Kung Hindi Man, A Collection of Musical Treasures, a new online series by the CCP Office of the President, will be streaming starting September 25, 2021 up until December at the CCP Office of the President Facebook page.
Written and directed by Dennis Marasigan, based on the original concept of CCP President and Kung Hindi Man Executive Producer Arsenio ‘Nick’ Lizaso, each episode will run for 15 to 20 minutes, with at least two songs per episode.
“Ang pagtatambal ng mga awit ay kung minsan isang kilalang kundiman, pagkatapos ay isang makabagong awitin, o kaya naman pagtatambalin ang isang awitin tungkol sa pagsinta at isang awiting makabayan.” says Marasigan. The episodes will also contain background information about the songs, which can be used as an educational tool.
Marasigan also shares how a lot of our music is rooted in the kundiman.“Marami sa mga awit ng pag-ibig at pagsinta, maging mga awit na may hugot, gaya ng mga awit ng pangungulila, at kahit mga awit na pagpapahayag ng pagmamahal at pagpupugay sa ating inang bayan, ay naging paksa na ng kundiman at maging ng mga makabagong awitin na kung tutuusin at kung susuriin ang pinag-ugatan ay ang kundiman.”
The artists that are set to perform in the series include Gian Magdangal, Lara Maigue, Arthur Espiritu, Cesar Montano, Harry Santos, Mariel Ilusorio, Nerissa De Juan, OPM band Orange and Lemons, and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). They will be performing a mix of traditional Kundiman songs and contemporary interpretations of the genre.
“Kabilang sa mga dakilang kompositor na lumikha ng mga awitin na kinikilala na ngayon bilang mga klasikong awitin ay sina Nicanor Abelardo at Francisco Santiago,” Marasigan adds. “Ngunit sa kasalukuyang panahon matatagpuan pa rin natin ang diwa at masasabi natin ang damdamin ng kundiman, maging sa mga awiting nilikha ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na sina Ryan Cayabyab at Ernani Cuenco, maging sa mga awiting likha nina George Canseco, Willy Cruz, Levi Celerio, at maging sa mga awitin na pinakikinggan ng ating mga kabataan ngayon.”
Magdangal, Maigue, Montano, and Orange and Lemons will also be performing their own original compositions that have been inspired by the kundiman.
“It’s the right time to introduce these kundiman to the newer generations,” says Lizaso. “With the rise of foreign musical acts that have significantly influenced our musical industry, it’s the right time for us to bring back the spotlight to our own music. And with new arrangements of these kundiman songs, I know that they will resonate, not only to the older generations, but will also to the youth of today.”
Joining Marasigan (who also serves as lighting designer) and Lizaso in the creative team are producers Sheila Salvio and Gemma Marco, supervising producers Joshua Ceasar Chan and Tata Cruz, production designer Ricardo Cruz, music consultant Eugene Delos Santos, wardrobe consultant Gino Gonzales, assistant director Nour Hooshmand, production manager Christine Laforteza, assistant wardrobe consultant Darwin Desoacido, hair and make-up designer Eric Maningat, production coordinator Shania Lee Cuerpo, sound engineer Gerardo Corpus, and production services Imageplus Production.
The musical numbers were shot at the CCP. Each episode will be released on the CCP Office of the President Facebook page every Saturday at 6pm up until December.