Just a quick FYI – this 2017, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines. And what better way to celebrate that than through music!
With the efforts of the Alliance Français de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and the Tourism Promotions Board, a movement of musical diversity swept the nation in the form of Fête de la Musique.
Though this musical event has been taking place for 23 years in Metro Manila, it was our first time to hear that “Fête” was coming to Baguio, and our interest was even more piqued when our Manila friends posted pictures hashtagging #atFete.
What makes Fête special is that it is held in public places so absolutely anyone can join in the fun. Here in Baguio, the concert was held in Malcolm Square, and the audience gathered in the grounds and even on the nearby overpass.
The performing artists were Skydive Academy, Cesar Salcedo and the Brews Brothers, Chaotic Terrain, Hunger Srike and Maicah X Goose X Yuri, Tarsius, Chilletees, and Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas Pas featuring Kat Agarrado. This musical event did not discriminate against genre as they all shined in their signature musical styles.
At one point of the day, the sunset provided the perfect backdrop for the event. But when the sun sank, that’s when the party really started, and the enthusiastic members of the audience formed their own “mosh pit” in front of the stage. And they danced til midnight.
So why do concerts like Fete de la Musique matter? While we do love our pop and western-influenced music, it’s important to appreciate moments like these to see that we have our own brands of unique talent hiding in plain sight. These artists are driven by the love for what they do and the desire to share that kind of soul with us, the audience. So next time another concert like this pops up, support your local bands, and add to your list of musical experiences that you’ll remember.