Kinablit 2019: The 2nd Cebu International Guitar Festival

The Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (GFPI) is proud to present its second edition of the much-awaited Guitar Festival in Cebu. The Kinablit (“Plucking”) is an International Guitar Festival that aims to correlate the different plucking traditions that can be found in various countries where the infamous string instrument, guitar, was developed according to the customs of the populace.

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Kinablit 2019: The 2nd Cebu International Guitar Festival

Referring to the traditional way of guitar playing among Filipinos which used to be more prevalent to Visayan speaking regions in the Philippines especially during the early part of the 20th century. Kinablit 2019 will showcase beyond the archipelago and will far-reach the Flamenco guitar playing in Spain, Bozza Nova in Brazil, Fingerstyle and Chord melody in the United States of America just to name a few and our very own Kinablit in the Philippines.

On September 6-8, 2019, the Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. will open another rendition of the festival by showcasing different varieties of activities lined up for the event. Recitals, Concerts, Workshops on Classical Guitar Playing and Instrument Making and Assembling, Symposium, Lectures, Outreach, and Exhibits were carefully prepared by the organization behind Kinablit 2019.

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Kinablit 2019 Presscon: Fernando Alegre (Vice President), Francis Fulache (Chairman & President), and Reginald Bernaldez (Trustee) at the press conference held at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

They have invited performers from the International, National, and Local scenes, and artists from different guitar playing disciplines. Schools and community-based classical guitar-oriented groups were also expected to take part in this 3-day event.

Students from different academic institutions, guitar enthusiasts, musicians, music teachers, and local communities will be there as well to witness this amazing music festival in the Queen City of the South.

The events will be done on two different and yet conveniently located venues: Robinsons Galleria Cebu and The Summit Galleria Hotel.

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The Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (GFPI) Classical Guitar Ensemble during the press conference at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

Kinablit 2019 at a glance

Here is the program for the 2nd Cebu International Guitar Festival Talks and Workshops:

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Workshops and Lecture Fees

1st Package: ₱1,500 (1 Workshop + 3 Lectures)
2nd Package: ₱2,000 (2 Workshops + 3 Lectures)
3rd Package: ₱2,500 (4 Workshops + 3 Lectures)
Full Package: ₱19,000.00

Full Package Inclusion:

– Entry to all Workshops and Seminars
– Entry to all concerts
– Hotel Accommodation and Food (Check-in September 6, 2019; Check-out September 9, 2019)
– Half-day tour of Cebu
– Farewell Dinner get together with the different local and international artists at Alegre Guitar Factory, Abuno, Mactan.

For the schedules of other activities of the event, please visit the Kinablit 2019-GFPI program schedule website.

Pre-Festival Activity: Guitar Making Workshop

There will be a pre-festival activity that will surely entice guitar enthusiasts and musicians to join. A 5-day workshop on GUITAR MAKING WORKSHOP will be conducted by Maestro Adolfo Toyoda Timuat on August 31- September 4, 2019, from 9 AM to 5 PM at the 2F Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

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The next best thing to playing the guitar is building one. Learn the basics of the great Spanish guitar-making tradition from Maestro Adolfo Toyoda Timuat and experience what it takes to create a masterpiece. Workshop registration fee is inclusive of guitar kit (top: Engelmann spruce; back and sides: local tonewood; neck and fretboard) and hardware. Tools are provided.

Guitar Making Workshop fee is ₱15,000.00, inclusive of Guitar Kit and Parts. To register, visit this online form.

For inquiries, please contact and look for Regie at (+63 916) 668 8878 or Anton at (+63 936) 766 5140 today.

Matinee and Gala Concerts

There will be different concerts to be held from September 6-7, 2019 during the festival. All Matinee concerts will be done at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Atrium. Admission is FREE.

Date Time Program
September 6, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 PM Matinee 1: St. Scholastica Ensemble
September 6, 2019 (Friday) 3:00 PM Matinee 1: Ulysses Dumdum (Guitar)
September 6, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 PM Matinee 3: Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (GFPI) Junior Ensemble
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 10:30 AM Matinee 4: University of Southern Philippines Guitar Ensemble and Terence Naparan (Guitar)
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 PM Matinee 5: Davao City National High School Guitar Ensemble
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 3:00 PM Matinee 6: Kochira Takene (Shamisen)
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 PM Matinee 7: Sparrow Guitar Ensemble

Gala concerts will be held on September 6-7, 2019, 7 PM at the Ballroom C of Summit Galleria Hotel. Tickets are sold for only ₱300 (General Admission) and ₱500 (VIP). For ticket inquiries, visit the GFPI Facebook Page for more details.

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The Closing Concert on September 8, 2019, will be held at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Atrium. All performers and artists are going to play the guitar together in one stage to conclude the 2nd Cebu International Guitar Festival. The closing concert is FREE ADMISSION.

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