Time and again in this Country, when the government is neither delivering the common good nor providing social welfare the citizens pay it to do through all kinds of taxes - - when things are thus going wrong and people are consequently suffering – meaningful and soul-searching songs are usually composed and loudly sang. Their messages are subtle but they carry their sting. They stay in beat but keeps on beating those responsible for the economic debacle, the social malady in the Country. The songs generally have likable tunes, sound pleasing to listen to - - but at the same time proclaim certain heart aches and pursuant complains.
“Dito sa amin napakaraming nurse…inhinyero…karpintero…kasambahay…labandera… ngunit bakit tila wala ng natira… nag-aabroad sila.” (It seems that the author of the song plus its singer are not commonly known. But all of them did pretty well their respective tasks.)
Title of the song: “ Wala ng Natira.” Message of the song: One, the Philippines has a good number of man-power. Two, but this appears to be going-gone. Three, they are going abroad. Complaints of the song: First, absence of local employments. Second, no choice but to work abroad. Third, pitiful Filipinos are thus everywhere else except in their own Country, herein to live and to stay with their families. Some heartaches of the song: One, the Philippines is like a tree whose fruits have been picked out. Two, it has no necessary laws just as it has no rice. Three, the rains are becoming strong but its umbrella is full of holes. Four, the leaders are benefiting much but the citizens are these are being done away with. Certain reservations of the song: First, the children no longer know their fathers. Second, the mothers are usually away during the birthdays of their kids. Third, if better days are not forthcoming, then you better think ahead. Fourth, little properties are mortgaged to leave the Country to go anywhere and for whatever purpose. Fifth, never mind the sweat and toil, the hunger and violence, even if he or she comes back in a coffin.
Yes, the song is pleasant to listen to at first because of the tune and the singers. But when its wording and spirit start to sink in one’s awareness and conscience, the song is a veritable indictment of Filipino over-seas employment. “Yes!” The song is a loud wake-up call not only for those going or having gone abroad in pursuit of employment. But a bigger and louder “Yes!” for the government to wake up from the delusion and jubilation of purposely and decidedly having and keeping OFW’s for the money remittances they continue sending home, and thereby continue as well to keep the Philippines economically afloat.
Let those who have ears listen to the song!
21 JANUARY 2011