FILSCAP Christmas party 2011

10 December 2011 

The Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP) 
members Christmas party with referendum

    With what? Yep, you’ve read it correctly—that’s referendum. Incumbent FILSCAP President Noel Cabangon delivered his impromptu and welcoming speech last Monday (5 December 2011), apparently expressing his sadness over the potential demise of FILSCAP. He was however quick to say that the Christmas event was not a way of saying goodbye. I'm certain that this can be averted, as members have been aware not only about FILSCAP’s due date in renewing its SEC registration (expiring in 2015) to another 50 years, but also its significance in empowering the Philippine music industry. The society hoped that members would at least send in their proxy forms to the FILSCAP office, anticipating a quorum of roughly 800 members to proceed with the vote casting. Unfortunately, only 200-plus members (and a few hundreds more thr0ugh proxy forms) responded, and this caused the referendum to be cancelled.

    What’s FILSCAP for anyway? In my understanding, FILSCAP has provided a home as well as a spectrum of support for its Filipino members who are composers, authors, and publishers. Initially, fellow songwriter member Mila Royeca-Evangelista and I wondered if FILSCAP is also a society for book authors and publishers. Nearing the end of our discussion, we were enlightened to distinguish that FILSCAP is specifically designed for people in the music industry—that’s lesson learned. 

    I was a bit shy to take photos of people because they’re big names in the local music industry. Among the FILSCAP members I shared the dinner table with were international performing/recording artist Maggie Trinidadcomposer/pianist and beauty titlist Amy Gustilo Lopez; accomplished author, painter, and artist Milagros “Mila” Royeca-Evangelista; Luisa Guison, the wife of the late composer/actor and FILSCAP co-founder Miguel “Mike” Velarde, Jr. who wrote an array of kundiman (a type of traditional Filipino love song) including Dahil Sa Iyo (Because of You), originally interpreted by Diomedes Maturan (later sang by Nat "King" Cole during his Manila concert in the early '60s); and Maria Asuncion Silos (with hubby, Rene Taguiam), representing her father Leopoldo Silos, Sr., the composer of other well-known hits such as Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak (Because of a Flower). Initially, I thought I saw Freddie Aguilararound; but with a closer look, I realized the man was Victor Wood!

    I didn’t expect to receive anything that night. I just later learned a raffle draw would enliven the entire event, and so I figured that perhaps the brand new cars displayed at the ground floor of the Celebrity Sports Plaza were among the grand prizes. On the contrary, the cars were not at all part of the FILSCAP Raffle Draw. Dream on! But all members were given a lovely gift. I received a nice, mini Coleman ice bucket—family outing, here I come!—and a file folder bag with a sophisticated combination of FILSCAP notebook and pen. Author Mila Royeca-Evangelista was also generous to give me a copy of her book! Thank you!

    Although, I had to leave early that evening, it still was a pleasurable celebration. The event was hosted by multi-awarded songwriters Trina Belamide and Jungee Marcelo.

The program started after a sumptuous dinner was served. 
The battered/fried spinach and pumpkin soup became my instant favorites!

Accomplished author-artist-painter-songwriter Mila Royeca-Evangelista poses with one of her books, Search for Christmas Tree Trims, which she was signing before giving it to me that evening. 
Thank you, Ma’am.

Thanks to the FILSCAP staff for organizing the successful event.

“FILSCAP—kaagapay ng musikang Pinoy” means, “FILSCAP—working alongside the Filipino music.”

[This blog post also appears in Al's blog page at The Research Cooperative.]