Saturday, April 20, 2013

"Maalaala Mo Kaya" at Phillips Academy

Here's another one of the songs we played during the performance at Phillips Academy!

Sierra Jamir

"Manang Huaning" at Phillips Academy

Here's one of the videos from our performance at PA!

Sierra Jamir

IP Rondalla Performance Article

Celebrating the Catholic Legacies of Catholicism Phillipian Article
My friend, Scarla Pan, wrote an beautiful article about the event for the Phillipian, Phillips Academy's Newpaper, which I have posted below. I highly recommend you take a look at the newspaper clipping below! It's really amazing that we've been so highly recognized by the Phillips Academy community!

Phillipian Article about Rondalla Performance by Scarla Pan

Phillips Academy Performance April 14th

Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted something from the group!

Last weekend, the IP Rondalla was fortunate to have performed at my school, Phillips Academy, due to a generous grant given to us through the school's Catholic Student Fellowship (CSF). After a month of planning for the event with Dr. Kantor, the school's Catholic Chaplain and club advisor to the CSF, we were able to see the event come to life!

The event started off with a 35-minute Rondalla Performance in Kemper Auditorium. We played a repertoire of 12 songs ranging from traditional melodies, such as Karaton and Ba-Ingles, to more contemporary songs, such as Tango Por La Cabeza and Bruno Mars's Marry You. The audience loved our interpretation of the music and especially our attractive choreography that accompanied each song! In the end, we were asked for an encore, which we so happily accepted!

IP Rondalla Performance in Kemper Auditorium
Photo Credit: T. Jamir

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bayan-Bayanan School says "Thanks"!

Hello Pinoy Jeep Followers,

Here is the video of Bayan-Bayanan elementary school children saying THANKS to all of you!

(If you've just joined us on our journey, I wrote a blog a while back about these kids and the project we'll be doing at their school. Check it out!)

Sierra Jamir

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rondalla Kid: Hey I'm Janrey!

Jerry and Janrey during the 2012 IP Rondalla recital

"I can't wait for out next concert! Every time I perform it becomes easier and easier to communicate and interact with my audience. Each show will help all of us to prepare for the real upcoming show this summer! :)"
 - Janrey (Guitarist)

Monday, April 1, 2013

University of the Philippines Los Banos

Los Banos (from Wikipedia)
Wow! University of the Philippines Los Banos has offered us to perform in their campus! My mother's Food Science college advisor (Dr. Priscilla Sanchez) recommended Dr. Marites Yee, Dean of the College of Home Ecology and Founding Director of UPLB Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), to help us.

Just so you know, UP Los Banos is a national university of higher learning that offers academic teaching, research, and extension/outreach activities in various basic and applied fields of study. Proceeds from this IP Rondalla Performance will be used as (1) revolving fund to support the scholarship program of the College of Human Ecology and 2) community outreach and extension work of the CHE Student Council.

About the City of Los Banos

The population is about 101,884, according to the 2010 census, with a total landarea of 56.5 square kilometers. The city is bordered on the south and southwest by Mount Makiling a toruist spot for its hot spring resorts, on the north by Laguna de Bay, and on the northwest by Calamba City. The city is also known for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and SEARCA (Southeast Asian Research Center and Agriculture) where we'll be staying!

Los Banos to Calamba Jeepney
 (from Jeepney Flickr Photo Sharing)
Rizal Shrine (Calamba) from VistaPinas

We're also visiting the birthplace of Jose Rizal in Calamba City. I'm excited to try the hot springs and Los Banos's delicacies, like original Buko pie (coconut meat pie) and Carabao milk ice cream! We can ride the jeepney around campus! Let's get rollin'!

Sierra Jamir 
(with the help of Sonia Rubico-Jamir)