Foreign music may be the dominant sound of Filipino millennials, but the Embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes appreciate original Filipino music so much that they are spearheading a three-month long concert series called Posporo(s) in different Metro Manila venues which started this September.
“Metro Manila’s music scene is, with an almost daily program, with bands whose music projects display the creativity, a very extensive musical culture. It goes true with the quality performance of its musicians and its enthusiastic audience,” said Isabel Pérez Gálvez, former cultural manager of Spain Embassy, and now curator of the project.
By exploring the streets of the metropolis, they learned what independent Philippine bands are creating and playing, she added, and they want to share the music to the public, especially those living in Spain, aiming to strike a spark between the two countries’ musicians.
Spanish and Filipino bands present different styles and artistic approach in the concerts, intending to make known in larger audiences the way musicians in each country serenade the public. These concerts primarily aim to produce cultural exchanges, and at the same time, to promote the Philippine indie music to Spain through the help of its mass media.
“We want to promote the energy of Philippine music in Spain because we are sure that with these concerts and all these preparations that we are going to present to our Spanish partners and media, Philippine independent music can be better known in Spain,” the curator intoned.
Four Spanish bands and the same number of Filipino bands will perform from September to December this year.
Pablo Und Destruktion & La Tribu del Trueno from Spain, and The Sleepyheads took stage on September 10 at Bar1952, Malate, Manila.
October offers Kalayo and Solea Morente, performing at 70’s Bistro, Quezon City. November is the time for Tarsius and Delorean in Makati City.
The year will end with a bang with Mastretta and Susie Ibarra Band playing their music. Each concert will be followed by a session with a Filipino DJ, Major Chie—a mainstay both in underground hangouts such as Today X Future in Cubao and in BGC.
Collaborating with Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and Instituto of Cervantes for this endeavor are the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, the Association of Singers and Performers, the Extepare Basque Institute, Union Fonografica Independiente, Rustan’s and De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde.
Team Manila will design a special edition of t-shirts for the concerts.
Ma. Lisbet K. Esmael