Darren Espanto wants us to “Believe In Christmas”

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The isolating nature of the pandemic has left us yearning for human connection, disrupting our daily lives on an unprecedented scale and forever changing the way we interact with one another. Its uncertainty has not only instilled fear and anxiety, but also forced us to participate in a game of risk roulette, where everyone tries to survive a global health crisis that knows no end or time, and outwit an invisible enemy through strategic measures that align with the new normal. But Darren Espanto wants us to believe that love will always be our guiding light even in the most difficult of times. The accomplished recording star is optimistic about using his voice as a catalyst to spark hope and inspire others to make a positive difference—all in the spirit of Christmas. He wants to keep the Holiday tradition alive by spreading kindness and joy this festive season, but also wants to see it with a renewed perspective: that the cherished holiday traditions are more than just about sumptuous

4th Philippine Rondalla Festival

KUWERDAS NG PAGKAKAISA AT CCP
By EVO JOEL CONTRIVIDA


THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts along with the Cultural Center of the Philippines through the Musicological Society of the Philippines open the 10th year of International Rondalla Festival last Feb 13, at the Little Theater of CCP. It is called the Kuwerdas ng Pagkakaisa, the 4th Philippine Rondalla Festiva or the Plucked String Music Festivall. This is also the launching of Cuerdas Global wherein participants is not only from the Philppines, but rather from different countries all over the world.

Rondalla is one of the rich musical patrimony of the Filipinos that through the years it play major role in nation building process.  Beyond its musical horizon, Rondalla  tradition  is a people friendly medium expression that transcends social and artistic distinctions. 

Among its events are series of concerts, exihibits, forums on Rondalla instrument development and giving recogntions and tribute to artists, teachers and composers who contributed in the development of Rondalla Music.

This year’s participating groups are Celso Espejo Rondalla of Las Pinas, Dipolog Community Rondalla, Harmonya of UPLB, Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble of Silay, Negros Occidental. The Lucban Pahiyas Community Rondalla of Lucban, Quezon. Maco Heights Central School Rondalla of Compostela Valley and the University Of The Philippines Rondalla. And the delegates from other countries are Fu-Shing Junior High School Plucked String Band of Yilan, Taiwan, NTNU Chinese Plucked Instruments Ensemble ot Taipei, Taiwan, Sundanese Kacape Ensemble of Indonesia, and Phong Nguyen Ensemble of Vietnam.

Ensemble Group From Taiwan.
The Festival will run up to Feb 16 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of CCP, admission fee to the concert is at P300. Below is the schedule.

February 13, 2014
1:30 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
4:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
8:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)

February 14, 2014
1:30 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
4:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
8:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
February 15, 2014
1:30 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
4:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
8:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
February 16, 2014
4:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater) 
    

Dr.Ramon Santos, Kuwerdas Festival Director.




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