releases Paglangyaw, a Cebuano song for those who left (migrants)
February 20, 2019
CEBU CITY – Palm
Grass, Cebu’s only heritage hotel, brings the public another
testament of its love for Cebu arts, releasing an original Cebuano
love song, ’Paglangyaw’, a “maoy” song that grieves for the absence
of a beloved, but is also hopeful of love’s fulfillment.
‘Paglangyaw’, Cebuano for
“leaving”, was written with the countless Cebuanos, Filipinos in
mind – those who have to leave or are forced to leave for foreign
shores in search of a better future.
Words of the song are
written by Palm Grass incorporator and Cebu heritage advocate A.
Guivelondo, who is also the lyricist of Palm Grass songs, “Kinasing”,
“Kuyogiko” and other songs inspired by Cebu history that have yet to
Multi-awarded poet Adonis
Durado translated the “Paglangyaw” song lyrics into English for its
The “Paglangyaw” music was
composed by the song interpreter herself, GMA-7 The Clash finalist
Joannah Sy, with co-music composer and arranger, singer-songwriter
Jeff Escarda. Kalye Musika recorded and mixed the song.
The Paglangyaw music video
by Hong Kong-based video production boutique Visualize That
Event/Asia-Pacific Focus Features’ Prospero Laput shows the social
cost of migration.
“The video is a homage to
those left behind by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s),” Video
Creator Prospero Laput said.
Laput added, “The song
itself longs for someone who goes abroad to work. But when I
listened to it, it made me think of those left behind. In a story,
it sounds cliche that eventually someone will cheat, but that’s the
only way to show the strength of the person, a woman in this case –
her will to overcome the pain of betrayal, to refocus her love and
energy to her son, and along with her supportive family, really
moved on. That’s the story I wanted to tell.”
Music video script was
written by award-winning scriptwriter, Decelle Marie Suarez, a
University of the Philippines-Cebu Mass Communications student.
For her part, song
interpreter Joannah Sy said, “Paglangyaw is a hugot song for those
who are in an LDR (long distance relationship) and are really trying
their best to hold on to each other. As the singer of the song, I
found it very emotional because I, too, have experienced being away
from my loved one. And it's true that it's really hard to be away
from the person you love the most so that it seems like half of your
life is taken away from you.”
The song and music video
were officially launched last February 14, 2019 at Palm Grass
Hotel’s GugMaoy Valentine’s Day, an event for those who are in love
and those who grieve for love.
‘Paglangyaw’ will soon be
heard in FM stations in Cebu City. The song’s music video is
available at Palm Grass facebook page: Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage
Hotel and YouTube Account https://bit.ly/2IjsNik
Palm Grass will be
releasing more Cebuano original songs that raise awareness on the
story of Cebu and Cebuano heroes.