Estudiantinas de Baao (photos by Bernadette De Los Santos)

The Estudiantinas started in the pre-war years as a rondalla ensemble that accompanied the Soledad procession on Good Friday. Composed mainly of young students (hence, the name), they played the traditional music of the Soledad composed by Jorge Barlin II, Jose Fajardo and Betty Gonzaga. Today, under the leadership of Bernadette De Los Santos et al., the band has incorporated other kinds of musical instruments to augment the dwindling number of string instrument players. Beyond playing music, the association has fostered friendship, discipline and religious devotion among the youth of Baao.

Photos of Baao Lake (courtesy of Michael B. Gaite)

Click on this link for more photos of Baao Lake by Michael B. Gaite.

Baao Lake is a shallow freshwater lake located in Baao, Camarines Sur in Bicol Region, Luzon, Philippines. It has an estimated surface area of 177 hectares (1.77 km²) and reaches an average of only 1 meter deep. During summer months (March-May), the surface area of the lake shrinks leaving only one third of its original size, about 60 ha (0.60 km2). The lake is fed by local run-off and several small rivers, the most important of which is the Tabao River, which flows from another lake, Lake Buhi. The water from the lake then drains west into the Bicol River.


Burikbutikan: Arts Exhibit & Poetry Reading

"A group of Baaeño visual artists, converged with Bikol Poets/Palanca Awardees Kristian Cordero & Frank Peñones Jr. at the Cafe des Artes on April 2, 2011. An art exhibit, local music and poetry reading were held, featuring the works of prime Baaoeno writer, Luis G. Dato. congrats everyone..I am looking forward to more events like this.I hope we can radiate this to the younger genS. iselebrar ag suportahan a tunay na dunong ag talento ka taga Baao." - Bernadette de los Santos

Links to photos of the event:


Baao Children’s Choir Wins NAMCYA 2010

In the recently concluded 2010 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) National Final Competitions held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Baao District Children’s Choir from Baao, Camarines Sur, led by Conductor Virgilio Briones, was victorious in the Children's Choir Category, winning 1st place and the Best Interpretation Award of the contest piece “Salve Regina,” composed by Alejandro Consolacion.  The NAMCYA Children's Choir Competition was chaired by Maria Lourdes-Hermo.

Links to other songs of the choir:
“A Choral Flourish”
 “Laudamus Te”
“Salva Regina” (contest piece)

Angel growing up in the Philippines


Burikbutikan: Showcase for Artists of Baao

BURIKBUTIKAN: Baao artists now have a place to showcase their works in the gallery housed at the Cafe des Artes, Villa Esperanza, Barrio San Nicolas of Baao, Camarines Sur, Philippines.