Speaking in the dialect with perfect inflection as if he had never left town at all, Chickoy Pura was in his element in theBulusan gig July 23, 2013 he dubbed as ‘sugad sin homecoming concert’ ( like a homecoming concert). “Pirmi man ako nag-uuli, pero niyan lang ako nag-uli na an tuyo iba man – matugtog.” (Several times I visited our hometown, but this is the first time that my visit has a different purpose – to do this concert).
Obviously in a talking mood Chickoy even reminisced his basketball days, ‘san panahon mi’ (during our time) with the competing barangays in the poblacion…but he reminded himself to shorten his ‘talk’ and start the music rolling. He started with ‘Tambol’ that he likened to the local town crier in his village in Buhang that surprisingly he can still remember the name – Inoy Doro Gabrentina, the ‘parabayabay’ (town crier in the dialect). With this endearing intro the music started with great energy that lasted the whole night.
My verdict: Chickoy Pura’s music is timeless. His music and performance still carry the intensity of his own brand of Pinoy rock wonder. He is indeed a Bulusan pride. As a veteran of rock concert events – I am confident in saying that Chickoy is in the league of Pinoy rock greats. And an added bonus: Chickoy Pura still looks great on stage after all these years!
Photos : Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines