It was a day of convergence for all the music makers and lovers, as the different fields in Cebu’s music community came together to talk about music – and play.

Last January 13, Saturday, everyone gathered at A_SPACE Cebu for the Grow Cebu Music Congress, an afternoon of panel discussions and conversations among music community influencers, as part of this year’s Crisscrossings: Creative Convergence 2018. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened.

Host, moderator, and all-around music fan Paulo Varela

Host, moderator, and all-around music fan Paulo Varela

gcmcongresscrowd

Before anything else, shout out to Haps Homemade Goodies for treating us!

Haps Homemade Goodies' cinnamon buns

Haps Homemade Goodies’ cinnamon buns

22 Tango Records’ very own Cattski Espina kicked things off with moderator and host Paulo Varela. She zeroed in on the purpose of all our efforts thus far, which is ultimately to build a self-sustaining music community. To go hyper local and start at home.

22 Tango Records CEO Cattski Espina with host and moderator Paulo Varela

22 Tango Records CEO Cattski Espina with host and moderator Paulo Varela

Up next was Sistemang Pilipino represented by President and CEO Lianne Sala and Program Director Jiovanni Tabada. They spoke about their mission to uplift underserved children through teaching them music, reminding them that the world isn’t such a bad place.

Sistemang Pilipino Program Director Jiovanni Tabada and President and CEO Lianne Sala

Sistemang Pilipino Program Director Jiovanni Tabada and President and CEO Lianne Sala

Micmic Pacalioga, Bobby Olvido, and founder Dexter Sy talked about how Bomba Press helps artists get gigs locally and even outside of Cebu. It’s all about staying true to ourselves, and sharing that to the rest of the country.

Bomba Press boys Micmic Pacalioga, Bobby Olvido, and founder Dexter Sy

Bomba Press boys Micmic Pacalioga, Bobby Olvido, and founder Dexter Sy

Amidst all the music talk, Jerika Teodorico takes the mic to perform Downtown Disco.

Jerika Teodorico performs "Downtown Disco"

Jerika Teodorico performs “Downtown Disco”

The last of the panelists, Kadasig co-founders Atty. Pablo John Garcia, Jude Gitamondoc, and Lourdes Maglinte discussed the purpose of Kadasig, which is to provide assistance to artists to produce their songs through a transparent and honest cooperative. They also tackled the controversial issue about how Vispop belongs to the people, and not to a particular organization or person.

Kadasig co-founders Atty. Pablo John Garcia, Jude Gitamondoc, and Lourdes Maglinte

Kadasig co-founders Atty. Pablo John Garcia, Jude Gitamondoc, and Lourdes Maglinte

The panel discussions were capped off with a very special collaboration between Sinfonia Orchestra Academy and Mother Folker, Vincent Eco, and Mary Anchit. There were tears and silent reverence. It was truly exceptional.

Mother Folker Cattski Espina and Sinfonia Orchestra Academy perform "Fall"

Mother Folker Cattski Espina and Sinfonia Orchestra Academy perform “Fall”

Vincent Eco and Sinfonia Orchestra Academy perform "Make You Stay"

Vincent Eco and Sinfonia Orchestra Academy perform “Make You Stay”

Mary Anchit and Sinfonia Orchestra Academy perform "Chase After"

Mary Anchit and Sinfonia Orchestra Academy perform “Chase After”

A few hours after the Congress, we let music do the talking this time with the Grow Cebu Music Artist Showcase featuring 8 homegrown artists, Thinking Chair, Fonzy, Sepia Times, Carlisle, Honeydrop, Mother Folker, Wonggoys, and Coolie Dread and the Microphone Commanders (CDMC).

It was electronic heaven mixed with alternative pop, rock, and hip-hop as Sepia Times, Fonzy, and Carlisle opened the show.

Sepia Times

Sepia Times

Fonzy

Fonzy

Carlisle

Carlisle

The show transitioned to folk and rock, and ended with a bang with reggae when Thinking Chair, Mother Folker, Wonggoys, Honeydrop, and Coolie Dread and the Microphone Commanders (CDMC) took the stage.

Thinkng Chair

Thinkng Chair

Mother Folker

Mother Folker

Wonggoys

Wonggoys

Honeydrop

Honeydrop

Coolie Dread and the Microphone Commanders

Coolie Dread and the Microphone Commanders

 

These efforts are geared towards painting the big picture, and we hope you’re as excited as we are to be on this journey. Here’s to growing Cebu music!

Join the movement and tag us by using the #GrowCebuMusic in all music merch, playlists, posts and homegrown music events.  

 

Authored by Micah Almazan

Photos by Vanessa Leuterio and Isa Orbiso

Comments.

Currently there are no comments related to this article. You have a special honor to be the first commenter. Thanks!

Leave a Reply.

* Your email address will not be published.
You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>