Florante Receives 2016 Gerbode Composition Award

February 6, 2017 / No Comments

On February 1, 2017, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation announced that Florante Aguilar along with presenting organization KulArts, are one of the six recipients of $50,000 grants to support ...

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Cavite el Viejo – Poblacion & Marulas

November 16, 2016 / No Comments

An  ode to my hometown of Kawit, Cavite (formerly known as Cavite el Viejo) the suite consists of 12 movements named after the town’s barrios. The first two movements, Poblacion and Marulas, ...

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A Contemporary Harana Song

September 16, 2016 / No Comments

It’s a powerful experience when a song you wrote is sung by two of the best singers you know. Thank you Arwen Lawrence and Charmaine Clamor for such a privilege! And Jorge Liceaga for joining...

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The Music of Bae Makiling – An Interview by Kularts

September 15, 2016 / No Comments

This blog post is republished from Kularts website. Click here for the original post. This week we sit down with the man behind the music, Florante Aguilar. Maybe you know him from his original sco...

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State of the Filipino Arts in the U.S. and Diaspora

May 26, 2016 / No Comments

 The following post appears as part of an article on Dialogue on Philippine Dance and Culture event in San Francisco, and published by Inquirer.net. The interview was conducted by Wilfred Galila an...

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Fandango-Pandanggo 10K Run and Cavite el Viejo

March 31, 2016 / No Comments

Working on  Cavite el Viejo – a suite I’m composing to premiere at Fandango-Pandanggo show on May 21, 2016 in San Francisco. Cavite el Viejo is the archaic name for my hometown of Kawit, Cavi...

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Guest Blog: Chus Alonso on Upcoming Show Fandango-Pandanggo

March 26, 2016 / No Comments

By Chus Alonso For those of you who know me, you might think it is a bit out of character for me to be planning to run the Napa Valley Silverado 10-K Marathon on April 17. If you told me a few mont...

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Florante Gives a Talk at the Apple Store in SF

April 30, 2015 / No Comments

  CAAM has partnered with the Apple Store San Francisco to present CAAM: Creating Award-Winning Documentaries on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Join filmmakers Florante Aguilar and Fides Enriquez, an...

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She, Who Can See – A Multimedia Dance Theater

April 24, 2015 / No Comments

Music, Film and Theater! What more can you ask for? I’m very excited to compose the music for a multimedia dance theater piece She, Who Can See with my fellow collaborators Alleluia Panis (cr...

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The Dadap Aguilar Duo

February 8, 2015 / No Comments

Fun with my mentor maestro Michael Dadap. We’re preparing for a series of performances and a recording this year. Enjoy!

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Still a Classical Geek at Heart

August 4, 2014 / No Comments

Sylvius Leopold Weiss was a rock star lutenist in the 1700s, equal to JS Bach on playing fantasies and fugues. He remains one of my fave composers, albeit a little unheralded.

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Florante’s Interview At the NYC Harana Premiere

August 5, 2013 / 5 Comments

Florante Aguilar’s interview at the Asian American International Film Festival’s New York premiere of HARANA. The original publication can be found here. ### Harana is a long-abandoned ...

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Top 10 Misconceptions About the Custom of Harana (Filipino Serenade)

November 2, 2012 / 14 Comments

By Florante Aguilar and Fides Enriquez Harana is the vanished tradition of serenading prevalent in old Philippines. While most Filipinos are still familiar with this custom, it is mostly that ̵...

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Press Release for HARANA KINGS US Tour

June 29, 2012 / 4 Comments

Email: fides@haranathemovie.com, www.haranathemovie.com Hi-­‐Res Image Available Upon Request ### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Art Media Presents INTRODUCING THE HARANA KINGS San Francisco, CA June 29...

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HARANA the Movie Synopsis

February 20, 2012 / 3 Comments

HARANA – The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade Upon his father’s death, Florante, a classically trained musician returns to the Philippines after 12 years of absence. During his stay ...

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The Great Denigration of Composers

February 10, 2012 / No Comments

I recently had the opportunity to watch this video clip that became viral. It is a 6-minute video based on Don McLean’s anthem of a song American Pie. It is an elaborate set-up that employs a...

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Harana the Movie Production is Completed

January 12, 2012 / 6 Comments

Hello everyone. I know I have not blogged for almost a year. But the answer will be obvious as the fruit of my labor on various projects slowly unfold one by one this year. The most significant amo...

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Harana and the Latin Rhythms

March 14, 2011 / 2 Comments

Pandangguhan/Lawiswis Lawayan – Florante Aguilar EnsembleI was once chastised for using a distinctly Latin rhythm on a popular Filipino harana song ‘Sa Gitna Ng Dilim’ on the open...

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Why do Filipinos Love Sad Pensive Songs?

March 10, 2011 / 2 Comments

Admit it. If you’re Filipino, you are a sucker for corny ballads. You go teary-eyed on some of the sappiest American pop songs. Even boxer Manny Pacquiao belts out an old tune from the 70s (S...

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A Case for ‘Bayan Ko’ as Philippine National Anthem

January 17, 2011 / 9 Comments

The only thing of note Julian Felipe ever wrote was Bayang Magiliw, a foreign rip-off, commissioned by a friend who is a military president with blood on his hands.

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Searching For Sylvia – The Last Surviving Practitioner of the Kundiman Art Song

December 5, 2010 / 2 Comments

Many older Filipinos know Sylvia La Torre as the grand dame of Philippine cinema and television. She is known as a comedian notably starring as Sebya with fellow comic Pugo (Mariano Contreras) in a...

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The Portuguese Fado, the Philipine Kundiman and How an Artist Arrived at an Idea

November 20, 2010 / 3 Comments

The Portuguese fado and the Philippine kundiman are art forms that are tied to their national identities. But why does one flourish while the other languish?

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The Difference Between Harana and Kundiman

November 9, 2010 / 20 Comments

If you are one of the Filipinos having a hard time distinguishing between harana and kundiman music, don’t be ashamed – you are not alone! It is very easy to confuse the two. It is comm...

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The Different Stages of Harana (Serenading)

October 28, 2010 / 7 Comments

During the filming of Harana the movie in late 2008, I had the opportunity to travel to remote provinces of the Philippines in search of master haranistas – the vanishing breed of expert sing...

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Florante’s Guitars

October 15, 2010 / No Comments

Many have asked (mostly guitarists) what brand of guitar I use. Currently, I am using Cordoba Soloista flamenco guitar. I love the bite and the growl typically associated with flamenco guitars. It&...

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Concert “Disasters”: Getting Paid – in Quarters!

October 13, 2010 / 2 Comments

Scene: Outlying provinces off Cebu, Philippines more than 15 years ago. I was on tour with a pair of ballet dancers, a classical pianist and a local singer named Phrolo. It was a Government Outreac...

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Concert “Disasters”: Concerto for Guitar … and Lanzones!

October 10, 2010 / 1 Comment

Scene: Orchestra pit of the Meralco Theater in Manila many years ago. Opening night of Philippine Repertory’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. It has a small guitar part which I was hired t...

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What’s Up with My Name?

October 8, 2010 / No Comments

Hello All. To most Filipinos, the name Florante Aguilar elicits a bit of a giggle. Some of the reactions I heard: 1) Is that for real? 2) Gotta be a stage name 3) Are you an illegitimate son? They ...

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