Nalzaro: ‘Cebu Pop’ fest entry

THE Cebu Pop Music Festival is one of the highlights of the Sinulog festivities. Conceptualized by the Gullas family and implemented by them for the past 31 years, Cebu Pop has produced quality Cebuano songs, some of them becoming popular and best sellers in the recording industry.

Recently, I received an email from a certain Jake Flordelis criticizing the lyrics of one of the entries of the recently concluded Cebu Pop. Here’s his letter:

“Bob, my concern is about the entry titled ‘Call Center Agents’ composed by Eugene Tan, who claimed to be a former call center agent himself as announced by the program host, Sam Costanilla.

“One line in the song says that call center agents ‘laway ray puhonan, walay kaligo tungod sa pagdali-dali.’ The line is very degrading to call center agents who sweat it out to pass modular trainings and exams before they become regular employees of well-established business process outsourcing (BPO) firms. I cannot totally blame the composer for this, but the composition should have been reviewed thoroughly by the organizers before it was officially accepted. (more)

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