Children from Manila’s estero communities make beautiful music with performers from UUPHappy Music Inc. and Ukulele Underground Philippines (UUP) organized the Philippine Ukulele Festival with the theme “Happy Ukulele Virus” where children living near the assisted estero (estuary) communities of Bantay Kalikasan participated.
Companies such as OB Ukulele from Pampanga, Cebu’s Ferangeli and other ukulele makers and suppliers joined the festival, which is now on its fourth year.
Free workshops were offered by the UUP members. Local performers were highlighted to prove that the ukulele is one of the best gateway instruments to learn music.
Kawayan 7, a member of UUP, partnered with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s (ALKFI) Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) to teach the children how to play different musical instruments.
The group provided ukuleles, bamboo flutes and djembes to 50 participants from the Estero de Paco, Estero de Santibañez and Estero de Pandacan communities.
“Aside from educating the children on environmental projects like solid waste management, proper segregation and recycling, they were also given free summer workshops…,” KBPIP site specialist Melvic Cabasag shared.
“The event is very important [to us]. There were others who came to teach, but they asked for payment. This event is totally free,” workshop participant Alyssa Macaraya said in Filipino.
KBPIP is the river rehabilitation arm of ALKFI under its
program Bantay Kalikasan. In partnership with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, local inter-agency committees and private donors and partners, it has rehabilitated 16 or 17 of the 47 tributaries connected to the Pasig River to date. (Story/Photo by: Frances Anne Guevarra and Angelique Rupisan)