BAGUIO CITY, July 18 (PIA) - - The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in partnership with the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and the Musicology Society of the Philippines and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, opened the first Rondalla Music camp attended by 125 scholars.
The July 8 – 23 training camp being hosted by the University of the Philippines is participted by talented Rondalla practitioners, musicians, conductors, arrangers and composers from different parts of the country, who were pre – selected from those who applied during the open call for scholars earlier this year.
Camp Director and National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon Santos outlined that the camp provides intensive training on the different aspect of Rondalla performance and also include exposures to new and challenging music repertoire.
“A rondalla can be at par with any musical group or musical ensemble in the world, then it’s about time, that we really fix a status for the Filipino Rondalla”, Santos stressed. “We have come to an age where Rondalla playing is not only confined to folk music”, he added.
Santos also bared that the program is in line with the NCCA’s goal of establishing the first Philippine Rondalla Orchestra. Through the training camp, NCCA and its partners hope to train the scholars to become musical artists so as to elevate their level of performance to be at par of a professional Rondalla orchestra..
as a highlight the Rondalla training camp, the scholars will hold a concert that will be open to the public at CAP John Hay Convention and Cultural Center this July 22. (JDP/CCD/RV Galvan – PIA CAR/UP Intern)