MANILA, Philippines – Despite being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome — a neuropsychiatric disorder that causes physical or motor tics — Marlon Barnuevo continues to pursue his musical ambition and is all the more grateful for his success.
Those diagnosed with Tourette syndrome often struggle to find acceptance from their family, friends and workmates. With the help of music, Barnuevo is able to reach out and send his message across without fear of judgment.
Barnuevo devotes “Araw, Ulap, Langit” to his fiancée, and describes the process of its composition as an “intense” undertaking.
For Barnuevo, his success at Philpop 2013 can inspire others who have his condition.
“Araw, Ulap, Langit” is performed by Christian Bautista.
I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when I was 7 or 8 years old. Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition. I exhibit a lot of facial tics, motor and vocal tics, body tics na rin.
People with Tourette’s will often have trouble with acceptance from their family, sa trabaho. Well, music has in many ways uplifted me; how people see me as a musician, more than seeing me as a person with Tourette syndrome.
It feels liberating because, at times, when I perform or when I write songs, or kahit sa loob lang ng studio, you get to spend your time in a small world na ikaw lang talaga.
The song I wrote for Philpop is entitled “Araw, Ulap, Langit.” I have been an OPM freak since I was a kid, and I want to be a part of Philpop’s endeavor of reviving OPM.
I wrote that song for my fiancée, it was really intense for me; and when my song got into Philpop, it somehow affirmed that intensity.
I think, primarily, I would represent the people with Tourette syndrome, and all other people with physical difficulties. It’s my way of telling them that they can make it here to where I am right now, or they can make it to wherever they want to go.
Feeling ko ‘yung mararamdaman ko, mararamdaman din nung makakarinig nung kanta.
Watch and listen to the music video:
– With reports from Sai Villafuerte/Rappler.com
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