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2017
CultureFest 2017

Zarephath Christian Church
Zarephath, NJ
November 2017
photo by Ana Marie Regaliza-Datuin
The UPAFR celebrated its 25th year with a concert in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ, on October 21, 2017. Proceeds were earmarked for purchase of musical instruments to benefit the Pagyamanin Likas Musika (Enriching Native Music) rondalla instrument lending program for underprivileged children in the Philippines. Guest artists included Tenor Anthony Lim and Ligaya Cultural Group dancers.

Maria Leonor Llorin, Concert Director

Ligaya Cultural Group, "Kuratsa"

Ligaya Cultural Group, "Pandanggo Sa Ilaw / Oasiwas"

Ligaya Cultural Group, "Pandanggo Sa Ilaw / Oasiwas"

Anthony Lim, Tenor

Curtain Call
International Arts Open House

JFK Library
Piscataway, NJ
September 2017
Concert

Brookdale Gardens
Monroe, NJ
August 2017
Concert

The Chelsea
East Brunswick, NJ
July 2017

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2016
The University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla performed with the Cantabile Chorale in honor of the memory of Lloyd Arriola, the only Filipino who has obtained a doctoral degree in piano from Julliard, at Christ United Methodist Church in Piscataway, NJ, on December 3, 2016. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by NJ State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.
The University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla performed traditional Filipino folk music at NJ Veterans Home in Edison, NJ, on November 22, 2016. Senator Cory Booker was the guest speaker at this cultural event. Our previous performance at this venue was in 2007 with Dorothy Elaine delos Reyes (now asst director of recreation there) when she was a junior rondalla member as a high school student in June 2015.
Concert

Brighton Gardens
Edison, NJ
September 2016
Concert

CareOne at the Highlands
Edison, NJ
August 2016
Concert presented by the Friends of the Cranford Library

Cranford Community Center
Cranford, NJ
August 2016
Picnic for Philippine-American Community of Bergen County

Van Saun Park
Paramus, NJ
July 2016
Saturday Musical Getaways Community Concert

Mountainside Library
Mountainside, NJ
June 2016
Philippine Nurses Association (Middlesex Chapter-NJ) Gala and Awards Night

Hyatt Regency
New Brunswick, NJ
January 2016

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2015
Concert

This outreach concert at Edison Hartwyck Nursing Home was funded in part by a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission/NJ State Council of the Arts.
Oak Tree in Edison, NJ
October 2015
Carteret Ethnic Day Festival

Carteret Park
Carteret, NJ
September 2015
International Day at Chubb Commercial Insurance

Whitehouse Station, NJ
July 2015
Concert

Solano Roseland
Roseland, NJ
September 2015
Concert

The Gardens at Monroe
Monroe, NJ
August 2015
Concert

St. Joseph Nursing Home
Woodbridge, NJ
March 2015
The University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla together with the Ligaya Cultural Group performed traditional Filipino folk music and folk dances at the 10th Annual Juneteenth Food & Music Festival 2015 at Edison Job Corps in Edison, NJ, in June 2015.
Photos by Wolf Kretlow

"Pandanggo Sa Ilaw / Oasiwas"

"Tinikling"

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2014
Concert

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Piscataway, NJ
November 2014
Arts in the Gardens

Jersey Gardens
Elizabeth, NJ
October 2014
9th Annual Juneteenth Food & Music Festival 2014

Edison Job Corps
Edison, NJ
June 2014
The 2014-2015 officers of the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla take their oath of office before Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr., at the Philippine Consulate General in New York City.
Fiesta at New Brunswick
The University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla together with the Ligaya Cultural Group presented traditional Filipino folk music and folk dances at New Brunswick Free Public Library in New Brunswick, NJ, on May 18, 2014. Program funded in part by Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission thru a grant by NJ State Council on the Arts.
Photos by Wolf Kretlow

"Kuratsa"

Mezzo soprano Angelica Garcia

"Sayaw sa Bangko"
Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Officers Induction

with Lito Gajilan, newly elected president of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Jersey City
City Hall
February 2014
Fil-Am Chamber of Commerce Officers Induction

with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop
City Hall
February 2014
Relief for the Philippines Fundraiser

Nicotra’s Ballroom
Hilton Garden Inn
Staten Island, NY
January 2014

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2013
Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraising Appeal

St. Anastasia Church
Teaneck, NJ
December 2013
Fundraising concert for
Typhoon Haiyan victims

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
Stamford, CT
November 2013
Arts in the Gardens

Jersey Gardens
Elizabeth, NJ
October 2013
Folk Life Concert
The University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla together with the Ligaya Cultural Group performed traditional Filipino folk music and folk dances at the Plainsboro Recreational & Cultural Center in Plainsboro, NJ, on August 3, 2013. Concert presented by the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Folklife Program of New Jersey.
Photos by Wolf Kretlow

