Tekniqlingz is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen cultural awareness and ethnic identity through education and the perpetuation of the Filipino culture in music, art, and dance.
Founded in the Spring of 2008 and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Fall of 2016, the Tekniqlingz came about through the Tinikling Filipino bamboo dance workshops held by the Katipunan Filipino Club of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. They operate as a traditional and modern Filipino folk dance program which preserves and perpetuates the Filipino American youth culture through creative arts and entertainment. With its foundation based on modernizing traditional Philippine folk dances, the Tekniqlingz is an organization which seeks to inspire and influence new innovations to the world of hip-hop and dance. As a dance crew, they have opened for and shared stages with artists such as Filipino American comedians Augie T and Rex Naverette and performers such as Mikey Bustos and Apl. De. Ap.
The vision of the Tekniqlingz is to have an ongoing environment to preserve the use of Filipino cultural art forms to activate cultural pride in one’s racial and ethnic heritage through the participation and practice of creating art and entertainment.