28 Dalaguete Music Foundation (DMF) Summer Music Camp students led by no less than 2008 Chicago Filipino American Hall of Famer and DMF founder Ester Buenconsejo Hana took center stage last night at the Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Complex to showcase their learning from three weeks of training.
The culmination also saw performances from the member groups of DMF – the DMF Band, DMF Rondalla, and DMF Choir.
The soon-to-be Dalaguetnon musicians aged 6-12 years old were taught for free in music lessons that included note reading, voice lessons, basic use of different musical instruments, and among others. The Dalaguetnon but now Chicago-based music icon, Ester B. Hana, herself facilitated in her students’ music lessons at her own residence at Sitio Lalin, Poblacion, Dalaguete. Her students were given free lunch and snacks.
In last night’s culmination, musical pieces of Dalaguete’s very own Eriberto “Berting Buta” Montenegro were played that included the immortal song “Lagkaw”, performed separately by the DMF Band and DMF Rondalla, and “Mantalongon” song which was performed by DMF Choir and Music Camp students with Ester B. Hana playing the piano.
The importance and significance of the Summer Camp and Ester B. Hana’s contribution into the town’s heritage awareness efforts were highlighted by the Municipal Government’s consent to hold the culmination of the Summer Music Camp at the Dalaguete Sports Complex, even if it means postponement of Game 3 of the Summer Sports League Basketball Finals between Hilltops and Tapon which was scheduled yesterday afternoon. “Having Ma’am Ester in Dalaguete to personally train aspiring musicians is a very rare opportunity and we warmly thank her for that,” a Municipal insider said.