Teodorico Caňete was a patient at the Eversley Childs Sanitarium in Cebu, the Philippines. A talented musician, Mr. Caňete or ‘Noy Labod’ as he was fondly known, would strum his banjo to the delight of patients and visitors alike. He also gave lessons, teaching youngsters how to play the banjo, guitar and the ukulele too. Noy Labod carried this banjo wherever he went, relieving himself and other patients of the sadness and pain of separation from family that sanitarium life imposed.
Noy Labod’s banjo is a 12-stringed instrument. It was donated to the Eversley Childs Sanitarium Museum & Archives with what was left of its 12 strings. The museum intends to replace the strings and restore the banjo to full working order. (Nancy Sabuero, ECS Museum & Archives)