Colonial mentality and lack of gov’t support prevent Filipino music industry from flourishing, says music expert
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“Ang pinakamalaking problema ng Pilipinas ay commodification that, we’re under a colonial mentality, kaya number 42 lang tayo sa industry, eh papano nga, our colonial mentality is so attuned to the US, kung ano yung sikat sa US, yun ang pino-promote natin,” Professor Felipe De Leon Jr., member of the national committee on music of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), explained one of the reasons why the Philippine music industry ranked only 42nd, lower than Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia in the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
Felipe added, “Masyadong American-made ang klase ng music natin, yung OPM natin is too Americanized, there’s not enough variety, there’s no creativity, there’s no originality, unlike Indonesia, Brazil, and Sweden, kaya ang dami-dami nilang klaseng music that they can promote, that’s why they sell, even Korea.”
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Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. highlighted the important role of community media practitioners in disseminating science news and information during his talk at the 2023 Community Multimedia Summit on Wednesday, January 11 at the Aklan State University - Banga Campus.
The nationwide summit gathered broadcasters, publishers, editors, columnists, online broadcasters, writers, and professional communicators in general from various media organizations nationwide to discuss issues such as food security, climate change, tourism, social media education and other concerns affecting the national interest.
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“We really need to move away from inefficient energy systems, inefficient technologies.”
This is according to Dr. Lawrence Dacuycuy, chair of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Division of Social Sciences of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and one of the resource speakers in the Expert Class webinar in “Gas Prices Rising Amidst Ukraine-Russia Crisis,” conducted by the DOST-NRCP.
Dacuycuy explained that it will not be easy to sustain growth due to several constraints that people need to be mindful of, and one of them is the capacity of the energy sector to supply the energy that people would want so that the economy will grow.
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Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Balik Scientist Dr. Fiorello Abenes discusses the cooking stove prototype he developed that is powered by energy innovations from nipa sap. This technology is seen as an alternative to LPG stoves.
A Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Balik Scientist hosted by the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Laoag, Ilocos Norte is set to provide clean cooking fuel alternatives to Filipino homes.
Dr. Fiorello B. Abenes, a Professor Emeritus in CalPoly Pomona University in California, USA and a Balik Scientist hosted by MMSU leads the technology transfer and commercialization of MMSU’s Village-Scale Nipahol Technology (VSNT). Nipahol Technology may also be used as cooking fuel and is seen to replace Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves.