8 Original Akeanon
Songs Available In CD
By Annie B. Malacas
Some Eight (8) original songs composed by Aklanon artists were selected and compiled in CD through the efforts of the Songwritting Committee under the Inakeanon Bible Translation Project (IBTP) and Summer Institute for Linguistics (SIL). The CD is launched on April 25, 2015 on the 59th Aklan Day Celebration, Goding Ramos Park, Provincial Capitol during the live concert performed by the composers themselves who featured their own songs. A large crowd came to witness and hear for the first time authentic Aklanon music savoring its vibrancy, warmth and charm.
The Inakeanon album is a product of the five-day EthnoArts songwriting workshop held at ASU College of Industrial Technology, Andagao, Kalibo on April 7-11, 2014. The goal of the workshop was to revisit Aklanon culture and create songs to entertain and communicate in the native tongue.
Mechanics of the workshop required that participants form in group to compose songs based on the theme given by the facilitators. Out of the many finished works, eight (8) are finally chosen to be recorded based on relevance, impact, style and market potential.
The songs in the album and their respective composers are: a) “Imaw Gid Lang” by Jodevon Carcillar, Shemiah O. Melgarejo, Kellah Besana, Richard Valencia and Joel Aguedes, b) “Ngani” by Melody Magarzo, Shekinah Onayan, Deborah Ruth Beltran, Shechaniah Joy Onayan, Shemiah Melgarejo and Kellah Besana, c) “Saeamat Gid Ginoo” by Linnea Irene Rubias and Dennis Cyril Zabala, d) “Dayawon” by April Valencia, Heron Pastrana and Janelyn Rubias, e) “Ro Anang Paghigugma” by Jodevon Carcillar and Janelyn Rubias, f) “Taw-an Ro Tanan” by Kezia Jemilou Ibabao, g) “Musya Eon” by Janelyn Rubias, Maria Belle Ruiz, Lourdes Villorente and Jethro Pelayo, and h) “Mumoy” by Fredelyn Cezar Beltran.
The IBTP was founded on November 1, 1999 whose ministry includes getting local knowledgeable people to render faithful translation of the Holy Scriptures into their native language. Publication of the bible will pave the way for greater understanding of the Holy Scriptures.
Incumbent Advisory Council Chairman is Rev. Roberto Labor, Senior Pastor of Glad Tidings New Life Church. Bible translators are Marilyn Torres of Glad Tidings New Life Church, Bishop Wilfredo Beltran of Philadelphia Community Church, Fr. Erol Villanueva of Cathedral of St. Michael and Ptr. Cyril Agustine of Faith Baptist Church.
The CDs are available at IBTP office, 106 Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan at P120.00 per copy. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel. No. 268-1995. /MP