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Zamboanga City Local Customs: 2 reviews and 2 photos

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While taking a walk by the city street of Zamboanga City, I encountered this trio serenading in front of a house playing their improvised musical instruments to my amazement. Yes, they know their music. It's called "oido" playing.

Two of the instruments are crude imitation of the play-it-standing big bass violin - even though this does not play bass. The sound chamber is made of a paint thinner can - I should know, the markings are still there. There are no frets, just the left fingers holding the strings at a desired string's length while the right hand does the bow to-and-fro. And with the third instrument, a ukelele - hey, it's Sweet Music to the ears!

They did their thing house-to-house for the day which I believe it goes with the Filipino tradition of serenading for money on Christmas time and on town fiestas. Not bad to make money.

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  • Updated Feb 17, 2006
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