Harana is an old Filipino courtship tradition of serenading women. It is mostly practiced in rural areas and small towns. The man, usually accompanied by his close friends, goes to the house of the woman he is courting and plays music and sings love songs to her.
The harana shows strong Spanish influences, as the rhythm of the songs usually performed for the serenade are derived from the Spanish tango or habanera, albeit the tempo for harana songs are much slower.
A variation of the harana is called tapat, which is practiced in small towns in Ilocos. This variant involves the usual serenading by the man, but the lady also answers in song. The reply usually hints that the man has to court her for a long time. The man counters with an even more passionate song, and the exchange continues until the pair come to an understanding. Similar to this is the Maranao tubad-tubad, where the repartee is in verse rather than in song.
Traditional harana songs
Although any song can be used for a harana, there are some that are popular for the specific purpose of serenading. Examples of these songs are "Walay Angay", "Ay Kalisud", "No Duaduaem Pay", "Silayan", "Alaala Kita", Bituing Marikit", and "O Ilaw".
In popular culture
The rock band Parokya ni Edgar released a single entitiled Harana.
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