Gerald Castillo Galindez releases Poetry EP “From Kabacan-Buluan-Tacurong, With Love”
Mindanao Poet, Gerald Castillo Galindez, announces the release of his debut 6-Track Poetry Record EP ‘From Kabacan-Buluan-Tacurong, With Love’ by Bigkas Pilipinas Records with executive producer Kooky Tuason. The EP’s tracks revolve around the ideas of Topophilia, or the strong sense of place, which often becomes mixed with the sense of cultural identity among certain people and a love of certain aspects of such a place. Listening to these tracks transports you to the suburbs of South-Central Mindanao, the beautiful and diverse cultures of its people and their realities.
The EP’s carrier single ‘Ginapasaya Mo Ako’ is a short ode to the mysterious powers of femininity. It is also an edgy and trippy prelude to the other tracks like ‘Kabacan Blues’ and ‘Ode to Enya and Limewire’ which also dedicate to Kabacan, a progressive town in North Cotabato where the poet spent a portion of his youth. ‘Buluan Pag Naga ulan’ is a memoir in verse about childhood reminiscence in Buluan, Maguindanao. ‘Orange and Sky Blue’ and ‘Maalikabok Ka Lang Pero Kaganda Mo’ is the poet’s love letter to Tacurong City of Sultan Kudarat Province where he is currently based. If you have not been in these places, listening to these tracks will give you an idea what to expect, the tracks will try to break stereotypes. Mindanao is not all armed conflict and insurgencies.
The tracks strength lies in the authenticity of the language used by the poet. Mindanao-Tagalog is a hybrid form of Tagalog mixed with Hiligaynon, Binisaya, and Iluko. It is as real as any creolized language in the world. Gerald uses this common language of his place, the language closest to his heart thus, empowering and lifting the culture of his hometowns. This is a first in all aspects of language and literature in the new media.
A team of great artists conspired to create this milestone of a project: Kooky Tuason as executive producer, GP Abrajano for music, Marty Tengco for sound engineering and Diego de la Paz for the album’s layout. ‘From Kabacan-Buluan-Tacurong, With Love’ by Bigkas Pilipinas Records is already available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, KKBox, Qobuz, Tidal, 7digital, Joox and Yandex Music.
Gerald Castillo Galindez is a Teacher-Poet based in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat Province. He just released his Debut Poetry Collection “Klaro na Masyado: Poems in Kabacan and Tacurong Tagalog” (2020) by Kasingkasing Press. He writes in a Hybrid form of Tagalog mixed with Binisaya, Iluko, and Hiligaynon which is a common language among the diverse cultures of Central Mindanao. His works were featured in the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2020.
Gerald’s poems appear in Cotabato Literary Journal, Sulat SOX, Bigkas Sarangani, Dagmay; the Literary Journal of DWG (Davao Writers Guild), ALPAS Journal, in the 3rd issue of Kasing-kasing Press Non-required reading in the time of COVID, AzonaL Poetry Translation, and Mindanao Harvest 4: Anthology of Mindanao Literature. He was a fellow for poetry in the 2018 Davao Writers Workshop and the 26th Iligan National Writers Workshop where he won 2nd place in the Jimmy Balacuit Literary award for Poetry.