Using his handmade bamboo flute, an Igorot cop rendered a unique piece and captivated the panel of judges, earning him an average score of 95% and making him the champion in the Solo Category of the “Pulis Got Talent” National Edition held at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan City, Metro Manila on June 4, 2022.
Police Corporal Jumar Siong Manzano, 31-year-old, is a proud Ibaloi from Central Itogon, Benguet and currently assigned at the Regional Headquarters Support Unit (RHSU) of Police Regional Office Cordillera. He is a member of PROCOR band.
PCpl Manzano chose the bamboo flute as his entry in the said event to highlight his region’s local color, and to popularize a most entertaining musical instrument in the Cordillera. For PNP- PROCOR, it is one of the ways to sustain and preserve the beautiful culture of the Cordilleras that the forefathers passed down from generation to generation.
He wowed the judges and the audience with his solo flute rendition of Colours of the Wind, Last of the Mohicans, and El Condor Pasa. His choice of musical compositions is superb, describing the harmonious relationship between human and nature, and relating them to his beloved region. Here, PNP is made to feel its connections to one of the core values Makakalikasan.
Manzano’s passion for playing the bamboo flute takes its roots way back when he was a toddler. He used to observe the elderly in his town playing the instrument with their bare hands, admiring the ingenuity of those who played them. That admiration made him decide to master playing the instrument.
His four-year-old daughter, who also enjoys watching and imitating his moves, became one of his inspirations. To date, she can already play simple notes on his handcrafted bamboo flutes.
His talent encourages and inspires others not to be afraid nor hesitant to nurture his soul and God’s given gift.