Himo’g Huni: Songs of Home and from the Heart

(Part One of a series)

It will always remain a mystery as to what is in Bohol’s soil, or water, or air that makes Boholanos talented musicians. What is certain, however, is that Boholanos are able to create music that speaks of home and speaks to the heart. And Himo’g Huni has given us new music that showcases these gifts.

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Launched early in September, Himog Huni is a yearly songwriting campaign competition open to all Boholano composers. This year being its Unang Hugna (First Round), Himog Huni wishes to kick-start a local creative industry for music, promoting homegrown talents and masterpieces.

With a rich pool of local talents who are able to masterfully weave melodies and words together, it comes to no surprise that Himo’g Huni received quite a handful of entries in its inaugural edition. Submissions were subsequently narrowed to 27 until the Top 10 was unveiled last October 22. Coming to the final selection did not come like a walk in the park considering the quality of entries fielded this year.

Here are the top 10 finalists for Himo’g Huni Unang Hugna.

Kapoy Na – Melissa ‘Melay’ Libres (Composer, Interpreter)
Babay Inday – Rizalde Coscos, interpreted by Sigbin Puti
#ATM – John-Ace Llera, interpreted by Serj Atup
Facebook Love Song (F.B.L.S.) – Jerus Basio, interpreted by Kristian Nikko Geangan
Kita Pa Ba? – Maricel Sombrio, interpreted by Isabel Iris Garsuta
Uwat – Lenneth Libres (Composer, Interpreter)
Lagyo – Raymond Cagampang (Composer, Interpreter)
Mga Ni-Agi – Joseph Lloyd Pozon, interpreted by John Michael Come
L.D.R. – Paulene Quinal-Nistal (Composer, Interpreter)
Kung Wala Si Jah – Jian Daluperit (Composer, Interpreter)

All ten songs, although more pop than the usual, shines with its phenomenal storytelling — witty lyrics carefully pieced with catchy beats and LSS-inducing melodies to perfectly capture the mood of a three- to five-minute narrative. More so, each song is a totally different concept than the other, making the Himog Huni Unang Hugna album filled with the fitting soundtrack for a given time period in the listener’s life.

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Photo from the Audio Recording Session.
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Odoni Pestelos, Jofel Nistal, and Echang Lagroma served as the official arrangers for this year’s entries.

Himo’g Huni is a vision that is now slowly ushering the flourishing Boholano music scene into its deserved limelight through these ten new songs filled with inspiration and are reflective of the Boholano’s giftedness and overflowing creative thinktank.

Catch Himo’g Huni’s Grand Finals this coming January 6, 2018, 7 pm, at the Buon Pastore Community Center, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Taloto District, Tagbilaran City. General Admission is priced at Php100 at can be purchased from any of these outlets: Hugot Cafe, Renaissance Spa, Cuts n Inks, Cresencia, Habhaban sa Baluarte, BIT, Publicity Bar, and Vantage International.

You can also download the songs at CDBaby.com for $0.99 per song or stream them on Spotify. You can also catch your favorite Himo’g Huni entry playing at 102.3 Kiss FM. Don’t forget to help the song you are digging win the Radio Friendly Award by texting #HIMOGHUNI (space) Title of Song and send it to 09202797674.

Show some love for our local music scene by supporting Himo’g Huni Unang Hugna.

Catch Himo’g Huni’s Grand Finals this coming January 6, 2018, 7 pm, at the Buon Pastore Community Center, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Taloto District, Tagbilaran City. General Admission is priced at Php100 at can be purchased from any of these outlets: Hugot Cafe, Renaissance Spa, Cuts n Inks, Cresencia, Habhaban sa Baluarte, BIT, Publicity Bar, and Vantage International.

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Your blogger with some of the genuises and voices behind Himo’g Huni Unang Hugna. Photo courtesy of Melay Libres.

All photos were taken from Himo’g Huni’s Official Facebook Page unless indicated.

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