A few years back, I was exposed to a small community near Inayawan Sanitary Landfill. There I find joy, grief, anger, and hope in a godforsaken place. What I've seen, experienced, felt and smelt is summarized in this 4-minute song. It's been 20 years since the opening of the landfill. It was designed to operate for 7 years only.
What have we done to this place?
Ang akong payag naa sa tunga sa basakan
Ang akong mata wala siyay kasangitan
Nakit-an tika naligo sa baybayon
Walay sukod ang imong pagkagwapahon
Ikay sama sa usa ka pultahan
Daghang lalake gusto ka nga ablihan
Nakit-an tika imo sila gipahawa
Kay wala sa ila ang imo nga gipangita
Ikay sama sa usa ka timbangan
Gisukod ka nila ila kang pangwartahan
Nakit-an tika naghilak sa bitoon
Walay sukod ang imong pagmagul-anon
Sa kadugayan gihimo ka'g basurahan
Sa mga lalake nga imo na gibuwagan
Nakit-an tika naglisod nag ginhawa
Napuno naka sa ilang bakak na istorya
released January 1, 2019
All instruments arranged, performed, and recorded by Andy Calope in his bedroom
Except for bass, played by Mosses Monteron, recorded at Starbucks, SM Seaside Cebu
What is a struggling
In simple terms, it's the opposite of big-name artists. Usually, a struggling musician has a day job that he hates and when night falls, he grabs his guitar and hops around the city bars to play a tune or two in exchange for a free dinner. It's close to frustration.