Eminent music patron Danny Dolor, founder of the Tribung Pilipino Foundation, presented last Wednesday at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater the third “Harana sa Dapit Hapon.” With Dolor unwaveringly determined to preserve the slowly dying traditional Filipino music, “Harana” featured the kundiman, harana, balitaw and danza.
Sopranos Sweet Samaniego-Buchanan and Margarita Roco, tenors Juan Paulo Azul and Andres Reyes rendered songs by N. Abelardo, F. Santiago, M. Velarde, E. Cuenco, S. Suarez, M. Velez, F. Tolentino, J. de Jesus, C. de Guzman and L. Silos.
The second part of the program consisted of kundimans and folk songs by N. Abelardo, F. Santiago and M. Velez, with their concert transcriptions by violin virtuoso Gilopez Kabayao. These were interpreted by brilliant violinist Jimmy Tagala Jr. with leading pianist Corazon Pineda Kabayao as assisting artist.
Through the years, lovers of Filipino songs have been entertained, delighted and enchanted by Tribung Pilipino concerts presented by chairman-founder Dolor, with distinguished sopranos singing a wide selection derived from diverse Filipino repertoire.
Such songs rendered by the Tribung Pilipino singers—“Bakya Mo Neneng,” “Dalagang Pilipina,” “Madaling Araw,” “Sa Kabukiran,” “Bituing Marikit,” “Minamahal,” etc.—were vivaciously revived in Harana, calling to mind performances of Sylvia la Torre and Conching Rosal. The Tribung Pilipino, through concerts and lectures, paid tribute to such icons in music as Zarzuela queen Atang de la Rama, the first Filipina recording artist Maria Carpena and famed movie actress Carmen Rosales.
For being the dedicated and assiduous guardian of Filipino traditional music, Dolor has richly deserved the numerous awards conferred on him by the Philippines and foreign countries. Among these are the more recent FAMAS Dr. Jose R. Perez award for lifetime contribution to the Philippine Cinema in 2012, the Light of Culture and arts in 2013 from the UNESCO Dream Ensemble and the International Theater Institute for his enduring support to Philippine culture and the arts.
Dolor received a unique Papal Award for his dedication and service to the Church and Pontiff, as well as to the Archdiocese of Lipa, his native city.
Currently, Dolor is a board trustee of the CCP.
Harana sa Dapit Hapon’s succeeding show will be held on July 8, September 9, October 7 and December 9. This event is free to the public.
Senior citizens, students and the general public are cordially invited.