Featuring Grace Nono

with Erskine Basilio, Glenn Bondoc and Ryan Ednave



Cultural Center of the Philippines

in cooperation with Grace Nono, Ph.D., with some sponsors, organizational partners dedicated to arts and culture, peace, environment, gender issues, and with the support of friends Alex Cruz, Noni Buencamino, Patrick Pulumbarit, Ryan Murillo and many others.



April 23, 2017 (Sunday) | 5:00pm

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)



GUGMA (“love” in the Visayan language) is a musical offering that features Visayan love songs popularized by various singers in the 20th century. Majority of these songs were also featured in Grace Nono’s recording Dalit: Songs of Love, Loss, and Finding Heart Again (Tao Music, 2009).



The songs featured in GUGMA are:


KALIBUTAN NAGDUMILI (Though the World Hinder) attributed to Fred Berame

ANUGON (O Such Waste) attributed to Leonora Pacres

KUNG IMO AKONG TALIKDAN (If You Turn Away From Me) attributed to Gibbs Cabral

DAHONG LAYA (Wilted Leaf) attributed to Maning Villareal

SALA BA DIAY ANG GUGMA (Is to Love then a Sin?) source could not be traced, so far

HIMAYANG NAHUNLAK (A Glory, Extinguished) attributed to Jess Saclo

KAMINGAW SA PAYAG (How Desolate This Hut) attributed to Minggoy Lopez

KUNG MAHIMO PA (If it Were still Possible) source could not be traced, so far

SAKSI NING KABULAKAN (All the Flowers Stand Witness) source could not be traced, so far

PANAMILIT (Farewell) source could not be traced, so far

DANDANSOY (Dandansoy [a man’s name]) source could not be traced, so far

MATUD NILA (So They Say) attributed to Ben Zubiri

AY, AY, KALISUD (Oh, How Grievous) source could not be traced, so far

POBRENG ALINDAHAW (Poor Showers) attributed to T. Villaflor

USAHAY (Sometimes) attributed to Gregorio Labja (previously, to Nitoy Gonzalez until 2010)


Grace learned the performance of most of these songs from elderly singers not in the Visayas but in Mindanao where Visayans have migrated for centuries. Her mentors included the late Ralph “Ruping” Valle of Agusan who was originally from Bohol; Lordina “Undin” Potenciano of Agusan-a Manobo baylan who learned Visayan songs from Visayan migrants; the late Francisco Awitin of Camiguin-a Camiguingnon (Manobo) mamuhat-buhat (babaylan), and the late Prisca Abacajin of Camiguin-Grace’s mother’s 2nd cousin and Grace’s nanny. Grace also learned s few songs from recordings and performances of other singers. The instrumental arrangements for the Dalit recording and the Gugma concert were provided by Hiligaynon-Visayan composer Bob Aves. The English translations of the Visayan lyrics were provided by poet Gemino Abad who is of Cebuano-Visayan origin.


Before the GUGMA concert, Grace performed some of these songs twice: at the RCBC Museum in 2009 to launch the Dalit recording, and at the National Museum of Singapore in 2010. Between 2010 and 2017 Grace took a hiatus from active performing to finish her doctorate in ethnomusicology from New York University and to do postgraduate work at Harvard University. When she came home in 2016 she began to reconnect with musicians. Butch Roxas, guitarist and UST faculty, introduced her to Glenn Bondoc, Erskine Basilio and Ryan Ednave. They have been practicing with Grace since late 2016.



Ticket Price    :           P300 , free seating

Discounts        :           20% - Senior Citizen | 20% - Differently-abled

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