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 BaaeƱo visual artists, converged with Bikol Poets/Palanca Awardees Kristian Cordero & Frank PeƱones 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

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