An audience of almost 2,000 witnessed an alternative kind of music played by a band whose repertoire falls under the genre of world music. Most of their pieces highlighted the hegalong, a two-stringed guitar of the T’boli tribe in South Cotabato, and violin as the lead melodic instrument, but occasionally incorporated vocal chants and lyrics in a few of their songs. Through the musical prowess of the band members, they were able to showcase how native instruments can be utilized in mainstream performances. More importantly, they also provided an alternative genre to the ears of the mostly young audience who are usually exposed to the loud and “expletive” music of this age.
The magic of Mt. Makiling inspired the formation of the Makiling Ensemble now known as Makiling. It was in their high school days where they got exposed to the diverse musical cultures of the Philippine High School for the Arts (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.
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 performance of Makiling here in Bohol as part of the band’s national concert-tour.