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Philippine Embassy and Filipino Community in Japan Celebrate Filipino Musical Talent

Consul General Robespierre Bolivar of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo praised the Filipino people’s world-renowned talent for music in his keynote remarks at the 14th ‘Utawit: Himig ng Pinoy at Hapon, Isang Pagdiriwang’ held in Tokyo, Japan on 20 October 2018. In his remarks, the Consul General noted that “many Filipinos are born singers” and that “Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is the voice of the Filipino people and an excellent way to promote mutual understanding between the Philippines and Japan”.

Philippine Embassy in Tokyo’s Consul General Robespierre Bolivar delivers the keynote remarks, where he called OPM “the voice of the Filipino people”

Philippine Embassy in Tokyo’s Consul General Robespierre Bolivar delivers the keynote remarks, where he called OPM “the voice of the Filipino people”

Eight Filipino singers from all over Japan performed various OPM classics, as well as some popular Japanese songs. The artists who performed were selected via singing competitions conducted by Filipino community organizations from Tokyo, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Kanto, Iwate, and Kyoto.

Utawit is now on its 14th year and brings together amateur singers from the Filipino community in Japan for a celebration of OPM and J-Pop. The term Utawit is a blending of the words ‘uta’ and ‘awit’, the Japanese and Filipino words for ‘song’.

Consul General Robespierre Bolivar and executive committee Chair, Ms Irene Kaneko, (leftmost) award Plaques of Appreciation to the various Filipino community organizations and performers.

Consul General Robespierre Bolivar and executive committee Chair, Ms Irene Kaneko, (leftmost) award Plaques of Appreciation to the various Filipino community organizations and performers.

For the last 10 years, Utawit donated proceeds from their events to the Gawad Kalinga-Sibol, Child and Youth Development. In June 2018, the Utawit Executive Committee turned over the proceeds of the past year’s activities to Guagua Sibol School in Pampanga as part of their commitment to building the Filipino youth through education.