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Lito Crisostomo, Nowie Favila and Aru Marcelo have landed safely at San Francisco Airport on October 5,2011. After five years, since Pendong,Jr. and Chat Aban, have migrated in 2006; this is a dream come true for the whole band...to play together in the US. It goes without saying that Manong Jovi Abella (Bass Guitar, Vocals and Songwriter) will be terribly missed. He passed away in 2003. However, Aru (who's been playing with the band since 2006) is his able replacement.
Update: Ang Grupong Pendong...Moving On...Biyaheng America 2011
Their first concert is on October 8, 2011 at the American Canyon High School Theater in 3600 Newell Drive. Entitled "A Celebration of Filipino World Music" it will showcase the band's deep understanding of what world music is. As the Philippines' KATHA Awards first awardee for Best in World Music Album for their album "Dito Sa Lupa", the band will play their original compositions accompanied by their indigenous instruments. Some of the instruments which will be highlighted are the "kulintang", "faglong", "kubing", "T'boli" bells, "tongatong", and "ballimbing". They will be joined by BIBAK Northern California, the American Canyon High School Glee Club, Frances Santiago and Catherine Pineda.
There will be an exhibit of Philippine indigenous instruments and paintings by visual artist, Marconi Calindas.
Gates open at 5Pm for the exhibits. The program will begin at 6pm.