Rondalla's Struggle to Past Until Present

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RONDALLA: THE RICH MUSICAL HERITAGE OF
THE PHILIPPINES

Rondalla IV:
Bacaoat, Jupiter S.Abad, Betriz C.
Belen, Ace B.Esteron, Roselle
Dogaong, Shan S.Frizaneza, Grazel
Tampoa, Van T.Mones, Rosana M.
Sison, Jomar A.Santos, Kristine B.

Submitted to:

Ms. Riona Copiling
in the partial fulfillment of the requirements for the subject

English IV

March 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter Page I. Introduction…………………………………………………………………….. 1

II. History of Rondalla……………………………………………………………. 2
History……………………………………………………………. 2
Timeline (Evolution of Rondalla)………………………………… 3

III. Instruments of Rondalla……………………………………………………… 5
Main Instruments of Rondalla……………………………………… 5
Secondary Instruments……………………………………………… 7

IV: Importance of Rondalla………………………………………………………. 9
Role of Rondalla in the Philippine Culture………………………….. 9
Importance of Rondalla in People or Personalities in Music……………… 11
Importance of Rondalla in Music Itself……………………………………. 12

V. Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………… . 13

VI. Reference Paper………………………………………………………………………. 14

ABSTRACT
This research paper widens the knowledge of people, especially for the younger generations, about the existence and importance of Filipino Folk Music through exploring the world of Rondalla. It shows the importance Rondalla to the Filipino society through exploring its roots, (where it originated)and through showcasing the methods of revival of the art at present. This research pushes one to explore its pathway of development until it bloomed and became an important factor for the Philippine culture. Rondalla is more than just a group of stringed instruments, it is a group showcasing the beauty of our own music with the unity and uniqueness of its melody from other countries. Finally, this research, aside from giving the acts and aspects of Rondalla, also makes one aware of the deterioration of the art and persuades one to prevent its loss from our own Philippine culture.

Introduction
One of the greatest ways to express oneself is through music. It brings out one’s emotions and can influence the moods and feeling of a person. Music can serve a lot of purpose: it can be used as means of communication and it can even be a medicine for the soul; but the most common purpose of music is for entertainment.

In the early days, with our ancestor’s limited knowledge of, they only know how to produce simple sounds and melodies through the limited sources in their environment along with their creativity and resourcefulness. As time pass, because of people’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge of music, they began to try and explore new things to enhance their concept about music. For instance, before, the instruments used to produce, music were mere materials available in the environment, but now, people were able to come up with new tools and instruments. Soon, great number of instruments were invented that they were classified into groups, like chordophone, idiophone and membranophone. Then, people formed groups according to their classification, melody they produce and to their taste of music; groups like rock band, orchestra and our own Rondalla.

Rondalla is a legacy that we inherited from our great ancestors; it is an art that gives more life and color to our already rich culture, it is the sound that enhances the uniqueness of Filipino music, and most of all, it is the one that strengthens and remind us the true beauty of our Filipino roots. But because of what we call neo- colonialism, we tend to neglect our own culture and prefer the influences given to us by other countries. Even though our generation now exists under the modernized era,...
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