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Presented By: Center for Southeast Asian Studies

The Currents that Connect

Al-Raffy Alnado Harun; Carlo Ebeo

In collaboration with KulArts and the Philippine Arts & Culture Ensemble of Michigan, join two Philippine culture bearers for FREE workshops, community interaction, lectures, and performances in dance, music, cuisine, and attires of indigenous cultures from Mindanao.

Al-raffy Harun is a performing artist & Sama culture bearer born and raised in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi. A cultural worker and performer, he was Artistic Director of the Sining Parmata Performing Arts of Mindanao State University. He led Lepa Theatrical Troupe in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi aiming to promote, preserve and protect Sama culture & tradition. Raffy won the Best talent in Malaysia for Mr.Culture Asia and was the Tawi-Tawi area coordinator for the Genetic Variation of Filipino People Project. Raffy received his Bachelor of Arts from Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography and recently earned a Diploma in Linguistic, Anthropology, and Population Genetics at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is also a Legislative Staff Assistant for the Policy Research & Legal Services BTA-BARMM Cotabato City.

Carlo Ebeo, a researcher, producer, educator, & festival organizer, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the Philippines, commissioner of National Commission for Culture & the Arts and national coordinator for the National Book Development Board’s Book Nook Project. He has produced and curated numerous large arts projects including Mga Durungawan Sa Kulturang Pilipino (Windows to Philippine Cultures) Hinugyaw Festival, T’nalak Festival, the Incheon Bilingual Theatre Festival, as well as exhibitions in various museums in Mindanao and at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. He is a member of the research program of Uppsala University- Sweden, a four-year research study on the Origins of the Filipino People and led a group of Filipino researchers, scholars, scientists & cultural workers for a project called OCSEAN or “Oceanic and South East Asian Navigators” trained in the areas of Austronesian languages, anthropology, archeology & genetics geared towards a study on probing the human past.

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