Philpop 2013 finalist: Raffy Calicdan

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Raffy Calicdan's Philpop 2013 entry is about being in a suffocating relationship

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

MANILA, Philippines – Music is your soul, believes Raffy Calicdan. As your soul feels emotions, music expresses it. 

“Space,” his Philpop 2013 entry, is about dealing with suffocating relationships — an experience Calicdan has gone through. It mentions all the little details of such a relationship: cellular phones (and tempers) ready to explode from a barrage of texts, and the transformation of a loved one from gentle being to paranoid fiend.

Calicdan dedicates all his musical endeavors to his mother who, ironically, has a hearing disability.

“Space” is performed by Kean Cipriano of Callalily and Kleggy of Banda Ni Kleggy.

Video transcript:

General idea ko sa music is it’s your soul. Kung ano yung nafi-feel mo, na-express mo sa music.

(Singing) Nung una tayong nagkakilala noon, ang sobrang gentle mo, di makabasag pinggan, ngunit bakit ngayon ay sakal na sakal, yan ba ang tinatawag na pagmamahal? (Singing stops)

I grew up in Bagiuo City, maaga rin nagretire yung mama ko kasi she has a hearing disability. So parang ironic lang na yung anak mo singer, yung anak mo songwriter pero hindi mo naririnig yung nagagawa niyang music.

I dedicate my success to my mother. Hindi ako nag-mature nang ganito kung hindi dahil sa turo rin ni mama.

Yung nasulat kong song is entitled “Space.” Naisip ko lang na lahat ng mga tao na dumadaan sa relationship, dumarating sa point na nasasakal na yung partner.

Ako rin kasi dumaan sa relationship na ‘yun, so ako nakaka-relate ako mismo dun sa song.

(Singing) Sasabog na ang cellphone ko, nafa-flood na ako ng kakulitan mo, hindi mo ba ako titigilan ha? Bigyan mo naman ako ng space, my darling. Space… (Singing stops)

Sobrang gusto kong manalo. Sobrang gustong-gusto ko siyang mapanalunan. Gusto kong makuha yung grand prize, kasi once you aim, aim high. 

Watch and listen to the music video:


– With reports from Pia Ranada/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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