MR. FAISAL B. MONAL is a graduate of two bachelors degree, Bachelor of Arts Major in Social Works School Year: (2000) and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in Music, Arts, Physical Education and health (MAPEH)School Year (2011) at the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, Cotabato City,Philippines.
He finished his Graduate Course at Mandaue City College, Graduate School in Cebu with the degree of Master of Arts in Education MAEd (Major in Physical Education) . He is currently the choreographer of the CCSPC- Salamindanao Dance Company. An Exceptional Moro Master Artist, he is a master artist dancer and a traditional musician ( MAGUINDANAON TRIBE). He play various maguindanaon traditional instruments like the kulintang, agong, debakan, babendil, and gandingan, he himself is a chanter and a shaman.
In the field of choreographies he has shown excellence in the dance production in collaboration with other Maguindanaon dance master in several festivals in the Philippines like the Kalilangan Festival (Gensan) T’nalak Festival(South Cotabato) Meguyaya Festival (Nuro,Upi Maguindanao) Shariff Kabunsuan Festival (Cotabato City) Halad Festival (Midsayap) Wow Philippines (Manila) and the Annual Aliwan Fiesta of the Manila Broadcasting Company. He won major prize several times in the National Float Design Competition 3rd place in (2004)” Kanggunina”,2nd Place (2009) “Lemba”,Grand National Champion (2007) “Guinakit”.
As a dancer, he has been a past and active member of the Renown Dance troupe in Central Mindanao such as Salamindanao dance company(CCSPC), Sining kutawato (Cotabato City Tourism )Bai Racquel Pendatun’s Kalilangan dance troupe (Province Of Maguindanao).
As a traditional musician, he became a delegate to the national music competition for Young Artist (NAMCYA) in Laoag City,Philippines (2000) representing the Maguindanao Province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. His Kulintang Group Magui Moro Master Artist has been invited by Kularts, SF CA USA as Philippine Master Artists in Residence and performed several times in a selected states of America such as Asia alive! Asia arts Museum in San Francisco,A Musical Travelogue of the Philippnise Towson University in Maryland,,UCLA Class Lectures,Dance Demonstration & Workshop Depts of Worlds Arts & Culture and Asian American Studies@ University of California in Los Angeles, and University of California in Berkley Edith Coliver Festival Of Cultures/SpringFest, Yerba Buena Gardens SF CA, Brava Theater SF CA USA ,Universiti Sains Malaysia in Dewan Budaya Penang,Malaysia. Mr. Monal is also a resident artist of Tao foundation for Culture and the arts in Quezon City,Philippines and joined Grace Nono’s major concert abroad “Tapestry of multicultural music” in Nagoya, Japan, Asia Pacific week in Berlin, Germany, Casa Asia Festival Mercat de les flors in Barcelona and Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain the “15TH ASEAN – CHINA SUMMIT & 8TH Nanning International Folk song arts festival @ Nanning City Peoples Republic of China,
October 31-November 3, 2006. He represented as delegate of the Philippines to the ASEAN Regional Conference Workshop on Building ASEAN Community of Caring Society through Arts and Culture in Siem Reap,Kingdom of Cambodia on 4-6 November 2010. He is also a consultant, musician, performer in a theater production Sultan Kudarat of the Kinding Sindaw held at LA MAMA ETC in 4th St. Lower Manhattahan in New York City.He is appointed as Chairman of the cultural affairs of the Sultanate of Maguindanao ( Sultan Kudarat Descendants Organization of the Philippines )
He was invited by the Director,Global Performing Arts and Culture Initiatives Asia Society Rachel Cooper to Perform during the Philippine Gold Exhibit and the Ayala Collection @ Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium 725 Park Ave.,New York USA from October 26-November 2,2015.
Recently, he is again invited at the San Francisco Scottish Rite of Free Masonry during the 10th Anniversary of the Parangal Dance Company and has performed chants and music at the 2019 Bi-Annual Gongster's Paradise Festival help at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Rosie Sula is a community leader at the Gomo Hofo Heritage Center in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. She is a teacher by trade. “I am a teacher. I studied in the Western method. But the more I teach young people, the more I feel that the greater part of my work is also teaching them to value our ways. The T’boli are already famous for our weaving of the t’nalak cloth and brass casting. There are so much more to be preserved that’s why this farm and heritage center is important to me.”
Nanay Rosie is also known as multi-instrumentalist and a beautiful chanter. One during a visit to Lake Sebu, she demonstrates how she sits on a raised platform, striking a wooden resonator as a means of repelling birds from crops. The sharp sounds cuts through the fields in time with the chant. Her powerful voice awakens spirituality in many forms.
Whenever we visit, Nanay Roise is always excited to demonstrate to us the many facets of her culture. From the madal tahu (dance) to the anecdotes of Tudbulul, the native hero of their people, to the madal be tonok (healing dance) to madal tahaw, or Bird dance. Nanay Rosie is a living repository of T’boli tradition and culture.
MARGARET GUMA-AD BALANSI
Margareth Guma-ad Balansi is a weaver, beadworker, embroiderer and culture advocate who is a product of the School of Living Traditions in Paracelis, Mountain Province. Their program aims to relive or revive living traditions by teaching traditional practices to younger generations. Their goal is to open the minds of the youth to continue ancestral legacy through culture and the arts.