Philippine bamboo music comes to Los Angeles

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 5, 2015

LOS ANGELES – The Bohol Bamboo Children’s Ensemble have made their way to Southern California to perform for a series of shows.

Member Rosemarie Cagas said, “It’s fun being part of this.”

Another member, Neil Pagican, added, “It’s unique music.”

The instruments are all made from locally-grown bamboo trees in their hometown of Alicia in Bohol.  Catalino Salarda, the group’s conductor said, “I discovered the bamboo base when I was harvesting palm wine.  When I heard the sound, it was quite different.”

Among the pieces – the kulintang and the flute – and string instruments such as the ukelele and banjo.  Also to be showcased — the popular tinikling dance.

These talented young Filipinos can even play the instruments blindfolded.

It’s a dream come true and a long journey for these 31 members, mostly teens and preteens.

Their coach, Emilia Deligaro said, “It’s very special because this is the first time that we’fe

Emil Bermoy, pastor of Christian Bible Fellowship said, “Their trip here is very special because we have been working with them for three years, trying to get them visas and passports.”

The ensemble will be the United States until early November, doing several shows, many of them as part of the Christian Bible Fellowship’s 30 year anniversary celebrations.

This is the first time the ensemble has come to the U.S. but they’re optimistic it’s not the last. They hope to return in the near future, hoping to showcase Philippine music and the ingenuity behind their sounds.

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