Featuring Grace Nono
with Erskine Basilio, Glenn Bondoc and Ryan Ednave
Cultural Center of the Philippines
in cooperation with Grace Nono, Ph.D., with some sponsors, organizational partners dedicated to arts and culture, peace, environment, gender issues, and with the support of friends Alex Cruz, Noni Buencamino, Patrick Pulumbarit, Ryan Murillo and many others.
April 23, 2017 (Sunday) | 5:00pm
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
GUGMA (“love” in the Visayan language) is a musical offering that features Visayan love songs popularized by various singers in the 20th century. Majority of these songs were also featured in Grace Nono’s recording Dalit: Songs of Love, Loss, and Finding Heart Again (Tao Music, 2009).
The songs featured in GUGMA are:
KALIBUTAN NAGDUMILI (Though the World Hinder) attributed to Fred Berame
ANUGON (O Such Waste) attributed to Leonora Pacres
KUNG IMO AKONG TALIKDAN (If You Turn Away From Me) attributed to Gibbs Cabral
DAHONG LAYA (Wilted Leaf) attributed to Maning Villareal
SALA BA DIAY ANG GUGMA (Is to Love then a Sin?) source could not be traced, so far
HIMAYANG NAHUNLAK (A Glory, Extinguished) attributed to Jess Saclo
KAMINGAW SA PAYAG (How Desolate This Hut) attributed to Minggoy Lopez
KUNG MAHIMO PA (If it Were still Possible) source could not be traced, so far
SAKSI NING KABULAKAN (All the Flowers Stand Witness) source could not be traced, so far
PANAMILIT (Farewell) source could not be traced, so far
DANDANSOY (Dandansoy [a man’s name]) source could not be traced, so far
MATUD NILA (So They Say) attributed to Ben Zubiri
AY, AY, KALISUD (Oh, How Grievous) source could not be traced, so far
POBRENG ALINDAHAW (Poor Showers) attributed to T. Villaflor
USAHAY (Sometimes) attributed to Gregorio Labja (previously, to Nitoy Gonzalez until 2010)
Grace learned the performance of most of these songs from elderly singers not in the Visayas but in Mindanao where Visayans have migrated for centuries. Her mentors included the late Ralph “Ruping” Valle of Agusan who was originally from Bohol; Lordina “Undin” Potenciano of Agusan-a Manobo baylan who learned Visayan songs from Visayan migrants; the late Francisco Awitin of Camiguin-a Camiguingnon (Manobo) mamuhat-buhat (babaylan), and the late Prisca Abacajin of Camiguin-Grace’s mother’s 2nd cousin and Grace’s nanny. Grace also learned s few songs from recordings and performances of other singers. The instrumental arrangements for the Dalit recording and the Gugma concert were provided by Hiligaynon-Visayan composer Bob Aves. The English translations of the Visayan lyrics were provided by poet Gemino Abad who is of Cebuano-Visayan origin.
Before the GUGMA concert, Grace performed some of these songs twice: at the RCBC Museum in 2009 to launch the Dalit recording, and at the National Museum of Singapore in 2010. Between 2010 and 2017 Grace took a hiatus from active performing to finish her doctorate in ethnomusicology from New York University and to do postgraduate work at Harvard University. When she came home in 2016 she began to reconnect with musicians. Butch Roxas, guitarist and UST faculty, introduced her to Glenn Bondoc, Erskine Basilio and Ryan Ednave. They have been practicing with Grace since late 2016.
Ticket Price : P300 , free seating
Discounts : 20% - Senior Citizen | 20% - Differently-abled
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