Music & Lyrics: Advocates of Today


by Angela Miel Y. Buensuceso

This podcast celebrates the musician-advocates of today. Over the years, DZUP 1602’s programs have featured up-and-coming musicians from within and outside the UP community. As we relive the music of featured  artists, we take a look back at how they were able to intertwine their advocacy and music.


Music & Lyrics For Gender Equality
Ikaw Naman (June 8, 2017)

Stef Aranas’ song Live for Love was the official UP Pride Week 2016 anthem. As a member of UP Babaylan, Stef wrote this song to remember the members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community who have perished in the long struggle for equality. Every year, UP Babaylan holds a week-long event to continuously fight against the
discrimination and unjust treatment received by members of their community.


Music & Lyrics For LGBT Representation
Gender Radyo (June 22, 2018)

On May 18, 2018, Bahagari released the cover TIBÔNG-TIBÔ as a response to Moira Dela Torre’s popular song Tibong-tibo. The artists change the lyrics of the original song to make it gender-sensitive and address dangerous misconceptions propagated by the song. Bahaghari calls their work, a “mapagpalayang cover ng Bahaghari sa awiting Titibô-tibô.”


Music & Lyrics For Mental Health Awareness
DZUP Soundtrip (May 7, 2018)

From the issue being ignored for several years to it now being a common advocacy of candidates running for various posts in the University Student Council, the fight for recognizing mental health has gone a long way. In an episode of DZUP.


Music & Lyrics For Social Justice
Sikhay-Kilos (August 10, 2018)

Songwriter-performer Danny Fabella shares his composition, Baliktad na ang Mundo. He wrote the song back in 2008 to reflect life under the Arroyo administration then. Ten years later, Fabella updates his song to fight against the human rights violations we are experiencing now under the Duterte regime.


Music & Lyrics For Love And Struggle
TUTI: Tunog at Titig (March 14, 2018)

To encapsulate how advocacy is intertwined with music and lyrics, we feature again Tunog at Tinig’s episode on music as a form of protest. This episode celebrates Women’s Month with Ms. Rica Nepomuceno as she shares more about the history of songs and struggle.