DERBY BAYANIHAN PRODUCTIONS: INSPIRING NEW TALENTS FOR THE FUTURE

This was the motto that the founding members of Derby Bayanihan Productions (DBP) have held on since they started their mission. DBP is an independent non-profit group dedicated to the showcasing of talents of the Filipino Community in Derby as well in the UK. It also aims to inspire talents by opening a platform for the expression and development of Arts, Music and Sports.


Last February, the voluntary group already held their second big event called “Celebration of Love”. Talented kids starting from the age of five who were able to develop their prowess in free dance workshops last year performed dance and musical numbers. The three-hour showcase highlighted the children’s progress along the five months they have faithfully rehearsed with support from the group’s dance mentors.


The show was well-received by the crowd from Derby and Loughborough, and was a follow-up of their first show “Summer of Love” held last July. Just like “Celebration of Love”, it was also a sold-out event, producing enough financial support for the workshops the group plans to provide for the children in Derby and in neighbouring towns. More than 30 children participated—some of which haven’t performed at all before the group launched their dance classes last October.


Fresh Start: Summer of Love


Initially, Derby Bayanihan Productions started as a plan for a concert by a group of Filipino music performers in the locale. Acoustic duo The Soulm8s collaborated with karaoke champion/DJ, Rex Portillano-Barr to celebrate their passion for music in a show. The two acts were already performing professionally in various pubs across Derby.Enlisting the help of ex-MBA player Aldrich Reyes, who has a network of sponsors from his basketball tournaments, and Portia Barcebal, owner of renowned decorating agency DoubleGees Events, the group set the date for the show in July 2019.


The show met an overwhelming response from Filipinos who wished for their kids perform in the show. This led the group to deviate from their initial plan so they could cater to the development of the children’s talents. Teen performers such as such as singing prodigy Erin Casayuran and acoustic group Kafe Band performed for the “Summer of Love”. Guided by the established mature talents, the teens were inspired to perform to their utmost. Their efforts paid off as they received much praised from the audience.


Derby Cultural Dancers and Filipiniana Dancers also presented the natural grace of Filipino cultural dances to the mixed crowd. The initial show also launched the Derby Bayanihan Dancers, trained by couple Dino and Cindy Sindol.
The contemporary dance performances motivated other children who watched the show to sign up for the production group’s Free Dance Workshop project.


Free Dance Workshops and Christmas Celebrations


Proceeds from the “Summer of Love” was disbursed to fund for the four-week dance workshop and art-exhibit held last October to November at Landau Forte College. The dance workshop benefitted more than 40 children in Derby, including three creative youngsters who held Art Exhibits during the classes.
Mai Duay, an Illustration-student in Stafforshire University displayed her artworks alongside Allana Cajudo and Emilio Barawed to inspire other children’s interest in art. In addition to the dance tutorials, Filipino history and language classes were taught by former teacher, Ms. Joy Hartley. This sparked the youngsters’ interest in culture.


The success was celebrated by the group with the help of the supportive parents of the children in a Christmas celebration last December at The Venue in Derby. More than 200 people came and supported the event with a videoke competition, raffles and art auctions. Dance performances were also presented by the children as well as some of their supportive parents. Video greetings from celebrities such as Streetboys’ Michael Sesmundo, PBA legends Allan Caidic and John Ferriols and Pinoy Boyband star Russel Reyes were also shown during the festivities.
Derby Bayanihan Productions’ latest show, Celebration of Love was a sold-out even with the storm Denis flooding the Midlands last February. The performances of the talented kids, joined by singers from Loughborough, received praises from the spectators. Although some ticket holders did not manage to come, they were still treated with video postings of the performances in consolation for their support on the projects in the group’s Facebook page, some of which has already raked up to 1,200 views.


Derby Bayanihan Productions’ latest show, Celebration of Love was a sold-out even with the storm Denis flooding the Midlands last February. The performances of the talented kids, joined by singers from Loughborough, received praises from the spectators. Although some ticket holders did not manage to come, they were still treated with video postings of the performances in consolation for their support on the projects in the group’s Facebook page, some of which has already raked up to 1,200 views.


Moving forward, the show’s iLooking ahead, the show’s income will be used to fund the children’s rehearsals, costumes and refreshments. Their transport for future performances will also be aided with the production groups’ funds, as they will be performing in several Barrio Fiestas including the ones in Nottingham and Birmingham. The group also supports Royal Derby Hospital’s Air Arts charity through musical performances in the hospital.


The group aims to inspire other Filipino groups to actively share their resources in developing Filipino kids to be more productive in their time and create friendships with fellow Filipinos. To book for events or to show your support for Derby Bayanihan Productions’ projects, feel free to check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/derbybayanihan or contact Mr. Aldrich Reyes at 07912964395.

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