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Philpop Top 30 Songs by Mindanao

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Bernadas Leonerio
• Korde Kodigo - Composer: Jeremy Sarmiento
• LGBT (Laging Ganito Ba Tayo?) - Kyle Pulido
• Malilimutan Din Kita - Marvin Blue Corpus
• Nanay Tatay - Chud Festejo
Contemporary Music by Mindanao
Kasal, Binyag, Libin - Joey Ayala
Joey Ayala is the Philippines' most successful regional
songwriter-musician having blazed a trail in the
country's music industry—once the dominion of pop
balladeers from Manila—and the world music
scene. Joey, likewise, popularized indigenous music
instruments, (especially the hegalong of the T'boli), all
deftly used by the members of his band Bagong
Lumad (new or alterered native). He and his songs
have been described in very many strong ways—
prophetic, poetic, ethnic, and "plumbing the depths of
the Filipino Spirit" (Eric Caruncho, Punks, Poets
Poseurs, Anvil Publishing)—having found the magic
formula for weaving beautiful melody and sagacious
poetry into song. He has released 11 music
albums: Panganay ng Umaga, Magkabilaan, Mga Awit
ng Tanod-lupa, Lumad sa Siyudad, Lupa't Langit,
16Lovesongs, Awit ng Mandaragat, Organik, Basta
May Saging, JoeyAyala: RAW, and the music
soundtrack of Ballet Philippines' Engkantada.
Popong Landero
Bahaghari Tayo , Jolo
• Popong Landero was first a musical sojourner before he finally took
root in Davao, where he was born and raised. In the 70s to 80s he
jammed with the indigenous pop/rock band Asin, played with the
folk-rock band Ric & Roll, the new wave band Earthlings, the
pioneering reggae-rock band Lolita & Sulabama, and Prisoners of
the Worldbank. He is the legendary "Kaliweteng Gitarista" (Lefty
Guitarist) and Davao's Father of Reggae. Popong has produced six
albums to date —Ayayayayay, Laylay sa Sidlakan, Kamay ni
Laan, Impact 2000, Rasta Mindanaw, and Bahaghari Tayo. His band
goes by the name of PLO (Popong Landero Org).
• Also a cultural worker, Popong has organized Roots-Arts-Reggae
festivals, and is the founder of the Samahan ng mga Musikeros sa
Davao, Inc. (SAMADHI). As a thespian, Popong has nearly 30 years
of writing and directing music, and performing for major Mindanao
plays. He has collaborated extensively with various music and
theater artists around the Philippines, Asia, and Europe.
• Popong won the 2009 Gaward Urian for Best Music for the film
"Hunghong sa Yuta" by Arnel Mardoquio. He was again nominated
in the 2011 Gaward Urian for Best Music for the film "Sheika" by
the same director.
Grace Nono
Panangpit , Hol Doyon Kuy D'wata
• Born in Agusan, Northeastern Mindanao, Grace Nono spent nearly
20 years studying the indigenous and folk music of the
Philippines. Working closely with composer and music arranger
Bob Aves she produced several albums of contemporary world
music inspired from these oral traditions, including Tao Music,
Diwa, Isang Buhay, Opo, Hulagpos, and Dalit. She also founded Tao
Music Records, which produces music albums featuring indigenous
and world music artists, and has co-produced with Aves an audio
and print series on Philippine oral traditions and instrumental
music. She is the Founding Director of Tao Foundation for Culture
and Arts, a non-profit "engaged in cultural regeneration and holistic
development initiatives."
• Grace has reaped over 40 awards for her music and cultural work,
including the country's prestigious TOWNS (The Outstanding
Women Award in the Nation’s Service) and TOYM (Ten Outstanding
Young Men Award), and music awards with the Catholic Mass
Media, Katha, Awit, and National Press Club. Her book The Shared
Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives from the Philippines bagged
the 28th National Book Awards, Arts category.
Cynthia Alexander
Intertwyne, Kawikaan
Cynthia Alexander started out in the music
