Music is an integral factor in culture but the Philippines has not been giving much attention to its own music, Felipe de Leon Jr., chairman of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA), said.
In his lecture titled “Philippine Music Treasures” held at the training room of The Manila Times College (TMTC) on Friday, De Leon lamented that the youth has not patronized Philippine music.
“Philippine music is very rich in nature and concepts,” he told his audience composed mostly of college students. “It had delivered authentic melody and heartfelt lyrics. Our music is very distinct in character which made it more genuine.”
De Leon said there are several classifications of Philippine music:: music of indigenous Filipinos, music of Moros or Muslims, music of lowland villages, music for concert halls, mass entertainment, social concern, cultural freedom, and music of nationhood.
“These categories are the mirrors of Philippine culture. However, the youth is not well-informed about the matter,” he lamented.
“Bawat kultura, may sariling musika (Each culture has its own music),” he stressed.
He said indigenous songs invoke deities, nature spirits and ancestral spirits.
The NCCA head said these songs are the most unique because of their “communal character,” which means that the community participated and interacted to create music.
De Leon explained that songs of indigenous people are open-ended in nature because members of a tribe do not want to deprive others of their chance to sing.
“But the most interesting about these songs is the creative process in creating songs. It is similar to our “Balagtasan,” de Leon said.
Micah Erica S. Lucero