Suroy sa Musikero

A yearly tradition held by local musicians of Loboc from 25th of December to 2nd of February, Suroy sa Musikero is celebrated to elevate the spirit of Christmas as well as to entertain the people. It has been practiced for decades in celebration of the 40 days after Christ’s birth and culminates in the Feast of Candelaria or Candelmas Day. Feast of Candelaria is also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.Suroy is a local term wich means “walk” or “parade” while musikero means “musician.” Suroy sa Musikero trans-literally means “parade of musician.” The Suroy sa Musikero is done by musicians both young and old. The band has around 25 members and composed of three brass bands. The musicians would carry and play brass trombones, percussions, bass horns, clarinets, and trumpets as they play Christmas carols of each assigned area. Musicians would also play Christmas carols to families of the host area. Some of the songs played by the musicians include Kuradong and Dalaga sa Baybayon. Suroy sa Musikero is done by homegrown musicians. Each musician had to undergo a mentoring tradition referred to as “tiple.” This is to ensure that the music tradition in Loboc is passed on to the next generation.

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