Hello. Renxkyoko Iglesias here.
I’ve been reflecting on what I wrote on my previous post. Am I regretting it ? No, not at all. I needed to vent…. either that, or I’d burn my computer table. j/k No more political rant, okay ? Promise. I’ll just sing ! ! !
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Anyway, I’ve been watching some Philippine music videos on YouTube and find them so interesting I feel I need to write about it, and I’m going to call this Philippine Music 101. Let me tell you though, there’s no such thing as Filipino “language”. Tagalog has been designated as the official national language, but the truth is, it’s only one of the many dialects Filipinos speak. What’s so fascinating about this is, Filipinos speak dialects that are , shall I say, as different as Greek from Italian. I can understand Tagalog, which is the lingua franca in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, but the dialect spoken in Pampanga, a province that is just less than a hundred miles from Manila, is like Greek to me.
Now, some of the music videos I saw on YouTube are sung in different dialects, but they have become my favorite songs to sing nowadays, even though I don’t understand the language.
Here’s a sample of a Tagalog song, sung by an American . The facial expressions of the guy in black shirt are perfectly attuned to the lyrics, as if he understands the words. lol ( I’ve memorized the lyrics myself ) The accent is okay, except that ” t ” sound which we Americans pronounce as ” ts” ( sort of ) The song is IKAW ( You ). Loving this song. ( sounds karaokish to me,though. he he ) Listen to all the songs here full volume to appreciate them more.
This next one is a favorite. I don’t understand the lyrics. The dialect is Chavacano, ( ” bastardized “Spanish ) spoken in Mindanao, the second biggest island in the Philippines . The title is Porque ( Because ? ) Loving this, too. I’ve memorized the lyrics and singing it as I’m typing here. The girl singing is Filipina, the guy is American. You know what , the girl kinda looks like me. * scratches head * ( But then , people of same race do look alike, ha ha ha )
Though the Philippines is in Southeast Asia, the culture is very distinctive , even in music. I’m sure it’s the influence of 333 years of Spanish rule . The sound is definitely very different compared to say, Chinese sound or Indian sound.
Here’s another old, old Tagalog song, sung again by an American choir. I saw more than a dozen of this song sung by American choirs. Dahil Sa ‘Yo ( Because of You )
Perfect accent guys. ( except that explosion of t’s , he he )
Next is an ancient Philippine folk song in Waray dialect. This is sung by a Russian choir. If there’s a Russian reader here, don’t hate me, but this is an awful version. I think they lost control of the song. LOL ! Cringe -worthy, but fun to listen to. The title is Waray, waray. Filipinos who live in that region are called warays, and it’s sung by a woman who says waray women are tough as men and can fight to the death , who cares what happens, and so what if we look like thugs ,our kisses are as sweet as wine.
The next is another ancient Philippine folk song, Ayayay, O, Pag-ibig ( Ayayay, Oh, Love ) sung by a German Choir . Okay, at the end of the song, the all-male German choir raised their hands and said HEY… and I was like , O_O, ( I thought I heard Heil ! Sorry, sorry, just kidding !!!!! ) but that’s the way it’s sung, actually….. at the end of the song, Filipinos raise their hands too, and say ‘ Hey ! ”
Here’s another version of Ayayay sung by a Korean choir, and listen up to the end. It’s a nicer version. Seriously.
It does seem choirs all over the world like to sing Filipino songs, especially ancient folk songs, because , I guess, the melodies are catchy and choir material ? There’s this song Rosas Pandan that has been sung by literally hundreds of choirs all over the world, like, it’s supposed to be part of their repertoire. If you’re a choir, you have to sing this.
Here’s another version by grown – ups.
Russian choir not far behind.
This is all for now. I’ll have a Part 2 next time.
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