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January 05, 2009 – The date we found the Patatag story

Posted by exodians on January 5, 2009


Monday, November 24, 2008

Isang gabi ng Patatag

The truth is I used to know next to nothing about Patatag, though I’ve heard about them when I was still studying in UP, and from UP friends whose student numbers betray their age (hi Nikki and Russel). I thought Patatag was a band, like Banyuhay or Asin.

“… I’ve heard some of their songs before, my favorite being the chilling “Wala Nang Tao Sa Sta. Filomena,” written and originally recorded by Joey Ayala, which recalls Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” in imagery and in intensity…” Read the rest of the entry here

Pinagtagpo na naman tayo ng kasaysayan! Nagsimula sa dekada otsenta- bunga at resulta: Ninoy Aquino Assassination, Welga ng Bayan; People’s Power; sa pagpatalsik ng mga base militar; Hanggang sa kapanahunan ng kanta ni Joey Ayala na Walang hanggang  paalam;  Ang Bugsay-Lambat – alternatibong kultura ng bayan isinilang sa Cotabato, Mindanao; ala Patatag daw ang istilo nila! Inawit din ng grupong Bugsay-Lambat ang kanta ng bayan at iba pang kanta ng mga artista ng bayan. Di na pala matandaan kung anuman ang nangyari sa dekada 90, basta ang akala’y tapos na, at di na muling awitin pa ang lumang tugtugin. Kulingting ng gitara ay sapat na dahil ang itoy ay anak nang iro. KABAYAN!

Note: This video is the same as the one on the sidebar.


One Response to “January 05, 2009 – The date we found the Patatag story”

  1. Toto Divino said

    I was part of the original group of Bugsay-Lambat (the cultural arm of the Exodianos) and of the first production – the PAMUKAW which toured Cotabato City, North Cotabato, Davao, Zamboanga, Sultan Kudarat and Lanao del Norte. I am proud up to now to be associated with the group. My photos of our tours are still closely guarded wealth in my home.

    Some said we were a copycat of the Patatag, the widely popular mix group of youth (we were all boys) who sang protest songs ala-chorale in the 80s. We admit we heavily derived inspirations from the Patatag. What could we do? We were a group of young boys who were barely into third year in college, we had no cultural or artistic experiece except for those skills we acquired in the seminary. We had no professional trainers, no professional writers, no professional directors, no professional composers, no professional lyricists. We had no formal workshop on threater and music. But we were young boys who thought we could do the businesses of the professionals. And the product was the PAMUKAW which, in all honesty, received good reviews from even the experienced critics.

    I remember the exhausting but enjoyable rehearsals at the back ground floor of the Methodist church at the corner of Sinsuat Avenue and Macapagal Road in Cotabato City (I passed by the area last February and saw it has changed much); the tinolang isda with gallons of sabaw; the topload jeepney rides in Zamboanga and Lanao del Norte; the war games (with weapons made of banana leaf stalks), the EDs, ang mga “pagsasampa” at the practice camp; and most of all the camaraderie. We were so young then and we thought we could change this country. Now, I realize that this country has changed or is changing us instead. I guess it is not too late for us to change ourselves again in order to be able to dream of changing this country once more.

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