Recuperating a National Past

Christi-Anne Castro

in Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746408
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894758 | DOI:

Series: The New Cultural History of Music Series

Recuperating a National Past

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This chapter covers the 1950s and 1960s through a case study of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company and its connection to an official cultural nationalism of renovation. A prominent aspect of this performance of modernism is nostalgia for a pre-U.S. colonial past and a co-optation of cultural hybridity from throughout the nation. The development of folkloric presentation provided a product for consumption by foreign audiences as well as a standardization of Filipino national culture for domestic use.

Keywords: Bayanihan; folk; folkloric; nostalgia; Aquino; Spanish; rural; Urtula

Chapter.  17134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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