EVER heard of the romantic duet “Balay Ni Mayang”? The soulful crooning of “Papictura Ko Nimu Gwapo”? Or what about the sentimental lullaby “Duyog”?
All three songs, which have been hitting the local airwaves in recent months, are products of last year’s successful VisPop competition, a songwriting movement that aims to highlight Visayan artistry in today’s generation through pop music.
Now on its second year, VisPop is once again out to enamor listeners with a new set of original songs, all made by the six finalists who were selected out of 120 entries from all over the country’s Visayan-speaking regions.
Know more about these finalists below.
Johnever Canlom is an illustrator from Toledo City, Cebu. Born on Independence Day, the date of his birth could have contributed to his passion for the Cebuano language. He wrote the song “Kasikas” for the victims of the Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda last year.
From Agusan del Norte, Kenneth Corvera decided to join Vispop after hearing the songs from last year’s Vispop finalists. This 24-year-old entrepreneurial marketing graduate from Mindanao State University is also a singer-songwriter of his band, Offlimits. Kenneth got the idea for his composition “Dili Pa Panahon” while babysitting his cousin, an experience that taught him that love should not be rushed.
“Intergalactic Gugma” is a song by siblings Kaye and Keith Jonas Dinauto. Kaye, 23, is an HRM graduate from University of San Carlos. Keith is a 19-year-old occupational therapy student from Velez College. Keith and his friends were not really serious about the song at first. But with the help of Kaye, he gave the song a serious thought. The song is a humorous depiction of a love that reaches galactic proportions.
Michael Vincent Tuico’s “Imong Bayani” is a typical love song about a guy who has nothing to offer his girl but his undying love, and a promise to always be a hero to her no matter what. Tuico wrote the song last January. Tuico is from Mohon, Bateria, Daanbantayan, Cebu. He presently lives in Mandaue City.
Gasser Perez is a 29-year-old OFW from Zamboanga del Sur. His exposure to foreign lands has deepened his love for local heritage and culture. He wrote the song “Habak” as a tribute to the rich Visayan folklore and oral tradition about anting-anting, or amulets, something that many in the provinces still believe in.
The youngest among the six finalists, Jerika Salve Teodorico is a first year political science student in Cebu Normal University. Seventeen-year old Jerika has been writing songs since she was ten. Her entry, “Labyu, Langga,” is inspired by her mother’s favorite term of endearment, “langga,” (short for “palangga”). (FSE/With PR)