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Two Events with Dr. LaVerne David C. de la Peña: Kabataang Pinoy, and The Cordillera Interlocking Rhythms

The kabataang Pinoy (Filipino youth) evolved as a distinct cultural group during the American colonial period 1898-1946. coinciding with urbanization and the secularization of education. During this period, the youth gained autonomy, distancing themselves from parental control and developing their own cultural identity. They began to form a conscious, imagined identity, create unique expressive forms and symbols, and establish their own cultural spaces.

The lecture will examine the trends in Philippine popular music from 1900 to 2000 that align with the preferences of the youth demographic. It will encompass artists from Katy de la Cruz (“Balut”), Bobby Gonzales (“Hahabol-habol”), Nora Aunor (“Pearly Shells”), to the Juan de la Cruz Band (“Ana Himig Natin”) and many others. It will navigate through diverse subcultures, including the urban gangs and clubs of the 50s the jeprox and bakya crowd of the 70s, and the burgs and tibak or the 80s and 90s, all of which constitute the audiences of popular music.

A sequel to the lecture is a workshop introducing the various bamboo instruments or Northern Philippines including the pateteg (xylophone blade), patang-ug (quill shaped bamboo percussion), the tongatonq (stamping tubes) and the saggeypo (panpipes).
Contact: Center for Philippine Studies

Made possible through the Philipoine Consulate General in Honolulu