Vallejo Sister City Presents 2018 International Multicultural Folk Festival2018-04-07T15:12:25+00:00
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Cocktails in Lounge at 6PM | Show starts at 7PM

This is an effort to raise funds to send Youth Sports Diplomacy Team to Asia in celebration of Sister City Anniversary relations with Akashi Japan, Jincheon Korea and Baguio Philippines this July. Our main performer is the Sopranist Kay Balajadia-Liggayu from the Philippines. Other performers are local entertainers representing our sister cities and friendship cities.

General Admission:



VIP Seat

 includes pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres



Karina Gay Manlutac Balajadia-Liggayu

Kay is the daughter of the late Delfin Villaruz Balajadia, former City Councilor of Baguio City and Carmen M. Balajadia, a native of Tarlac and among the pioneer proponents of Women’s rights, having been president of the Baguio Federation of Women’s Club, Soroptimist International of Baguio. Both her parents were also Barangay Captains, serving during different terms. Her maternal grandmother, the late Sofia Villaruz Reyes, was also City Councilor and the first Assembly Woman during her term.

She has performed the solos of Handel’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Gloria; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle; and John Rutter’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Rutter’s Gloria and Mahler’s 8th symphony with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Ruggiero Barbiero conducting, at the 5th and 6th San Agustin International Music Festival at the San Agustin Church and Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival 2011 where she sang soprano solo for the Philippine premiere of Rutter’s Mass for the Children.

She was consistently featured soloist for the different orchestras in the Philippines under different international conductors. Among the notable performances include soloist at the historical yearly Christmas Concert of the Manila Peninsula with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has been performing for their Christmas Concerts and in their outreach programmes while still under Maestro Ruggiero Barbieri.

Other Performers

Korean Culture Center Urisawe

Korean Culture Center – Urisawe is an organization dedicated to promoting and cultivating Korean Cultural awareness through performing arts. Founded in 2002 by Me Sook Ko, Urisawe has participated in numerous performances and community events in the San Francisco Bay Area to share the beauty of traditional Korean dance and music. Urisawe offers many classes to welcome anyone who seeks to learn and share traditional Korean art as well as actively engage in the community to reach out to the public.

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli AC

The Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli AC consist of young girls ages 6 to 14 years, organized and funded by a group of mothers from Mexico who desire to preserve their culture and heritage with regards to the many dances from the different states in Mexico, along with the respective colorful costumes.

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble

In May of 1992, a collective of individuals came together to form a group that celebrates Philippine culture and tradition. From this group, LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble was born and founded by Artistic Director, Rudi C. Soriano. The goal of LIKHA, meaning ‘creation’ in Pilipino, is to collect and preserve indigenous Philippine art forms as expressed in music, dance, crafts and costumes. Now in its 26th season, the Ensemble continues its mission to share the beauty and wonder of Philippines folk arts to the general public.

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble believes in the power of dance and music to educate diverse audiences about Philippine culture. To this end, LIKHA has performed both locally in the US and internationally, having participated in festivals and performances in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Nordahl Grieg Leikarring

Representing Norway is directed by Anne Huberman and Greg Goodhue.

WMK Taekwondo

Established in 1980 by National Champion Grandmaster William Kim is formed of National Team members and members who will travel in July to represent Vallejo this summer as part of the Vallejo Sports Diplomacy Goodwill Team to Asia.