Hohaiyan Mabuhay!

SFU Concert Orchestra
Mario Subeldia
Auba Rukai Children's Choir

Music and arts have a way of connecting cultures, communities, and even eras. From last year’s tale of Taiwanese in Japan to this year’s Filipino in Taiwan, no cultural dialogue is complete without exploring these cross-cultural influences. Sometimes, examining and learning about a different culture ends up shedding a new light on our own, discovering parallels and direct connections we weren’t previously aware of – or simply haven’t talked about! This evening highlight features fantastic melodies from the SFU Concert Orchestra, glamorous couture by Taiwan’s first Filipino migrant artist Mario Subeldia, and the angelic voices of the Auba Rukai Children’s Choir. Don’t miss a beat – Austronesian connections reunite with a “Hohaiyan, Mabuhay!”

SFU Concert Orchestra

Every Monday, from 4:30 to 7:30 in the Forum Chambers on Burnaby campus, the sounds of an orchestra can be heard rehearsing. The SFU Concert Orchestra is comprised of student musicians and community members that have played in concert bands, wind ensembles, and other orchestras, and now come together for the love of music. All rehearsal schedules, concert plans, and repertoire choices are chosen and organized by students who wish to see the music community at SFU thrive and grow. With concerts once a semester in the fall and spring – along with a variety of outings throughout the year – SFU Concert Orchestra’s repertoire includes everything from classical to world music to movie soundtracks and original compositions!

Mario Subeldia

How many could have the imagination or talent to even consider using the National Taiwan Museum as a runway, or the Yingxi Gate of Hsinchu City as a high fashion backdrop? Some twenty-odd Filipino models strut through the scene, showcasing vibrant and exciting pieces of a new fashion – these are Taiwan’s migrant friends; glamorous models that contribute to Taiwan’s fashion industry. Joining beauty pageants or becoming fashion models are the dreams of many Filipinos. Even if they have come to work or study in Taiwan, they still dream of standing proudly on stage. Mario Subeldia is a talented artist and leader of the Filipino community in Taiwan. Using cigarette boxes, french fry containers, lottery tickets, and other perfectly usable waste and packaging, he designs gorgeous and truly one of a kind works of fashion. Gathering his fellow Filipinos, Mario’s group holds public events and exhibitions including charity fashion shows and even art exhibitions, promoting environmental protection while showcasing the art and talent of the Filipino in Taiwan.

Co-Presented with Vancouver Fashion Week 

Auba Rukai Children’s Choir

Voices of schoolchildren echo vividly through mountains and plains, cutting through the humid summer air carrying whispers of a tribe reborn. The Auba Children’s Choir hail from the Rukai tribe in Taiwan, one of countless indigenous groups belonging to the Austronesian family spanning the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and even Madagascar. For this group of elementary school children, choir is more than an extracurricular – it is a means of connecting with their heritage and the language of their ancestors. Through song, dance, art and crafts throughout the Labour Day weekend, these children are waiting to share their story with you!

Music and arts have a way of connecting cultures, communities, and even eras. From last year’s tale of Taiwanese in Japan to this year’s Filipino in Taiwan, no cultural dialogue is complete without exploring these cross-cultural influences. Sometimes, examining and learning about a different culture ends up shedding a new light on our own, discovering parallels and direct connections we weren’t previously aware of – or simply haven’t talked about! This evening highlight features fantastic melodies from the SFU Concert Orchestra, glamorous couture by Taiwan’s first Filipino migrant artist Mario Subeldia, and the angelic voices of the Auba Rukai Children’s Choir. Don’t miss a beat – Austronesian connections reunite with a “Hohaiyan, Mabuhay!”

SFU Concert Orchestra

Every Monday, from 4:30 to 7:30 in the Forum Chambers on Burnaby campus, the sounds of an orchestra can be heard rehearsing. The SFU Concert Orchestra is comprised of student musicians and community members that have played in concert bands, wind ensembles, and other orchestras, and now come together for the love of music. All rehearsal schedules, concert plans, and repertoire choices are chosen and organized by students who wish to see the music community at SFU thrive and grow. With concerts once a semester in the fall and spring – along with a variety of outings throughout the year – SFU Concert Orchestra’s repertoire includes everything from classical to world music to movie soundtracks and original compositions!

Mario Subeldia

How many could have the imagination or talent to even consider using the National Taiwan Museum as a runway, or the Yingxi Gate of Hsinchu City as a high fashion backdrop? Some twenty-odd Filipino models strut through the scene, showcasing vibrant and exciting pieces of a new fashion – these are Taiwan’s migrant friends; glamorous models that contribute to Taiwan’s fashion industry. Joining beauty pageants or becoming fashion models are the dreams of many Filipinos. Even if they have come to work or study in Taiwan, they still dream of standing proudly on stage. Mario Subeldia is a talented artist and leader of the Filipino community in Taiwan. Using cigarette boxes, french fry containers, lottery tickets, and other perfectly usable waste and packaging, he designs gorgeous and truly one of a kind works of fashion. Gathering his fellow Filipinos, Mario’s group holds public events and exhibitions including charity fashion shows and even art exhibitions, promoting environmental protection while showcasing the art and talent of the Filipino in Taiwan.

Co-Presented with Vancouver Fashion Week. 

Auba Rukai Children’s Choir

Voices of schoolchildren echo vividly through mountains and plains, cutting through the humid summer air carrying whispers of a tribe reborn. The Auba Children’s Choir hail from the Rukai tribe in Taiwan, one of countless indigenous groups belonging to the Austronesian family spanning the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and even Madagascar. For this group of elementary school children, choir is more than an extracurricular – it is a means of connecting with their heritage and the language of their ancestors. Through song, dance, art and crafts throughout the Labour Day weekend, these children are waiting to share their story with you!

Venue & Time

Sept 2nd
VAG Plaza / 8:30pm – 10:00pm

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