Costanilla: More Cebuano songs on air, please

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By Sam Costanilla

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


SONG. We really can’t understand why our local radio stations do not or can’t follow what is being stipulated in a local ordinance requiring them to play one Cebuano/Visayan song every hour on the hour. This is supposedly designed to help promote compositions written and performed by our homegrown artists and talents.

Sources of good materials are not a problem because with those entries of the annual Cebu Popular Music Festival alone, a lot of very nice compositions can be secured anytime.

Challenge. So we now challenge the local Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, led by dyLA station manager Jun Tagalog, to do something in this regard. It’s not yet too late to act on this matter. We personally know Tagalog as we used to work together when we acted as news director/newscaster of dyLA before we joined the provincial government in 1995. And we know that he listens to suggestions, or challenges, so we expect him and his co-officers to discuss this issue in one of their regular meetings.

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Cooperative. If there is one cooperative that’s as solid as rock, it is undoubtedly the Cebu CFI Community Cooperative Inc. whose founding chairperson has nurtured it as a “baby” or as a member of her family since its birth in the 70s. Retired Judge Esperanza Fiel-Garcia and her co-officers continue to set up branches of the cooperative all across the country, proof of its strength, reliability and durability.

Branches. Garcia happily informed us that the cooperative recently opened two branches—one in Subic, Zambales. and another in Timog Ave. in QuezonCity (where it has its own building) while three more are opening soon, one each in Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental, Sipalay City in Negros Occidental and Kalibo in Aklan. With “Salbar Kita” as its battle cry, the Garcia-led community cooperative is a living testament of what an ideal cooperative should be, always ready to help its members in their hour of need. We challenge the other cooperatives to emulate Garcia’s brand of leadership so that their members are assured of genuine assistance anytime. By the way, the cooperative has also donated P1 million to help construct the new Cebu City Medical Center.

Playdate. Many are asking as to the final playdate for the Cebuano/Visayan indie film Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot that stars boxing champion Nonito Donaire and Davao-based actress Krizzel Valdez in the lead roles. This film was shot two years ago by California-based director Dandin Ranillo who we understand is still negotiating until now with a Manila-based film distribution outfit to finalize the booking schedule prior to its screening in cinemas. The trouble with Cebuano/Visayan movies is their booking schedule because, whether we like it or not ,Hollywood and Tagalog films are always prioritized. This anomalous practice has to be corrected.

Must-see. Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot is a must-see film. We should know because we have seen it already during a press conference two years ago when Ranillo was in town to negotiate with local cinema owners to have his film shown here. The negotiation bogged down. But it’s so sayang if this flick isn’t seen by the general public because it has all the elements that make a truly entertaining motion picture. We are hoping against hope that this film is finally screened within the year. The miracles of Señor Sto. Niño are also highlighted in this movie.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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