industry as the bassist Cynthia Ayala of the
rock band Hayp, where she established herself
as one of the country's leading bassists when
she bagged the Best Bass Player award at the
1989 World Band Explosion Finals in Tokyo,
Japan. She moved on to play with brother Joey
Ayala and his group Bagong Lumad in 1991
playing the octavina and various indigenous
percussion instruments.
Bayang Barrios
Alay sa mga Kapatid, Lukso, Sigaw, Bitaw
• Bayang Barrios of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur flew to stardom when
she won the Grand Prize at the prestigious 2003 Metro Manila Pop
Music Festival for her song Malayo Man, Malapit Din. By then she
has already produced two albums Bayang
Makulay and Harinawa, and the popular single Bagong Umaga, a
finalist at the same competition in 1996. She then came out
with Alon (2004) and Biyaya (2009), which bagged the Philippine
Movie Press Club Best Alternative Album of the Year.
• Bayang is known for the voice behind the theme songs of hit
television shows Encantadia, Etheria and Pinoy Abroad. She has
reaped many awards and nominations, including 2003 MTV Choice
of Women Achievers; 1998 Anvil Awards for the interpretation of
Gary Granada's Lakbayin ang Pilipinas; 1997 Lorenzo Ruiz Award for
Music from the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Bayang
Makulay; 1997 Katha Awards for Best World Music Song (Bagong
Umaga), Best Vocal Performance and Best Folk Song (Saan
Nanggagaling ang Himig), Best Folk Arrangement (Alay sa mga
Kapatid), and Best Album (Bayang Makulay); and 1996 Asian
Vocalist Festival Golden Awardee at the Hanoi Music Festival.
Waway Saway
Ilog na Ulap, Maya
Waway Saway, born of the Talaandig tribe in Bukidnon,
started playing music in the early 90s doing small gigs with
a band of nomadic musicians and artists in small venues in
Manila and Boracay. He has since formed his own, carving a
name not just for himself, but also for his tribe. Waway's
involvement with theater artists and other cultural workers
led him to wider and wider circles of connectivity, bringing
him and his fellow Talaandig artists to more performance
venues across the country, Europe, America and Asia; and
bringing those whose lives he has affected with his music
home to his little hut at the foot of Mt. Kitanglad. From his
cold tropical mountain studio, Waway churned out seven
music albums: Dilig, Punla, Lupa, Dilay, Lendeng, Kulahi hu
Bugta and Punla: Pangarap, Pantasya,
Panaginip, producing, as well, music albums for his
Talaandig co-musicians flutist Sultan and
percussionist Balugto. He invented a new instrument called
the tambuleleng, a 2-stringed instrument akin to a violin
Hugyaw, Nandito Ako
• MEBUYAN, based in Davao City, is composed of a
motley of accomplished composers-musicians.
Gauss Obenza was nominated for Best Music in
the 2010 Gawad Urian for Arnel Mardoquio’s film
“Hospital Boat.” Paolo Sisi won first place at the
2008 Annual World Music Competition (Tunog
Mindanao), Maan Chua won third place in the
nationwide Nokia MusiConnection competition,
Maia Tampoy made it to the second round of the
national talent competition Pilipinas Got Talent,
and ex-member and co-founder Geejay Arriola
(Geej Langlois) has written music for various
major Mindanao plays for 20 years. Other
members include percussionists Maree Contaoi,
Chico Zambrano and Fayebelle Mayo-Lacerona.
Ayaw kaw magtangis
Kaugun in luha mo
Pahiri sin panyu'
Supaya makawa
Misan kaw mangasubu
Bukun da dusa ko
Dusa sin baran mo
Binin mo ako.

Timpu nakauna
Pialangga' mo ako
Buling ha bayhu' ko
Taptap piahiran mo
Misan ako natug
Yahabulan mo ako
Mabuga' kaw dalling
Matay ako.

1. Buyayang buyayang
**Tausog Folk songs
1. Ayaw Kang Magtangis
2. Unu in hi langan
3. Tuwan Tu Kuwan Nahoda
4. Saupama Ngahangka hangka
5. Piyaganak
6. Dundang Ba Utu-
7. Manok-Manok Lupad Kaw
8. Nihma Arri