A study of the harana, a genre of Cebuano folk music, involves reflection on the complexity of cultural phenomenon which has been created and developed in this post-colonial territory. It is a study of historical processes which resulted in the creation of a culture against a differentiated background of Hispanic and indigenous Filipino components. The harana points to the specific nature of musical phenomena and to the intrinsic value of Cebuano music in the processes of communication. The directness of musical messages and their integrational power are especially relevant in the social mobilization in the Philippines. It leads to the discovery of the traditional legacy and to evaluating the social function of Cebuano folk music and its significance as communication, taking into account its aesthetic qualities.
Hope Yu, University of San Carlos, Philippines
Raphael Dean Polinar, University of San Carlos, Philippines