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Bravo Filipino at Barasoain Church
Barasoain Church of Malolos, Bulacan
Bulacan celebrates 104 years of greatness in "Linggo ng Bulacan"
Barasoain Church/Museum

Bravo Filipino at Barasoain Church
Malolos, Bulacan, Oct. 25, 2001

      The historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, may perhaps be remembered for a number of reasons. It holds the distinction of being the venue for the oath-taking of General Emilio Aguinaldo as president of the first Philippine Republic (where former president Joseph Estrada and vice-president-turned president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took their respective oaths in 1998).

      The church is also known for its elaborate ceiling and wall paintings, as well as for being immortalized in our ten peso bills.

      Residents can take pride in this architectural wonder, for it has become a site for concerts, such as a recent one when Bulakeños were captivated by the performances of four local artists.

      Occupying a large portion of the numerous pews, the crowd cheered at the "Fantastic Four," consisting of pianist Mariel Ilusorio Villarama, bass baritone Jonathan Zaens, cellist Wilfredo Pasamba and flutist Antonio Maigue. The group's show, dubbed as "Bravo Filipino," was a culmination of the CCP's Filipino Artists' Series' concert tour in celebration of its 15th anniversary.

      Prior to its Bulacan performance, the quartet had also performed at the CCP on July 31. This was followed by outreach tours in regional areas such as Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Sigma, Capiz, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu and Angeles city in Pampanga.

      The crowd was awed by Pasamba's interpretations of Bach's "Prelude and Fugue from Suite No. 5 in C minor," and his renditions of Nicanor Abelardo's "Cavatina," as well as his duet with Tony Maigue on Heitor Villalobos' "Jet Whistle."

      Zaens, the lone vocalist, rendered soulful renditions of Gioacchino Rossini's "Gia d'insoluto ardore" from "The Italian in Algiers," Maury Yeston's "Unusual Way" from "Nine," and Abelardo's "Bituing Marikit." Statuesque and ravishing in a terno, Villarama regaled listeners with her pieces: Liszt's "Etude No. 3: La Campanella" and Buencamino's piece on Mt. Mayon. Her strong and expert fingers created fine tunes.

      Maigue's artistry on the flute, as he played Georges Enesco's "Cantabile et Presto," while being accompanied by Ilusorio on the piano, was evident. His performance of Martinu Bohuslav's "Trio for flute, cello and piano" with Pasamba and Ilusorio was likewise a hit, earning a standing ovation.

      The four later dished out a medly of Filipino folk chants and children's songs as their last number, which elicited more rounds of applause and bravos. At the end of the program, the crowd clamored for more, and the group essayed a rather strange piece called "Kanta ng mga Pusa."

      When asked about his feelings after the concert, Pasamba described the audience as being "appreciative" as in the other regions he toured. Concertizing in Barasoain for the first time, in fact, was an eye-opener for the cellist. As for their shows in other regional areas, he regarded the performance in Cebu a memorable one. "We brought the house down," he fondly recalls. And he now belives that being part of the outreach tour is an informative experience, too.

Barasoain Church of Malolos, Bulacan

      An hour's drive from Manila will take you to Barasoain Church where the first Philippine Constitution was drafted in 1898. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the republic, proclaimed the ratification of the constitution from the balcony of the adjoining convent on January 21, 1899. The architecture of Barasoain Church engages the viewer for its curved facade, rose window and medieval bell tower. Floral motifs and frescoes of angels and saints adorn the interior.

Bulacan celebrates 104 years of greatness in "Linggo ng Bulacan"
Extracted from PGBOnline News - http://www.bulacan.gov.ph

