Tipanan (Rendezvous) is a convergence of different musical styles from the Philippine islands. From the sublime to the rhythmically charged, harana (serenade) to tribal dance, this collection showcases the diversity of Philippine music along with its most trusted instrument.
The influence of Spain, the assimilation of American pop, the staying power of the rural folk songs, and the exoticism of indigenous rhythms, yield a picturesque canvas of a culture like no other.
Florante Aguilar, classical guitar and octavina (track #11)
With special guest Michael Walsh, 2nd guitar on Nais Ko and Radyo Tipanan.
Born in 1934, Felipe Alonzo hailed from Bantay, Ilocos Sur. He was well known in his community and was often seen performing around the city of Vigan during Christmas and town fiestas. He learned many of the songs when he was performing in sarswelas, which he referred to as “entablados” – live comic operettas performed in the town plaza. In 1965, Mr. Alonzo, who was a self-taught guitarist, recorded Ilocano haranas for Villar Records. Mr. Alonzo passed away in March 2013. He was 78.
Celestino Aniel, one of the three haranistas featured in the Harana documentary, was born in 1946 in the town of Naic, Cavite. Mr. Aniel learned many popular songs through the radio and recordings from the 1950s to the 1970s such as those of Ruben Tagalog, Larry Miranda, Ric Manrique, Jr. and Cenon Lagman. Aniel’s singing style was also a nod to popular crooners such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Perry Como, a style that was adopted and incorporated into harana during the American occupation in the 1940s. Mr. Aniel was often seen singing around his hometown for friends and small gatherings. Mr. Aniel passed away in September 2012. He was 66.
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