By Elana Joy Bartlett
IN LINE WITH the musical endeavors of Silliman’s College of Performing and Visual Arts (COPVA), three COPVA students, alongside their parents and composers, launched their debut album Unang Huni last Feb. 15.
Unang Huni is geared towards Tagalog and Cebuano speaking churches. It is composed of 17 Cebuano and 3 Tagalog songs. The Quizo family quintet is composed of Jon Riam, Onna Rhea, Yeshuah ( J.O.Y.) and parents Joni and Meriam Quizo.
The album is made to reach out to churches that do not have access to Tagalog and Cebuano Christian music. “The music was purposely written for rural churches. This [album] benefits various UCCP churches particularly because most choral [songs] are written in English,” Onna Quizo said. “The album is in response to the lack of Cebuano and Tagalong compositions,” Jon Quizo added.
The composers of the said album are Jean Cuanan-Nalam and Dave Jan Fabe, with translators Rey Antonio Macalan and Grace Roble Tabada; and several arrangements by Juni Jay Tinambacan and Abner Cabantig.
Unang Huni is sold for P250 and can be bought at the Divinity School.