THE CAINTA ENSEMBLE, INC.
The Cainta Rondalla Ensemble Inc. was established by Ben B. Brillantes to continue the legacy of the Cainta ensemble “Los Trobadores” (cited as one of the noted rondallas in Raymundo C. Bañas’ book Pilipino Music and Theater). The present members of the society are composed of students, alumni, and professionals in their respective careers.
The Cainta Rondalla envisions a society where all children of Cainta have access to the unique social, emotional, and critical thinking benefits that is achieved through musical excellence. The society believes in the transformative attributes of music and its empowerment to the lives of youth, hence the Cainta Rondalla aims to form independent and creative artists that are equipped with life-long engagement to music. The Cainta Rondalla is answering the call for the conservation of the town’s legacy and heritage through its artistic creations.
The group won the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in all rondalla categories (elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels) and has represented the Philippines in the 3rd International Rondalla Festival in 2011.
CAYETANO ARELLANO HIGH SCHOOL RONDALLA
he Cayetano Arellano High School Rondalla (CAHS) has been actively performing for four decades. The ensemble is composed of Junior and Senior High School students from Grade 7 to Grade 12. The first participation of the CAHS Rondalla in National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) was in the year 2007, in which, they qualified as a national finalist. In the year 2015, they participated once again became one of the Regional Semi-finalists. The recent competition was the NAMCYA 2017, and they once again made it to the national finals.
CITY OF BOGO SCIENCE AND ARTS ACADEMY RONDALLA ENSEMBLE
The CBSAA Rondalla Ensemble was established in 2013, two weeks after the super typhoon Haiyan hit the City of Bogo, Philippines. The ensemble currently has 36 members from 13-18 years old. To date, they perform different genres of music including classical and modern pieces, a repertoire of Visayan and Filipino folk songs and dance music compositions.
Their notable accomplishments include: (1) National Finalist – NAMCYA Rondalla Category on 2015 and 2017, (2)2nd and 3rd Prize – NAMCYA 2016 Banduria Solo Category, (3) 4-peat Grand Slam Champion – Halad sa Kabataan (Provincial) from 2014- 2017. The group was invited and were the only Asian delegates to perform at the 2018 Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival.
DIPOLOG COMMUNITY RONDALLA
The Dipolog Community Rondalla (DCR), since its foundation in 2005, has significantly evolved into becoming a pioneer rondalla group – which is committed to propagate the Filipino plucked-string tradition in the Orchid City of Dipolog.
Through the initiative of its conductor, Mr. Jay D. Sarita, DCR joined in series of NAMCYA Competitions in both solo and group categories in the years 2009, 2010 and 2012 respectively. Moreover, the group were one of the selected groups to perform in Cuerdas sa Pagkakaysa: The 3rd International Rondalla Festival held in Tagum City last 2011, and for the launching of Cuerdas sa Pagkakaisa: The 4th International Rondalla/ Plucked String Festival held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last February 2014.
Kwerdas sa Pagkakaisa (Strings of Unity): The Philippine Rondalla In Taiwan is DCR’s first overseas exposure in 2014; when the group had series of concerts in three different counties of Taiwan for this event’s first global leg. DCR was also invited to perform for the 117th Independence Day Celebration for the Philippine Consulate General in Milan, Italy in 2015. In 2016, they performed for the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival in Yilan City, Taiwan.
In 2017, some DCR members participated in the first Rondalla Music Camp in Baguio City. Subsequently, seven of its members were selected to form part of Kuwerdas Filipinas, the first Philippine rondalla ensemble.
DCR members found a means of expressing themselves through the exposure of its audiences to the distinctive sound of rondalla music. Through this, audiences can reflect on the role that rondalla has played in the Filipino culture and history.
ENVERGA UNIVERSITY-CANDELARIA RONDALLA
The Enverga University Candelaria (EUC) Rondalla was founded by Principal Maria Teresa G. Riparaip, Teacher Arlene Ellen J Javier and Teacher Michael Vincent A. Tolentino under PTA Resolution No.1 series of 2009 of the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Candelaria, Inc. It was created on August 2009 as a tutorial clinic for 27 elementary pupils under the tutelage of instructors Aaron Paul Vincent G. Ramilo, Michael Vincent Tolentino and Jerome A. Quejano. In its 9 years of playing, the group was privileged to have various music performances including a recording and jamming session with Mr. Raymund Marasigan of Sandwich.
Handurawan Rodalla is inspired by the Cebuano word handaraw which means the power to reminisce or flashback. Its members consist of mostly of former students from Andres Bonifacio Elementary School. The union of different generations of outstanding players were formally started at 2002 which aims to preserve Filipino culture and promoting cultural art values of country through rondalla music.
The group received major awards from different competitions and was awarded the “’Grand Champion” in the 2009 National Music Competition for Young Artists Rondalla Category C at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Among the memorable list of performances includes the First International Rondalla Festival (Bicol Region, February 8-14, 2004); 2nd International Rondalla Festival (Dumaguete City, February 1-25, 2007); 3rd International Rondalla Festival (Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, February 12-19, 2011).
KABATAANG SILAY ENSEMBLE
The Kabataang Silay Ensemble (KSE) started in 1993 as a group of 36 primary school students who have successfully hurdled auditions conducted by the cultural staff of the city. Every summer, a 6-week training workshop is organized for primary school children. From this workshop, children who display great potential for skills development are integrated in the city’s year-round training program.
