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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 22, 2012


School champ in traditional music receives indigenous instruments

DAVAO CITY, Davao del Sur, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- A public elementary school here that consistently emerged champion in a traditional music feat for two successive years received sets of indigenous musical instruments from a private power company.

The Bolton Elementary School of Davao City accepted musical instruments for its music and dance troupe called “Sa Tabok Cultural Dance Ensembles,” as gifts from the Davao Light and Power Co. in December last year.

The sets of indigenous instruments consist of one large agong, one medium agong, one small agong, one set Kulintang with stand, two large Dabakans and two brass gandangs.

In a press statement, DLPC said the gift was the result from a request of the school’s ensemble conductor Agnes F. Tatoy and principal Zosimo G. Pana shortly before a national musical competition held in Manila last year.

DLPC said that the school did not own any indigenous musical instruments and only borrowed from generous individuals in Davao City.

“They were hoping then that their request would be positively responded and the instruments reach their hands before departure to Manila for the national finals,” the power firm stated.

“But large ticket donation cannot come in handy,” it explained.

Ironically, using borrowed instruments did not stop the ensemble from emerging again as champion to the Traditional Music Ensembles Category of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held in Manila on November 27, 2011.

“They still proved superior to the rest,” DLPC said.

The school also won the finals of the same competition in 2010.

With the response of the school’s request for the musical instruments in December last year, DLPC stated, “With such honor tucked on their belt, the ensemble did not know that they were to come home with the gift of their passion waiting – their long-dreamed of indigenous musical instruments.”

With the instruments they now own, they can use them for practice anytime they needed to, the power firm stated.

The champion ensemble played and danced their winning piece during the turnover of the instruments which was attended by officials of the Department of Education Davao City Division led by Central District Supervisor Dr. Jima A. Gelmo.

The Bolton Elementary School principal was looking forward to winning its third and achieving the Hall of Fame award in the next national competition, DLPC concluded. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon/DLPC)

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