“Check Da Tekniq” : A Hip Hop and Modern Tinikling Community Dance Workshop



Please join us for a Saturday morning “Check Da Tekniq” community dance workshop featuring founder and executive director of Tekniqlingz and the Tekniqlingz Dance crew, Gabe Torno!

Tekniqlingz presents “Check Da Tekniq” : A Hip Hop and Modern Tinikling Community Dance Workshop featuring founder and executive director of Tekniqlingz and the Tekniqlingz Dance crew, Gabe Torno.

This workshop will consist of learning the basics of the Tinikling Filipino bamboo dance and incorporating Hip-Hop and modern elements alongside commetary on the significance of modernization of cultural and traditional dances today.

Gabe Torno is a dancer, choreographer, and nonprofit director from Aiea, Hawaii. His ancestral roots in the Philippines hails from San Fernando, Pampango with lineage from Western Visayas (Negros Occidental). His primary dance forms are Hip-Hop and Philippine dance. He was first immersed in Filipino folk dance through joining his first Filipino club in college at Chaminade University in 2004. He danced with the Kababayan Filipino Club at Chaminade from 2004-2006. Later on, he performed off and on with the University of Hawaii’s Katipunan Club’s Filipino folk dance troup from 2006-2008 until he formed the Tekniqlingz Dance Crew in mid 2008. He specializes and has a close affinity with the Tinikling Filipino bamboo dance. He is a Masters of Business Administration graduate at Chaminade University and Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies graduate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In his previous professions, he has worked in various educational and non-profit organizations such as the Bishop Museum, Read Aloud America, Island Pacific Academy, and Kids Hurt Too Hawaii under the AmericCorps VISTA program. He has been dancing informally since he was little imitating Michael Jackson at family parties. Today, you can see him dancing formally at many private and public events with the Tekniqlingz.



Give Aloha: Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program

GiveAlohaTekPostDuring the whole month of September you can shop at Foodland and make a donation to Tekniqlingz through Foodland’s Annual Give Aloha Community Matching Gifts Program. It’s simple! Use your Maika’i card at the register to be able to donate. Show the cashier our organizational code (78920) OR you can choose to donate your 5 cents reusable bag credit. All donations will be used towards our ongoing programs and activities, such as our Community Dance Workshops. Thank you for your support! #foodlandgivealoha #foodlandgivealoha2017

Maguindanao Memories Community Dance Workshop

Maguindanao Memories

Please join us for a Saturday evening “Maguindanao Memories” community dance workshop featuring Mariflor, Jonathan, and Lydia of Parangal Dance Company!

Tekniqlingz presents Maguindanao Memories Community Dance Workshop featuring Parangal Dance Company.

Parangal Dance Company’s mission is to create awareness and advocate for Philippine Indigenous People’s culture, traditions and stories through attire, music and dance.

Mariflor Medrano- Mariflor Medrano was born in the Philippines and raised in California. Her love for dance first began at 4 years old with watching the older girls dance ballet and hula in the Philippines. Mariflor is trained mainly in ballet and modern with heavy influences from local Bay Area choreographers. Currently, a high school physics & engineering teacher, she continues to dance with Parangal Dance Company, a Pilipino folk dance company based in San Francisco, CA. Her membership with the company is a way of participating in activism through the art of cultural dance.

Jonathan Mercado is an inter-disciplinarian Filipino-American artist born within the bay area. As a part of the Filipino diaspora within the U.S. he has often looked to discover more about his Filipino heritage and culture through movement. His movement is inspired through his experiences of hip-hop/urban choreography and Filipino folk dancing. He currently dances with Kularts under director Alleuia Panis and Parangal Dance Company under director Eric Solano. His passion will continue to guide his efforts of discovering his own dance vocabulary that reflects his personal experiences.

