The Filipino Collegians
ROM America's far-away island possessions, the Philippines, have come the native instrumentalists known as The Filipino Collegians. Their instrumentation is unique, including banjos, bass guitar, mandolins, violin and piano.
Their programs run the musical gamut, from modern syncopation to the classics. Featured numbers, however, are the native melodies of the Philippine Islands.
The Filipino Collegians furnish solid proof that Uncle Sam has performed a miracle in his far-eastern territory. All members of the company are graduates from their high schools at home, have attended their own modern universities and also have studied in leading institutions in the United States. They speak the English language fluently and are recognized as among the best students, native or otherwise, in the respective institutions with which they have been identified since coming to America.
Louis Biason, manager of the company, as well as violinist and tenor banjoist, has studied at Crane College in Chicago and at Northwestern University. P. Biason, his brother, is first mandolinist, and until recently was a student in the college of medicine at the University of Minnesota. E. Tavora, second mandolinist, has been studying in the University of California. M. Banbalan, who plays both the bass guitar and mandolin, comes from the University of Minnesota, while
Suarez, an expert pianist, is from the school of accounting at Northwestern University.
Included in the repertoire of this company are such numbers as
The Philippine Overture
The Indian Love Call
Philippine Bolero Overture
, a popular Philippine march. Into their programs they put a wealth of enthusiasm and rhythm, and it is a genuine pleasure to witness the happy performers as they go smilingly through their novel program.
A typical Philippine setting transforms the stage appropriately for the appearance of these musicians, and their lighting effects add materially to the impressiveness of the various descriptive numbers.
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