The Philippine Rondalla in Diaspora

From the 1960’s to the present, Filipino communities abroad started using the rondalla as a platform to express their cultural identity. Through migration and foreign employment, the rondalla has spread to other countries and has developed until the present. 

Many rondalla groups in South California and other parts of the United States are still very active. Some of these groups are the Fil-am Veterans Rondalla (California, USA), Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla  (Boston, USA), Rondanihan (Australia), and the Bayanihan Rondalla (Singapore).  Even foreign musicians have learned playing rondalla music such as the National University of Singapore (NUS) Rondalla headed by Joseph Peters. Musicians such as Bayani de leon, Michael Dadap and Ricardo Trimillos,  set up rondalla schools  and taught rondalla classes, attracting students of various nationalities to the music tradition.

The Bicolano folk song Sarung Banggi performed by the SOSA Rondalla Ensemble of Toronto, Canada