Sentrong Pangsining at Kultura Alaala kay Maria Carpena's 2nd Maria Carpena Kundiman Song Festival Oct 21, 2011

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Announcement from Sentrong Pangsining at Kultura Alaala kay Maria Carpena

Sentrong Pangsining at Kultura Alaala kay Maria Carpena
together with
United Artists for Cultural Conservation and Development, Philippines
2nd Maria Carpena Kundiman Song Festival (2011)

October 21, 2011 (Friday) 1:00pm onwards
Pavilion Mall, Biñan City, Laguna province

This festival aims to immerse the present generation to practise, value and develop the traditional Filipino music. Educational institutions from Biñan, Sta. Rosa, San Pedro and other neighboring towns will be participating.

125th birth anniversary
The event also commemorates the 125th birth anniversary of Maria Evangelista Carpena, the first Filipino Recording Artist and the "Nightingale of Zarzuela," hailed as the first superstar of Philippine Entertainment. Her career that spanned for 13 years was devoted to the stage. She was the star of Severino Reyes' Walang Sugat (1902), one of the longest running sarsuwelas, and many stage productions in the early 1900s.

In 1908, she recorded the very first recording done by a Filipino under Victor Recording Company - making Carpena the 1st Filipino Recording Artist.

First Maria Carpena Memorial Awards
Part of the Kundiman Song Festival is the awarding of the first Maria Carpena Memorial Awards for the Arts to distinguish outstanding contributions of our artists in the field of music and theatre arts. This year's recipients are Philippine Theatre's gems Tony Mabesa and  Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio. 

Mabesa is a professor emeritus in the UP Dept. of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts. He is an outstanding stage director and actor, among others. He founded Dulaang U.P. in 1976 - a pioneer of academic theatres in the country. Mabesa mentored generations of seasoned performers and artists in the theatre, film and television. 

Bonifacio is the "Mother of Philippine Puppetry" and a professor emeritus in the UP Dept. of English and Comparative Literature. She is a set designer and playwright, among others. She was a pioneer in the spread of puppetry in the Philippines, and founder of the world renowned children's theatre group Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas.

The group
Sentrong Pangsining at Kultura Alaala kay Maria Carpena is a non-profit cultural organization established to keep alive the memory of Carpena (1886-1915), a native of Biñan and Sta. Rosa.

The group aims to perpetuate the 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.

Contact Rosauro Sta. Maria (Executive Director) at 09178472476, BJ Borja (Artistic Director) at 09192160440, or e-mail

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