CITY OF MALOLOS – Liberal Party Presidential standard bearer Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas joined thousands of Bulakenyos in giving importance to the country’s kundiman songs and Original Pinoy Music in “Konsiyertong Bulakenyo: Pagbabalik Tanaw, Susi sa Tagumpay” Tuesday morning at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium.
Roxas said the concert featuring prominent Bulakenyo musical artists and organized by the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando is one way of bringing the people to the “Matuwid na Daan” through good original Filipino music.
The former Department of Interior and Local Government secretary likened the “Daang Matuwid” policy of the Aquino administration as well as the Philippine society to a well tuned “orchestra” that is continuously healing, bringing hope and good life to the Filipino people.
“Ang ating lipunan po ay parang isang banda, merong hanay ng pagtatambol ng mga trumpeta, may woodwind, may violin, may hanay ng iba’t iba pang mga instrument, ang mahalaga na iisa ang kanta, iisa ang serye ng mga nota na tututgtugin natin, kung hindi po wala po tayong mararating at imbes na kaunlaran, ingay lang, perwisyo, sakit ng ulo ang ating mararating,” Roxas said.
Roxas further encouraged the Bulakenyos to continue the pursuit of good music, which he coined as the Daang Matuwid Orchestra.
“Lahat tayo saan man nagmumula, saan man galing, anumang instrumento ang tinutugtog, iisa po ang ating tutugtugin, ito po ang tugtog na kinabibilangan nating lahat, ang daang matuwid orchestra at mas malayo pa ang ating mararating kung tayo sama-sama sa pagtahak ng daang matuwid,”Roxas added.
Meanwhile, Alvarado said that music has been a part of the lifestyle of the people of Bulacan for a long, long time.
“Ang musika ay puso ng kaluluwa. Likas na sa mga Bulakenyo magmula pa noon at hangang ngayon ang tumula at umawit dahil ang mga Bulakenyo ay umaawit at tumutula kahit sa gitna ng digmaan,” the governor said.
Among the Bulakenyo artists who filled the gymnasium with music and entertainment were Talentadong Pinoy Hall of Famer Melbeline Anne Caluag from Guiguinto who was accompanied by rising Bulakenyo Saxophone player Rodnick Santos of the Provincial Brass Band in their rendition of “Kay ganda ng ating musika”, the blind Kundiman Queen Michelle Lagartera of San Miguel, Lara Lavinia Bayani, Trixie Dayrit, BulSu Entablado, and BulSu Saring Himig.