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Music: Best of 2005

Susie Ibarra

SUSIE IBARRA

1 SHARIFF KABUNSUAN FESTIVAL (COTABATO CITY, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES) An annual kulintang music and dance festival that celebrates the local introduction of Islam and promotes peace and tolerance among tribes and religions. Each village involved also participates in a Boat Parade, drifting down the Rio Grande waving sumptuous colored flags.

2 LOBOC CHILDREN’S CHOIR WITH MUSICAL DIRECTOR MRS. ALMA FERNANDO-TALDO (LOBOC, BOHOL, PHILIPPINES) This small-town choir, based on an island in the Visayas cluster, was established in 1980. It’s since performed a traditional choral repertoire—including both religious and secular songs—in the Philippines, Shanghai, Hangzho, Hong Kong, and Barcelona. When I attended a rehearsal in January, the choir sang around me in a circle. It was angelic.

3 THE KALANDUYAN FAMILY PERFORMING TRADITIONAL MAGUINDANAON KULINTANG GONG MUSIC (COTABATO CITY, MINDANAO,

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