DepEd Teams Up with UP College of Music in Recording of Songs for the Distribution of Educational-Purpose Digital Pianos

  • The University of the Philippines College of Music (UPCoM), in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) and Booyoung Co., Ltd. (Booyoung), conducted a recording of five Filipino folk songs and a translated version of the Korean Graduation song inside the Abelardo Hall of the UPCoM on the 18th of November 2014.

    This is in accordance with the agreement between DepEd and Booyoung, where Booyoung is to donate 5,000 units of educational-purpose digital pianos to elementary schools in the Philippines provided that the Philippines agrees to record five Filipino folk songs and a translated version of the Korean graduation song which will be stored in the digital pianos.

    In emphasizing the commitment of the UPCoM to the education of Filipinos, UPCoM willfully took on the challenge of recording the aforementioned songs. UPCoM flaunted their versatility by recording songs in different Filipino dialects popularized in different parts of the country. The following songs recorded, which were arranged for vocal parts and piano accompaniment by Eman Jamisolamin, with the corresponding dialect, were:
    • Manang Biday, Ilocano
    • Salidummay, Kalinga
    • Leron Leron Sinta, Tagalog
    • Ili Ili Tulog Anay, Ilocano
    • Atin Cu Pung Singsing, Kapampangan
    • Korean Graduation Song, translated into Tagalog

    With the guidance of choirmaster Mr. Arwin Tan, six students representing UPCoM and the Novo Concertante of Manila tirelessly belted out the tunes of the six songs for two hours, in hopes of getting a recording worthy of distributing to elementary schools throughout the Philippines.

    Thanks to the efforts of recording specialist Mr. David Dino Guadalupe, who ensured that the quality of the songs recorded were loud and clear for the sake of our elementary school beneficiaries, DepEd was able to obtain a copy of the final recording last 24 November 2014.

  • The success of this recording will hopefully lead to further partnerships between the Department of Education and the University of the Philippines College of Music as both organizations continue to work for quality education in the Philippines.

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