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  1. 1. Harana Escarez, Camilla Gomez, Shahenah Marie De Guzman, Chester Herniel
  2. 2. What is Harana? Harana is an old Filipino courtship tradition of serenading women. It is mostly practiced in rural areas and small towns. The man, usually accompanied by his close friends, goes to the house of the woman he is courting and plays music and sings love songs to her.
  3. 3. History of Harana The harana shows strong Spanish influences, as the rhythm of the songs usually performed for the serenade are derived from the Spanish tango or habanera, albeit the tempo for harana songs are much slower. Harana is a traditional form of courtship in the Philippines in which a man woos a woman by singing underneath her window at night. Although this is universal, it was widely practiced in old Philippines with a set of protocols, a code of conduct, and a specific style of music. In this endeavor, the most trusted instrument is the guitar where it's intimate sound complements the Spanish-influenced songs, not to mention the breezy and quiet air of a tropical night. While the practice of harana has died, this recording arranged for and performed on solo classical guitar, preserves the music of a long-gone era of men unafraid
  4. 4. History of Harana For a young man in colonial Philippines, it was certainly advantageous to possess musical abilities as it was often useful in wooing a Filipina woman. However, all is not lost if he lacks the talent. It was common practice to enlist friends as well as hire the best musicians in town. Thus, harana is not always a solitary endeavor. In fact, it was also considered a social event. For the endeavor to be successful either or both of these 2 instances have to happen: 1)If the lady invites the man and his company inside for refreshments. It then becomes an impromptu mini-soiree. 2) If the lady joins in the singing. It is a little known fact that some harana pieces, such as Maala-ala Mo Kaya is a good example, actually have sections where the lady is invited to
  5. 5. History of Harana Harana is an exclusively nocturnal practice. Because of the daytime tropical weather, the evening offers respite from the heat. It is the time when everybody comes alive, full of romantic ideas, and as is typical of Filipino nature, always ready to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. It was during this old Philippines, before the widespread use of electricity, that harana was at its ripest. I once asked a Manang (elderly Filipina) who lived in a rural area why she thought the practice of harana has died. She apparently was serenaded many times in her youth. She wryly replied "Hijo, I think it's rather difficult for a man to sing under the window of a woman who lives on the 12th floor." Unscholarly maybe, but it was Manang's way of saying that modernity has killed it. Harana was conducive only in a rural setting, a quiet breezy evening, the moon visible, the stars
  6. 6. This is Harana in passed years
  7. 7. Florante Aguilar- King of Harana
  8. 8. The King of Harana Critically-acclaimed guitarist Florante Aguilar is considered one of the leading proponents of Philippine harana music in America today. He is comfortable playing traditional western classical music as a virtuoso and also ventures into contemporary music and other genres with ease. But his true love and affinity belongs to the music he grew up with in the Philippines - the music of a bygone era called the harana.
  9. 9. Usahay- Cebuano Music