Two weeks has passed since I wrote my last update. It’s summer vacation here and we happen to have a beautiful weather this year. So I decided to keep myself away from the pc and go out with the kids instead. We went swimming, biking and had a grill party several times. We built a small camp with one tent in our garden for the kids. A bonfire came to my mind (reminds me of my girl scout era), but it is unfortunately not allowed to do this in private grounds. Germans – as we all know has rules and regulations for everything. We can only have bonfire in designated areas with a written permit from the mayor. Anyway, we still had a perfect and joyfull nights even without it.
Today, we were planning to have a biking tour, but then I refused to do so dahil makulimlim at malamig ngayon. The temperature has dropped from 32 Â°C to 20 Â° C and it’s sooo windy. Kaya mas gustuhin ko pang magmukmok sa bahay kapag ganito ang panahon.
Speaking of gloomy weather, I can’t avoid feeling depress when the sun don’t shine. Hindi lang ang temperature sa labas ang affected kundi pati na ang barometer nang mood ko. I thought, keeping myself busy will be the best remedy para hindi ako malulungkot. So I decided to sort out some old belongings of mine. While sorting, I found a small box…containing old photos of mine (when I was 3 yeras old), several letters from my family and friends, cards and an old music cassette from my mother (wala nang label dahil sa kalumaan). I played the cassette out of curiousity…and there comes an old but very familiar melody that my mother used to sing for us when we were small. A visayan songs “Matud Nila”, “Usahay”, “Uhaw Sa Gugma” and etc. The music brought me back all the sweet childhood memories…
I recall when I was a teenage, my mom and I used to fight when she bought those kind of music. I find it super baduy kasi or corny dahil masyadong melodramatic. Siyempre iba ang taste nang mga generation nang ating magulang, they love “Kundiman” while teenagers loves pop or rock.
Let me go back to the topic “Visayan Songs”. It may sound as a cultural bias because I’m someone of Visayan descent, my father is from Leyte and mom is from Davao, but I really do believe that Visayans write the finest of Filipino songs. Visayan songs convey emotion with a stronger power than the more popularized Tagalog music. So often Visayan music is turned in to Tagalog music and popularized in Tagalog while the Visayan origin of that song is forgotten. Non-Visayans are familiar with Visayan songs and dances such as Tinikling from Leyte, Matud Nila and Usahay. But the Visayan repertoire extends far beyond Matud Nila and Usahay. There are scores more songs, much in the same vain as Matud Nila, that the Visayas have produced. Much of these lesser known songs are far more original and expressive than the more popular Tagalog songs.
I’ve never been a Visayan music enthusiast. But years has goneby…the music that has driven me nuts before, is the same music that brought me to tears a while ago . Want to listen one Visayan Song? Click Here