MALOLOS, Bulacan – The festive atmosphere which prevailed in this historic town more than a hundred years ago will be relived again as the province celebrates the 104th anniversary of the famed "Malolos Congress" in "Linggo ng Bulacan", a weeklong celebrations from September 8 to 15. Bulacan Governor Josie M. dela Cruz said that historic and monumental events like the "Malolos Congress" should not be erased in the minds of the people because events like this has set the stage for the freedom the Filipino people are enjoying right now. On September 1898, Filipino revolutionaries fighting for Philippine Independence held the "Malolos Congress" inside the historic Barasoain Church. That congress ratified the Malolos Constitution , a momentous feat that made Malolos, Bulacan the "Cradle of Democracy in Asia" being the first democratic republic in that part of the world. Historians said that during those occasions, the historic town of Malolos was in a festive mood—street dancing along the main road of the towns as " tiendas" (street stores) sprouted selling different kinds of goods as the people anticipated the twilight of a free and independent Philippine Republic. The weeklong celebration will feature cultural programs and activities showcasing tributes to Bulacan heroes, skills and talents of Bulakenyos and the character of Bulakenyos that continues to make the province in every fields of endeavors. The lady governor said that the theme for this year’s "Linggo ng Bulacan" celebration is "Kakayahan at Galing ng Bulakenyo, Ambag sa Pagsulong ng Sambayanang Pilipino". "Hindi dapat mabura sa isipan ng kasalukuyang henerasyon ang dakilang pangyayari sa Malolos dahil ito ang naging susi sa tinatamasa nating kalayaan ngayon," dela Cruz said. "Patuloy nating ipagdiriwang ang Linggo ng Bulacan dahil walang kamatayan ang pambihirang kayamanan—sa kultura, kasaysayan, sining at ekonomiya—ng dakila at maipagmamalaking lalawigan ng Bulacan." The weeklong celebration will kick-off with a province-wide opening on September 9 with each municipalities coming up with various activities and program. It will also start with a concelebrated thanksgiving mass (7:00 a.m.) at the historic Barasoain church. It will be followed by the opening of exhibits at the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office which will feature an art exiibit by Bulakenyo artists and a play-tribute to the life and arts of national artist and reknown film maker Gerry de Leon. The National Historical Institute will also sponsored a film-showing on the lives of national heroes. A trade fair dubbed as "Lakbay Industryia" will also opened at the BARcie International Center which will be among the highlights of the 11th North Luzon Area Business Conference. At the same time, an educational tour dubbed as "Lakbay Aral" will cater to students who will be toured to different historical places and tourist spots in Bulacan. Every night, shoppers will also have a grand time as night market will also open at the Glorietta Park in Poblacion, Baliuag. The lady governor also said that a two-day passport service "Passport Serbilis" will be opened from 9 to 5 p.m. on September 8 to 9 to provide Bulakenyos to process their passport within two days. The program is in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs. On Sepetember 9, a toy band competion –a popular feature in every "Linggo ng Bulacan" celebrations—will commensed at the Provincial Gymnasium. At 7 p.m. on the same day, well known fireworks wizards of Bulacan will show their pyrotechnics wizardries as they compete in the annual Aerial Fireworks competition at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Barangay Sta. Isabel, Malolos town. September 10 will be a day of talents and skills. The provincial skills competition will commence at the TESDA Skills Training C enter in Tabang, Guiguinto while the "Labanan ng may K", a contest for the disabled, will push through the Bulacan Sports Complex, also in Brgy. Sta. Isabel, Malolos. A seminar on The Responsiblities of Local Authorities and the Public in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage will also be held at the Casa Real ruins in Poblacion, Malolos. Alay Lakad 2002 and a Cheering competition will start on September 11 in Pulilan and at the Provincial Gymnasium respectively. At the RicardoNicolas Gym in Sta. Maria town, the search for the annual Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacan is expected to draw crowds. On September 12, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines will spearhead a tree planting program all over Bulacan. Farmers and Fishermen will also have their day on September 12 as the "Araw ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda" will formally open at the Covered Court in San Ildefonso where an exhibit and an open forum on the raising of organic chicken will be held. At around 2 p.m. on September 13, the historic town of Malolos will "rocked" as the Street Dancing Competition takes place from the Provincial Capitol Compound to Barasoain church. While this goes on, a jobs fair will also open at the Capitol grounds. Young Bulakenyos will also take centerstage as they battle one another in "Talakasaysayan" , a battle of the brains concerning history, at the Malolos Central School. On its final day of Celebration, the province will mark the 104th anniversary of the famed Malolos Congress with a series of activities and programs at the historic Barasoain Church. The celebrations will culminate with the annual "Gawad Dangal ng Lipi", an awards night honoring the greatness and execellence of Bulakenyos and Bulakenyas who have shown exellence in their respective fields of endeavours. It will be held at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center.

Barasoain Church/Museum

      Barasoain Church of Our Lady of Carmel - From 1871 - 1978, a stone church was constructed to replace an earlier one made of wood, but an earthquake in 1880 ruined the church. Beginning 1885, the Augustinian Jian Giron contracted the services of a builder known only as Magpayo, who rebuilt the church from its foundations using variations of a circular motif. Proclaimed by the President of the Revolutionary Government, Emilio Aguinaldo, the church became the seat of the short-lived Philippine Republic and site of the first constitutional convention which convened with much fanfare from September 15, 1898 to the last week of February 1899 under the presidency of Pedro A. Paterno. Among the important measures passed by the congress was the Malolos Constitution drafted chiefly by Felipe G. Calderon. It was restored to its original splendor for the Philippine Centennial celebration in 1998. Also featured are the NHI Barasoain Light and Sound Museum and Ecclesiastical Museum. (source: wow philippines site) Beside the church are two museums: ***Barasoain Church Historical Landmarks History Museum Focuses on preserving the fruits of the Philippine Revolution as well as freedom and the Filipinos' heritage of democracy. ***Barasoain Church Ecclesiastical Museum Houses a collection of religious artifacts from all over Bulacan. Both museums wouldn't allow cameras/videos.

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