Music Video – Death of Isagani (Pagkamatay ni Isagani)

April 8, 2018 / No Comments

Excerpt from Aswang the Concert performed and recorded live at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. PAGKAMATAY ...

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How to Write a Song When You’re in a Rut

January 15, 2018 / No Comments

Florante talks about one of the most reliable technique he uses when writing a song, especially when stuck in a rut. The s...

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Rosas Pandan

December 25, 2017 / No Comments

Not exactly a Filipino Xmas song but definitely in the same festive spirit. Rosas Pandan is a Visayan folksong that speaks...

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ASWANG the Concert Coming to Napa January 2018

December 13, 2017 / No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ASWANG  Comes Alive in Napa on January 28, 2018 December 13, 2017 (NAPA, CALIFORNIA) – New Art Media...

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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 organi...

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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...

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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 Lawren...

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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 b...

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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 ...

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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 Fr...

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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...

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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 Thur...

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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 the...

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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. En...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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Press Release for HARANA KINGS US Tour

June 29, 2012 / 4 Comments

Email:, Hi-­‐Res Image Available Upon Request ### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ne...

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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 musi...

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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 McLean̵...

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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 va...

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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...

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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...

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A Case for ‘Bayan Ko’ as Philippine National Anthem

January 17, 2011 / 10 Comments

The only thing of note Julian Felipe ever wrote was Bayang Magiliw, a foreign rip-off, commissioned by a friend who is a m...

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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 comedia...

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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...

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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 ashame...

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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 Philippine...

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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 ...

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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 cla...

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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 produc...

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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 th...

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