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Music of Nicanor Abelardo (By Ramon P.Santos Ph.D.)

Spanish conquest, a Filipino classical music repertoire took off and evolved from the European art music tradition.

Over the years, a definition of Filipino classical music has been developed according to social and artistic parameters appropriated yet distinguished from western musical culture, and based mainly on such factors as talent, formal training, technical proficiency, creativity, and a Filipino self-identity.

The development of literature on Filipino classical music literature can be traced back to the 1860s and lasted till the end of the World War II. This literature included practically all forms of western art music from short instrumental pieces and solo art songs, to opera and other music theater forms, and extended multi-part compositions for solo instrument, chamber ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

Door To The World Of Reading

Door to the World of Reading Must Be Unlocked for All Children (By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz)

Not too long ago, when no one was looking, something wonderful began to happen in the field of children's literature. Suddenly, the publishing of children's titles seemed to have taken on a new life, and books written and illustrated by Filipino authors and illustrators became available in greater numbers in the market. And yet, as recent as six years ago, one could count on one hand the individuals responsible for what made up the body of children's literature in the country. Textbooks, coloring books, and folktales were the only printed materials synonymous with children's literature. Happily, the landscape has drastically changed, and things are looking up.

The Filipino Through Songs

(By Prof. Felipe M. De Leon, Jr) tried to convert the Filipino to their ways primarily through religion, the Americans did it through education.

The American military regime in the Philippines never underestimated the importance of education as a colonial tool. Although the Jones Act granted the Filipinos more autonomy and Filipinos were given government posts, the Department of Education was never entrusted to any Filipino. Americans always handed this department up to 1935. And when a Filipino took over under the Commonwealth, a new generations of brown Americans had already been produced. There was no longer any need for American overseas in this field because a captive generation had already come of age, thinking and acting like Americans.

The Disentangling Of A Tongue-tied Subject

(By Charlie Samuya Veric)

Recent trends in Southeast Asian studies, literary or otherwise, point to a common desire to create a cultural genealogy that would invigorate the bond that ties these modern nations. This desire, we know, is a direct reaction against the Orientalist and Orientalizing production of knowledge and therefore, power in Southeast Asia. It is an attempt to show that the region is more than a colonial invention that dwells in the imaginary of dead white colonialists of yore.

Wanted: Vision To Lead The Feet

(By Basilio Esteban S.Villaruz)

Singularity of purpose breaks out in singular steps in dance.

A woman does just that in a small, marginal space on West Avenue with her Dance Forum. Its three imaginary walls open to a backyard. A row of small shops keeps noise and pollution out. You have to be a dance habitue to know this "secret" corner in Quezon City. It has spawned fresh and forceful initiatives in the choreographic art.

After working closely with Enrico Labayen until his departure for San Francisco, where he won the Isadora Duncan choreographic award, Myra Beltran continued experimenting. She also kept Labayen loyalists and freelancers busy with serious works ignored by escapist balletomanes.



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