During the three centuries of Spanish rule of Philippines (1565 to 1898), Spanish musical forms fused with Filipino folk and laid the foundation for the development of a unique Spanish-Filipino sound. The harana is a Filipino lyrical courtship music based the Spanish/Cubnan habanera rhythm (BOOM…BA-BOP-BOP), and the kundiman, a plaintive Spanish love song, has a “triple meter rhythm” (1-2-3, 1-2-3). A song on our CD, Jocelynang Baliwag, is one of the most popular kundiman’s in the history of the Philippines.


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