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.
Before anything else, shout out to Haps Homemade Goodies for treating us!
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.
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.
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.
Amidst all the music talk, Jerika Teodorico takes the mic to perform 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.
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.
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.
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.
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