Filipino American Community in Arizona Comes Together to Support World Hip Hop Dance Championship Delegates
Once again, the Filipino American community in Arizona has demonstrated its strong bonds and support. This time with an overwhelming show of support for the Filipino hip hop dancers taking part in this annual competition. Through sponsors and donations, they’ve made Arizona a home away from home for the talented teams.
Bayanihan Spirit Nourishes and Comforts
Coordinated by CFO-AZ leaders Jhen Facto Aquino, Minnie Palis, Beverly De Leon, Ethel Luzario, Ihman Esturco, Charmel Dela Cruz, Fleur Magbanua, and Jennifer Lewis, the community provided nourishment and comfort in the form of authentic Filipino food and healthy options generously donated to the competing teams. As effort that has taken place year after year, it has become a tradition that places the true essence of unity within Arizona’s Filipino American community on full display. Their dedication and enthusiasm reflect a profound commitment to the cause, underscored by the joyous impact it brings to both the community and those who have travelled here from abroad to compete for the gold.
Minnie Palis of Care Partners Health Services, sponsor & community outreach coordinator, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, stating, “Thank you all for the support you have given our delegates…they are so grateful.” When asked about the driving force behind their extensive endeavors, Palis responded, “It’s fulfilling. Seeing them happy, smiling, it’s just wonderful and a great feeling. It’s great to see the whole community come together.”
In a brief interview just ahead the 2023 World Hip Hop Dance Championship finals, Coach Tank Bautista of the Legit Status MegaCrew also took a few moments to share his appreciation and thoughts on the enormous generosity of the AZ Filipino community.
Celebrating Connection and Cultural Pride
This act of togetherness is a reminder that Filipino heritage connects people regardless of location. The convergence of the 2023 World Hip Hop Championship and the “Bayanihan Spirit” celebrates this bond, fosters unity, and cultivates a sense of mutual appreciation & cultural pride. It also highlights the impact this closely-knit community has had on the positive experience these competing teams have had during their time abroad.
Hip Hop Dance – Inspiring Unity on the Global Stage
It’s worth noting that hip hop dance teams from the Philippines are world-class, with a rich tradition of competing at the highest level. Their participation elevates visibility on the global platform, not only showcasing their exceptional skills but also instilling a sense of pride and unity among Filipinos worldwide.
Filipino Hip Hop Dancers Well Represented
The Philippines definitely showed up in full force with approximately 180 total delegates in attendance. The following teams competed across four divisions in HHI’s 2023 World Hip Hop Dance Championship:
- “Up Street Dance Crew” (MegaCrew Division)
- “Legit Status” (MegaCrew Division)
- “Legit Status” (JV MegaCrew Division)
- “Class E” (JV MegaCrew Division)
- “AKidz” (Varsity Division)
- “HQ” (Adult Division)
Hip Hop Dance Champions
Filipino hip hop dance teams came out on top in the Megacrew and Adult Divisions with both “Legit Status” and “HQ” taking home championship gold medals. In addition, the “Up Street Dance Crew” won a bronze medal in the MegaCrew Division. What an amazing achievement!🎉🎊
Did you miss it? Watch these amazing championship performances: Stepping Up the Game: Filipino Hip Hop Dancers Take Home the Gold in 2023 HHI World Championship Finals