Cebuano Daygon by Estellores of Danao

From a unilineal point of view, it is ironic that I greet new year 2014 with an old Cebuano song “Gabii Dakong Bulahan,” which is a daygon (Christmas song). I recorded this in the midmorning of December 31, 2013 at the gate of the house where I grew up in Consolacion Cebu and I asked permission from the mature singer to have this recorded and posted here. The singer is Virginia Estellore, age 50, from Suba Duterte, Danao City, Northern Cebu, with daughter Mercy Estellore. Virginia is a part-time washerwoman who married to a trisikad (three-wheeled public vehicle) driver and part-time fisherman. She and her daughter learned the song by ear but it comes from a written “orihinal,” which texts can also be dictated to singers in a long performance version.

The material is posted for educational purpose. Here’s the link:

Happy and Blessed New Year!

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