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Da Musikeros & Musikeras before 1970


Abraham Asis notes under Francisco Asis


Francisco Asis member of the Filipino Varsity Four, a musical group of student-pensionados; other members of the group-Francisco Taberner; Basilio Nuesca & Abraham Asis

Sources: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/chautauqua/nameF1.html



Donald “Don” Gilbert Baduria born 12/15/1937; died in Wahiawa Hawaii 1/14/1986 of cancer; buried National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific; served late 1950s as an Airman 1st Class US Air Force; left after 4 yrs for music business; a ukulele virtuoso player


Domingo Balinton born in SF California well known bass player; owner of the band Domingo & Friends; brother of Sugar Pie


Umpeylia Marsema Balinton known as Sugar Pie DeSanto born on 10/16/1935 Brooklyn, New York to Egnacio Bendo Balinton, a Filipino & Alice Coats, an African American concert pianist in Philadelphia. Moved to SF Ca w/ family while young; became an R&B singer who toured with The Johnny Otis Revue(1955) & The James Brown Revue(1959-1960); known for her single, "I Want to Know,"(1960); rec Bay Area Music for best female blues singer(1999); also sang w/ her cousin Etta James. Sugar Pie suffered a tragedy in 10/2006 when her husband Jesse Davis died in a fire @ their Oakland, CA. apartment.

Source: Wikipedia


Gabriel Baltazar Sr born Pasig Rizal; Royal Hawaiian Band played clarinet w/ the Royal Hawaiian Band; came in 1910 to Hawaii w/ a group of entertainers & decided to stay; father of: Norman, a trumpet player & played w/ the Stan Kenton band; Ronald member of Royal Hawaiian Band & “Gabe”

More on:Gabriel “Gabe” Baltazar, Jr born in Hilo Hawaii; Deputy Director Royal Hawaiian Band for 18 yrs; during late 1970s; artist in residence @ Stanford University; one of the world’s great alto saxophone player; soloist for the Honolulu Symphony; recording artist, music lecturer & mentor

Source: http://www.jazzsociety.ph/html/spotlightarchive4.html

More on: Honolulu Symphony Orchestra:

Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,882063,00.html

Excerpt Time Magazine 2/29/1932

…the Paradise of the Pacific, "restless purgatory of murder and race hatred" (TIME, Jan. 18), supports a symphony orchestra of 62 pieces directed by Australian Fritz Hart, F.R.C.M., and with a personnel made up of 7 Filipinos 2 Japanese  1 Hawaiian  2 Chinese  2 Portuguese  1 Purto Rican  2 Italians    45  Anglo Saxonsthe presence, as a violinist in the orchestra, of able Charles F. Weeber, newly appointed Chief of Police for Honolulu

e-mail sent to M.E.Embry by a friend from Hawaii Re: Royal Hawaiian Band:

Christmas 2008

Mele Kalikimaka Ms Pinay:

We celebrated the Pasko - Panunuluyan at the FilCom CenterThe Royal Hawaiian Band played Filipino favorites e.g. Dahil sa Iyo, Planting Rice, Sitchiritchit, etc. besides Christmas melodies


Mariano Banbalan notes under Louis Biason


Daniel P “Danny” Barcelona born 7/23/1929 Waipahu Hawaii; died 4/1/2007 Monterey Park Los Angeles California an international jazz-band drummer for Louis Armstrong's All-Stars band (1958-1971) touring w/ him in Europe, Africa, etc. Danny went to perform in Hawaii Hilton Hotel after Armstrong death in 1971 & later moved to Monterey Park California

Source: Wikipedia


Joe Bataan born Peter Nitollano in 1942 Spanish Harlem NY of Filipino father  & African American mother. He spent five years in New York's Coxsackie State Prison for a stolen car charge when he was 15 yrs old; became well known R&B, rap & Latin soul singer w/ his 1967 1st hit song "Gypsy Woman"; retired from music in 1981 & became a reformatory youth counsellor in Bronx NY, but had a come back in 2005 & recorded the popular “Call my Name”; he is also the father of a singer, model & dancer

