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Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble


Danongan Sibay Kalanduyan, master artist/teacher of Kulintang Music, became a guest teacher and artist with Samahan from 1989 to 1991 and 1994 to 1997. He introduced Samahan to the authentic music of the Maguindanao people, as well as to the music of the Maranao people. Kalanduyan's patient guidance resulted in the development of Bernard Ellorin, one of Kalanduyan's students, as a Kulintang player of great promise.

Bernard receieved his Bachelor's Degree in ethnomusicology, cum laude, from UCLA in 2003 and his Master's of Arts in music, concentrating in ethnomusicology, from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2008. He is presently pursuing his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Since 1996, Bernard Ellorin has been the Kulintang player and Director of the Samahan Kulintang Ensemble. Original members of the Kulintang Ensemble besides Bernard are SDSU alumni Eric Abutin, Chris Feraro, and Severino Reyes, who all went through the basic Kulintang training with Master Kalanduyan. Bernard's students Mitchell Almoite, Raynard Abalos, and Jhoselle Padilla play with the Ensemble too. The group eventually adapted the name Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, merging with the group formed by Bernard and his UCLA music student colleagues.

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