Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak (Because of a Flower)

Named after the famous composition by Leopoldo Silos, Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak is an interpretive number that embodies the truth of affection through subtle glances of the eyes, quick turns of the head, and flicks of hesitation coupled with courage and longing. It is a love story that moves against the grain of classic Filipino folk dance.
From the height of accalimed Bayanihan Dance Company to the prestigious works of Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, courtship dances have traditionally centered around patriarchal and heteronormative portrayls of love. These depictions of courtship often leave out critical narratives of fluidity within our communities.
As the Pilipinx diaspora moves to embrace LGBTQ+ identities and perspectives against colonial rigidity, there comes a growing need for queer narratives to be celebrated across traditional artistic outlets. Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak aims to deconstruct our traditional values and make space for LGBTQ+ representation in Philippine dance.

  • Kim Requesto
    Director/Producer/Choreographer
  • Jerico DeGuzman
    Cinematographer/Editor
  • Ian Abad
    Key Cast/Dancers
  • Brandon Rabanal
    Key Cast/Dancers
  • Nicole-Jocelyn Sanchez
    Key Cast/Dancers
  • Kevin Mar
    2nd Camera
  • Darren Garza
    Production Assistant
  • Dave Ragaza
    Lighting Technician
  • Darius Munoz
    Lighting Technician
  • Ralph C.R.
    Photographer
  • Eduardo Daza-Taylor IV
    Graphic Designer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance, Romance, LGBTQ+, Queer, Philippines, Filipinx, Folk Dance
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    May 29, 2021
    Yugto
  • Yerba Buena Center of the Arts
    San Francisco
    United States
    August 5, 2021
    Echo Location: The Cultural Geopolitics in South of Market
Director Biography

Kim Requesto is a Philippine born, Mission District raised cultural practitioner and multi-disciplinary artist based in San Francisco/Unceded Ramaytush Ohlone Territory. She specializes in 35mm photography, filmmaking, and dance. At the heart of Kim Requesto’s diasporic work is the mantra, “Advocacy through art.” With an artistic foundation in Philippine folk dance, Requesto has dedicated herself to cultural expression and advocacy through movement, photography, and community outreach.

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