“Harana” features eight well-known singers: Ana Feleo, Deeda Barretto, Karla Gutierrez, Florence Aguilar, Sherwin Sozon, Lawrence Jatayna, Noel Rayos and Miguel Castro. The show takes its audiences through a spectacular cultural journey showcasing the very best of Philippine music. From the indigenous Cordilleras and pre-colonial period to contemporary and fusion, each musical suite is theatrically presented with authenticity and visual excitement.
“Harana” consists of six suites: Igorot, Maria Clara, Rural, Muslim, Folk and the Contemporary. The repertoire includes timeless classics like “Bituing Marikit,” “Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak,” “Pamaypay ng Maynila,” “Iyo Kailan Pa Man,” “Kalesa,” “Ang Maya,” “Ano Kaya Ang Kapalaran,” “Dumbele,” “Ay Salidumay,” “Waray-Waray,” “Sa Kabukiran,” “Manang Biday,” “Atin Cu Pung Singsing,” “Pobreng Alindahaw,” “Saan Ka Man Naroroon,” “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal” and “Hindi Kita Malimot.”
The creation of each “Harana” suite is a product of thorough research, with the commitment to preserve indigenous Philippine music and its appropriate dance and folklore. “Harana” (serenade) refers to the traditional form of courtship where a man woos a woman’s affection by singing underneath her window. In the 1920s, “harana” or “kundiman” became a mainstream musical style, with many popular performers including Diomedes Maturan and Ruben Tagalog performing it.
When the show opened last year, it reaped good reviews from both the audiences and critics: “How long have we waited for such an endearing piece of artful, delightful entertainment,” said Jullie Yap-Daza in Manila Bulletin. “'Harana' garnered prolonged, deafening applause,” noted Rosalina Orosa in her column in the Philippine Star.
The show is directed by Kokoy Jimenez, with music arrangements by multi-awarded composer/arranger Von de Guzman, choreography by Irina Feleo and costume design by Zenaida Gutierrez.
“Harana” is produced in cooperation with the Yuchengco Group of Companies, Narda’s, Dita Sandico-Ong, Shangri-la Plaza and Onesimus. “Harana” (the album) is also now available for purchase, exclusively distributed by Pixelgrain.
For more information, visit www.philippineoperacompany.com.
PLUS: Excerpts from the Harana album.