Music album for homegrown composers pushed​ in Tagum City bootcamp​

Jul. 07, 2017

A group performs before the rest of the participants their song composition about Tagum City. The Songwriting Bootcamp is aimed to hone the musical ingenuities of the youth of Tagum City especially in the aspect of songwriting. (Photos by Roy Banias/CIO Tagum)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The city government of Tagum successfully held its first-ever Tagumpay Songwriting Bootcamp aimed at producing a multi-genre album, showcasing the city’s homegrown musical composers.

The event was spearheaded by the Local Youth Development Office to hone the talent of Tagumenyo youth in songwriting. The bootcamp also served as the springboard for the participants to be familiar with the music industry in the country.

The song writing boot camp features the mentoring of the ountry’s iconic songwriters, namely: Joey Ayala, Maan Chua and Jude Gitamondoc—who trained Tagum’s budding young musicians.

​The three-day event was held at RMPC Beach Resort and Training Center at Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS)​ ​on July 2​-4​ with 50 young musical enthusiasts.

Joey Ayala, one of the country’s most sought-after composer and singer, treats the participants of the first Tagumpay Songwriting Bootcamp with his songs to inspire them in composing meaningful masterpieces. Mr Ayala, together with Maan Chua and Jude Gitamondoc, is a mentor of the three-day bootcamp held July 02-04 at IGaCos which is aimed in honing the skills on songwriting of the Tagumenyo youth. Photos by Roy Banias/CIO Tagum

Jude Gitamondoc is the executive producer of Vispop and the man behind the hit songs “Hahahahasula and Pero Atik Ra.”

He​ talked about the advocacy of mainstreaming the Bisaya music aside from acquainting the participants with techniques in effective lyrics selection. He also piqued their interest in writing “Hugot” songs which is a current trend for millennials.

Maan Chua​ is a multi-awarded Davao-based composer and singer, and discussed the aspect of groove and melody writing as a prelude to infusing Mindanao vibe in songs while giving points over the advantages of collaboration.

The country’s renowned Joey Ayala, on the other hand, led the discourse about the strategies, creation, optimization, presentation and exploitation (SCOPE) of songwriting. He also led in critiquing the compositions of the participants written during the three-day workshop.

Mr. Ayala stresses a point during one of his sessions in the Songwriting Bootcamp organized by the Local Youth Develoment Office of Tagum City. The participants were acquainted with the effective structuring of their songs and application of melodies and tune. Photos by Roy Banias/CIO Tagum

According to LYDO, the outputs of the participants will be further enhanced with the help of the bootcamp mentors to become part of an album to be produced later this year. The participants will also present their songs in the city’s Christmas festival dubbed as “Paskuhan sa Tagum” as an additional avenue to exhibit and share their masterpieces.

LYPO said that they are planning to launch another cycle of the same bootcamp to cater another batch of young songwriters as way of bolstering Tagum City’s moniker as the Music Capital of the South. (

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