|Team Candon Music Festival 2019|
From the City of Arts and Culture in the whole Ilocos Sur, a new summer festival is born combining modern to classical music that features more than 30 artists, bands and performers all over the country, it is the first ever Candon Music Festival scheduled this May 23 to 25, 2019 at the Bagani Campo Concert Grounds.
The three day festival is headed by National Artist for Music, Ryan Cayabyab as the festival Director, who see the event as a opportunity for the young minds to appreciate music in different genre, plus he include in the Festival some Ilocano songs to be perform by different orchestra including his own Ryan Cayabyab Singers, plus two notable Ilocano singers to perform, Noel Cabangon and Davey Langit.
“If there is anything about this festival, for me overwhelming kasi tatlong gabi na iba ibang genre kada gabi ng performances, iba ibang artist, iba ibang persuasions, and this is what we intend to do for this festival, I.m sure meron kami next year at sa next 10 year, palaki ng palaki yan.” Cayabyab said during the Press Launch last May 7 at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City.
According to Ilocos Sur 2nd District Congressman Eric Singson, the start of Candon Music Festival can be rooted 10 years ago, it was a music program with numerous young Ilocanos that they send to Manila, to study and learn how to play classical music instruments, and those young kids who finish studying music are the one behind the staging of this Music Festival.
“Our objective is really to inspire our young kids in the community, and we cannot think of anything else to do this by holding a music festival, something that they will really appreciate and of course with the presence of good musicians, and the presence of our national artist Mr. Ryan Cayabyab will really push our program in Ilocos Sur.” Singson said.
Candon Music Festival is just a music exhibitions or concert per se, not competition for now but just a fun music extravaganza, but Cayabyab add some workshops for the youth of Ilocos to learn how to write music, create original content that themselves feel and usually do in Candon.
“We will educate, we will inject creative workshops, creative music writing workshops, just like what I do in other events that I do around the country, it’s very important kasi advocacy ko to na yung mga bata in their local must be able to write music, write songs na para sa community nila, in their language, in the way they express themselves, so that hindi tayo masyadong dependent sa imported songs and music, actually in the future we will have a big, big collections of music literature written by young people in each community, isa yan sa advocacy na gusto naming i-inject sa Candon Music Festival.” Cayabyab further added.
The venue is an open grounds, it is a standing room only concert type and there are booths for food and drinks around the venue, however the alcoholic drinks are to be consume only in a certain areas to avoid some unfortunate incidents, there are seats available in the VIP area near the stage, tickets are free according to its Candon Music Festival Facebook Page.
Here are the list of artists performing in this 3 day festival that may start at around 7pm and will last until midnight or so, on May 23 (Thursday) Banda Ni Kleggy, Deck of Cards, IMAGO, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Noel Cabangon, Philippine Cello Ensemble, Prof. Ronan Ferrer, Tenor and Spongecola.
Second Night May 24 (Friday) the performers are 6 Cyclemind, Candon City Chamber Orchestra, Candon City Children’s Choir, Candon City Chorale, Gloc 9, Gracenote, Moonstar88, Pinoy Brass and Tila Baliw. Last day is on May 25 (Saturday) with Aimee Mina Dela Cruz (Marimba), Cardona Youth Symphonic Band, Davey Langit, DJ Patty Tiu, Jammers, Kabataang Gitarista, Orange and Lemon, Rivermaya and Ryan Cayabyab Singers. Other notable special guests include Regina Garabiles (Soprano), Jedessa Calacday (Soprano), Melissa Nartatez (Piano), Joy Allan Dela Cruz (Viola), and DJ Lester Paul Vano.
Candon Music Festival is a collaboration of Cong. Singson with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson, The City Government of Candon thru Mayor Ericson Singson, and Project Manager Kristine Singson-Meehan and the Council for Culture, Arts and Tourism of the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur.
Concert Passes are available at some partner establishments and government offices, and limited passes will be given away on the site.