The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band performs a classic Filipino love song entitled, “Dahil Sa Yo”
conducted by Lt. Junior Grade Fujio Takahashi.
The Philippine Coast Guard Symphonic Band, led by Commander Herminigildo G. Ranera, PCGG,
entertains the audience with its rendition of Philippine's most-loved traditional songs.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band and the Philippine Coast Guard Symphonic Band
perform popular Filipino and Japanese pieces.
The “Philippines-Japan MusiKaibigan”, the joint concert of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band and the Philippine Coast Guard Symphonic Band held at the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, Manila on May 30, 2012 was a great success.
Conducted by Lt. Junior Grade Fujio Takahashi, twenty members from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band performed remarkable classics entitled, “Men of War,” “ Dahil Sa Yo,” and “A Song for Japan.” The thirty-five members of the Philippine Coast Guard Symphonic Band led by Commander Herminigildo G. Ranera, PCGG, rendered a medley of traditional Filipino songs and timeless pieces entitled, “Phantom of the Opera” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Both bands shared the stage as they performed Filipino and Japanese compositions entitled “Kayganda ng Ating Musika,” “Anak,” and “Furusato.” The joint concert concluded with a Japanese song entitled “Sukiyaki,” a symbolic piece about hope and optimism.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces has long been planning for the good will visit to the Philippines to promote the friendship between the two countries. It made a total of 50 visits to the Philippines. Through music, the two bands aspire to promote cultural exchange and to further enhance the cordial relationship between Japan and the Philippines.
The event is organized by the Embassy of Japan, along with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Philippine Coast Guard Symphonic Band, the San Sebastian Church and San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.