Philpop 2013 finalist: Joey Ayala

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Joey Ayala's Philpop 2013 entry is about how paper and the roles we play control our lives

JOEY AYALA. He is a finalist of Philpop Music Festival 2013. Screenshot from YouTube (Rappler)

MANILA, Philippines  – Joey Ayala is well-known for his fusion of indigenous Filipino sound and contemporary pop music, having made his name in the early ’80s. Today, he has 14 albums under his belt. 

Because of his profound respect for ethnic instruments, Ayala feels responsible for keeping the mass in touch with their roots.

In his song, “Papel” (Paper), he uses birth and death certificates as metaphors to express one’s role in life. From birth, we’re born with paper; and for rest of our lives until one’s death, we all act like paper. 

“Papel” is performed by Joey Ayala, Gloc-9, Denise Barbacena and Silverfilter. 

Video transcript:

I think it’s really important na may diversity tayo sa music kasi kung wala yan, boooring. Boring masyado! Nakaka-bobo siguro, nakaka-bobo. Kaya hindi ko masyadong gusto yung mga kanta na iisang kulay, iisang himig, iisang lahi.

Noong naka-meet ako at nakarinig ako ng mga indigenous musicians, na-recognize ko na, “Ba’t wala sa radyo ‘to?” Dun ko na feel na responsable siguro ko para dito.

Noong medyo nagka-pangalan ako sa, in the ‘80s and ‘90s, people kept asking me, “Anong intention mo? Anong message mo? Ba’t mo to ginagawa?” Ang usual sagot ko is, “Sayang naman ang buhay ko ‘pag hindi ko ‘to ginawa. Ito yung natural sakin, ilalatag ko siya diyan, this is the only thing I know how to cook, sana kainin ng ibang tao,” parang ganun.

Sumali ako sa Philpop kasi sa tingin ko, laki chances ko manalo. Bihira akong makarinig ng Filipino song na maganda ang letra.

Ang pamagat ng entry ko sa Philpop ay “Papel.” Yung papel na literal, birth certificate hanggang death certificate. Andun yung mga metaphorical meanings, papel mo sa buhay, pumapapel ka nanaman. So, doon umiikot yung awit.

(Singing) ‘pag wala kang papel, wala kang papel. Hindi ka maka-porma, ‘di ka maka-papel. Maihahatid ka niya, sa heaven o sa hell, papel. (Singing stops)

Paano kung matalo? Panalo pa rin siya kasi ang ganda nung kanta.

Watch and listen to the music video:


– With reports from Sai Villafuerte/Rappler.com


Here are the profiles of the Philpop 2013 finalists:


1. Ganny Brown
Song: “Askal”
Interpreted by: Jose and Wally


2. Joey Ayala
Song: “Papel”
Interpreted by: Joey Ayala, Gloc-9 featuring Denise Barbacena


3. Johnoy Danao
Song: “Kung ‘Di Man”
Interpreted by: Ney Dimaculangan


4. Jungee Marcelo
Song: “Pansamantagal”
Interpreted by: Sitti and Julianne Tarroja


5. Kennard Faraon
Song: “Time Machine”
Interpreted by: Six Part Invention


6. Lara Maigue
Song: “Sa ‘Yo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Karylle


7. Marlon Barnuevo
Song: “Araw, Ulap, Langit”
Interpreted by: Christian Bautista

 


8. Myrus Apacible
Song: “Sana Pinatay Mo Na Lang Ako”
Interpreted by: Kimpoy Feliciano


9. Nino Regalado and Adrienne Buenaventura
Song: “Sometimes That Happens”
Interpreted by: Ace Libre of Never The Strangers


10. Paul Armesin
Song: “Segundo”
Interpreted by: Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola


11. Raffy Calicdan
Song: “Space”
Interpreted by: Kean Cipriano of Callalily and Kleggy of Banda Ni Kleggy


12. Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana
Song: “Dati”
Interpreted by: Sam Concepcion, Tippy Dos Santos and Quest

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