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This Filipina's Violin Rendition of 'Bahay Kubo' Will Blow You Away

This breathtaking rendition of 'Bahay Kubo' is what we need right now.
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Who knew the Filipino folksong "Bahay Kubo" could sound so beautiful? That’s what Marian Mayuga proved when she masterfully delivered an at-home recital of the piece, which is a composition of highly respected Filipino violinist Gilopez Kabayao. Mayuga started by playing the classic rendition of the folksong, then slowly built up the dynamics by employing various techniques.

Marian Mayuga

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Kabayao's arrangement of the folksong is impressive—he threw every technique in the song from chords, trails, pizzicato, staccato, all while staying faithful to the song’s classic melody.

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In 2017, Mayuga graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Music major in Violin Performance. In 2019, she earned her Master of Music degree major in Violin Performance at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

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Marian Mayuga, Magna Cum Laude—Bachelor of Music, Major in Violin, University of the Philippines

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In February 2020, Mayuga started her second post-graduate course at the University of South Florida where she is currently taking up Master of Music major in Chamber Music.

Watch Mayuga's full performance of "Bahay Kubo" in the video below. 

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