Kundirana is a high-school Music Ministry. Its members are part of a select few students from La Salle Green Hills. Aside from being a known singing group and music ministry, Kundirana also has the distinction of being the most renowned high school singing group in the Philippines.
The Kundirana is a high school singing group that can be joined by any third or fourth year high school student in LSGH. The members are carefully picked after rigorous auditions (mainly because the group has to ensure that the person applying has talent in singing, and is not afraid of performing in front of a large crowd). Although the number of people who audition range from 35-50, only about a handful are chosen (depending on the number of graduating members). The number of members range from 10-16. Once chosen, a Kundirana member undergoes strict training both in voice and dance as well as how to carry himself in public as an ambassador of goodwill.
It has developed successful artists such as Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Randy Santiago, Monet Silvestre, Rannie Raymundo, Dingdong Avanzado, Dingdong Eduque, Montet Acoymo, Juan Miguel Salvador, Carlo Orosa, Vince Alaras, Von de Guzman and Gian Magdangal of Philippine Idol,Louie Ocampo, Mel Villena, Mon Faustino, Tats Faustino, Rowell Santiago, Manuel Lahoz, Mikoy Morales, Chito Genito, Manny Pagsuyuin (ex-Campus Radio WLS-FM DJ Jimmy Jam now with Retro 105.9 DCG-FM), Joel Salud, Dennis Buenaventura, and Dennis Barot.
A lot of former members have wither continued on to musical careers or have pursued diverse futures. Nevertheless, these former members have proved themselves successful in their paths, and most of them are leaders in their own fields.
Kundirana has a number of concerts per year, including a farewell concert on June. They also perform in several gatherings some of which have included the opening of the NCAA Season 83 in San Juan Arena where they sang the national anthem, and the Inauguration of Noynoy Aquino where they performed a number with Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez. In August 1987, Kundirana was nationally honored with the Aliw Award as Best Cultural Group in the Philippines. Just recently, the KUNDIRANA celebrated its 40th anniversary with a grand reunion concert at the CCP entitled "KUNDIRANA KWARENTA NA! The Men, Music and Mission".
Kundirana indulges in its public ministry to serve the needy. The ministry aims to bring joy to the sick, the elderly and the forgotten through music. Among their missionary works, Kundirana can claim to have largely built Bahay Pag-asa, a halfway house in Bacolod, Negros Occidental for juvenile delinquents, who in the past were being jailed with adult criminals who would abuse and corrupt them. Kundirana has also built a lot of classrooms in many parts of the country.
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Kundirana 2012: Change The World
Kundirana 2012 is the 41st batch of the Kundirana Music Ministry. They had their Maiden concert October 2011 and in the following month joined several alumni in participating in the grand reunion concert of the 40th year of The Kundirana Music Ministry held at the CCP representing the current Kundirana batch.
They are also the first Kundirana batch directed by Mr. Monet Silvestre who is also a Kundirana alumnae. The batch is also known to be the batch to have brought back the existence of having the kundirana band, consisting of five musicians to bring a live music element to the performance which the group has not had for several years now.
In January 2012, the group had their DLSDasmarinas concert with Mr Gary Valenciano.
In April 21, 2012, the group held a concert in the city of Davao with Mr. Ogie Alcasid to celebrate a donation to the One La Salle Scholarship Fund by The DLSS - Davao Chapter which was even match by an anonymous donor who witnessed the whole performance by the batch and Mr. Ogie.
Followed by the Davao concert, the group soon headed to the west coast of USA to do their annual California tour, holding concerts in Carlsbad, San Diego, Diamond Bar, Los Angeles, Chula Vista, San Diego, Murrieta Mesa, Temecula and Sacramento.
They had their Farewell concert on June 28, 2012 at the Bro. Donato Center for the Performing Arts in La Salle Green Hills which was supposed to be their final concert as a batch. Although in July 2012, they were invited once again to perform a final concert in La Salle Ozamis to help raise funds for the typhoon that hit the area.
The batch also joined their successor batch, Kundirana 2013, in their maiden concert for a special guest number, along with a few of the students who were carried over to the next batch, being junior high school students in the 2012 batch.
Milo Magno (4th year ; Singer)
Mico Cruz (3rd year ; Singer)
Harjjii Torio (4th year ; Singer)
Levy Cabatingan (3rd year ; Singer)
Jep Pimentel (4th year ; Singer)
Jamie Calixto (4th year ; Singer)
Thaddeus Calabia (4th year ; Singer)
Carlo Clemente (4th year ; Singer)
Louie Pedroso (3rd year ; Singer)
Luigi Lago (4th year ; Lead Guitar)
Xyrus Sims (4th year ; Guitar and Saxophone)
Mizo Banaria (4th year ; Drums)
Hans Canteras (3rd year ; Base Guitar)
Joseph Samson (4th year ; keyboards)
Jean Garcia (4th year ; Production Assistant)
Monet Silvestre (Musical Director)
Manuel Lahoz (Stage Manager)
Amy Galang (Moderator)
Beth Austria (Marketing)
Choreography: Lanz Castillo (K11), Mikoy Morales (K11), James Calixto (K11/K12), Harjjii Torio (K11/K12), Levy Cabatingan (K12/K13)
Current Members (Kundirana 2014 Heart & Soul)
JP Centeno (Singer)
Jaffe Misa (Singer)
Erickson Amores (Singer)
Adi Perez (Singer)
Brendan Barcena (Singer)
Raven Leonardo (Singer)
Matthew Ong (Singer)
Steven Maristela (Singer)
Eggy Manuel (Singer)
Nico Mercado (Guitarist)
Randall Meria (Drummer)
Mike Tee (Bassist)
JP Ocampo (Keyboards)
Martin Pioquinto (Production Assistant)
- The Manila Times Internet Edition | LIFE & TIMES > 35 years of Kundirana music manilatimes.net. Accessed August 31, 2007.
- Commemoration for the graduating members (those who are in 4th year).