So you think Cebuano songwriters are endangered? Oh well, you may be right…or maybe they are just waiting for the Cebu Pop! Presenting the twelve new Cebuano songs which are competing for the 29th Cebu Popular Music Festival:
- Ang Tambag ni Nanay
- Tsambang Musikero
- Sa Ngalan sa Nasud
- Tim-os Kong Gugma
- Bugtawon Ang kagahapon
- Kami ang Kabataan
- Sulti Pa Ka
- Tinuhoang Buktot
- Pungko Pungko
- Bulawanong Tambag
- Asa Paingon.
Cebu Pop is one event in Sinulog Festival that I look forward to. Why? Makamingaw ang mga Binisayang awit. I kind of miss the old Visayan songs – the sincere, the sensible, the funny, witty, and street smart, the ever balaknon (poetic). Because though there are now people and some part of my generation supporting and making music in the native tongue, most quality of the songs made are yet as dying as the language itself (according to Mam Maria, however, people are now more aware of that…so, I’d take that as a good news? while budding songwriters take that as a challenge).
By the way, I found an interesting (and quite old) read about a “controversy” of Tagalog Songs as originally Cebuano or Visayan (including Ang Pasko ay Sumapit and Kasadya). I suggest you take time to read it, it took my drowsiness at work away and will made me really proud too…: http://www2.seasite.niu.edu/tagalogdiscuss/_disc2/0000074c.htm or http://bulawanonline.com/2008/12/ang-pasko-ay-sumapit-isang-saling-awit/
So, may the Sto. Niño bless the contenders of the 29th Cebu Popular Music Festival. The competition is held on January 16, 2009 at 8PM at the Cebu Coliseum. Since I am sure I could not watch this live, I’ll be watching the replays on CCTN 47. 😀
Source: Open Notes by Clint Holton Potestas, SunStar Weekend
An old winning entry… Kausa Nabasa ang Tubig. Beautiful lyrics.