Costanilla: Screening 138 entries to the Cebu pop fest-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
SCREENING. There were 138 original entries, all Cebuano/Visayan compositions, that a nine-member committee screened last week at the alumni office of the University of the Visayas. The screening body had to meticulously listen to each song in order to pick the top four entries that would belong to the three categories or genres, namely, upbeat/dance music, folk/country/novelty and ballad/pop ballad. This makes the 34th Cebu Popular Music Festival in January next year more exciting because there will be a total of three grand champions, a first in the songwriting festival’s history.
Finalists. The entries and their composers/lyricists in the upbeat/dance music genre are: I Love Cebu (Russel Alegado), Lakat Panginabuhi (Bienvenido Racho), Huning Sugboanon (Manolito Languido) and Ceboom (Dennis Martin). In the ballad/pop ballad genre: Ayaw Akoy Biyai (Jerald Decem Castro), Hagawhaw (Rene Campomanes), Damgohon Ko Na Lang (Archie Lesiguez) and Hain Na Ang Saad Mo? (Ogie Melgar). In the folk/country/novelty category: Limpya Botas (Franklin Padayogdog, Carlito Betito and Roy Tabasa), Baha (Emmanuel Abellana), Sakay Na Kamo (Arman Mahinay) and Laylay sa Bukid (Ronil Vincent Watin and Yoojin Raye Anthony).
Exciting. As we stated earlier, next year’s Cebu Popular Music Festival will be a more exciting presentation because of this format change—the opening of the three categories/genres to the songwriters instead of the usual saksak-sinagol that has been the format since 1980. Also in next year’s competition, a popular live band here will accompany all 12 songs when they are interpreted by their respective performers.
With this nice concept coming from Didi and Ann Gullas and festival executive director lawyer Joseph Baduel, the execution will be done by stage director Eli Manlangit and event managers Gani and Gloria Villarojo and their staff of Soundtraxx Production Studio. With them joining hands, nothing can go wrong.
Screeners. We had the privilege to join the nine-man screening body that picked the 12 songs. The others were also musical artists in their own right like Irving Guazon, Elvis Somosot, Britz Briones, Roy Caballero, Maria Donna, Girlie Laspiñas, Baby Condeno and Chline Diagon. All of us immensely enjoyed our task that day, listening to all those 138 entries, happy in the thought that once again we had contributed our time, effort and talent in making the annual songwriting festival’s screening process another successful undertaking.
Commend. We should commend former Rep. Eduardo Gullas, the father of this annual songwriting competition, for sustaining the project all these years. It is not easy to raise a gargantuan sum just to sustain this venture since 1980. Gullas, either in or out of government service, has continued to show the way in making this songwriting competition a credible one.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.