Cebuano Music. Part 1. Demographics, Brief history of locale, Culture, Music and Influences to today’s music. Cebu Province is located at the center of the Visayan Islands.
Demographics, Brief history of locale, Culture, Music and Influences to today’s music
At the time of the global scramble for exotic spices in the East, Portuguese navigator sailing for Spain, Ferdinand Magellan, came upon Cebu on April 7, 1521.
Cebuano culture is traditionally characterized as a blend of Japanese people, Malay and tradition with influences from Asian culture and the United States. The majority of its population are Roman Catholic and there are also some followers of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and among others.
Cebuano literature, as much as most literature of the Philippines, started with fables and legends of the early people in the Philippines and colonial period, right down to the Mexican (Viceroyalty of New Spain) and Spanish influences. Although existence of a pre-hispanic writing system in Luzon is attested, there is proof that baybayin was widespread in the Visayas. Most of the literature produced during that period was oral. They were documented by the Spanish Jesuit Fr. Ignatio Francisco Alzinal. During the Spanish colonial period, the religious theme was predominant. Novenas and gozos, most notably the BatoBalani for the Santo Niño.Culture (literature)
Off-theater, there were open-air plays staged in Visayan villages as well as neighborhood performances of the Cebuano balitao. Then, one must also consider that, beginning with the Spanish period, the social calendar was filled with religious festivities that created occasions for musical performances. Hence, it was a standard for a town, and even many barrios, to have a local orchestra or band. In later years, Cebuano movies and radio programs also stimulated the creativity of composers and performers.Music