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Rogsh Emmanuel Garcia

Fil-Synth: Resonating Filipino Heritage

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Fil-Synth explores the Philippines’ cultural evolution between colonization and modernity. Sounds and melodies are presented through a custom-designed synthesizer composed of a series of unique sounds each representing a significant local narrative. The synthesizer serves as a versatile tool, inviting musicians, designers, and creatives alike to weave together a symphony of significant objects, instruments, and people in order to produce Original Pilipino Music (OPM) that encapsulates the essence of Filipino identity.

Through this innovative synthesis of technology and tradition, Fil-Synth not only preserves Filipino heritage, but also evokes a profound understanding of what it means to be a Filipino, both in the past, and in the ever-evolving landscape of the future.