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07/17/2012: HARANA KINGS: A Night of Philippine Serenade


Co-sponsored by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc.


TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012 7:00PM-9:00PM


The Philippines' tradition of harana has been rapidly vanishing in its home country and most people throughout the world are completely unaware of its influential music that for many years had inspired the Philippine country with hope, beauty and love. Harana was a traditional form of courtship in which men serenaded women by singing underneath her window at night. It is famous for its set of protocols, a code of conduct and most importantly, a specific style of music. An important custom of Filipino culture, harana has been teetering on the edge of disappearance for some time, but through the untiring and valiant efforts from a group of filmmakers, harana has been given a chance for survival.

World music guitarist Florante Aguilar along with producer Fides Enriquez and director Benito Bautista have been hard at work producing Harana, a documentary highlighting and saving the tradition that will once again reignite the passion and treasure that is harana. Together, they discovered Felipe Alonzo, Celestino Aniel and Romeo Bergunio, three men with simple lives in the Philippines who exemplify the definition of a true harana master. Now known as the Harana Kings, not only do these master haranistas star in the upcoming documentary, but they have been formally invited to perform in an exclusive concert series in California. Having never been far from their humble lifestyles, coming to American is surely a once-­‐in-­‐a-­‐ lifetime dream come true. They will begin their exclusive tour in Los Angeles by participating in the unprecedented July 8th concert “Apl de Ap Takes You to the Philippines – A Celebration of Global Filipino Music” at the Hollywood Bowl, before coming to the San Francisco Bay Area for three more not to be missed performance, including at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

The concerts will also launch the release of the album "Introducing the Harana Kings", a result of the Harana documentary film. The Harana Kings will join Florante Aguilar to perform a number of tracks from the album and this will be the only time the Harana Kings will be performing live in the United States in what will surely be an event that not only celebrates Filipino history, but a momentous occasion for anyone that has ever dared to dream.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290 Oakland, CA 94607

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)