In line with the mandate of the OCAD to provide activities for the cultural development of HNU students, the office accepted the invitation of Ms. Carmen Bernardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the group’s Tour Coordinator, to host the concert of the upcoming band composed of graduates from the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA).
Makiling (formerly Makiling Ensemble) is an instrumental band that performs original music that falls under the genre of world music. Most of their pieces highlight the hegalong and violin as the lead melodic instrument, but occasionally incorporate vocal chants and lyrics in a few of their songs.
It was the magic of Mt. Makiling that inspired the formation of the Makiling Ensemble now known as MAKILING. It was in their high school days when they got exposed to the diverse musical cultures of the PHSA, batch mates Diwa de Leon (hegalong, violin, vocals), David Sicam (guitar), Otto Hernandez (percussion), Evan Britanico (lead vocals, bass), and Wed Lodriga (percussion) got together and jammed with a composition of Diwa. One thing led to another and the band was formed.
Makiling has earned a niche for themselves in the world of music, with three albums to their name and a reputation for making music utilizing vigorous Afro-Latin rhythms fused with Keltic inspired melodies, Indian-styled vocals, the playfulness of the T’boli hegalong, guitar chords, and heightened improvisation.
The band’s mission is to achieve a creative integration of Philippine and other traditional music ideas, forms, and styles with those of contemporary popular music and to develop a broad appreciation for tradition-based music creations. Thirteen years after its foundation the group continued to attain their vision of bringing global harmony and cooperation through music.
Tickets are available at PhP 25 for HNU students and Php100 for General Admission. For more details and information, visit the Holy Name University Office of Cultural Affairs and Development (OCAD) or through this number: 412-3432 or 501-9817, local 134.