It is very pleasing to know that most of the Filipino youth of today, if not all, has been into music, not just any music, but Filipino music. The recent proof I recognized is during the celebration of the University of the Philippines Fair.
“The UP Fair is a week-long music feast packed with concerts, shows, fair booths, bazaars and a lot other gimmicks sponsored by different UPD organizations, as organized by the University Student Council (USC).”
What is interesting about this event is that all the music played by various local bands present in the fair are originally composed by these artists which actually aren’t just for the sake of music, rather the songs of these bands feature their strong campaign against political repression and piracy. These bands, through music, want to extend their call to the nation by means of entertainment, by means of music.
As I see it, these bands not just help promote Filipino music; most importantly, they cater to Filipino interests, that through music, positive Filipino traits may be enriched and acculturated in the minds of the Filipino youth. That during these days, amidst political instability, we can still see hope in the side of solving the nation’s crises, little by little, by means of strengthening first the interest of the Filipinos, boosting their sense of patriotism in the whole effect. If not anyone or anything could change the negative system we have, let the music industry start it, a novel way for the Filipinos to be recognized.
May this quest not just remain stagnant in a concentrated community like the State Universities; but realizing the strong campaign for public, social and political awareness, this hope may be acknowledged by every sect as a helpful tool to boost the strong characters of Filipinos. By time, through time, I remain hopeful.
Some of the participating bands and artists include Mojofly, Brownman Revival, Parokya ni Edgar, Sugarfree, Sponge Cola, Stonefree, Kitchie Nadal, Francis M. and the epitome of the band industry, Ely Buendia.