Cultural show in Cali

George Gange and Ulysses’s interpretation of “Anak ng Dalita”

George Gange, IV-1 Class, Batch ’68, would like to invite all California-based classmates and batchmates to a Filipino cultural show they are mounting this June 29. Read the following press release they sent us for more information:

The FilAm Vets Rondalla and other volunteer performing friends are putting up a thanksgiving testimonial show, titled UGNAYAN, as a way to thank the community which include our aging veterans who have graciously supported their group in the various noble cause-oriented projects they have unselfishly spearheaded in the last ten years.

The show will be held on Sunday, June 29 , 2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Little Theater, Jefferson Union High School District , 699 Serramonte Blvd. , Daly City , CA. 94015.

The UGNAYAN cultural show which is also milestone in George Gange’ career as a second-time retiree from government services and as the FilAm Vets Rondalla chief coordinator is billed to be a fun-filled inter-generational show for everyone. It will showcase some of the best local talents of the years’ past and the present which include the iconic treasure Mercy Oria Villegas, Florante Aguilar, Lori Abucayan (invited), Ulysses, Danny Harana, Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company led by Jeff Bado and its Music Ensemble led by Justin Mambaje, Kawayan Folk Arts led by Rj Payomo and Kawayan Rondalla led by Victor Trinidad, Skyline College Kababayan dance group and The St. Thomas More Choir and the FilAm Vets Rondalla led by George Gange. Bay area-based international impresario, Ms. Christina Luna, assisted by Quinallison Jarin, volunteered their talent and services to be the show’s stage directors while community leader and advocate Mrs. Perla Ibarrientos as the overall event coordinator and print and broadcast journalists Ms Henni J. Espinosa and Ms. Peachy Morales will be the show’s masters of ceremony.

Aside from singing, folk dancing and playing of various indigenous musical instruments by classical guitarists and several Rondalla groups who are taking center stage, two other forms of Filipino tradition will also be performed – the harana and balagtasan.

Harana is an old Filipino courtship tradition of serenading women, probably a Spanish influence. It has been practiced mostly in rural areas and small towns. The man, usually accompanied by his close friends, goes to the house of the woman he is courting and plays music and sings love songs to her.

Balagtasan, on the other hand, is a traditional debate in poetic verse. It was created during the American colonization of the Philippines, inspired by old forms of Philippine verse debate like the karagatan, and the duplo. Its name comes from the pen name Balagtas of Philippine hero and orator Francisco Baltazar to honor his excellence in the field of poetry. The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Alumni triumvirate of Rene Pineda (Lakan Diwa), Edelmira P. Taclibon and George Gange will do the battle of wits in the balagtasan.

And like the old soldiers who never die, FilAm Vets Rondalla members will fade away one day. Hence, let us show our continued support by attending their unique cultural show so that they too will know our appreciation for their efforts. And may their legacy of our revived and enriched cultural music lives on…

For seats availability kindly email: chiefgange[at]sbcglobal[dot]net


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