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Community News | Page 23 | Philippine Canadian Inquirer
Renowned authority on Philippine arts and culture Professor Felipe de Leon, Jr., Chairman of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), spoke before a big gathering of Filipino community members, including their children, last March 20 at the Philippine Embassy in Vientiane on "What Makes Filipinos Filipino.
NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon informed the news media of Romero's passing through a text message.
The NCCA is one of government agencies that administers the National Artist awards. In a phone interview with GMA News, April Pabon, NCCA coordinator for National Artists, said she was informed that Romero developed a blood clot on the left side of his brain. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.
Tagumpay â€œPiâ€� M. de Leon | Rondalla Club of Los Angeles
His musical experience came at an early age, being the son of the late renowned nationalist composer and Philippine national artist Felipe Padilla de Leon and the late Iluminada Mendoza, an accomplished pianist.
He plays all rondalla instruments, the piano, accordion and the violin. The "De Leon Rondalla" was already appearing in various Philippine functions in the early 60s. Five years after he migrated to the U.S. in 1971, he started playing for the Pamanlahi Dance Troupe (now defunct). He also formed the Hiyas Rondalla, active from 1978 to 1985. In 1985, he joined the Fil-Am Family Cultural Group where he collaborated with Mr. Nitoy Gonzales, the renowned rondalla maestro of the famous Bayanihan Dance Troupe from the Philippines, to establish the Fil-Am Rondalla. In 1991, they co-founded the Rondalla Club of LA together with Leonilo "Boy" Angos, the music director of Kayamanan ng Lahi Performing Arts Group. Mr. De Leon has played in or directed rondallas for annual Philippine Cultural Nights in various universities and colleges. He has also participated in International Folk Dance Festivals held in Marseille, France and Sicily, Italy in the summer of 1990 and 1993 and also in the 1995 Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle, Washington. In between his playing schedules, he conducts rondalla classes and workshops, including his current tenure as a rondalla instructor at U.C. Riverside. In 1997, he was awarded a grant by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department to train future rondalla instructors through workshops designated as Master Teacher Apprenticeship Class.
The jury was composed of Dr. Eugene Tan, Director of the National Gallery Singapore; Florentina P. Colayco, President of Metropolitan Museum of Manila; Luis "Junyee" E. Yee, Jr., one of the pioneers of installation art in the Philippines; Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr., NCCA Chairperson and Philippine Pavilion Commissioner; and Senator Loren Legarda, principal advocate of the project.
NCCA calls for grants | Sun.Star
NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon will be in the Summer Capital on September 5 to lead the call for grants detailing designed 2017 proposals distributed according to island-clusters for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.