NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (March 1) – When was the last time you heard the classical Filipino folk songs that your mother crooned to you at bed or nap time to remind her of faraway places in Luzon and the Visayas? Songs like Lagkaw, Waray-Waray, Usahay, or Rosas Pandan?
You will hear them again during the celebration of the 14th Founding Anniversary-5th Bulawan Festival of Compostela Valley on March 6-8.
In one fell swoop, Compostela Valley’s most celebrated talent search – Garbo Comvalenyo Season 5 - will perform and interpret these timeless songs onstage along with Saranggola ni Pepe, Mamang Sorbetero, Si Felimon, Ang Pipit, Katakataka, Karinyosa, and Sinisinta kita on the night of March 7 at the Freedom Park Open Auditorium of Capitol in Brgy. Cabidianan, Nabunturan.
This year’s municipal entries are Montevista’s Florigen O. Datulayta with her rendition of the coquettish Tagalog love song Sinisinta Kita, Cicel V. Chatto of New Bataan with her rendition of the Cebuano love song Lagkaw, Levilyn S. Andayo of Maco with her interpretation of Usahay, Shirrlynn L. Sanchez of Monkayo with Waray-Waray, Beverly Ann B. Sumugat of Compostela with Karinyosa, Kiem Beverly B. Segura of Maragusan who will sing Mamang Sorbetero, Generose E. Cabanero of Pantukan with Si Felimon, Germin Angel A. Salcon of Nabunturan with Saranggola ni Pepe, Genin Katleya H. Sta Iglesia of Mawab who will render Ang Pipit, Dionne Trecia V. Jumao-as of Laak with Rosan Pandan, and Dareen Rose C. Ampong of Mabini with Katakataka.
“Garbo Comvalenyo came into being out of Governor Arturo T. Uy’s desire to hone the singing talent of the Comvalenyo and produce young citizens steeped in wholesome traditional values,” Christine T. Dompor, provincial tourism officer and Garbo event coordinator, said.
To achieve these, the participants culled from the best singers from each of the province’s 11 municipalities will perform based on a musical theme. This year, the theme is all about Philippine folk music that will highlight the challenge rounds.
“On its fifth season, Garbo Comvalenyo evolves with a new interactive format that will amplify an element of suspense and to do this, a new twist and a much tougher set of face-off rounds have been introduced. It will be a more intense competition for the winning contenders from each round,” Dompor said.
The challenge rounds include a visual and musical rendition of Pinoy songs against a production backdrop of the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema in the 50’s to the 80’s, a choreographed music and dance sequence of RnB and Pop hits, the masterpiece round featuring contemporary songs of hope and inspiration, then the wild card battle round for the top six contenders.
The final round is the final performance and final test to decide the singing superstar from the survivors of the battle round.
The Grand Champion will receive PhP20,000 cash, a plaque, and college scholarship grant. The first runner-up and second runner-up will receive PhP15,000 and PhP10,000 respectively plus plaque and scholarship . The Best in Musika Pelikula, Best in RnB Dance, and Best in Masterpiece will receive PhP3,000 respectively.
Garbo Season 5 will be a star-studded event and will feature ABS-CBN Star Power Grand Champion Angeline Quinto and Pinoy Got Talent second runner-up Khalil Ramos both of whom rose to fame because of their singing prowess, talent, and performance. (jpa/pgo-tss/pgo-ids)