Pino-Latino: The Intersection of Latino and Asian Cultures

Pino-Latino: The Intersection of Latino and Asian Cultures is in Buttenwieser Hall at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12 noon. From $15

Pino-Latino: The Intersection of Latino and Asian Cultures

This is a talk with a performance of a new work for Ballet Hispanico, Homebound/Alaala by Filipino – American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon.

The discussion will be moderated by John-Mario Sevilla, Director of the Harkness Dance Center with Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and Ballet Hispánico dancer Bennyroyce Royon.

Are Filipinos Latin?

Whether Filipinos are Latin is an interesting question. The Philippines was a Spanish colony for about 300 years from 1565 to 1898.

So we have a Pacific Asian culture with a colonial overlay of Spanish social, political and religious culture. Spanish culture didn’t stick after decolonization as much as it did in Latin America, but it is still strong.

Unfortunately, the Spanish gave us a cruel class social system, a dysfunctional political system that still devils us in independence, and a religion that has become perverted. Plus they stole everything they could including our women. So for better or for worse, the Latin thing is part of us. That’s colonialism.

When governments fail, people band together to survive. Hence the family is the strongest Latin unit. Asian culture is naturally more of a group culture. We don’t think of ourselves so much as individuals. We think and act as a group.

This idea of communal unity in the Philippines is called “bayanihan.” It’s how we survived the Spanish colonizers. It’s how we survive in modern times.

Like other immigrant communities, Filipinos in the United States have to deal with the longing for home, what the Portuguese and Brazilians call “saudade.” The immigrant experience is very similar.

Are Filipinos Latin? No we are Filipinos. But Latin culture is part of us.

Pino-Latino: The Intersection of Latino and Asian Cultures Tickets

$15 in advance. $25 at the door.

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92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
(at 92nd Street)
Upper East Side, Manhattan

(212) 415-5500

Concert-goers dress casually.


  • (6) to 96th St. Walk 4 blocks south on Lexington.
  • (4) (5) to 86th St. Walk 5 blocks north on Lexington.
  • (N) (Q) to 96th St. Walk 2 blocks west and 3 blocks south.


  • M101, M102, M103 north on Third Ave and south on Lexington Ave.
  • M1, M2, M3, M4 and X90 north on Madison Avenue.
  • Crosstown M86 or M96 to Lexington Ave.


Discounts are available with your validated ticket (validate at Customer Service Center in Lobby) at the GGMC Garage on 92nd St between Second and Third Avenues.

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