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Bohol folk singers raise hope, funds for COVID-19 frontliners

Philippine Information Agency
04 Apr 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

STRUMMING THE PEOPLE'S PAIN. Acoustic folk trio Cris, Josue, and Noel broadcasting their music via FB Live jamming sessions from two locations on April 1 to offer a wide range of folk songs to comfort and offer hope to Boholanos in the frontlines and those who are staying in their homes for the quarantine. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 4 (PIA) -- Amid the strictly implemented "Stay at Home" orders in line with the expanded community quarantine in Bohol, a local group of folk singers belt out their contribution of music and hope, offering comfort to Boholanos who are staying in their homes or risking their lives in the frontlines.

Bohol's requested folk and country singers, Jun M Pusta (FB Jun M Pusta) Noel Uy (FB Noel Tita Uy) and Cris Tongco (FB Criss M. Tongco) of Cris and Noel Acoustic Duo and Josue Hinay (FB Windshadow Rider) posted a series of Facebook live watch parties from their homes on April 1, as they sing songs of hope and comfort.

This initiative is also to raise funds for the frontliners who dedicate their lives to the task at hand.

In times when authorities have their hands full in implementing the curfew policies and making sure people stay inside their homes, these artists have found a unique way of reaching their followers through Facebook live and motivating people to just jam from their homes.

"We wish to also enthuse the volunteers or anybody working against COVID-19, in their break times when they have nothing to do, we offer them music to make them forget the day's ordeal and strengthen them for another day of struggle against the disease," Tongco and Hinay said.

First coming out on FB live watch party in the early evening of Wednesday with Jun Pusta on a 30-minute jam, the video watch party broadcast from three locations feature acoustic sessions with Jun Pusta broadcasting from Dao District, Noel Uy, half an hour later from his home in Ubujan and Cris and Josue who are neighbors, when Uy took a bow from the Tongco residence in Cortes way past 8:00 p.m.

The four, often requested to sing for formal folk and country lovers' personal celebrations in duo, trio or quadro format, also sing solo.

This move was an idea hatched by Pusta nwho thought of ways how to keep the faith and hope going, Uy, in a message, said.

The idea was to post an FB live party of folksongs and old folk and country favorites, one after another as we put up the wed jam, Hinay added.

Put up by a group with perfect complementary voice ranges which tackle a whole wide range of covers from folk ballads to country and to good old country songs, the group, who regularly performs in gigs around Tagbilaran City and Panglao, own up a repertoire vast enough to last them a day of jamming sessions.

Still battling with the technicalities of home broadcasting with minimum use of audio amplifiers and microphones, the group came in apologetic, but as soon as the session deepens, the technical issues simply vanished or were simply disregarded by viewers who gave encouragements on the comments section of the live post.

The session all too lazily flowed into a "come sing with me session," as both Cris and Josue took to the web, each taking turns or performing duos in a living room set typical of the inuman sessions.

From another location, after a cover of Annie Song by John Denver, Uy said, "Kining among gihimo nga FB live Music, amo ning gihimo to call our friends here in Tagbilaran to donate, to our City Government para sa atong frontliners (We are doing this FB Live Music to call on our friends in Tagbilaran City to donate to our city government for our frontliners)."

Saddled with problems, COVID-19 frontliners have aired the lack of proper protection, including the absence of personal protective equipment.

The singers told donors to coordinate with Tagbilaran City First lady Jane Yap "para makatabang ta sa atong frontliners" (so we can help our front liners).

"We are thankful to God that Bohol still has zero COVID-19 case," Uy shared in between strums, another reason for the trio to offer their songs.

The sessions also called people to stay inside their houses.

In his version of Gary Granada's Mabuti Pa Sila, Uy capped their session's theme by improvising, "Di tulad ko, lagi na lang kwarantina." (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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