|Atty Sid Fortun of UP Vanguard |
Makati Chapter Head
IHUDYAT! 2017 includes works of National Artists for Music Col. Antonino Buenaventura and Maestro Lucio San Pedro, who made significant contributions to what Philippine marching band music is today. Buenaventura’s popular folksong “PandangosaIlaw” and San Pedro’s masterpiece “Lahing Kayumanggi” are some of the pieces that will be performed, with the latter as the contest piece.
|Atty Feliciano - Judge Consultant|
As soon as one hears the processional music, one says “ayan na ang dagundong ng mga tambol at tunog ng mga torotot” (“here comes the roar of drums and the cracking sound of the horn”). Soon, the people excitedly spring towards widely opened windows and they wiggle for the best spot to view the arrival of a spectacle. The faint distant sound of melodious brass winds and the rhythmic beating of the drums anxiously build up into a climax as the band, clad in its most colorful gala, marches right before them.
Such is the kind of music that adds spice to every Filipino’s life. Street marching band music, especially in the provinces, is evident in baptismal rites, birthday parties, sporting events, graduations, funerals and practically every event celebrating life. Community organized bands show how interconnected, well governed and organized its people are. Bands have been a source of pride and have somehow saved many Filipino youth away from societal menaces such as drugs.
With IHUDYAT! 2017, the country celebrates the significance of street marching band music in Filipino culture, and acclaims the many wonderful ways it has enriched Filipino society and humanity. One of the country's pride that we want to show to the world, and soon . . . we will.
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