[box type=”default” size=”large”] Film chronicles almost forgotten music of Filipino serenade [/box]

Paaralang PilipinoThe Filipino American National Historical Society of Michigan (FANHS-MI) and Paaralang Pilipino’s Filipino Youth Initiative (FYI) will mark the celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month next month (October) with the hosting of the screening of an acclaimed documentary entitled “Harana” (serenade).

The screening will be held at 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the social hall of the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) at 17356 Northland Park Court, Southfield.

The screening is free and open to the public,        

The film chronicles the search by Filipino classical guitarist Florante Aguilar “for the lost and almost forgotten music and musicians” of the “harana” or “serenade,” a traditional courtship ritual practiced since Hispanic times but gradually overshadowed and virtually replaced in recent decades by modern technology, particularly, “videoke” and electronic messaging.

Aguilar’s search ended with his discovery of three aging “haranistas” — two Tagalog and one Ilokano, whose talents he has showcased to sold-out concerts in the Philippines and in California.

To help push further this pioneering research of Aguilar, FANHS-MI are inviting Filipino classical guitarists to the screening. They will be requested to play “harana” music with their instruments from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

FANHS-MI is also inviting Filipinas who have been wooed through “harana” or any Filipino who has found a special person or partner through the social media to join the event.

They are requested to call Tess Tchou at (313) 533-3085 or email her at [email protected] Their names will be placed on a list of people for possible interview by FYI students or for potential studies by FANHS scholars.

For RSVPs and inquiries, individuals or groups planning to attend the event are asked to contact Fe Rowland at (313) 582-9299, FYI facilitator James Wilson at  [email protected] or Tess Tchou at (313) 533-3085.

FANHS is a community-based organization whose mission is “to preserve, document and present Filipino American history and to support scholarly research and artistic works which reflect that rich past.”


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