Call for Harana Singers for inaugural Harana Competition at 22nd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
The Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) is hosting a Harana Competition and is looking for singers who can perform in the Harana tradition for its 22nd annual event on September 7-8, 2013 at Point Fermin Park. FPAC is the largest and longest-running community tradition in Southern California, presenting over 500 artists and cultural bearers from across the nation every year.
Interested “Haranistas” should contact Nathaniel Yamamoto, PAN Pavilion Coordinator, at NYamamoto@filamarts.org or by calling (213) 389-3722.
“Harana is one of the oldest traditions in our Filipino culture, so we are excited to bring this inaugural competition to FPAC,” said Tala Mateo, Co-Director of Programming. “Before the telephone, a man used Harana as a way to court and serenade a woman.”
Harana has been typically practiced in rural areas, typically with a man (who is accompanied by his close friends) visiting the home of the woman he loves and singing to her. It is a tradition that is still practiced in some provincial areas in the Philippines today.
FPAC is produced by FilAm ARTS – the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, LA County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, Toyota, The Getty Foundation, LA-18, Mavshack, The Asian Journal, Weekend Balita, BakitWhy.com, Oishi Media, Western Union, The James Irvine Foundation, and LEAP, Inc.