Florante’s Interview At the NYC Harana Premiere

By floranteaguilar / August 5, 2013 / Harana, Kundiman, Press Releases / 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 Filipino courtship serenade, which originated in the Spanish colonial period. In this award-winning ...

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

By floranteaguilar / November 2, 2012 / Harana, Most Popular / 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 – only a passing familiarity exists. We can hardly be blamed because there truly was no in-depth st...

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Press Release for HARANA KINGS US Tour

By floranteaguilar / June 29, 2012 / Harana, Press Releases / 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, 2012 – Master artists discovered in the soon to be released documentary “HARANA” comin...

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HARANA the Movie Synopsis

By floranteaguilar / February 20, 2012 / Harana / 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 he rediscovers the music of Harana – a long-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading when me...

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The Great Denigration of Composers

By floranteaguilar / February 10, 2012 / On Composing and Composers / 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 single take which must have required prodigious amount of coordination. It is nice and heartwarming...

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Harana the Movie Production is Completed

By floranteaguilar / January 12, 2012 / Harana / 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 among them is the completion of Harana the movie which I co-produced with Fides Enriquez. Six years in ...

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Harana and the Latin Rhythms

By floranteaguilar / March 14, 2011 / Harana / 2 Comments

I was once chastised for using a distinctly Latin rhythm on a popular Filipino harana song ‘Sa Gitna Ng Dilim’ on the opening scene of the Harana The Movie trailer. “Travesty!” they say, a bastardization of the noble harana rhythm. “This guy should be shot”, et...

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Why do Filipinos Love Sad Pensive Songs?

By floranteaguilar / March 10, 2011 / Harana, Kundiman / 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 (Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill) on late Night with Conan. When I was growing up in Cavite in [&h...

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A Case for ‘Bayan Ko’ as Philippine National Anthem

By floranteaguilar / January 17, 2011 / Kundiman, Most Popular / 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 military president with blood on his hands.

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

By floranteaguilar / December 5, 2010 / Kundiman, Most Popular / 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 series of popular films. She is also known as a co-host in the daily noon time show Oras ng Ligaya ...

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