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by Chin-Chin Gutierrez
Cover photography by George Tapan
17 tracks, double CD edition
CD Release 2003
Original sources of lullabies & short “video journal” included
Produced with partial grant from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Inquiries re availability at www.Divisoria.com
U.S. $18.00 (postage & handling not included)

| read review by Alfred Yuson |

“In UYAYI, we find snapshots of private parent-child moments from various parts of the country, presenting styles that are as varied as the lyrical contents,” says ethnomusicologist Verne de La Pena of the UP College of Music, who provided academic direction to the project. “This collection deals with an act that perhaps all human societies have done for ages—putting their babies to sleep by singing lullabies.”

Among the featured artists and arrangers in the album are Bo Razon, Joey Ayala, Tots Tolentino, Malou Matute and Rachel Conanan.

The double CD is credited as an “intimate advocacy” and performed by Chin-Chin Gutierrez, multi-talented recording artist and film persona. Gutierrez intimates that “music in this case, is not just a craft, a cultural heritage, or an item to be bought or sold. It is a map to our precious, collective homes—to a dwelling place outside the boundaries of my Manila, your fishing boat or their huts. … This is my dream—that we may know our land and our people so intimately, it would be difficult not to care for and sustain their lives.”

The three-year project is the first known compilation of documented “cradle music” interpreted by a pop artist from personal research, interviews and recordings with various tribal and linguistic groups in the Philippines.

Songs Gutierrez learned and those passed on to her were free-flowing improvisations, mostly spontaneous and unstructured. She collected almost a hundred folk tunes, learning to sing them in their original languages and understanding their lyrics through the basic translations provided by the sources themselves. The songs that made it to the album were carefully selected to represent the different bioregions of the country, classified into burol (hills), kapatagan (plains), baybayin (coasts) and kabundukan (mountains).

OOV Bookshelf 2004
OCTOBER 2004 FEATURE

A Carnivore's Inquiry
by Sabina Murray

Filipino Women Writers in English: Their Story
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by Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz

Miracle Fruit: The Poems of Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A Child in the Midst of Battle
by Evelyn Berg Empie and Stephen H. Mette

Sarabihon Volume 2
edited by T. Erestain

Missing Mangoes:
For Filipinos And Those Who Love Us

by Marcelline Santos-Taylor

Rosario de Guzman-Lingat, 1924-1997:
The Burden of Self and History

by Soledad S. Reyes

JULY 2004 FEATURE

Communities at the Margins: Reflections on Social, Economic, and Environmental Change in the Philippines
edited by Hiromitsu Umehara & Germelino M. Bautista

Cuentos Filipinos
by Jose Montero y Vidal

Hinabing Gunita (Woven Memories): Filipinos in the UK, an oral history project
Edited by Jamie Tapales Oakes, Carmila Legarda Alcantara, Maria Gonzalez, Candy Quimpo Gourlay, and Ed Maranan

Menage a Trois with the 21st Century
by Eileen R. Tabios

Remembered Songs and Other Stories
by Norma Miraflor

Uyayi
by Chinchin Gutierrez

Novemberly
by Theo Gonzalves

The Art of Harana—Serenades for Guitar
by Florante Aguilar

Kundiman ng Katipunan
by Elynia S. Mabanglo

Stephen Y.S. Shey

MARCH 2004 FEATURE

Dream Jungle
by Jessica Hagedorn

Marginal Bliss
by Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Behind the Blue Canvas
by Eileen R. Tabios

Ulos: 4 na Dula
by Arthur P. Casanova

Mga Kuwentong Maranao
by Frank G. Rivera

Wife or Worker: Asian Women and Migration
edited by Nicola Piper and Mina Roces

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability
by Amy Chua

Smaller and Smaller Circles
by Felisa H. Batacan


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Communities at the Margins: Reflections on Social, Economic, and Environmental Change in the Philippines
edited by Hiromitsu Umehara & Germelino M. Bautista

Cuentos Filipinos
by Jose Montero y Vidal

Hinabing Gunita (Woven Memories): Filipinos in the UK, an oral history project
Edited by Jamie Tapales Oakes, Carmila Legarda Alcantara, Maria Gonzalez, Candy Quimpo Gourlay, and Ed Maranan

Menage a Trois with the 21st Century
by Eileen R. Tabios

Remembered Songs and Other Stories
by Norma Miraflor

Uyayi
by Chinchin Gutierrez

Novemberly
by Theo Gonzalves

The Art of Harana—Serenades for Guitar
by Florante Aguilar

Kundiman ng Katipunan
by Elynia S. Mabanglo

Stephen Y.S. Shey