Music binds us all.
The ASEAN committee recently went on a two-city tour, travelling to Angeles City, Pampanga and Malolos, Bulacan to promote the ASEAN-Korea Flute Festival this coming December 1, 2017 at Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza and a public performance concert at Luneta National Park on December 2 (Saturday). The upcoming musical event is a spectacle of tradition and culture, combined into one to spread both through their music throughout South-East Asia.
The event aims to provide an opportunity for flutists in Southeast Asia and Korea to interact and create integrated renditions of contemporary and traditional songs. Their music is to be appreciated by the general public, most especially the youth, while they also incorporate classic and modern approaches in music-making.
The cross-cultural event kicked with pocket shows from two different delegations. Korea and Malaysia were warmly greeted at the Gabaldon Building in Angeles City, Pampanga. Korea showed their skill in traditional instruments, giving off a hypnotic beat that really moves the soul. Students and officials were present in the event, playing games and participating in trivia.
While at La Consolation University in Malolos, Bulacan, musicians from the Philippines and Singapore entertained the crowd. The Philippine Delegates showed students the wonder of traditional Filipino instruments. The music that came from those instruments reminds the listener on our connection to nature. Singapore demonstrated their musical prowess with energetic beats from their flutes and drums. Each rhythm and beat that they produced creates a conversation through music.
“Music serves as an easy way to communicate with others despite of borders.” said Dr. Ramon P. Santos, the Artistic Director and Philippine National Artist.
In a way, Doctor Santos was right. Just one look on the children’s smiles showed how accepting they are to the ASEAN-Korea delegates, no matter what religion, race or creed they have. If music is a way to bring countries closer together, then we believe that they are doing an amazing job of showing it.