Asia Nitollano of Pussycat Dolls, Source:Wikipedia


Louis Biason student @ Crane College in Chicago & Northwestern University; violinist & tenor banjoist of The Filipino Collegians musical group of student-pensionados. The other members:  P. Biason, his brother 1st mandolinist & medical student @ University of Minnesota; E. Tavora 2nd mandolinist & student @ University of California; Mariano Banbalan, played bass guitar & mandolin, a student @ the University of Minnesota; Flo Suarez, pianist student School of Acctg @ Northwestern University





P. Biason notes under Louis Biason


Isidro Castro born Bacarra Ilocos Norte; notes under Julian Sales


Glicerio “David” Reyes Catingub born 12/21/1903 Philippines; died 3/19/1992 Los Angeles California; singer & bass player in Los Angeles nightclubs in Hawaiian bands mid 1950s, married Mavis Chloe Rivers on 10/4/1955 (Mavis was born 5/19/1929 in Apia, Western Samoa; died 5/29/1992, a jazz vocalist, known as “Polynesiaa’s First Lady of Song”) They became the parents of Matt Catingub, the full time conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Pops since 1998 who rec. 2005 Grammy Award for writing the music of “Good Night & Good Luckalso a performer, vocalist, director & arranger


Maria (Batis) Ceballos, soprano & Clemente Ceballos guitarist; parents of Les Ceballos, baritone soloist & a finalist in Luciano Pavarotti 1986 Vocal Competition


Francisco de los Santos notes under Lazaro Salamanca


Anselmo F. Fontillas born 4/11/1911 Philippines; died 3/6/1999 Queen’s Hospital Hawaii; buried Diamond Head Memorial Park; retired musician with the Royal Hawaiian Band

Source: http://archives.starbulletin.com


Potenciano Valladolid Gregorio Sr born 5/19/1880 Lib-og (now Santo Domingo) Albay; died of pneumonia on 2/12/1939 @ Fort Shafter Hospital Honolulu Hawaii while enroute to the Golden Gate International Exposition w/ the Philippine Constabulary Band via S.S. President Pierce; buried @ the La Loma Cemetery in Manila (reinterred in SantoDomingo in 2005); before joining the PC Band in 1919, he was w/ the band he organized w/ Bernardo, his brother. Potenciano is the composer of the Bicolanos' favorite song, "Sarung Banggi" (One Evening); his hometown celebrates a festival in his honor every third week of April. The song was played in the opening of the United Nations Gen Assembly in 6/1951. Constancio De Guzman, a music arranger bought the rights to the song

Source Wikipedia


Geronimo Inocinio notes under Lazaro Salamanca


Jose Leborino notes under Lazaro Salamanca


Jose Zapanta Monteyro “Don Pepe”, a Portuguese who came to the Philippines with his family as a young boy; later married a Filipina from Pampanga. He was a tenor-baritone & performed in the Philippines Teatro Zorilla; became the band master of the Filipino orchestra @ S.S. President Cleveland late 1920s & mid 1930s; Col Romy Monteyro recalls that his father has a photo w/the Statue of Liberty in the background. Don Pepe also fought w/ the Spanish Army during Philippine Revolution while Lorenzo, his older brother & Panfilo, his younger brother fought w/ the Filipino revolutionaries. The three brothers sided w/ the Filipinos in Gen Emilio Aguinaldo’s revolutionary Army during the Philippine American War.

