The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) recently donated 15 ukuleles for Kinder to Grade 3 students of Don Francisco S. Dizon Sr. Elementary School in Bacaca Road Davao City.
Sharon Pechora, school principal, expressed the students’ and her gratitude to PBGEA for the ukuleles that will be used by 30 selected students in an upcoming district level music competition.
“Salamat jud kaayo sa PBGEA sa donasyon. Magamit jud namu ni sa among pag-practice para sa umaabot nga competition (Thanks to the PBGEA for the donation. We will use this during our practice for the competition),” said Pechora.
The four-string ukulele, a member of the guitar family, which originated in Hawaii as an adaptation of the Portuguese machete, plays a big part of the musical culture of Hawaii; some thought of it as a novelty instrument or mistook it for a toy guitar.
With the donation, ukulele-strumming teachers of Don Francisco S. Dizon Sr., Elementary School would be teaching ing the students how to play the instrument.
Stephen Antig, PBGEA executive director said, “students who could not afford such ukuleles will now have those instruments for their use, and I am truly inspired by these kids’ spirit and the school’s dedication of providing them with opportunities to play ukuleles because students tend to lose interest in music nowadays.”
Sometimes parents would come in and listen to their children play the instrument so they can learn together. Our students these days are learning to play ukulele as part of their classroom musical learning experiences, Ms. Pechora said.