Remembering one’s roots
A night of cultural performances is organized by the International Students' Association of the University of the Philippines Los Baños

LAGUNA, Philippines – At a time when nationalistic lines blur and cultures converge due to increased migration and international travel, remembering one’s roots is a challenge.

On Tuesday, September 3, a night of cultural performances organized by the International Students’ Association (ISA) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) helped foreign students to remember.

197 performers from 27 countries showcased their respective national dances and songs to an estimated audience of 500 at the university’s DL Umali Hall.

Below are photos from Rappler’s Cambodian interns Heang Sreychea and Kotara Kim.

HEAL THE WORLD. All 197 performers gather on stage singing Michael Jackson's 'Heal the world.' Photo by Kotara Kim

INDONESIA. Representatives from Indonesia perform for the audience. Photo by Sreychea Heang

LAOS PERFORMANCE. The performance from Lao People’s Democratic Republic was well-received. Photo by Sreychea Heang

CAMBODIA. Representatives from the Kingdom of Cambodia perform for the crowd. Photo by Sreychea Heang

THAILAND. Representatives from the Kingdom of Thailand showcase their talent to UPLB students. Photo by Sreychea Heang

MYANMAR. The performance of Republic of the Union of Myanmar kept the audience entertained. Photo by Sreychea Heang

VIETNAM. Performers from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam form a human circle as part of a dance. Photo by Kotara Kim

– with a report from Heang Sreychea/

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