Break time from a discussion on Noli Me Tangere’s Padre Damaso. The students huddled together and copied lyrics of Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly from a worn-out songhits and Jingle music mag. In a corner of the room, the girls and a boy giggled as they filled up a slumbook full of personal questions.
“ Have you been in love?”
“Who is your crush?”
“ Describe him/her?”
“Love is blind that lovers cannot see.”
“ Thank you Miriam for letting me sign in your cutipie slumbook of yours(sic). A cup of tea, remember me, drink it hot forget me not. (Signed) Melchor.”
Meanwhile, a young boy busied himself with a Lumanog guitar strumming to the tune of Cat Steven’s ‘Father and Son’ while another, all by his lonesome was trying to memorize Jose Mari Chan’s “Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile.”
Welcome to a decade described by some as The Turbulent Seventies. It was the decade of bell bottom pants, frayed jeans, midi skirts, maxi dress, tie-dye and peasant blouses. On September 11, 1972, residents of Ugac Norte in Tuguegarao, like the rest of Filipinos, were glued to their grainy, black and white television sets as strongman Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed Martial Law.
For entertainment, Tuguegarao residents anticipate the next movie of Eddie Rodriguez, eternally into love triangle with Marlene Dauden and Lolita Rodriguez at Eles, Ligaya and Lyric theaters downtown. In the morning, daily chores are accompanied by ‘ Amorsola, Ti Kabalyo Nga Agtaytayab’ in the morning and awaited “Sudi Ni Ayat” in the afternoon, both soap operas aired from DZNC of Cauayan.
In the evening, the intro alone of DZRH’s ‘ Gabi Ng Lagim’ could send shivers to school children but, nevertheless, listened to it; parents and relatives, in a huddle.
On Saturdays, residents carry their own chairs to watch battle of the champions as radio station FBN-DZCV brings the live amateur singing contest, Superwheel Search for Singing Star, a take-off from the pioneering Addan Ta Kabitunan in the 1960s at Dupaya Stage.
To quench your thirst for cold water, you visit the Torres Ice Plant at Barangay Ruyu and of late, the cold storage of the Tings in Caritan Norte. Japan was just starting to flood the country with their four brands of motorcycle; Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki with the phase-out of the padyak.
The iconic horse-drawn rig, Kalesa, lord it over inside the main streets of Tuguegarao and in all barangays. The cochero was King of the Road. It was era of communal religiosity as the local government earlier installed the siren to signal the six o’clock Angelus where everybody, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing, stop to whisper a short prayer.
This was the era of a brown Cinderalla from Bicol who defied all showbiz rules including the Philippine music industry. With a Tawag ng Tanghalan champion belt, she started to change the music landscape of the country and gave birth to young singers, dime a dozen. Never did the Filipino realized that the girl would later become one of the greatest actors in Philippine cinema history.
Along eateries and ‘relaxation centers’ in lazy Tuguegarao, the Jukebox music machines lorded it over and gave rise to the most-sought after title for Filipino singers, the Jukebox King and Queen. It was the decade of Victor Wood, Eddie Peregrina and Nora Aunor; all metamorphosed into movie actors. It was the era of cover songs and a good number of original Filipino compositions.
By 1978, now-Senator Tito Sotto formed the VST and Company under Vicor Records label where he was the Vice-President. Sotto can claim himself as the pioneer of disco music with their recordings of legendary upbeat songs. Soon, Filipino rock music began to be written using local language with the Juan dela Cruz Band adding folk and other influences to a newly discovered Pinoy music genre.
That year marked the recognition of Filipino contemporary music worldwide as Freddie Aguilar’s ‘Anak’ swept the Asian and European music scene and recorded in various languages by popular singers.
Forward to August 6, 2019.
The Jurado Entertainment Productions will bring back that first Golden Years of Filipino Pop music in a concert aptly dubbed as ‘Legends of Seventies,’ a musical event where the last years of the 1960s is segued to the swinging mood of late 1970s and on into upbeat 1980s.
As the Filipino adage perfectly states, ‘ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makararating sa paroroonan.’
That nailed ‘Legends of Seventies.’ |Benjie S. De Yro| northernforum.net