SM City SJDM, bamboo band pays tribute to Philippine Independence Day

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Members of Banda Kawayan Pilipinas who performed during the celebration of 121st Philippine Independence Day at SM City San Jose del Monte. (Photo credit to Banda Kawayan Pilipinas Official Facebook Page.)

CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan — As a celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day, SM City San Jose del Monte presented the Banda Kawayan Philippines in a free one-hour performance at the mall atrium, June 12.

Shoppers and mall goers witnessed the world-class performances of Banda Kawayan Pilipinas who performed different traditional music, Filipino folk songs like Bahay Kubo, as well as Original Filipino Music (OPM) such as Estudyante Blues, Manila, and Hahabol-habol utilized on different bamboo instruments.

Banda Kawayan Pilipinas is a unique ensemble of young, talented performers utilizing musical instruments fashioned out of bamboo and indigenous materials, envisions themselves as a world-class performing art that bridges cultures, celebrate Filipino artistry and grooms young talents through music. Banda Kawayan’s unique musical style has taken them to international shows, music festivals, concert, and tours inside and outside the Philippines.

Early in the morning, SM also put into spotlight its homegrown talents from the City of San Jose del Monte. Students from Paradise Farms National High School perform the invocation and completed the program with a festive, patriotic and different interpretation of the song Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas using Angklung, a musical instrument also made of bamboo tubes attached to bamboo frames. The Lupang Hinirang was led by Bulacan X Factor 2017 Champion, Famela Ann Aglabtin, who also showcased her vocal prowess with the song Isang Lahi. The celebration was also graced by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Tungkong Mangga Chapter.

SM City San Jose del Monte Assistant Mall Manager Arch. Nelson R. Lopez expressed his gratitude for all the employees, agency personnel, affiliates, tenants, and guests who supported the event. “Our art and culture played an important role in our freedom because it defines our identity as Filipino”, he shares.

The Philippine Independence Day is celebrated simultaneously in all SM Supermalls. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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