Cuyunon natives of Puerto Princesa City are objecting to the City government’s plan to organize a mass dancing event they dubbed as “Soltero Dance” inspired by a Cuyunon courtship music and aimed at breaking into the Guinness Book of World Records next year to celebrate the tourism month.
“First of all the song and its dance is called Soltera. It has indeed a lively beat but its lyrics talk about a failed romance,” Cuyunon songwriter and local artist Bimbo Fernandez told Palawan News.
Dr. Franklin Joseph Solita , a Cuyunon Datu, said that the message of the ‘Soltera song and dance was not fit as a community unity dance since its theme is about “frustrated courtship” and does not represent a community.
“The message of the song does not symbolize unity kasi nga ayaw ng babae sa manliligaw niya,” said Solita.
Michie Meneses, City Tourism’s Operations Officer said City officials chose ‘Solteros’ as the community dance because of its lively rhythm and beat.
“Kaya pinili ‘yung Solteros na gawing community unity dance kasi maganda ‘yung kanta. Lively kasi siya,” said Meneses.
She added that they are also introducing the dance to tourists and during visits of cruise ships in to the city. She admitted however they had not conducted research on the music.
The song was written by Ruben Palarca of Cuyo Island.
Annecia Sabando of the Tribu Y’ ang mga Cuyunon and Punong Tribu of Bgy. Tiniguiban said the song is about a girl that tells the story of her suitor, a bachelor who was not serious about his courtship and was making promises he could not keep.
“Yung babae sa kanta may kinukwento siya na manliligaw niya na ‘yung binata raw ay tulad din ng karamihang lalaki na puro naman pangako,” said Sabando.
Sabando also said that the girl also did not want her suitor to continue courting her because his parents and grandparents disliked her.
“Sabi ng kanta, hindi raw siya gusto ng nanay at tatay pati ng lolo at lola ng lalaki kaya dapat hindi na rin siya gusto ng lalaking manliligaw niya,” said Sabando.
The song, she stressed, was about frustrated courtship as the girl in the song was saying that his suitor should just bury her in his memory.
Dr. Solita said that if the Cuyunon Tribe will be given the chance to recommend a community unity song, he prefers Fe Tria-Fernandez’ Cuyo Balitaw (Sa Kapoporoan) “for it symbolizes camaraderie of the people”.
He added that the Cuyo Balitaw symbolizes a happy harvest of the community and the happy bonding of farmer despite the heat of the sun which also reflects the Cuyunon culture.
“Mas nagsi-symbolize ng unity ‘yung kanta na Sa Kapoporoan (Cuyo Balitaw). It shows the dance of farmers during harvest tapos magkakasama lahat lahat. Parang ‘yung komunidad rin na kahit anong hirap, magkakasama pa rin, and that is Cuyunon culture,” said Solita.