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Zosima “Maming” Acuram: The Passionate Banduria Teacher

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“Tuwing nakikita ko ‘yung mga bata na natututo [ng banduria], nag-e-enjoy, masaya ako.”

At a very young age, Zosima “Maming” Acuram’s love for music has started to bloom; she was 5 years old when she started playing the guitar.

One could easily notice how she beams with joy when revisiting a memory of her relative that can play a wide range of stringed instruments.

“Lahat ng strings alam n’ya kaya gustong-gusto ko s’ya. Ang galing-galing niya. Napakagaling n’ya,” told Zosima.

Choosing music as one’s passion at that time was a no easy feat, for during that time, music was only for the affluent or the privileged ones.

She explained as how, only the privileged were chosen for the music programs in school, that’s when she resolved to be a music teacher in the future and that she would offer her lessons for free.

“Natuto na ako. Gustung-gusto ko talaga matuto. Nang lumaki ako, determinasyon ko na sana paglaki ko, ‘pag guro na ako, magturo ako sa mga bata ng libre,” she added.

Today, equipped with her music education from Philippine Women’s University in Manila, Maming, as what her students call her, teaches children how to play banduria in the province of Dimlao, Bohol.

The group that she was able to form, the Dimlao’s Children Rondalla, consisted of kids ages two and above, is now hailed as national winners at the prestigious National Arts and Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

The Dimlao’s Children Rondalla play the banduria as accompaniment to a traditional courtship dance of Bohalanos called Kuradang, combining different art forms into one performance.

There is no small dream for a person burning with passion and purpose and it is through Zosima’s noble vision and passion for music that the young generation are able to enrich and preserve the collective history of their province.

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