Fil-Am folk group dances on despite recent robbery

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Kaisahan of San Jose, a Filipino folk dance group, is turning heartache into joy after raising enough funds due to a recent robbery.

The robbery, which took place almost three months ago, meant the loss for many valuable and unique costumes and instruments from the Philippines.

However, thanks to the involvement of parents and the community Kaisahan was able to make almost $40,000 in fundraising, according to board member Clarita Nelson.

Next week, Kaisahan will be hosting a dinner/dance event that will celebrate 35 years of performing and preserving Filipino folk dance for new generations of Filipino Americans.

“You cannot just erase it in the community because a lot of our friends and family are part of this organization and I am very proud of what Kaishan has accomplished,” said artistic director Helen Pastor-Moreno.

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