Glimpses of people, places, events, and the Isinay language in Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines... including when birds were still aplenty, deer cavorted in the grassy hills, the forests teemed with rattan and timber, the streams sang with shrimps and fish... when townsfolk loved the moon, the stars, the rain, and the sun... and when children loved to play outdoors with trees, birds, tadpoles, beetles, butterflies, cicadas, fireflies and dragonflies.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Isinay Songs: "Imbestida"
I just found my soft copy of the Isinay songs that I transcribed sometime back from a sheaf of yellowing bond paper lent to me by my sister Judith Castro-Dial. Sang by a group of Dupax Isinays (some of them now long gone) at the Philippine Folk Arts Theatre in 1978, I thought it is but proper to include them in this Isinay blogsite to serve the needs of those who may have forgotten or are looking for their lyrics.
It's fortunate that the songs came with their English translations. For this I must thank my second cousin Mrs. Aida Coloma-Mamaoag because at least she has saved me from the trouble of facing complainants in the event that a more knowledgeable guy would rise to point out that some Isinay terms and nuances have been murdered in the translation.
I don't know how Judith managed to get a copy of the script, but suffice it that it carried the following note by way of giving credit where credit is due:
Representing the province of Nueva Vizcaya, the following performed the Imbestida during the First Philippine Folk Festival at the Philippine Folk Arts Theater on July 7, 1978:
Mrs. Estela G. Fernandez (Principal, GACES)
Mr. Juan Felix (Orchestra Violinist)
Mrs. Josefa G. Giron (BIR Collecting Agent)
Mr. Dominador Boada (Municipal Treasurer, Dupax del Sur)
Bride: Miss Jennifer G. Giron
Groom: Mr. Wilbert Giron
Mr. Emilio J. Fernandez (Municipal Treasurer, Dupax del Norte)
Mr. Artemio Mamaoag (Post Office Letter Carrier)
Mr. Osias Cadiente (Governor of Nueva Vizcaya)
Mr. William Giron (Mayor of Dupax del Sur)
Mrs. Aida C. Mamaoag (Teacher, Dupax Elementary School)
Mr. Elpidio Cia (Teacher, Dupax Elementary School)