Music educator agrees on the important role that music plays n developing nationalism and strengthening national discipline. It is a valuable force n fostering a feeling of oneness among a people in search for national identity. Though it they realize their common heritage as depicted their nature, in the geography of their land in their culture.
A very special event that garners amazing publicity not on among foreigners but even among the natives is the colorful and fascinating “Ati-atihan marayonan” a thanks giving festivals to celebrate a peace treaty among the warring Aeta chieftaian of Panay Island. Originally a mimicking spree in 1214, this frolicking celebration, since the coming of Spaniards in 1572, has assumed a religious view to honor the Patron Sto.
Nino Aklan. Foreigners as well as local tourists, mesmerized by its novelty and glamour, treck to the province to witness the boisterous looking faces of the participants, smeared with coal and paints and in diverse head costumes, who jestingly prance in the street to the merry music provided by tin cans, drums, band or musical contraption as they shout “Viva Kay Senior Sto. Niño.”
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Music is a vital link between man and his ecology. It has provided dynamic personality and identity to him, thereby augmenting his growth though permissive socialization. Not manacled to his own music, man has consistently made incursion though diligent research and observation, thus affording opportunity to metamorphose and synthesize into a plurality of musical experiences to prevent music malnutrition. The songs “Bahay kubo”, “Paru-Parung Bukid”, “Tinikling”, and “Dahil sayo” are familiar tunes to aficionados, foreign and native. Fadella said “Music is a sort of looking glass from which we would be able to mirror the soul of a nation. The music of a certain nation is an important manifestation of the people’s psychology, character, and individuality.” NEXT CONTENTS PREVIOUS
Music plays a rallying force in arousing nationalist sentiments. Julian Felipe wrote the National Anthem during the Philippine revolution against the Spain in 1898. “The star Spangled Banner” was composed during the early days of the revolution in America, “the Marseilles”, during the French revolution, and a host of the other Nationalistic songs.
Bela Bartok felt that he could find the voice of his nation and that of the universal mankind only by setting his country’s folksong against the background of internationalism.