Gabi ng Musikang Pilipino on August 18

Don’t you miss this one peeps. It’s your chance to get some culture other than agri-culture. It’s on August 18, 7PM at the Juan C. Angara Multi-Purpose Center aka Baler Sports Complex. I’ll definitely be there as this will be my first time to see the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Rakenrol!

from the CCP website:

As part of the year long celebration of the quadricentennial of Baler, Quezon, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the Municipality of Baler and the Province of Aurora, present a special performance entitled GABI NG MUSIKANG PILIPINO on August 18, 2009 at 7:00pm to be held at the Don Juan C. Angara Multi-Purpose Center, Baler, Quezon.

The concert consists of original Filipino music from the Spanish colonial period to the present, to be performed by some of the country’s most outstanding Filipino musical artists–Rachelle Gerodias (soprano), Ervin Lumauag (tenor), Isay Alvarez (vocalist), Bo Cerrudo (vocalist), the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the UP Singing Ambassadors under Ed Manguiat, choirmaster, together with the country’s national orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of Maestro Agripino Diestro. Promising artists from Baler will also be featured such as the Baler Pangkat Kawayan, Aurora Performing Arts Group, Baler National High School Choir, and Baler youth and children’s choirs.

Directed by Felix Monino Duque, the performance will be a first of its kind in Baler and is expected to be viewed not only by the people of Baler, but also people from the neighboring towns and municipalities of Aurora province.

Baler Fiesta 2009: Trade Fair

2009 Baler Fiesta - Trade Fair
2009 Baler Fiesta - Trade Fair

In the official schedule of events, this one is called Agri-Industrial Trade Fair and Tourism and Investment Fair. I’ll just call it trade fair. It’s a yearly event spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry to promote local products. What’s new this year is that there are booths from the different provinces of Central Luzon, which makes the thing more exciting. I was late for the opening ceremony but managed to tag along with Gov. BAC while she’s doing her traditional shopping to support the trade exhibitors. She was with Mayor Angara and other visitors. She even gave me a pack of polburon, tamarind balls from Bataan and a Baler 400 tshirt. Go check it out.

PS: Obviously I’m not going to all of this year’s fiesta events because some of them are happening at the same time, there’s only me and myself in here, I have a real job that actually pays for my daily bread, and i have this chronic illness called laziness. There’s already tons of events that i missed like the exciting chess tournament, the motocross and 4×4 show at Kinalapan, the fishing competition at labasin and the skateboarding challenge at the capitol. So if you have pictures or news of these events, find a way to put it online and give me a poke so I can post the links. Or you can give me the pictures (personally or through email) and I will gladly post them with credits to your name.

Now back to the the trade fair pictures:

Click here for the pictures