7th Gala Concert, Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Theatre

Nine artist groups from the Pan-Asian spectrum

Featuring Julliard School pianist Dr. Shoshana Telner, mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, fusion instrumentalist Mel M'rabet, modern dancer Jeffrey Chan of Toronto, jazz-pianist Peter Hum, Oto-Wa Taiko drummers and colorful Indonesian dancers and music ensemble, ever popular Himig Pilipino Choral ensemble and dynamic Turquoise Folk Dance of Ottawa


Himig Pilipino Choral Ensemble

Himig Pilipino Choral Ensemble under the batton of Nejie Escares performed three songs. Buitar Max Francisco. Keyboards Manny Villanueva.

Photo: Edwin Lee Designs


The Harana is a traditional form of courtship in which a man woos a woman by singing beneath her window. It is a serenade sung as parto f an age-old courting tradition, and derives its rhythm from the Spanish tango or habanera.

2. Pandangguhan (Traditional)

Pandangguhan is based on a lively rural dabce. Presented in a waltz tempo, with a little bit of rap thrown in, this song describes the seemingly endless merrymaking wihch takes place during the annual town fiesta.

3.Sa Libis Ng Nayon (Traditional)

Sa Libis ng Nayon is a popular song extolling the beauty and tranquility of life in the country.

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