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JZA, FHL team up for Harana & Tea

To celebrate the beauty and artistry of Philippine love songs, Jaime Zobel de Ayala, chairman emeritus of Ayala Corporation, hosted a special musical event entitled Harana & Tea at the newly opened Ayala Triangle Gardens. Held last January 29, this unique performance was organized in cooperation with the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL).

Harana & Tea showcased some of the most memorable Filipino love songs from FHL’s Himig Collection of over a thousand vintage vinyl records and featured the voices of Harana ng Kasarinlan, a musical group committed to the promotion of traditional and contemporary Philippine music all over the country and the world.

In his opening remarks, JZA said that music is an important feature of Filipino identity and heritage. Meanwhile, Dr. Felipe de Leon Jr., art studies professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, delivered a brief lecture on the Filipino music and the Filipino Soul.

Guests and passersby relived the days of the harana, when a man expressed his love for a woman through song. Among the songs performed during the event were classics such as “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Dahil Sa ‘Yo,” as well as contemporary love songs such as Louie Ocampo’s “Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin” and Gary Granada’s “Mabuti Pa Sila.”

Harana & Tea was the first of a series of cultural events called Bravo! Celebrating the Filipino, which aims to recognize the achievements of Filipinos in art, culture, and history. A collaborative effort of the members of the Ayala group of companies, Bravo will feature more musical performances, art exhibits, a fashion presentation, a film festival beginning this March, and other activities.