More on S.S. President Cleveland built in 1921 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. for American President Lines; operated as a passenger liner; chartered by the US Army in 7/1941; renamed USAT Tasker H. Bliss; transferred to the US Navy, 8/19/1942; commissioned, USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP-42) 9/15/1942; during World War II was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the campaign; sunk by enemy torpedo attack 11/12/1942, at Fedhala Morocco

Source: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t2/tanker_h_bliss.htm


Pedro B. Navarro born Bacarra Ilocos Norte notes under Julian Sales


Ne Pomoceno Filipino Quartet. (1917). Of Nepomoceno, S. Damalario & Mrs Damalario; B. Del Rosario

Sources: University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department Iowa City, IA





Basilio Nuesca notes under Francisco Asis


Philippine Constabulary Band & Col Walter Loving

Excerpts An Observer in the Philippines, or, Life in Our New Possessions by John Bancroft Devins; American Tract Society; Boston; New York 1905

“With the Filipinos music is well-nigh a passion. Every town, village and hamlet has a band, and it is claimed that the best military band in the Philippines is a native one led by a N….(African American). Two or three times a week the Constabulary band, under the direction of Lieutenant Loving, plays on the Luneta. The native bands have rude instruments, many of them made of bamboo. The story is told of a Filipino sailor who, with a flute improvised from a bit of piping, the holes punched with a red- hot skewer, could play an extraordinary range of airs and variations in perfect tune and with much artistic feeling”

Source: http://www.history.army.mil/armyhistory/AH64(W).pdf

Roger D Cunningham, “The Loving Touch": Walter H. Loving's Five Decades of Military Music." Army History 64 (Summer 2007): 4-25.

The first of the public concerts that Nellie Taft began was held on 4/17/1909 and included international music as well as American. The President, Cabinet members, society figures drove to the event in their cars while thousands of members of the public walked or took streetcars. Furthermore, the Filipino Constabulary Band, which she had helped to create while in the Philippines, performed. This band was composed of native Filipinos, and was conducted by a friend of the First Lady, African-American composer and musician Walter Loving

(PC Band was founded 10/15/1902 & participated in the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, 1915 Panama Canal Exposition, 1937 Golden Gate International Exposition & played during the 1909 inauguration of US President William Howard Taft; the band was reorganized in 1946 and transferred to the Philippine Army led by Col. Antonino Buenaventura, 1988 National Artist for Music)


Pedro Ragzag born 1867 Philippines; left Honolulu 5/8/1895; arrived San Francisco 5/13/1895 with Faustino Rivamonte & a group of touring Hawaiian musicians via SS Australia; occupation: musician; passenger #12; marital status: single; never been to U.S. before this trip

Source: http://immigrantships.net


Faustino Rivamonte born 1867 Philippines; left Honolulu 5/8/1895; arrived San Francisco 5/13/1895 with Pedro Ragzag & a group of touring Hawaiian musicians via SS Australia; occupation: musician; passenger #44; marital status: single; never been to U.S. before this trip

Source: http://immigrantships.net


Lazaro Salamanca; born 1866 Philippines; immigrated 1889; occupation musician band

Sources: 1910 Honolulu Hawaii Census divorced; living w/ daughter Matilda (born 1897 Hawaii; mother born Portugal)

1920 Honolulu Hawaii Census living w/ daughter Matilda & Rosalia (born 1889 Hawaii)

http://library.thinkquest.org/J003466/filipino/entertainers.htm “w/a band of 12 adventurous musicians & acrobats who arr in 1888 on a clipper ship from Peking; elected to stay w/ Jose Leborino, Francisco de los Santos & Geronimo Inocinio; joined the Royal Hawaiian Band & played for King Kalakaua & queen Liliuokalani. They remained w/ the band even after the overthrow of the monarchy”

http://www.familysearch.org died 7/7/1936; son of Tranquilino & Clotilde (Corcuera); married 10/31/1917 Honolulu Hawaii; wife-Rosalia (died 5/25/1936 daughter of Samuel Kaaumoana & Kamoelani Aki)

another source (unable to locate this-notes by M.E. Embry) Honolulu Star Bulletin 5/15/1935 page 3 by Cariaga (Okamura 1983:85) “from Manila decided to stay in Honolulu following a salary dispute w/ their manager”


Julian Dacuycuy Sales born in Bacarra Ilocos Norte; set to music the Ilocano song Pamulinawen (Ilocano Maiden) w/ the lyrics written by Isidro Castro. The song won the contest @ the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915 for the Philippine Constabulary Band, conducted by Col. Loving and by his assistant Capt. Pedro B. Navarro. Pamulinawen is the theme song of the PC Band & a festival .to honor it is held every 10th of February in Laoag Ilocos Norte. Navarro, Castro and were all Bacarreņos.

