The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), a premier university in the ASEAN region has been continuously sprouting from its origin until now. In consideration to a mandate as written in the Cultural Policy of the Philippines, and in line with the development and preservation of the Culture and the Arts, the university has considered the existence in its structure an Office of a Cultural Affairs directed by Dr. Guillermo V. Dimaligalig, operating in tremendous succession. Subsumed the advisory of the said office, is the official dance troupe of the university The Pangkat Silayan Theatre Collective formerly known as Dance Theatre Davao which has been in operation for more than thirty-three years now.
The Dance Troupe showcases the different researched, creative and literature based folk and modern dances. For more than three decades of corporality, the Pangkat Silayan has achieved and excelled in different aspects of performing arts within the reach of culture-based dances that lead them to a historical success and once left a trademark in every competition juncture. The Mindanao Indigenous Dance Festival (MIDF Commonly known as Sayaw Mindanaw), a competition held in line with the kadayawan festival has recognized the contribution of the group in the celebration. The group’s creation in the field of cultural dances was once remarked to be the most “Theatrical Entry” among all contenders and has created a trend among choreographers and dance directors. Also, the group has often been awarded with “Best in Research Material” and has been declared Champion in their unforgettable dance piece “Hikam”.
Among the other competitions regularly attended by the group is the MASTS Culture and Arts Festival, PASUC Culture and Arts Festival and some other festivals in the neighbouring provinces and cities. One of the most invited dance troupe in Davao city, Pangkat Silayan do shows in some prestigious hotels inside and outside Davao City namely: Marco Polo Hotel, Apo View Hotel, Grand Regal Hotel, Waterfront Insular Hotel, Grand Men Seng Hotel and most regularly every week ends at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte.