Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Walang Natira" by Gloc 9


Gloc 9, who is Aristotle Pollisco in real life, has gone a long way since that day in 1997 when he first met The Master Rapper, Francis Magalona. He was just a fan then who was given the chance to show off his rap talent in Eat Bulaga. Francis was impressed and that was the start of a long standing relationship. Gloc 9 became the Master Rapper’s protégé, that is, until cancer cut short The Master’s life in 2009.

Francis left a legacy of songs that now sits in the hearts of every Filipino. When he passed on, Gloc 9 became the obvious choice to fill the void.

Gloc 9 did not disappoint.

Numerous awards and four albums later, the legacy of Francis lives on with tracks that continue to speak to the Filipino psyche such as “Liwanag”, “Lando”, “Upuan” and “Martilyo”. Continuing on this trend, Gloc 9 offers us a new set of songs with his fifth album “Talumpati” and its carrier single “Walang Natira”.

“A blacksmith of words and letters, a true Filipino poet.”
---Francis Magalona’s description of Gloc 9

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“Subukan mong isipin kung gaano kabigat
Ang buhat ng maleta halos hindi mona maangat
Ihahabilin ang anak para ‘to sa kanila
Lalayo upang magalaga ng anak ng iba…”

Filipinos are industrious by nature. Unfortunately, for the longest time, many have given up on the lack of opportunity here in our own country and found themselves looking for greener pastures in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong. Earlier OFWs were predominantly from the lower brackets of our society who worked as housekeeps and yayas; however, as the financial horizon dims, even professionals like doctors and teachers have opted to seek employment outside of the Philippines. Brain drain they called it.

“yung bayang sinilangan ang pangalan ay Pinas
Ngunit bakit parang puno na ang prutas ay pitas…”

Manpower became the country’s number one export and the dollar remittances of the OFWs became the second largest contributor to the government coffers (BIR tax collection being the first). Good for the country, right? But at what cost?

“Ang phinga’y iipunin para magamit pag-uwi
Dahil doon sa atin mahirap makakuha ng buri
Mapahiran ng chocolate ang matamis na ngiti
Ng anak na halos di nakilala ang ama
O ina na wala sa tuwing kaarawan nila…”

Such is the inspiration behind Gloc 9’s carrier single “Walang Natira”. It is an elegy to the plight of our overseas workers as they sacrifice being with their families to slave for the country who would pay more. But more than just a tribute to our OFWs, the song is also meant to clamor for our country’s leaders to live up to their mandate as public servants; to lift our country from the ruins of corruption and economic depression and give our workforce a better chance for a brighter future here in our beloved country.

Album Launch:  January 23, 2011
Photos and Music Video c/o J. PACENA

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This shows God's gift to Gloc-9! Only God can give him these talent!Thank you Lord for your gift, its inspires all of us here Saudi!

aj said...

I love the song.. nice to hear that a Filipino tells this truth to each one of us..

Cardines, Jomar A. said...

Kaibigan,

Habang pinapakinggan ko ang mga awitin ni Gloc
Hindi ko maiwasan na tanungin, "Paano mo ito naisulat"
Para kasing ito ang mga pinapangarap kong tula na mabasa ng lahat
At ngayon naririning ko na parang libro na 'di na kailangan ng pabalat.

Pamagat pa lang punong-puno na ng laman
Para kang nakikipaglaban sa mga sakit ng kapaligiran
Nakikihati, sinisilip parang salamain ang kanilang mga karanasan
At sumisigaw upang maipabatid sa iba ang sariling nararamdaman

Anonymous said...

MABUHAY KA ARISTOTLE POLLISTO

Anonymous said...

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Keymark Villanueva said...

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I'm so proud that our very own Pinoy Hip-Hop and artists still exist and making their name when it comes to Hip-Hop Music. You may also visit my blog about Passionate Music