Source: http://www.bacarra.gov.ph written by Cpt Primitivo Sales, son of Julian Sales & grdson of Isidro Castro


Modesto Ceriales Salve born 8/23/1900 Philippines; died 11/14/1992 Aiea Honolulu; played @ Mckinley High School & University of Hawaii school band in the 1920s; later conducted a senior citizens’ string band in Honolulu; the 1st Filipino to graduate from a public school in Honolulu (24 yrs old @ graduation); immigrated to Hawaii in 1920; supporter of the 1924 Filipino Sugar Strike; father of Alita Guieb Salve (Arkin), professional singer & entertainer in Hawaii

Source http://www.musicianshawaii.com/alita_salve.htm

website for Musicians’ Association of Hawaii Local 677

Source: www.efilarchives.org/publications/filipinosinhawaii75.htm


Augusto Samaniego member of the Philippine Constabulary Band as  a conductor and played the saxophone under Col Walter Loving. They participated in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in Treasure Island in San Francisco; was also the conductor of the Magdalo Concert Band

maternal grandfather of Maestro Robert Shroder, California musical conductor, director & former principal flutist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra

Source 10/15/2008 Cynthia De Castro AJ Press Maestro Robert Shroder: Extraordinary Pinoy


Francisco Taberner notes under Francisco Asis


E. Tavora notes under Louis Biason


Ginny Tiu born 1948 Binondo Manila appeared as a child pianist prodigy @ Sullivan show; with siblings-Elizabeth & Alexander acted in Elvis Presley's movie "Girls,Girls";later performed @ Sheraton Moana, Hawaii; sister of Vicky Cayetano, former 1st lady of Hawaii



History: Hawai’i’s Sakada Soldiers

Not all of Hawai’i’s earliest Filipino immigrants came to work on plantations.

Ronna Bolante

Anastacio Daguio can’t even count how many times he’s been asked what plantation he grew up on. As a 72-year-old Wahiawa-born Filipino, he can understand why locals usually make that assumption.

“I say, ‘No plantation. My father was a soldier,’” Daguio says. “They say, ‘Nah, can’t be,’ because everybody who came to Hawai‘i back then worked in the field.”

Several Philippine Scouts belonged to this Schofield Barracks regimental band, circa 1928. photo: courtesy of Anastacio Daguio

This year, Hawai‘i celebrates the 100th anniversary of Filipino immigration to the Islands, marked by the arrivals of the first sakadas, or Filipino plantation workers, in 1906. In the first half of the 20th century, these laborers and their families made up nearly all of the thousands of Filipinos who immigrated to Hawai‘i. But lesser known is the story of about 100 Filipino soldiers who came to the Islands in the mid-1920s for a different purpose.

These soldiers were Philippine Scouts, a military unit created in 1901 to bolster U.S. forces in the Philippines. After World War I, Congress approved the induction of 6,000 of these soldiers into the U.S. Army. In the mid-1920s, around 100 Scouts, including Daguio’s father, Eugenio, were assigned to Hawai‘i and, in most cases, stationed at Schofield Barracks as part of the Army’s Hawaiian Division.

The Army didn’t bring these soldiers to Hawai‘i strictly for their military experience, Daguio says. “They were soldiers first, but they were recruited especially because they were good musicians and cooks,” he says. At Schofield Barracks, each of these soldiers was assigned to one of eight regimental bands, performing at military ceremonies and athletic events. Many of these musicians did double-duty in the kitchen, cooking meals for the troops.

