Saturday, March 22, 2008

Unique Sound in Libjo

You are not from here if you find the rooster disturbing early in the morning. I'm sure about that. Normal as it sounds, it happens all the time. I don't even wake up with that sound. Speaking about sound, here are some I remember that is unique in Libjo. I'm sure if you're from here you have experience or probably heard these.

We have no newspaper or local radio station in town. So then if we have announcement, warning, information like new implementation of town rules, we use this delivery system to inform everyone. Think of this like the messenger you've seen in the old movies. A man with the whistle and a sheet of paper with the message. Walking by foot he reads his message in every corner in the town. It sounds like this...

Republic of the Philippines
Province of Surigao del Norte
Office of the Mayor


--------message here-----------
Signature (Pinermahan)

Everyone call a motorbike Honda, even though the brand really is Yamaha or Suzuki. And most everyone's familiar with the unique sound. They can tell one motorbike from the other. They can say just by its sound that it is mayors bike or it is captains bike.

Its the dance during our town fiesta celebration. The music itself is unique. Courting dance that's one of the income generating piece of the celebration. Partly to pay for the expenses incurred during the hosting. For the sound systems, disco lights and town decoration.

Uwang sa Ero
Consider this the dark side. When lights are gone and everyone's in bed, you can hear this sound of dogs howling like a wave. You can hear it like moving from one end of the town to the other. Dogs in Libjo are called “Askal” or asong kalye or street dogs. Dogs watches our homes but they are free in the streets and not in cage or leash. Some say ghost or “not like us” roam during the night. And since dogs has strong eye sight they are the only one who can see them. I wonder since it happens to me too (dog howls ) when I play my harmonica. Do you think someone is playing a music during the night that only dogs can hear?

Tell me what you think. And tell me what unique sound you can remember in your town?


maya said...

"Isda mo diha........."
Sounds in the streets when fishermen sell their catch. Remember the "mangko, dimud-ot, bolinaw, hawol-hawol.........kinds of fish Libjo is abundant of.

jkmlbcs said...

"Kini nga sonata tag piso....bayle tibuok kalibutan"
Benefit dance is one of most popular fundraisers in our town. Student organizations, youth, barangays and others, organize such dances. The timing? If there are a lot of "dayo".

jkmlbcs said...

Libjo was the first to have electricity in the island. To have it even for 3-4 hours daily was great! Nong Ondo Gingco was the small town "HERO" that time. (He operated the town electric generator). From a boring afternoon, poblacion LIBJO comes to life at 5pm. You can hear the voices of children playing in the lighted streets. And remember the early times of KARAOKE? People singing their favorite songs like
MY WAY where people don't care if their neighbors like it or not. Volume to the max! Well, that's how we did it OUR WAY.

maya said...

Remember the marching band we call "ISTAMPER"? I can't recall a fiesta celebration in the poblacion without it. From the early morning "DAYANA", church processions, "BUNJAG" and the "BAYLE". The band is very versatile in playing music suitable for the different occassions. The time they play the fastest TEMPO? EATING TIME! just kidding.

Anonymous said...

hahaha. very good posting nic!!!
for me, one of my fave time was after 9pm. when papa ondo will turn off our power....
di ba gaw? the classic songs together with the inutang nga 2in1 or tuba...bisan kinsa kantahan..

happy b-day long...belated kaajo. from bodok,ian,yolol,ug uban pa.


liwaya said...

di lang jod isda isyagit no... sa among barrio sa Sto.Nino ug Osmena tanan klase; gulay luto or presko, ice candy, ice drop, syakoy, bingka ug uban pa... tpos ang uban labi na ang mga mamingkahay mosakay pa gjod sila sa lantsa no? para mgbaligja ug bingka or whatever na ila maibabaligja sa denmar, alev, tadlungan....
syagit djon sila " bingka mo diha "

Anonymous said...

one of the event during fiesta is bayle, but i was sad when there is no bayle happened in the fiesta last i visited there..hope bayle will not be forgoten...