Habagatan: These Artists From Cebu and Davao Release New Music
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, August 06, 2019 3:30pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
OPM knows no boundaries, even when it comes to theme, genre, or language. With the freedom given to artists today, listeners have more options to find the music they’re really into and discover new sounds. The gates also open not only for the Tagalog natives but also for the musicians of the South. We’re talking about Visayas and Mindanao.
During the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino, Philpop 2018 finalists Ferdinand Aragon from Cebu and Chud Festejo from Davao made waves as they release a new single and EP, respectively. Both of them raise the flags of their Visayan and Mindanaoan roots and their country.
“Minamasdan ka't di namalayan, ako'y nakangiti na pala. At tila huminto ang oras, magkatagpo ating mga mata. ‘Di makahinga. Ika'y nakangiti na rin pala.”
To promote Cebuano music, Ferdinand Aragon mostly writes his songs in Bisaya. He makes the listeners fall in love with sweet melodies and poetic style of writing. He even captured the hearts of the Philpop 2018 judges with his song “Di Ko Man.” But for his latest single, he will amaze the listeners with a Tagalog song. “Dikonamalayan” will make you look back on the kilig moments with your crush (before he or she breaks your heart. Kidding!). If the lyrics don’t remind you of your high school crush, we don’t know what will. We suggest streaming “Dikonamalayan” now and fall in love (or crush) anew.
“Ngunit isang gabi'y kay Nena tumabi. Dalaga’y nanlamig, kamay nasa bibig. Nanginginig sa takot, mga kamay nito'y kay Nena nakabalot.” (Si Nena)
After he incorporated a childhood chant to talk about social issues, Chud Festejo is now making new songs that will open Filipinos’ eyes to reality. This Philpop 2018 grand champion did not stop with “Nanay Tatay.” He now has an EP titledLaro-Laro Lang which includes “Laro Tayo,” “Langit Lupa Impyerno,” “Si Nena,” and “Bahay-Bahayan.” All of these songs are inspired by childhood games and the social situations we are encountering. If we would describe Chud’s songs, they would be, woke, real, and hauntingly beautiful. Listen to Laro-Laro lang now to find out.
New music means wider preferences for the audience, and we have Ferdinand and Chud to thank for their excellent contributions to OPM. We are looking forward to more music coming from these two artists—musicians that make us proud we are Filipinos.