Pinoys show Norwegians why 'It's More Fun in PH'

By Macel Ingles, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Sep 20 2013 10:03 AM | Updated as of Sep 20 2013 06:03 PM

Drammen Filipino Dance Group dances the Carinosa in its annual Filippinsk Kulturaften show in Drammen, Norway/Macel Ingles, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

DRAMMEN - Philippine cultural dances and performances showed once again why "It's More Fun in the Philippines."

On its 5th year of staging the Filippinsk Kulturaften, Norway's biggest Filipino cultural show, the Drammen Filipino Dance Group (DFDG) decided to showcase the country as the best travel destination for Norwegians.

Weaving the tale of a Norwegian traveller, the show brought the audience to several global cities before succumbing to the charms and wonders of Asia's pearl, the Philippines.

In the show, the performers traipsed their way to several cities to popular tunes such as New York, New York, Waka Waka, Hawaii-Five-O, and Gentlemen.

Two foreign groups, the Iranian Association and The Organization of Norwegian Chinese Cooperation (NKSO) also contributed numbers from their respective countries.

For the Philippine part of the program, the DFDG performed the Mamang Sorbetero, Carinosa, Dayang Dayang and Tinikling dances.

Filipino comedic talent Luzviminda Fredriksen who is popularly known as Miss Shakira also cracked jokes on Filipino culture and earned the biggest applause as she flirtatiously told the audience she is glad to have finally met the handsome mayor of Drammen and volunteered to be his tour guide if he decides to visit the Philippines.

"Am very proud na pinapakita natin ang talent ng mga Pilipino," RheAnn Lindeberg told ABS-CBN Europe. She came to watch the show for the very first time.

"Hindi ko akalain sa Norway, in the middle of nowhere, meron din pala ditong grupo showing our culture talaga," she added.

Norwegian Maria Kaasa seemed also very pleased with the show and is now seriously considering visiting the country. She said that she had become a regular at the Filippinsk Kulturaften shows and is even already looking forward to watch it next year.

"I have never been to the Philippines but it is one of my biggest dreams to go there. I will be going there," she said.

Drammen Mayor Tor Hansen, who regularly attends the event, again praised the show and said that he always looks forward to the staging of the Filippinsk Kulturaften.

"Except for the part where I have to dance between the bamboo poles," he joked, referring to the "tinikling" dance.

Philippine embassy's Consul Patrick Hilado also thanked all immigrant groups in all parts of Norway and said he is grateful for "the contributions they have made as ambassadors of Philippine culture and tradition to our Norwegian friends."

The Filippinsk Kulturaften is an annual cultural show by the DFDG and is supported by the Drammen city through its cultural arm, Interkultur that works with immigrant communities in the city.