"Pandanggo Sa Ilaw / Oasiwas"

"Subli"

Mezzo soprano Angelica Garcia

"Tinikling"
Tribute Concert for Brittany DeNitzio
A tenor, Brother Josef, from his Legionaires of Christ headquarters in Atlanta, GA, hosted a tribute concert for Brittany DeNitzio at South Plainfield Middle School in South Plainfield, NJ, on July 14, 2013. High school classmates and friends also shared their music theater talents in support of Brittany, a South Plainfield resident with leukemia.
Photos by Wolf Kretlow

Brother Josef Rodriguez

high school classmates
and friends

grand finale
Picnic of UP Alumni Association-NJ

Liberty State Park, NJ
September 2013
Church of St. Anne
Concert Series
Garwood, NJ
April 2013
Photo by Wolf Kretlow

St. Joseph Senior Home
Woodbridge, NJ
March 2013

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2012
20th anniversary
The UPAFR celebrated its 20th year with a concert in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ, on November 19, 2012. Proceeds were earmarked for purchase of musical instruments to benefit the Pagyamanin Likas Musika (Enriching Native Music) rondalla instrument lending program for children in the Philippines. The New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble rendered several numbers.
Photos by Wolf Kretlow
Father Virgilio Tolentino's 30th ordination anniversary

Dalton Hall
Church of Our Lady of Victories
Sayreville, NJ
33rd Holy Family Anniversary

Con Hall
St. John Church
Bergenfield, NJ
August 2012
Asian Festival

Franklin Park
Columbus, OH
May 2012

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2011
Santa Cruzan
May 2011

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2010
Pentecost Sunday
St. John Church
May 2010

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2009
An Evening of Philippine Culture
Solar do Minho
Roselle Park, NJ
October 2009
Six Voices For One Love
Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC
October 2009

"Lawiswis Kawayan"
with Filipino Art & Music Rondalla Ensemble

"Matud Nila"
with the Three Tenors
(Noel Velasco, Sal Malaki, and Edmund Nalzaro)

"Dalagang Pilipina"
with Amor McGuinness

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2008
Filipinos Making Waves

Ontario Place
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 2008
Second Annual Cultural
Festival of LI

Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY
March 2008
performing at the debut
of a junior rondalla member

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2007
Reception of the diaconate ordination of
Edgardo Olegario and Serge Andre Bernatchez
The Pines Manor
Edison, NJ
June 2007
An Afternoon of Music, Song and Dance
In 2007, the UP Alumni and Friends Rondalla presentied a series of concerts made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and through a grant provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Our purpose for these performances is to reach a wider audience and to make connections to groups that have physical and financial constraints in attending regular concert venues, by bringing our programming to the underserved.
Guest artists are tenor Anthony Lim, soprano Amor McGuinness, and the NJ Dance Theater Ensemble.

Highland Park Senior / Youth Center
Highland Park, NJ
May 2007

with the NJ Dance Theater Ensemble
Highland Park Senior / Youth Center
Highland Park, NJ
May 2007

NJ Veterans Home
Edison, NJ
April 2007

with tenor Anthony Lim
NJ Veterans Home
Edison, NJ
April 2007

with tenor Anthony Lim and soprano Amor McGuinness
Cedar Oaks Center
South Plainfield, NJ
October 2007

with the NJ Dance Theater Ensemble
Cedar Oaks Center
South Plainfield, NJ
October 2007

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2006
Bandafest Christmas Celebration

Croation Church Center Hall
Manhattan, NY
December 2006
Paskong Pinoy II

The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
Washington, DC
December 2006
Pasko sa Nayon

St. Aedan's Church
Jersey City, NJ
December 2006
Voices and Strings Concert

St. John the Apostle Church
November 2006
"Gawad Parangal sa America" Award from Friends, Indeed USA

Astoria World Manor
Queens, NY
June 2006

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2005
The Philippines in Music and Dance
Quibbletown Middle School
Piscataway, NJ
November 2005

St. John the Apostle Church
September 2005
Cultural Assembly
featuring the Philippines

United Nations Int'l School
NYC
May 2005

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2004
Cultural Exchange Program
Escuela Latino Americanos del Ciencias Medicinas
Havana, Cuba
April 2004

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2001
Memorial Concert for the World Trade Center victims
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
November 2001

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1990's
Concert
Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland
June 1998
Third Gala Concert

Somerset County Vo-Tech Theater
Bridgewater, New Jersey
September 1998
Musika at Kabayanihan

NJPAC
November 1997

 

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