Friday, November 16, 2007

Events: World Music @ the World Food Day '07

Words and Photos by Ryan Macalandag

The underground music scene in Bohol is just about as diverse the number of rice species in the Bohol today. Thus, when this year's World Food Day was celebrated at the Plaza Rizal last October 17, world music and reggae beats provided by some of our underground "world beat bands" and "heritage musicians" rocked the park out. Of course, it helped that there was an over-abundance of organic "puso" given free to all the hungry mouths - musicians and fans alike.

Two bands - Tadiyandi and Liking Kawayan - and a rondalla group composed of farm folks from San Isidro played different songs about mother nature and conservation.

Liking Kawayan is a reggae group from Garcia-Hernandez. They've played around Tagbilaran a bit and has gained some form of popularity. Of course it helps that they are advocates of "peace". Peace, bro.

Tadiyandi (meaning "artist" in LuDaBi) with Tito (of Pinikpikan) at the helm, played world music including some popular progressive pinoy folk songs. They're quite a group to watch and listen to.

With the help of the heavy downpour, the event ended with a tight jam at the plaza kiosko with everyone crammed in. The music didn't stop though. With an encore from Liking Kawayan and Tadiyandi, the beat never stopped.

Personally though, I just hoped that when everyone finally went to head home to their hammocks, the night's message still rings clear: that advocacies can be more appreciated when everyone is having a great time.

Stand up for you rice. Stop GMO.

For more photos from this set, click here.

Photo by Ryan Macalandag
Shot using a Nikon D80 DSLR
Copryright �2007 All rights reserved.

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