CITY OF MALOLOS – An afternoon filled with music and patriotism was held as hundreds of musicians from six Bulakenyo bands joined together to play beautiful melody during the Konsierto ng Musikerong Bulakenyo held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city yesterday.
As one of the highlights in the culmination of the National Arts Month, Original Pilipino Music echoed in the gymnasium as the Hiyas ng Bulacan Brass Band, BulSU Symphonic Band, Fortunato Halili Brass Band, DYCI (Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Inc.) Brass Band, Bocaue Youth Brass Band, at Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School Band played their instruments together.
In his message delivered by Chief of Staff Danilo Faustino, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado expressed his support for the talented musicians who contribute to the flourishing arts and culture of the province.
“Hindi sana maupos ang siklab ng ating damdaming may pagpapahalaga sa nakaraan, hindi na sana muling matulog pa ang damdaming ginising ng sigla ng “Kislap Ng Sining Sa Bulacan,” Alvarado said.
Prior to this, the Parangal sa Kislap ng Sining ng Bulacan headed by the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office was held wherein three Bulakenyo artists were recognized.
One of the awardees who received high recognition for the Traditional Arts was the famous “master carver” Pedro Esguerra, a native of Pulilan, Bulacan who has shown great skills in carving decorations using a banana stem instead of singkaban.
For the field of Music, Dr. Herminio Suarez from Balagtas, Bulacan was awarded. He was once the director of Cultural Affairs and Performing Arts in Bulacan State University and received different recognitions including Huwarang Pilipino Awardee 2008 and Award of Excellence for Cultural Affairs and Performing Arts among others.
Also, Godofredo Reyes of Hagonoy, Bulacan who is a “master oil painter” was honored in and out of the country for his greatness in the field of Arts and Culture. He is an active member of Hagonoy Art Group and other similar organizations that are helping the present generation to continue enriching the culture, arts and history of the province.