On Saturday, March 27th, 2010, the Silver Lake Adult Day Health Care Center on Temple Street was filled with the romantic melodies of the traditional Filipino haranas or serenades. PDUB Youth and Elders from The Silver Lake Adult Day Health Care Center, dressed in traditional Filipino finery, put on a spirited performance for “Celebrating Our Ancestral Tree,” a benefit for the Center for Babaylan Studies organized by Mila Anguluan-Coger.
Public Matters intern + photographer extraordinaire Ingrid Cruz dropped by to shoot our haranistas during the dress rehearsal for the March 27th performance.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, our haranistas (experienced and budding) met at the Silver Lake Adult Day Health Care Center. Here they are hard at work, learning and rehearsing haranas and exchanging stories.
Check out these snaps of our SLADHCC haranistas from our resident PDUB paparazzi, John ”Jolo” Gonzalez + Nancy Hernandez:
left to right: Ronald Tulabut, Greg Albarillo, Thena Borgonia.
(left to right) top left: Nestor Agudo; top right ((left to right): Annie Cabrera, Rosalina Gatila, Erlinda Arcebal; bottom left: Erlinda Arcebal; bottom right: Annie Cabrera + Ted Atento.
PDUB Youth travel back to a simpler time, courtesy of the stories and musical expertise of elders from the Silver Lake Adult Day Health Care Center (SLADHCC). With generous funding from The Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA), the PDUB Harana Project engages local youth and elders in the process of cultural transmission, using music as a vehicle for intergenerational cultural and narrative exchange. Participating Elders, many of whom are long-time haranistas, teach PDUB Youth the art of the harana, or serenade: its melodic guitar music, sweet harmonies and cultural significance.
Participating Elders include: Melinda Abrenica, Nestor Agudo, Greg Albarillo, Erlinda Arcebal, Ted Atento, Cleotilde Bisnar, Thena Borgonia, Annie Cabrera, Pete Estrada, Rosalina Gatila, Ronald Tulabut. With invaluable project facilitation from Mila Anguluan-Coger and rehearsal space courtesy of Lisa Chung, owner, Silver Lake Adult Day Health Care Center.
Historic Filipinotown’s Filipino and Latino cultures collide in this over-the-top take on the telenovela genre, presented in Spanglish (Spanish + English). Conceived, performed and produced by PDUB Youth. Check out these cast photos. Video forthcoming.