Harana: Courtship Filipino Style

We live in a world where the media pretty much tells you that love is dead, youth relying too much on text messaging, and people telling you that you should have as much sex as possible. For these reasons, I feel that everyone should know the beauty of harana. What is haranaHarana is a traditional form of Ligawan (courtship) in the Philippines where a man serenades a woman by singing underneath her window at night. Although this is universal, it was widely practiced in old Philippines with a set or protocols, a code of conduct, and a specific style of music. This is basically a Spanish influence. The man is usually accompanied by his close friends who provide moral support for the guy in addition to singing with him. For a Harana to be successful  one of the following or both must happen: 1) The lady invites the man and his company inside for refreshments. 2) The lady joins in the singing.  The practice of harana has died but it is a tradition that shows the beauty of Philippines at a time that was so simple.  So, my suggestion to you guys out there that want to do something special for that special lady on Valentine’s Day, think about doing a harana.  It will definitely save you some money and show that special girl your love for her through song.  That’s something priceless and from the heart.

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  • hi, if you don’t mind, i’d like to steal your harana picture for my blog? I’ll give credit and link to your site of course. Let me know if you wanted me to remove it. Thanks.
    K, angbisdak.blogspot.com

    • Sure, no problem and you don’t have to say stolen on your blog. Anyways,all the best on your blog.

  • i wish to experience harana someday ^_^

  • Anonymous

    hello. i would like to ask permission to post the harana picture in definitely filipino in facebook..hope you dont mind. thanks

  • Anonymous

    hello.i would like to ask permission to post the harana pic in our fan page in fb (www.facebook.com/i.am.filipino) . ..I’ll give the link to your site..hope you dont mind.. thanks

    • Go for it. Also, you don’t have to link to this site. Just use it.

      • Anonymous

        thanks 🙂

  • Hi 🙂 There’s a Filipino company that does professional harana services now 🙂 http://www.harana.ph 🙂 Check them out 🙂