SILAY CITY, Negros Occidental, Nov. 7 (PIA) -- Twenty-one musical string groups, 250 musicians from 11 countries including the Philippines will play in harmony to promote global peace and unity during the 5th International Rondalla/Plucked String Music Festival dubbed "Cuerdas sang Paghiliusa (Strings of Unity)" on November 3-11, 2018.
Silay City plays host to this international gathering of musicians from France, India, Iran, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Portugal where the event is also in time for the city's celebration of the 120th Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day.
Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Golez welcomed the participants and guests to include National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chair Virgilio Almario, festival director and national artist for music Dr. Ramon P. Santos and other participating groups in the country from as far as Metro Manila, Bogo City, Dipolog City, Municipality of Candelaria and Dumaguete City during the Opening Ceremonies and Concert on Nov. 4 at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center in Silay City.
During a press conference prior to the opening ceremonies, Golez said the event is seen to grow awareness and appreciation by the Filipino people, of other countries' heritage and culture.
"The reason why this festival is called 'Cuerdas sang Paghiliusa' is because international and local musicians and performers here continually promote global peace and unity through music, as well as to further the cause of international understanding and global peace through music," Golez said.
According to Santos, the festival was conceived by the Music Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as a flagship project and a model activity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO's) International Music Council's Many Musics Action Programme on Sustaining and Enhancing Musical Diversity.
"The festival also aimed to provide a venue and forum for the exchange of musical knowledge, at the same time discovering hidden treasures in the folk and modern traditions of peoples from different parts of the globe," Santos added.
The nine-day festival will also feature concerts, fora, exhibitions, and outreaches in the province including other cities like Bacolod, Cadiz, Bago, Escalante, San Carlos and the towns of Manapla and Toboso, among others.
For more information and schedules, follow its Facebook Page - Rondalla Festival. (EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)