By Patricia D. Musico
Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines
This paper will analyze the role of music in language education. Big books are one of the materials employed in MTB-MLE, and which are taught as a shared reading activity in class. The stories are predictable, repetitive, easy to memorize and “pangmasa” which are characteristics they share with novelty songs and which make them both very appealing to children. Yoyoy Villame born Roman Tesorio, a Boholano singer who was discovered for his novel compositions sung in unusual ways with unconventional words and “funny” pronunciation is one of the biggest names in Pinoy novelty songs. This paper will examine in part the “oddities” in his phonetic, morphological and syntactic rendition and presents how these contribute to the creation of a distinctive vocal style many identify to be Visayan and “pangmasa”. His songs are a novelty and may sound strange to the ears yet this type of songs was able to capture a sizeable chunk of the market which can be partly explained by socio-cultural variables such as essentialism, nostalgia and authentication of identity.
Keywords: Yoyoy Villame, Music, Big books, Education, Teaching
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