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Feature: Rondalla in fiesta celebration

Tagum City (20 November) -- The Feast of Christ the King this city every November has grown tremendously into a deep spiritual commitment for the people in the Diocese.

In Tagum City alone, two parishes stood as twin towers of the city's religious faith named after Christ the Eucharistic King and the New Christ the King Cathedral of the newly-built Basilica.

Known by the few, Tagum has a hidden rich historical heritage of Rondalla performances in fiesta celebrations since post-war era.

Testified by the 77 year-old veteran Benjamin Dacquioag, a trainor and conductor of children's rhythm band, drum & bugle, and the rhythmic skill ability, had witnessed how the Rondalla Group in Tagum has evolved dramatically.

During fiesta celebrations, his musical group called "pangkat" (Rondalla Group), had been going around from one municipality to the other to perform the Rondalla as people's entertainment in the plaza.

With his high hopes that Rondalla will continue on the next generations, Dacquioag is counting on the city government to re-live the classical band group.

Consistently, Tagum as Music Capital has preserved its Rondalla as it is being pushed by Mayor Rey Uy through his RTU Music scholarship grants on strings, wind, keyboard, and percussion instruments.

During the recent ceremonial lighting of the giant holiday tree in Tagum, the world renowned Rondalla of Tagum National Comprehensive High School has shown their amazing rendition likened to their performances in Shanghai, China during the World Exposition on September 2010.

As Tagum has preserved the country's rich musical heritage in Rondalla, the Palm City will host the International Rondalla Festival on February 12-19 in 2011 with a theme "Cuerdas sa Pagkakaysa". (CIO Tagum/CROMWELL) [top]

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