The mission of LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble is to educate and propagate the practice of Philippine folk dance and music traditions. LIKHA was established in May 1992 by a collective of twelve (12) individuals who came together to celebrate Philippine dance and culture. Under the artistic direction of Rudi C. Soriano, former dance soloist with the premier Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, LIKHA has nurtured a generation of young community dance enthusiasts and now boasts an active membership of over 45 dancers and musicians. All are passionate about LIKHA's mission to educate community members and diverse audiences about Philippine culture through music and dance. LIKHA (pronounced "lick-ha") is a Tagalog root word meaning creation or creativity.