Lydia “Lady” Neff is a performing artist born and raised in the Philippines and now based in San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to California in 2010 and studied at Coastal Dance and Music Academy. Balancing her need to uplift her cultural expression, she continues to grow as an artist performing with Dancing Earth at “Treaty Making” and “Movement for Movement Building”; Kularts Collaborations “Tagabanua”, “Huni ng Tandikan”, “Maseg”, and recently, “Incarceration 6×9”; Fusion Dance Project and has performed in international tours with Parangal Dance Company. She is the founder of OPM Republic and a Kulintang practictioner as she rediscovers Indigenous Pilipino Culture. She’s a media professional and a writer by day. Her involvement with Parangal Dance Company has unraveled pre-colonial practices that has strengthen her activism to push arts and culture forward within the Pilipinx diaspora.

Kulintronica is a musician on a mission to make the “kulintang” a household name by fusing this ancient Filipino gong instrument with modern electronic dance music. As a product of San Francisco’s eclectic multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary art scene, Kulintronica was once a guitar and bass player in various groups. Solidifying his work ethic, getting command of different tempos, and incorporating more technology into his instrument, his artistic direction led him to lead an improvisational live looping dance band; until a cultural awakening led him down a new exciting direction. He learned traditional Kulintang music from Master Artist Danny Kalanduyan and have taken it further by fusing it with electronic dance music.

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Tinikling on top of Koko Head!

In an effort to promote culture, health, wellness, and our environment! Crew members @bradisguy @reevahh and @jollibeekid did a community hike on top of Koko Head! We hiked along with our bamboo sticks and did Tinikling on top of Koko Head! Big mahalo to Miec for facilitating the hike and even doing double duty with film work! Music for the video is from: “Vanze – Survive (feat. Neon Dreams) [NCS Release]” Woop WOOP!

Tekniq Tuesdays 2017 Summer Program

Tekniq Tuesdays Summer 2017

Our second annual summer Tinikling bamboo dance academy! You do not have to be Filipino and no dance experience necessary!

What: Tekniq Tuesdays Tinikling Filipino Dance Academy Summer 2017
Why: Preserving and perpetuating the Filipino culture in Hawaii through dance and cultural creativity.
When: Every Tuesday for the months of June, July, and August!
Where: Ohana Studios in Kaka’ako
Time: 6-7PM
Cost: FREE
Who: All Ages!

To register, please fill out our participation form below:

Tekniqlingz Participation Form

Freestep Dance Workshop

Freestep Dance Workshop

Please join us on a Thursday evening to Learn how to FREESTEP with Miechol “Bra Dis Guy” Canteros on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6-7pm.

Miechol Canteros aka ‘Bra Dis Guy,” is from Kalihi, Hawaii and he loves to dance, work and go to church. He is an 8th generation Tekniqlingz member and he dances anywhere and wherever he goes. His ancestral roots in the Philippines hails from the Visayas, in Cebu and Bohol. You can find him freestepping at various parts of O’ahu, look out!

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Filipino Fiesta 2017

Fiesta 2017

One of our biggest Filipino events of the year is coming Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Waikiki, Kapiolani Park! The annual Filipino Fiesta and Flores De Mayo Festival!

We will have a table booth at the Kabataang Barangay “Keiki” Village and will be performing in the afternoon time! Come check us out and experience the festivity!

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Creating Philippine Contemporary Dance

Toni Dance

Please join us for a Monday evening creating Philippine contemporary dance workshop on Monday, April 24, 2017, 6-7PM hosted by Ms. Toni Pasion.

Tekniqlingz presents Creating Philippine Contemporary Dance workshop by Toni Pasion.

Toni Pasion is a dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles, California. Her ancestral roots in the Philippines hails from Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Antipolo, Rizal; Pampanga. Her primary dance forms are hula and Philippine dance. As a child, Toni was a dancer with the Los Angeles-based dance group, Kayamanan Ng Lahi. In 2015, she returned to KNL and performed for the Merrie Monarch Hoʻike night. When she moved to Honolulu, she continued dancing with Wayne Mendoza at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In the summer of 2016, Toni conducted her fieldwork in the Philippines researching various dance forms. She has documented these experiences and included them in her recently completed Masters thesis on Indigenous Contemporary Dance from a Filipina Perspective, also documenting her experiences as a dancer in several indigenous contemporary dance productions. Her dance interests are in exploring embodied memories, healing, telling stories, and expressing freedom.

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