The Kabataang Silay Ensemble had been active in the promotion of rondalla and traditional Filipino folk dances and music.KSE has served as an effective component for cultural-tourism promotion and youth development. Earning the title of “Young Cultural Ambassador”, these children have traveled extensively within the country to exhibit and display the rich culture and arts center of the Province of Negros Occidental.
The group represented the Philippines in the 2nd Asian Children’s Folklore Festival held in Guangdong, China last August 2000 where they received the “Performance Memento”. A year after, they were given the “Award of Excellence” for their performance in Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Scotland. In 2015, the KSE Rondalla were invited to perform in Singapore’s 50th Founding Anniversary Celebration attended by the Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In the same year, the KSE Rondalla also participated in the 4th International Rondalla Festival in Taiwan.
The KSE Rondalla were adjudged “National Champion” for High School Rondalla Division and “Best Overall Performer” during the 2002 National Music Competition for Young Artists.
MAUBAN COMMUNITY RONDALLA
The Mauban Rondalla, a group from Quezon Province has been continuously developing its musicians and repertoire. It is divided into two sub-groups: Mauban South District Childrens Rondalla and Mauban Community Rondalla.
The group was established in 2008 with the help of the founders of Pambansang Samahan ng Rondalla (PASARON) in the 1980s. The group pioneered rondalla music in Quezon Province– the late Prof. Teodorico T. Cosejo of Lucban, Quezon, Mrs. Ro-Ann Manipol Casimiro, trainer/ conductor of Mauban, Quezon, in coordination and supervision of Dr. Josefina L. Baquiran (District Supervisor), Mrs. Naisy C. Rozol (Principal II) and Mr. Manolito C Villamena (Principal in charge of Rondalla). Upon the death of Prof. Cosejo, Mr. Reinnard Christian Merano was placed as co-trainer to help the group.
The group boasts of a wide repertoire ranging from Tagalog folk songs to classical music. For more than a decade, the Mauban Rondalla has excelled in different aspects of performing arts and left a trademark in every competition with a battle cry “One String, One Heart, One Soul, One Music”. The National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA), was a prestigious competition occasionally participated by the group. Collecting awards such as Honorable Mention in 2013 and 2015, Second Place in 2014 and 2016 and Grand Champion in 2017.
Aside from that, they staged shows in the Philippines: 2018 Sining Pambansa in Legazpi, Albay, Pasinaya Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines to name a few.
PADAYON RONDALLA is a performing group under the Department of Musicology of the UP College of Music. Established in July 2016, Padayon was formed by a group of friends who share a love for rondalla music. “Padayon”, a Visayan term meaning “to go on” or “continue” embodies the group’s vision to continue their passion for rondalla music. The group is composed of music educators, composers, and performers from the University of the Philippines College of Music, each with different backgrounds in music.
The group’s repertoire includes Philippine folk songs, pop songs and foreign classical music. Now, the group aims to promote Philippine rondalla not just to other countries but also to the Filipino community by performing in schools and outreaches.
Last July to August 2016, they performed in Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival in Yilan, Taiwan, and October the same year, was again invited to perform in Taiwan for the Chen Ding Nan Memorial Concert.
The group recently participated in the 2018 China-ASEAN Music Festival held in Nanning, Guangxi, China from May 29 to June 24, attended by composers, musicians and ensembles from countries within and outside Asia. Padayon Rondalla represented the University of the Philippines College of Music alongside other performing groups UP Tugtugang Musika Asyatika and UP Dance Company.
SARIAYA COMMUNITY RONDALLA
Sariaya Community Rondalla is one of the performing groups in Quezon Province and has been pushing for the development of the province’s musical heritage and tradition.
Organized in 2002 by the Sariaya East Central School Principal III Mr. Oscar Melendrez and District Supervisor Mrs. Editha Velena, it is now mentored by Herbert Driz Perez, and assisted by Reinnard Christian G. Merano and Frances Jane B. Paulino. Their leader, Prof. Teodorico Cadavez Cosejo, was one of the founders of Pambansang Samahan ng Rondalla (PASARON) in the 80s.
From such simple yet promising beginnings, the Sariaya Community Rondalla evolved into what it is now, one of the best in Luzon that occasionally qualifies to the national level of competitions. The group was able to join different national and international festivals and competition such 3rd International Rondalla Festival in Tagum City and last year NAMCYA – Youth Rondalla Ensemble – 2nd place winner.
SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY ORKESTRA SIN ARCO
The Silliman University-Orchestra Sin Arco was established in 2002 when Maestro Michael Dadap, a world-renowned classical guitarist, composer and conductor, came to Silliman University under the sponsorship of the New York-New Jersey Silliman Alumni Chapter led by Joel Pal, Eula Bergado, and Faith Manigsaca Garcia-Duran. His mission was to start an orchestra composed of plucked stringed instruments, winds brasses, and percussion or otherwise known as the “Orkestra Sin Arco.”
In 2012, the Silliman University-Orkestra Sin Arco was formally launched at the Luce Auditorium. The group performed Camille Saint Sean’s “Carnival of the Animals” for two pianos, strings and winds, Michael Dadap’s Tikling Suite for strings, flute, and clarinet, and Jerry Dadap’s “Alay sa Inang Bayan” for chorus and orchestra. In 2015, the ensemble performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as the full orchestral accompaniment of Michael Dadap’s musical play, “Ampalaya” based on Augie Rivera’s short folktale, “Alamat ni Ampalaya”
Currently, the ensemble is composed of 17 college students from Silliman University led by director and conductor Asst. Prof, Mathilda Erojo. It has been continuing its mission to perform challenging repertoires for the Silliman University-Orchestra Sin Arco.