After listening to some of the Bisrock songs I have on my mp3 playlist today, I realized I had to have another venue for OPM songs on my blog but a separate one for Bisaya or Visayan ones. It is just a totally different music genre that it does not do it justice if I add it to OPM Thursdays so starting today, I am adding BisDak Wednesdays. (“Bisayang Daku”)
And the embodiment of BisDak for me has always been Missing Filemon. Although a lot of Cebuano Bisaya bands came before them, it was Missing Filemon that really made a mark and possibly started a new era of appreciation for the music with our native tongue Cebuano.
I have to say though that the likes of Yoyoy Villame had their own share of Bisaya music however back then it was considered novelty and more comical as opposed to really serious music. Probably even considered “baduy” and “bakya” by a lot of people but I grew up listening to those types of songs as my Lolo Basilio (God bless his soul) would play his music on Sundays..(Those were the days…)
Anyway, for those who don’t know missing Filemon, here is a little background courtesy of Wikipedia:
Missing Filemon started in 2002. After its creation, the band immediately proceeded to the studio to record original Cebuano songs that Insoy Ninal (vocals, guitar) had written weeks earlier.
The time the band worked on their songs, there was no group yet in Cebu and anywhere else that wrote and recorded an album’s worth of rock songs in Cebuano. The band members knew they were doing something different, and were unsure if the Cebuano crowd would accept their music.
The band came out with its debut album in 2003. The album was self-titled, but the band’s followers in Cebu and other Bisaya-speaking regions in the country eventually came to call the album as the “Suroy-Suroy” album, referring to the title of its carrier single, “Suroy-Suroy.”
It was not easy for the band to get accepted by people in Cebu’s rock scene that was dominated by English-writing bands and artists, and the cold reception the album received from the public almost led Insoy to quit.
It took almost a year before the band started hearing some of their songs played on air by one or two radion stations in the city. This gave the band a new impetus to be more aggressive in what they were doing.
As more and more people started patronizing their music, the band started doing gigs and radio guestings. Cebu’s media also started to notice and called Missing Filemon’s music as Bisrock (Bisaya rock.) Around this time, the band’s songs were being sold as pirated CDs.
The success of the “Suroy-Suroy” album inspired the band to come up with another one, the “Sine-Sine” album. By the time the band was working on the second album, Bisrock bands had been sprouting like mushrooms all over Cebu. Cebu’s Bisrock scene was in full swing.
“Sine-Sine” the album came out in 2005, giving the audience potential hits like the carrier single “Sine-Sine”, “Prinsipal,” “Inglisera,” and many others. The band’s popularity increased, leading it to doing gigs outside Cebu, including major cities in Visayas and Mindanao.
In 2008, the band received its first national award. The song “Sine-Sine” won as Best Movie Theme Song in that year’s FAMAS Awards, besting compositions by Noel Cabangon and Mike Hanopol, among other big names in the country’s music industry.
While doing gigs, the band started working on their third album. But their busy schedule prevented them from working on the album full time. It was only in 2011 that the band released their third album called “Kawanangan.” They immediately followed it up with their fourth album in 2013, a compilation of some of their hit songs from the previous three albums. They called the album “Dekada” in celebration of the band’s ten years in Cebu’s rock scene.
As most other Bisrock bands faded from the scene, Missing Filemon continues to do what it does best, rock n rolling the Bisaya way.
But let us not delay the feature presentation any longer and get our BISROCK ON with Missing Filemon….
Kung ako ka pa lang
Matahum nga Cebu
Thanks for dropping by and be back next week for another glimpse of Cebuano music here in in BisDAK Wednesdays!
Mabuhi ang Cebuano music! (Long live Cebuano music!)
Nmed 09/17/14 @ 9:41am
BISAYA JOKE TIME!
(Sa makatawa lang. gud!)
Kung ang usa ka taw kay wala kay makit-an nga apan, muingun ta ug “grabe, way apan – perpekto!”
Pero kung ang usa ka taw kay puros apan, unsa may itawag nato? Apan2x? 😀
(I had thought of this joke a long time ago and thought this was the best venue to place it… Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, I actually think this is funny.. hehe…)