Monday, October 18, 2010

Maria Carpena Kundiman Song Festival pays tribute to first Filipino recording artist

This year, on October 22, the Philippines will commemorate the 124th birth anniversary of Maria Evangelista Carpena, (1886-1915), recognized as the first Filipino recording artist.

Dubbed as the “Nightingale of Zarzuela,” Maria Evangelista Carpena hailed from the towns of Sta. Rosa and Biñan, Laguna. Carpena was the very first superstar of Philippine entertainment. Her career, which spanned 13 years, was initially devoted to the stage. She was the lead star of Severino Reyes’ “Walang Sugat” in 1902, and other significant stage productions in the early 1900s. In 1908, she made the very first album recording done by a Filipino singer, under Victor Recording Company--thus making Carpena the First Filipino Recording Artist.

To commemorate her anniversary, the Sentrong Pangsining at Kultura Alaala kay Maria Carpena Inc. is holding the first Maria Carpena Kundiman Song Festival on October 22, 1-6 p.m., at Pavilion Mall in Biñan, Laguna. This festival aims to encourage the present generation to practice, value and develop traditional Filipino music. Educational institutions from Biñan, Sta. Rosa, and San Pedro will grace the event.

The Sentrong Pangsining at Kultura Alaala kay Maria Carpena Inc. is a non-profit cultural organization established in 2009 to keep alive the memory of Maria Evangelista Carpena. The group also aims to perpetuate traditional Filipino arts and culture, train and assist potential artists in the pursuit of development and excellence, instill in the hearts and minds of the youth the historic value of Filipino arts and culture, and give due recognition in the form of annual awards to deserving artists.

For more information, call Dr. Bimbo Sta. Maria (executive director) 0917-8472476 and BJ Borja (artistic director) 0917-3282582 or 0919-2160440. E-mail or visit

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