The Different Stages of Harana (Serenading)

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 singers skilled in the art of serenading. Serenading was particularly popular in the Philippine provinces from early […]

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By floranteaguilar / October 28, 2010 / Harana, Most Popular / 7 Comments

Florante’s Guitars

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’s sounds great when I play with my ensemble Fandangueros. I’m also using a 2002 Fontanilla guitar built by […]

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By floranteaguilar / October 15, 2010 / On Playing Classical Guitar / No Comments

Concert “Disasters”: Getting Paid – in Quarters!

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 Outreach Tour whose noble mission is to bring arts into far-flung provinces. About 4 stops in […]

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By floranteaguilar / October 13, 2010 / Concert "Disasters" / 2 Comments

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

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 to play. It was a full orchestra but since it’s a play/musical, there were lots of breaks […]

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By floranteaguilar / October 10, 2010 / Concert "Disasters" / 1 Comment

What’s Up with My Name?

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 are, of course, referring to Freddie Aguilar and Florante de Leon  […]

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By floranteaguilar / October 8, 2010 / About / No Comments