Company of Maui
.. for graciously giving your time to manuscript La Jota Manilena and enlightening us with your folk dance knowledge!

Wayne Mendoza of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa
(professor of Philippine Folk Dance and master student of Francisca Reyes-Aquino)
.. for being a mentor, consultant, and helping to guide our group in the right direction!

Patrick Tanega and the Rondalla Club of Los Angeles
.. for providing us special recordings and allowing us to use their music for practice and performances!

Rommel Padillo Serrano of the Kalilayan Dance Company (Catanauan, Quezon, Philippines)
... providing dance manuscripts.

Warren Manuntag of Likha Philippine Folk Ensemble
... providing many costuming ideas.

Bernard Ellorin of the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble
... providing a wealth of information on the traditional versions of Singkil and other southern dances.

The Philippine Folk Dance Society
.. for contributing the Sayaw: Dances of the Philippine Islands books.

And last, but not least, to the late Francisca Reyes-Aquino who started the whole revolution of preserving Philippine culture through folk songs and dance!

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