DESPITE the very short period given between the announcement that Tunog Mindanaw will be part of the 2011 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival, a considerable number of music artists were able to rush original compositions, ten of whom made it to the finals with impressive performances at that.
But among the ten, Maria Anathea Chua or Maan bowled the judges with her distinct singing voice and flawless playing of the kulintang to accompany her upbeat composition “Ilaw ng Kapayapaan” and going home with a trophy and P100,000 as prize. Maan performed with her friends Lolong Gonzaga on the keyboards, Raffy Donato on the drums, Tots Acebuche on guitar, and Paolo Sisi on bass.
At close second was Lupon, Davao Oriental’s Le Jubal Band playing the rock composition of Pablito Valenzona entitled “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” and bringing home a trophy and P75,000.
While at third for P50,000 cash and trophy was Juan Carlos Limocon with his band Kalis, who sang “Malaya”. Kalis is Davao-based.
The contest gathered five groups from other provinces and five locals who all performed at the Abreeza Mall on April 20.
Aside from Chua, Limocon, and Valenzona were Felipe Velez Abrogar from Cagayan de Oro City singing Hitek Mindanao, Reuben Chris Garbilao of Layag band from Surigao City singing “Gembey”, Arnel Ajos and Carlo Maula of Wenyoz from Davao City who played “Lungsod ng Davao”, Cyrell Allan Collado of Kulture Revival Earth Music from Butuan City playing “Wasi Man”, Jose Rene Farrofo of Bandang Timog from Koronadal City playing “Bakas ng Mindanao”, Richmond Damag of Never Heard from Davao City playing “Pagsubok”, and Juan Franco Yun and his music artists from Davao City playing “Kalinaw”.
Tunog Mindanaw was spearheaded by the Samahan ng mga Musikeros sa Dabaw Inc. (Samadhi).
The judges were Ruben E. Tecson, the drummer of Pilipinas Got Talent and Happy Yipee Yehey of ABS-CBN, and president/general manager of Asia1, Inc., Joseph Kenneth Garcia Petrache, a Member, UST Percussion Ensemble and UST Wind Orchestra, with the chairman of the board UP Professor Ricardo de Ungria, former University of the Philippines in Mindanao chancellor, and former Commissioner for the Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.