Costanilla: A bias for Cebuano music Cebuano music-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
BIAS. We admit that we have always been and will always be biased for the promotion of Cebuano music via the broadcast medium. Time and again we have been reminding our local radio stations, both AM and FM (amplitude modulation and frequency modulation, respectively), to constantly air songs written by local composers and recorded by our homegrown singers, including those now based in Manila and elsewhere, so as to encourage the general public to appreciate their musical skill. Sadly, however, not all radio stations are taking our reminder.
Glad. So when our very good friend Manny Galicia informed us that the station of which he is one of the owners is devoting a nightly program for the promotion of Cebuano songs, we expressed our gladness and told him that we are fully supporting such move.
This broadcaster-cum-physician recalled that even as a young boy, he has already learned to love those immortal Cebuano compositions and has developed the passion to listen to them until now. Mind you, Galicia’s station is dyKI Smooth 89.9 FM so even some of his friends sort of discouraged him from devoting a nightly program featuring Cebuano music, simply because it’s FM, not AM. But we deeply commend him for going ahead with the program titled Himaya sa mga Awit nga Cebuano that we now hear from Monday to Saturday, 9-10 p.m., with himself as its program handler. On radio, Galicia is also known as Stevie Grey.
Choice. But he was quick to add that this particular program does not play novelty Cebuano compositions, not because he is against them, but simply because he wants only romantic songs or immortal classics to be spotlighted on. “I have to be choosy as far as my playlist is concerned,” Galicia told us. Again, we support him in this respect.
And while we laud Galicia and his station for allocating a nightly program to help promote purely Cebuano songs, we also challenge the rest of the FM stations here to do the same. There’s nothing wrong with imitating this program format. The more the merrier, right?
Award. And talking of friends, we congratulate another one for bringing pride and honor not only to Mabolo, where she hails from, but the entire Cebu for earning a very nice trophy as the only Cebuano whose company was chosen as the recipient of the Golden Globe Annual Award for Business Excellence. The award was given to Prisca Niña Ompoc Mabatid, president and chief executive officer of Pinoycare Visa Center Inc., in recognition of her company as the best visa consultancy firm in the entire country.
Yes, no other Cebuano has ever gotten this particular accolade given by the Golden Globe Awards Council.
Criteria. To be specific, Mabatid and her company were recognized for innovative business practices, customer concern and intimacy, quality of service and truthfulness in business management as the criteria for the prestigious award. In many instances, we have personally seen Mabatid toil hard just to make her company grow from being a one-room affair to occupying the entire 5th floor of the Cebu CFI Community Cooperative building at the Capitol compound. Credit that to her zeal and determination to succeed. Cheers to you, Niña!
Jingle. For the past few weeks leading to today’s barangay polls, we have heard a number of political jingles whose music or tune was Rommel Tuico’s popular song Dili Tanan (Not All), with the original lyrics being substituted by the candidates’ names and their platforms if elected. We really don’t know if Tuico permitted these people to “murder” his song but one thing is clear: Dili Tanan is indisputably very popular among the general public. Two thumbs up for you, Rommel!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.