BALLADEER. Last week, I emceed a program in Barangay Curva, Medellin town where my good friend, balladeer Chad Borja, was the featured guest singer. Quintin Singson in real life, he proudly told the massive crowd that he is a true-blue Medellinanon and that he is always proud of his roots wherever he goes. During the program, Chad rendered a number of English and Tagalog popular hits to the delight of all those present. He really knows how to engage the members of the audience to make them fully awake during his 30-minute presentation.
WISH. After the program, I talked to Chad backstage. He said his wish is to record his own version of at least two Visayan compositions that he really loves to perform: Sama sa Usa ka Damgo and Kausa Nabasa ang Tubig. Both songs won in the very first Cebu Popular Music Festival way back in 1980. I’m sure his own version of these two songs would be a refreshing treat for all.
ALBUM. I suggested to Chad that he should come up with an album of purely Visayan songs. According to him, this has been his plan ever since but there are still some hitches that need to be ironed out. It’s also good to know that his throat cancer is now completely healed. It means Chad can already go full blast as a singer.
COMMENDABLE. I would like to commend two radio stations here for offering at least an hour each—for free—to some local “haranistas” on a weekly basis. It’s their humble way of helping promote the Visayan music industry. Radio stations dyRF Radyo Fwersa and Brigada FM, managed by Fr. Bobby Ebisa and Raul del Prado, respectively, are the only broadcast outfits here that offer a timeslot for local serenaders whose Visayan love songs truly delight the listening public. Among the “haranistas” that are handling the program are Angeling Yburan, Jun Reyes, Adeline Talam and Max Sabequil.
TELEVISION. On local television, there is Handurawan over Cebu Catholic Television Network channel 47. It also features purely Visayan love songs every Saturday evening. Handling it are Lauro Flores and Matet Cabudlan. Supporting them are Amie Filomeno and Jun Villarta. Composer/music arranger Titing Ceniza is the show director.
MANAGER. On a personal note, allow me to congratulate my good friend Joel Acedo who is now the station manager of Brigada FM based in Bogo City. He used to work for dyHP as one of its drama artists for 13 years. I know Joel faces a gargantuan task. Running a radio station is not easy, but with his dedication and passion to produce results, I know he can manage it well. Best of luck to you, my friend.
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