Single Filipino soldiers lived in the barracks with the general population, while most soldiers with families lived in Castner Village—a cluster of wooden houses near Wheeler Army Air Field—located at least a mile away from other families on base.

Castner Village actually was a Filipino barrio,” says former Castner resident Phil Soriano, whose father, the late Cpl. Galo Soriano, was a Philippine Scout. “Were we segregated? I think so, because there was not a single puti (white person) within a mile of us. To me, though, it was a blessing in disguise, because I learned about my Filipino culture.”

Daguio agrees, noting that Ilocano was the primary language spoken in the village. “It didn’t really occur to us that we were segregated, because we felt comfortable being among our ethnic group,” he says. “We had Filipino parties, where men wore barong Tagalog (formal dress for men in the Philippines), women wore Filipino dresses. Of course, our fathers were all musicians, so they played in a combined band and just jived together. They also made time to teach us kids music.”

Today, there are few tangible reminders of this little-known piece of Filipino history in the Islands. In the early 1940s, the regimental bands were disbanded when the Hawaiian Division was reorganized into the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions and, by the late 1950s, nearly all of these soldiers had retired—most of them with at least 30 years of service.

At the onset of World War II, residents of Castner Village were relocated to other quarters or chose to live outside of Schofield. The village’s wooden houses were eventually torn down, replaced by a public park.

Sgt. Eugenio Daguio (back row, third from right) with his friends and family, including baby Anastacio (center) at their Castner Village home, circa 1934. photo: courtesy of Anastacio Daguio

There are no known surviving soldiers today, Daguio says, but their story should be preserved. The achievements of these men continued long after they retired from the U.S. Army. About a dozen of them became members of the Royal Hawaiian Band; another dozen joined the Honolulu Symphony, including Soriano’s father, who played the French horn. Many of their children and grandchildren also contributed to Hawai‘i’s music scene. Daguio, for instance, also played with the Royal Hawaiian Band. Renowned pianist Rene Paulo is the grandson of one of these soldiers.

In additional to musical talent, patriotism also ran in these soldiers’ families.

“I’d say about 90 percent of the male offspring of these soldiers served in the U.S. military, some of them in their tenure becoming the highest ranking soldiers of Filipino ancestry in the U.S. Army, including Tony Ventura—the first American of Filipino ancestry to command an entire battalion,” says Soriano, a retired colonel himself.

This month, these soldiers will be honored with all Filipino-American veterans at the Filipino-American Friendship Day Dinner. The July 5 celebration will also feature a photo exhibit coordinated by Daguio and Ben Acohido, chairman of the Wahiawa Neighborhood Board, who has known Daguio and Soriano since childhood.

“The story of these soldiers and families is unique—their military, social and cultural contributions to Hawai‘i,” says Acohido, who has come to call this obscure group of Filipino arrivals “sakada soldiers.” “We just want to make sure that this story is told.




Pusok indengam man

Toy umas-asug

Agrayod'ta sadiam.

Panunotem man

Dika pagintutulngan

Toy agayat, agruknoy dita dennam.


Essem nga diak malipatan

Ta nasudi unay a nagan,

Uray sadin ti ayan,

Disso sadino man,

Aw-awagan a di agsarday

Ta naganmo a kasam-itan.


No malagipka, pusok ti mabang-aran.




Sarung Banggi

Sa higdaan

Nakadangog ako

Hinuni nin sarung gamgam

Sa luba ko katurugan

Bako kundi simong tingog

Iyo palan

Dagos ako bangon

Si sakuyang mata


Kadtung kadikluman

Ako ay nagalagkalag

Kasu ihiling ko si

Sakuyang mata

Sa itaas

Simong lawog

Nahiling ko maliwanag.

Kadtung kadikloman

Kan mahiling taka

Mamundo kong puso

Tolos na nag-ogma

Minsan di nahaloy

Idtong napagmasdan

Sagkod nuarin pa man

Dai ko malilingawan.


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