The guitar is one of the musical instruments that we can see and hear from various music scenes either it is acoustic or concert events. As an avid fan of music, it is my dream to play guitar and I can’t find time to practice due to my personal goals for arts and blogging. This time around, I can give you an idea on how to start your guitar playing journey through an event.  I want to introduce the KINABLIT 2019, The 2nd Cebu International Guitar Festival on September 6, 7 & 8, 2019, at Robinsons Galleria & Summit Galleria Hotel. I am very excited as well to share the 5 things to do in Kinablit 2019 once you will be participating in the 3-day event.

Learn About Guitar History

The Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (GFPI) is proud to present its second edition of the Guitar Festival in Cebu. The Kinablit 2019 is an International Guitar Festival that aims to showcase the different plucking traditions from different countries where the infamous string instruments were made and develop. During the early part of the 20th century, the traditional way of guitar playing used to be more prevalent in Visayan speaking regions in the Philippines. Other than that, Kinablit 2019 will showcase the Flamenco guitar playing in Spain, Bozza Nova in Brazil, Fingerstyle and Chord melody in the United States, and our very own Kinablit in the Philippines.


 Attending Workshops

On September 6-8, 2019, the GFPI will open another rendition of the festival by showcasing different activities that lined up for the event. You can explore different activities such as Recitals, Concerts, Workshops on Classical Guitar Playing and Instrument Making and Assembling, Symposium, Lectures, Outreach, and Exhibits by the organization behind Kinablit 2019.

Pre-Festival Activity: Guitar Making Workshop

There will be a pre-festival activity that will surely entice guitar enthusiasts and musicians to participate. A 5-day workshop on GUITAR MAKING WORKSHOP will be conducted by Maestro Adolfo Toyoda Timuat on August 31- September 4, 2019, from 9 AM to 5 PM at the 2F Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Workshops and Lecture Fees

1st Package: ₱1,500 (1 Workshop + 3 Lectures)

2nd Package: ₱2,000 (2 Workshops + 3 Lectures)

3rd Package: ₱2,500 (4 Workshops + 3 Lectures)

Full Package: ₱19,000.00

Full Package Inclusion:


To expand your knowledge in guitar making, you can also learn the basics of the great Spanish guitar-making tradition from Maestro Adolfo Toyoda Timuat and experience what it takes to create a masterpiece. Workshop registration fee is inclusive of guitar kit (top: Engelmann spruce; back and sides: local tonewood; neck and fretboard) and hardware. Tools are provided.

Guitar Making Workshop fee is ₱15,000.00, inclusive of Guitar Kit and Parts. To register, visit this online form.

Learn To Play A Guitar

 As I mentioned earlier, the workshop is also a great venue to practice your skills in guitar playing. If you’re a guitar enthusiast, have a passion to play guitar instrument, or have the interest to increase your potential as a guitarist, well this workshop is for you. Plus, you can ask your personal questions to their guitar masters, so you can get input on how to start your guitar playing journey.



Enjoy the Live Performances

They have live performers from the International, National, and Local scenes, and artists from different guitar playing disciplines. Schools and community-based classical guitar-oriented groups were also expected to take part in this 3-day event. Students from different schools, guitar enthusiasts, musicians, music teachers, and local communities will be there as well to witness this spectacular music festival in Cebu City.

There will be different concerts to be held from September 6-7, 2019 during the festival. All Matinee concerts will be done at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu. The admission is FREE.

Date Time Program
September 6, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 PM Matinee 1: St. Scholastica Ensemble
September 6, 2019 (Friday) 3:00 PM Matinee 1: Ulysses Dumdum (Guitar)
September 6, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 PM Matinee 3: Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (GFPI) Junior Ensemble
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 10:30 AM Matinee 4: University of Southern Philippines Guitar Ensemble and Terence Naparan (Guitar)
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 PM Matinee 5: Davao City National High School Guitar Ensemble
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 3:00 PM Matinee 6: Kochira Takene (Shamisen)
September 7, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 PM Matinee 7: Sparrow Guitar Ensemble

Gala concerts will be held on September 6-7, 2019, at 7 PM at Summit Galleria Hotel Ballroom C of. Tickets are available for only ₱300 (General Admission) and ₱500 (VIP). The Closing Concert on September 8, 2019, will be held at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu Atrium. All performers and artists are going to play the guitar together in one stage to end the 2nd Cebu International Guitar Festival in a full blast of live music performance. The closing concert is FREE ADMISSION.

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Supporting Local Art and Music Scene

By supporting this event, you can acknowledge the different variations of guitar playing and it can give you the overall idea about the growing industry of guitar making in the Philippines and the rest of the world. The guitar is one of the foundations of music history and every music that you’ve heard in Spotify or in radio has a guitar behind on it whether it is an acoustic or an electric pop. Growing up with different music genre is the only thing that you can rely on and reminisce the time of growing up. Behind the successful music is a melodic harmony from different musical instruments. Everyone can relate to this event because music touches our hearts by a single string sound that can create a difference. Let’s support local music, so we can grow together and relate to the next generation. Nowadays, people can’t remember how the music industry is really important to the community. I am hoping that the government will continue to raise the music industry, so the future of the guitar industry will continue and give a strong impact and legacy for the country. Music can make history.


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