By Lydia Divina
A workshop to help young Filipinos in the Bay experience deeper understanding of Sama Badjao and Tausug culture through music and dance was held at the Bayanihan Center in San Francisco on April 19th.
By Levine Andro Lao
The music borne out of playing gongs and bamboo instruments cannot simply be dismissed as an obfuscated form of entertainment, for it has always been a mirror of “a life of spirituality, subsistence, and of communing with nature in this part of the world,” said National Artist-designate Ramon P. Santos during the first international gongs-and-bamboo music festival, held Feb. 19-22 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
Gongs and bamboo musical instruments “are a celebration and renewal of our heritage as Asians and have been in existence for thousands of years,” according to composer and National Artist-designate Ramon P. Santos.