BRONX, NY – The Philippine Chamber Rondalla of New Jersey (PCR-NJ) did it again!
They captivated the multicultural audience at Fordham University where they were invited to perform March 28 for Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.
In a stunning display of Filipino ingenuity and musical culture of the Philippines, the PCR-NJ rendered a selection of traditional and popular Filipino and American songs to the delight of the guests who were invited to the intimate invitation-only event in honor of Cardinal Tagle who was conferred by the University with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
“It is our honor to warmly welcome His Eminence as he received such an esteemed recognition by Fordham University, one of so-called ‘Catholic Ivy League’ schools,” beamed Clarita Ramos, PCR-NJ President.
They performed again the following day at a special reception for the Filipino community where they brought the house down with favorite praise and folk songs sung by Filipino priests in the New York metropolitan area and Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, Vice President, University Mission and Ministry, Fordham University.
The standard Philippine rondalla consists of the pear-shaped piccolo bandurria, bandurria, and la-ud, and the guitar-shaped octavina and mandola, guitarra, and bajo de unas (which has been supplanted by the double bass).
For more than a decade, the PCR-NJ is a leading proponent of Philippine rondalla music in the North Eastern seaboard of the U.S. They have been invited by many Filipino-American associations as well as the United Nations, the Philippine Embassy in the U.S. and Canada to perform on special occasions.
Photo #1: PCR-NJ brought the house down with favorite praise and folk songs as sung by Filipino priests in the New York metro area and Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, Vice President, University Mission and Ministry, Fordham University.
Photo #2: With the Cardinal after the conferment ceremonies on Friday, March 28, are Ambassador Mario Lopez De Leon, Jr., Philippine Consul General to New York, and PCR-NJ members who performed that evening: Clarita Ramos, PCR-NJ President, Flor Yalong, and Nepthali De Jesus. (Not in picture: Nathaniel Soliven).
Photo #3: At the March 29 special reception for the Philippine community held at McGinley Center, Fordham University, back row, left to right: Aleth Vitiello, Rosemarie Pablacio, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Clarita Ramos, Cordelia Gow, and Flordeliza Yalong. Front row, left to right: Dante Tolentino, John Cameron Soliven, and Nathaniel Soliven.