Doon po sa Kanto

latest article for POC.

In arts and culture, the term “kanto” could mean a myriad of things. It is a popular genre of Turkish music inspired by Italian opera in the early 20thcentury. Solos or duets sung before or in between acts of plays to tweak the audience’s interest and draw in crowds were called “kanto”. Any innovative instrumental music is also labeled “kanto”.

Meanwhile, the Filipino word “kanto” means the “corner of a street or alley”. Colloquially, “kanto” denotes the colloquial, a custom of worldliness. It symbolizes not the sheltered but a shelter for the unsheltered, a culture of counter-culture.

In an indistinct, ingenious part of Makati, away from the otherwise corporate establishments, right smack in the middle of what now seems to be “home of the hipsters”, is another Kanto. read full story

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