DepEd finalizes compendium of Central Luzon regional musical pieces

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Selected personnel of Department of Education (DepEd) maximized the work-from-home arrangement during the Enhanced Community Quarantine to complete the review and finalization of old folksongs and homegrown musical pieces to be included in the Compendium of Selected Folk Songs.

The compendium contains a total of 74 old folksongs revived from the Book of Folksongs in Region 3, 24 local songs, and 26 regional songs. It also comes with the printed musical scores complete with chords and minus one of folk songs for classroom use. 

“This collection of Selected Folk Songs in Region 3 is crafted to cater to the demand for music teaching and geared towards imparting knowledge to the students and developing their sense of history and cultural identity,” DepEd Regional Director Nicolas Capulong explained.

“The material is contextualized and developmentally-appropriate with complete and precise notation with chords and a minus one to suit the needs of every teacher in teaching music with ease and confidence in harmony with the content and performance standards of the K to 12 curriculum,” he added.

The compendium includes 6 folksongs from Aurora, 8 folksongs from Bataan, 11 folksongs from Bulacan, 15 folksongs from Nueva Ecija, 19 folksongs from Pampanga, 6 folksongs from Tarlac, and 37 folksongs from Zambales. 

“We have gathered and reviewed the folksongs from the old compilation and added other homegrown musical pieces. We also enhanced the arrangements and made them user-friendly for teachers and students,” DepEd Region III Symphonic Band Conductor Rafael Rubio said.

The team tasked to review and finalize the folksongs consists of selected music teachers, members of the DepEd Region III Symphonic Band, and education supervisors in-charge of Music.

The complete list and videos of selected folksongs included in the compendium are uploaded in the DepEd Region III website at

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