Filipinos kick up their heels for good cause
The Filipino community of North Texas rarely hosts an event without dancing. There’s cultural dancing, often by the Maharlika Dancers, who in one number skillfully step around bamboo poles in a dance called tinikling. And there’s also lots of line dancing to pop music. Everyone crowds the dance floor, partnered or not. Dancing and singing filled a glittery ballroom Friday evening at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Dallas for a fundraiser for the Roscon Foundation. The Dallas-based foundation promotes Filipino arts and tourism and provides scholarships to students in the Philippines.
Carol Smith, chair of the foundation’s executive committee, welcomed guests before the singing began. Edith McCoy sang the U.S. and Filipino national anthems. The main entertainment was provided by Antonio Carnota, a flamenco singer and pianist from Spain, and Jordan Grizzard, a local singer who was on American Idol.
Crystal awards were presented to musical guests and supporters. Then, everyone danced.
To learn more about the nonprofit, visit rosconfoundation.org.
Up next for the Filipino community is a Philippine Independence Day Gala on June 18 at the Westin Park Central in Dallas. For details, visit prdc-dfw.org.
Telugu Association convention
The North American Telugu Association is the leading nonprofit serving the Telugu community of Indian origin living in the United States and Canada. They come from the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. About 500,000 Telugu people live in North America. The association brought the 2016 NATA Convention to Dallas last week. About 12,000 were registered to attend the event Friday through Sunday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The convention included the presentation of the prestigious Service Award to Moncho Ferrer. He is the son of Vicente Ferrer of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, a global nonprofit based in the United States and Spain that helps those at the bottom of the Indian caste system. To learn more, visit vicenteferrer.org.
Spelling, geography bees
Last week, two national bees showcased smart kids who know how to spell and who know geography. Both titles were captured by Indian-American students. What’s even more noteworthy is that Indian Americans dominated the top 10 finalists in both competitions.
In the both contests, seven of the 10 finalists were of Indian origin. Two of those finalists were from Dallas County: Pranay Varada of Irving, who finished sixth in the National Geographic Bee Championship, and Smrithi Upadhyayula of Coppell, who finished fifth in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The Maharlika Dancers performed at Friday’s benefit for the Roscon Foundation at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Dallas.