Laughter and gaeity commonly used to describe the Filipino people takes root in the Philippine country-side. Life in the barrio is simple, but Filipinos always manage to find time to celebrate life’s gifts. The annual fiestas to celebrate the patron saints of the barrios symbolize the mixture of Christian and non-Christian beliefs. Fiestas not only honor the patron saint, but give homage to the barrio’s namesake for a good harvest, health, and perserverance. These fiestas are marked with celebrations of holy mass, music, dance and song.
Perhaps the best known and closest to the Filipino heart are the dances from the rural Christian lowlands. To the Filipinos, these dances illustrate the fiesta spirit and demonstrate a love of life. The same can be said for the native Philippine folk songs - Bahay Kubo, Magtanim, Leron Leron Sinta, to name a few. They express a joy in work, a love for music, and pleasure in the simplicities of life.
The following pieces are only a few selections from KP’s repertoire.