About Ang Grupong Pendong
The music of Ang Grupong Pendong is an exploration of the musical possibilities between Filipino indigenous instruments and contemporary musical forms. Predominant in their songs are the sound of the “KULINTANG”- an 8-piece graduated knobbed bronze/brass gongs indigenous of Mindanao, “KUBING”- a bamboo mouth instrument compared to the jaw’s harp, the “FAGLONG”- a 2-stringed lute-like instrument of the B’laan community in Mindanao, the “AGONG” and other percussive instruments played by the indigenous communities around the Philippines. The beats of the songs reflect the different seasons of the Filipino life like the celebration of harvest, birth, mourning, thanksgiving and the like. More important though, are the lyrics of the songs that mirror the feelings, aspirations and views of the listeners.
Ang Grupong Pendong learned to play the different indigenous instruments by integrating with the different indigenous communities in the Philippines.
Since the band was formed in 1990, they have performed in Berlin, Germany and in Singapore as representatives of the Philippine Department of Tourism-PCVC in Tourism Conventions. They had 27 performances in 23 cities all over Europe, performing in major World Music Festivals like the Sfinks Festival in Belgium and the Dunya Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They were invited by the Taipei city government to perform for the thousands of migrant Filipino workers based there.
As one of the original members of ASIN, the Philippines' premier folk band, Pendong Aban, Jr. will also perform the songs he and his wife, Chat Coloma-Aban composed and recorded for the band like “Mga Limot na Bayani“.
The band has 2 recorded albums entitled, “Panahon” and “Dito Sa Lupa”. Dito Sa Lupa won the “Best in World Music Album” award given by KATHA, the association of composers and songwriters in the Philippines. They have yet to release their yet untitled 3rd recorded album, a Cultural Center of the Philippines-funded recorded musical play entitled “Apo Sandawa” with libretto by Director Al Santos, their European tour live album recorded at the Paradiso Theater in Amsterdam, and their Filipino liturgical music entitled “Pagsambang Bayan” which first premiered at the Church of the Risen Lord in UP Diliman.