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October 12, 2012

San Juan Nepomuceno Band Performs at Concert at the Park

For its second offering this October, Concert at the Park presents the pride of Malibay, Pasay City - the San Juan Nepomuceno Band, under the music direction of Prof. Hermie Ranera, this Sunday, October 14, 2012, starting at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Ms. Minette Padilla is program host.

Concert at the Park is a regular public service project of the Department of Tourism, under Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), with Ms. Juliet H. Villegas as Executive Director, the People’s Television Four and for this week, in partnership with Gantimpala Theater Foundation. NPDC Chief of Cultural & Public Affairs Mr. Freddie A. Edos is the Executive in Charge of the project. Gie V. Arnold writes the script.

In 1965, a group of musician-friends, namely, Pio Velez, Flaviano Francisco, Guillermo Hilario, Hermin Jacinto, Daniel Jacinto, Vic Jacinto, Pacifico Ranera and other young musicians living in Malibay, Pasay and Bangkal, Makati, got together, put up a band and named it, San Juan Nepomuceno Band, in honor of the patron saint of Barrio Malibay. Elected Manager was Evaristo Galang. The band first came under the leadership of Hermin Jacinto, with Sgt. Telesforo Sapida of the Philippine Army as its first director. The other music directors were Narciso Gabriel and Jose Bedana of the Philippine Army Band and CPO Alberto Geronimo of the Philippine Navy Band. At present, Prof. Hermie Ranera is the music director, conductor and official arranger of the band, which was the back-to-back Champion of the Banda Extravaganza for two consecutive years, from 1990 to 1991, winning all the “parada”, “serenata” and solo categories.

The San Juan Nepomuceno Band will take us back to the time when band music in the country is at its peak; when the Philippines was still a young nation. Philippine music, specially arranged by noted Filipino composers such as National Artists Antonino Buenaventura, Felipe Padilla de Leon and Maestro Lucio D. San Pedro will also be played.

Come and visit the Rizal Park this Sunday and cap your park visit with an entertaining program at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium after which you can watch the famous musical dancing fountain at the Central Lagoon, right outside of the Auditorium. Admission to Concert at the Park is free of charge. The public is cordially invited.
Rizal Park
T.M. Kalaw Ave.

T.M. Kalaw Ave.
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Sunday October 14, 2012

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