Thursday, November 29, 2018

Artist Highlight Keona Nguyen

Keona Nguyen was kind enough to share her talents and cultural pride at our In the Flow Studios Allie Fundraiser. She was one of the first artists to commit to our event. Her sense of community and caring are a beautiful example to us all. The oldest of four she is no stranger to setting a good example and trying to help those younger than herself. Keona has served as an example, inspiration and role model to countless youths through her cultural and martial arts performances as well her community service.

Keona has spent her young life in the pursuit of personal excellence. She’s a well rounded person with a love of humanities, the arts and cultural history. Her moral compass points to her integrity and her actions are a reflection of her content of character. She is always the first to welcome a new performer, teammate, student into the group. She is kind to those more fragile and works to encourage those around her.

Being multi-cultural American, Keona has learned to not only appreciate her ethnic heritage (Vietnamese and Filipino) but also other rich cultures like Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian. She dedicated years of study and performing in traditional Polynesian and Filipino dances. She has shared her cultural dances throughout California (from Moro Bay to Los Angels). She danced with Nonosina Polynesia. She has also danced and choreographed for Filipino American Community Club of Monterey Peninsula for many years.

Keona took her interest of her Filipino heritage to another level a few years ago when she began learning the once outlawed Filipino Martial Arts. She is a key student and performer at PaaMano Eskrima and Performing Arts. Keona has represented the legendary warrior princess Princess Urduja of ancient Pangasinan at Filipino festivals, celebrations and events. She is proud to tell the story of her ancestors and the long forgotten s/heroes. The warrior princesses piece has inspired many girls to remember their strength.

PaaMano Eskrima - Filipina Warrior Princess - Pe├▒afrancia Fiesta 2018 Sheroes
This piece is dedicated to the little known pre-colonial warrior princesses of the Philippines.
We honor these brave women or Filipnia sheroes not just because of their courage and leadership but because remembering Filipino pre-colonial history was very important to Jose Rizal. In Jose Rizal’s preface to his annotations of Morga’s “Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas” he writes:
“If the book succeeds to awaken your consciousness of our past, already effaced from your memory, and to rectify what has been falsified and slandered, then I have not worked in vain, and with this as a basis, however small it may be, we shall be able to study the future.”

In honor of Princess Urduja, warrior queen of ancient Pangasinan. Princess Pangian Inchi Jamila of Jolo – known as the best swordswoman in the Philippines and Lela Men Chanei, the princess of Sulu who invaded and conquered Manila in the 15th century.

Athletic completion has been a cornerstone in her life. From an early age her mother and father encouraged her to try new things including sports. She found that she really enjoyed waterpolo, basketball, volleyball and Track & Field with main event in Pole Vault, Sprints (100m, 4x100m) and high jump. Keona uses sports as a way to help her stay physically and mentally fit. She enjoys the challenge presented in team competition and enjoys the camaraderie.

Check out her Youtube Channel to see some highlights of her Pole Vaulting.

Keona believes in giving back to her community and mentoring others. She's a team player and finds joy in helping others reach their full potential. She was the Cerritos High School football team manager for four years and was honored for her dedication. She was Peer Leader for Unity Through Christ, a confirmation class. Her focus was on mentoring and guiding hopeful students through the confirmation process.

We are grateful to have had such a generous and talented person perform and share at our event! We wish her continued success in all her endeavors and look forward to seeing all the good she will do in the future!

Thank you for visiting. May inspiration overflow throughout all of your creative processes.

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Aurora's "Speak Your Art Blog Hub" combines posts from seven of her other blogs: In the Flow Studios ArtsIn the Flow Studios BodyI Love Shelter DogsMana KeepersPaaMano Eskrima & Performing ArtsSelf-Actualization thru Women's Empowerment and Speak Your Art Poetry. It brings her organizations together and offers her readers an easier way to follow new posts in one convenient location. 


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