28 August 2011

First Featured Band

            It takes me more than a week to think of my next blog post here and at last I have thought of something worth blogging for. Obviously, for the first in my one month of creating pots in this blog, this is the first time I don't cram and don't actually rely on the enchantments of the google magic! (Clap,Clap, Clap) But let's take the truth I can never create a post in this blog without sources. So, I just want to thank myspace for making my work a little bit of heaven.

             I think I must end the talking-to-myself moment, and introduce to you my feature Bikolano Band for the Week. Yes, for the week and it means that every week I have a different feature band and within that week you will know all the things that you got to know about the Bikolano musicians whether you hate or love the band/singer or the music that they are creating, well it's on you. I have been thinking if ever I don't have a band or a musician to be featured here in my blog anymore. Then, maybe I have to update and discover more of the Bikolano talent or musicians to be featured here.(Whoa, I never thought of myself discovering a talent and that's idea is amazing, very amazing indeed!) Well, I'm sure Bikolano talents specifically in music has no end,so as the love for music right? So, I'm sure that time would never come that I had no featured musician for the week.Here I am again, more talk less action. I guess I have to start introducing my very first featured Bikolano band.

              I have been their fan ever since I was in high school, a sophomore to be exact. They were introduced to me by my older sister, who's a band fanatic and love to watch the band fest every year. She always giggled whenever this band, take the stage and start to sing their song because of the good-looking and warm voice of the vocalist. I started to love their songs when I was a senior high school and of all their songs, Rehab is my favorite. It's because every time I turned on the radio it's the song that was keep on playing by the radio station that I've been tuning on and that's the only song I know from the band but it really hit me through my heart whenever I heard them,really! Anyway, here they are. My most fave Bikolano band aside from the Mudflow band - The Pepsi Paloma Experiment!

The pictorial: The Pepsi Paloma Band during their pictorial at Musicmax Philippines


        Ahmad Sonheil Tanji - Vocals
            Serafin Timog III -  Guitars
            Froilan Tena - Bass
            Matt Rapirap - Drums

         Genre: Alternative/Indie/ Pop
            Location: Legazpi City, Albay PH


23 August 2011

As what I’ve said on my previous blog post many emerging groups has been known for their music, even solo musician is being recognized by the public. And now here are the few who are making their name recognized in the Bicol region.

Who would ever forget the Black Gulaman?

Buckyard Boyz?


Idle Pitch?

Pandora’s Box?


Pepsi Paloma Experiment?

and Stolenshots?

14 August 2011

The Bikolano Musicians

             Today the essence of the Bikol Folk Songs are still alive in most of the regions, the songs can be heard on the “baraylihan” or social dance of a village for old ages (known in the Legazpi City as Misis Misis or Mrs- Mrs) because normally the attendants of the Misis-Misis are the old housewives and husbands wearing their best attires. Yet now the new generation has become more influenced by the Western and American culture and chooses to listen frequently on foreign music and losing interest to Bikol music.

            So, as the way of living has evolved into new era the music industry of the Bikolano  is also making its way to be recognize all over the Philippine archipelago. From solo performer with an accompaniment of guitar, now the bikolano musicians grab their drums, electric guitars, keyboards and formed themselves a band. Creating music like the famous Maroon Five, The Click Five, Guns ‘N Roses, Metallica, Aerosmith and the likes, to give birth to the new music industry of the Bikol Region.

            Bikolano musicians are now penetrating the national recording studios and be known  for their own music. Mudflow band is the best example. 

            And for the past years the provincial and local government of Albay is organizing band fest yearly to recognize and show the talent of the Bikolanos in music and performing group giving music, a soul. From these yearly band fest, many potential groups emerged that would rock both the local and national, and if lucky maybe we’ll be seeing them rocking the international music industry.

10 August 2011

The Bikol Folk Song

             Folk Song, is defined as music passed down among the generations that doesn't necessarily have a specific author that it is attributed to. The Bicol folk songs are the music that is shared by Bikolano people in their culture. Bicol folk songs are fairly well-known amongst enthusiasts for their unique aspects of composition and meaning.
            The folk songs are often made from impromptu verses and improvised melodies, and follow a common rhyme scheme with a regular set of rhyming patterns. Strongly tied into the Bicolano culture, the songs are classified into one of a variety of groups depending on their lyrics and meaning:
  • Kundimans (love songs)
  • Kulintangs (songs of disenchantment)
  • Sinalampati (wedding songs)
  • Panayoknok (lullabies)
  • Panambitan or Tagulaylay (funeral songs or eulogies)
  • Kulang-Kulang (any long ballad, epic, or religious chant)
  • Horasa (commemoration of catastrophic event)
  • Abyahi (happy song)
  • Angoy (sad song)
  • Kunigrat (triumphant song)

Composition of Bicol Folk Song
         Bicol folk songs can be quite the feat, especially those that are indeed composed and improvised on the spot:
  • It's a classic form of entertainment to watch a skilled folk songster come up with one of these ballads in the midst of a public performance, and this has been a traditional method of celebration among the culture for generations.
  • The songs are also well known for their sense of humor, which can sometimes border on vulgar to those with sensitive ears.
  • Sly wordplay, self-deprecation, and old-fashioned puns and double-entendres are designed to lighten the mood at festivals and provide a laugh, while paying homage to centuries of culture.

05 August 2011

The Bikolanos

          Bicol Region (Region V) is on the southeastern part of Luzon, in the South it is surrounded by the Visayan Sea, Pacific Ocean I the east, Lamon Bay in north, Sibugan Sea and Quezon province in west. The term "Bicol" could have been derived from "Bico," the name of a river which drains in San Miguel Bay. Possible origins also include the bikul or bikal bamboo tree which line rivulets, and the ancient native word bikod meaning "twisted" or "bent".

                                                          The map of Bicol Region


            Bikolanos are the people who lived inside the Bicol Region it is either by birth or blood. They are the fifth-largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group in the world, inhabiting the islands of the Philippines. The Bikolano language, referred to as Bikolano or Bikol, is a dialect made of fragments from various other cultures, including the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language spoken by their ancestors.
            The Bicol Region is known for its” Ibalong” , the epic of the region about the three fierce heroes Handiong, Baltog and Bantog fighting the evil  lady snake Oriol. The epic is celebrated every month of October  portraying the epic by street dancing and exhibition. But recently the Sannguniang Panglunsod of Legazpi City, changes the date to the month of August.
                                                  Epic of Ibalong and its Festival

          Aside from its wonderful culture, Bicol Region has its wonderful music. And music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. And the elements of music include: pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses").
            In precolonial times, people were often judged by their ability to sing or create new songs which would be accompanied by the community on musical instruments which the singers themselves made. The religious fold dramas in Bicol which center on Catholic beliefs and liturgy also contain musical elements. The Bicol composers trained in religious music eventually wrote secular pieces as well.

            In the contemporary time, there are new folksongs which refer to local history and geography, sometimes ridiculing politicians like the barangay captain, the mayor, and the election candidates. The themes are broader in protest than nationalistic songs. Whatever the content, serious or nonsensical, these songs generally have a simple structure and a free form.

pictures from:        google.com