“Music, as a present from God, should spread the message of love, peace, justice, and hope.”

This was the moving message of DOST 7 Regional Director Edliberto Paradela as he addressed the Cebu musicians, composers, reseachers and and other stakeholders in the recent Visayas Policy Forum held at the University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus, Cebu City.

The forum, which carried the theme, “Valuing Music Heritage as  Learning, Entertaining, and Sustainable Resources”, centered on discussion and research about bringing Cebuano songs, especially the rare and forgotten ones, to public consciousness and and making them relevant to development efforts.

 “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us,” Paradela said citing Martin Luther.

He said, by their active involvement in the Visayas Policy Forum, the participants  likewise “commenced a noble and sublime act – the act of deep appreciation of God’s delightful present to humanity.”

He pointed out that the occasion also took on cultural significance  because it aimed for the preservation of the value of indigenous Pilipino music, bringing together the best minds on the subject from academe, the government, non-government organization and the private business sector, to contribute to the promotion and understanding of our music heritage especially the existing Cebuano music.

“Our music heritage is part of our culture and tells us who we are,  make us know what our roots are,  and constantly reminds of our connection to our past”, Paradela said adding that he hopeful that the participants took the important undertaking as  “a great opportunity to elevate the moral life of our people”. 

“I hope that your endeavor enhances the value of our indigenous music by making it an instrument in building  sustainable world so that both present and future generations may enjoy its unspoiled abundance, he also said.

He also urged the participants to use Cebuano music as an instrument of justice.

“Indigenous music, as a social commentary, should make the lives of Filipinos better, safer, and healthier. Therefore, it should speak against the evils of environmental destruction, government corruption, poverty, abuse of political power, and greed.” 

“Cebuano music should be made part of ecosystem that sustains and promotes not only our cultural life, but also our social and economic life as people” added. (by: Licinio Gingoyon)