Archive for the ‘Philippines Culture’ Category
There is much scope for research on the influences in Philippines music. Its inhabitants are famous throughout Asia for its ease of singing and performances. Last year verily won the international competition, beating the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir.
About religisa Baroque music are clear historical ties linking Mexico with the Philippines, through the famous route of the Manila Galleon. Even the local currency (Philippine Peso) acquired the name of the Mexican peso.
Maybe in the cathedral archives was Hayen testimony Spanish masters who performed their work in the Philippines. The similarities when evangelize America and the Philippines are clear: the missionaries of music served to transmit the faith to the Indians.
The musicality of Filipinos is rooted in the influence of Southeast Asia, with which it shares percussion instruments similar to those used in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. However, in this context Philippines appears as a singular event in the Asian landscape that also distinguishes the Spanish tradition of the Jack, habanera and tambourine as traditional music. Something that reminds both Spain is undoubtedly the rondalla student groups as usual.
In popular music, we see a marked Mexican influence, not so much on the latest music and in some two hundred years ago. Rafael Bernal pointed out half a century ago that “modern Mexican folk music, especially the mariachi, is fashionable in the Philippines and is heard everywhere. But in Zamboanga Chavacano language, we find traces of very old Mexican songs.
In this musical heritage in the Philippines, we highlight a body made almost entirely of bamboo in the nineteenth century by the Augustinian Recollect Diego Cera, and is preserved in Las Piñas, a town south of Manila.