Padre Damaso

During my high school days, there were only three FM stations that has been a constant destination of our radio in the house. It's 97.1 LS FM (courtesy of the Triggerman), LA 105.9 rock and NU 107.5.

Although I am reluctant (and ashamed) on mentioning that I used to listen to the talkative DJ triggerman, I really have to because it was really part of my high school life that I listen the top20 songs of LS FM to wait the latest top songs by BON JOVI and Guns N Roses. (LSFM was used to be a rock-pop FM station) We're not that rich so it's very seldom that we were able to buy an original cassette tape. Back then, only rich kids was able to buy 400-600 pesos original cd. Pirated CD is not that available at that time. So students just copy music thru cassette tape. It's either you borrow an original cassette tape from a friend or wait on the radio to record your favorite song. This is quite a nostalgia to me

cassette tape

The bad thing about recording songs from FM stations to your cassette tape is most of the time, the song you record is not that complete because you sometime also capture the DJ's voice. While the Bon Jovi songs and Guns N Roses songs are starting to slip off the top20 songs, I was starting to listen less to LSFM. Until some classmates told me to listen to LA ROCK 105.9.

The station was great. It features alternative and rising bands. Backdraft, Wolfgang, Datus Tribe, Erectus and other underground bands are the main menu instead of the pop-rock bands. I don't know why LA 105.9 rock station was shut down but definitely, the station rocks!

NU 107.5 also rocks! You want to listen Megadeth, (old) Metallica, Pantera, Slayer? Listen to NU 107.5. You can also listen to other foreign underground metal bands. The latest news about metal can also be heard on NU rock station. Although I do not listen to FM station nowadays, (thanks to my TX and mp3) I still respect NU 107.5 for keeping the metal flame on the Philippine airwaves. NU 107.5, the Keeper of the (metal)Flame!!!

Back to LA Rock 105.9, there are lots of cool songs that need to be remembered on their alternative top list. And I intend to discuss one of the chart-topper on LA 105.9's list. It's a song titled Padre Damaso by Warlak. As you have known back to our high school subject (3rd year) Noli Me Tangere, Padre Damaso is one of the Novel's antagonist. He's the classic example of Rizal's portrayal of Spanish priest that ruled the Philippines during the spanish occupation. Padre Damaso is the corrupt priest who always been a tormentor to Filipino people.

Padre Damaso was relived on this classic song by Warlak. Cool and straight forward lyrics. The song discusses how hypocrite these church leaders(catholic priests and to whom may apply) pretend to be. This is how church leaders live on luxurious way of life while their flock live in poverty. They don't care to their church members as long as church contributions are flowing like rivers.

priests

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward,
but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness.
Matthew 23:27
Sa aba ninyo, mga eskriba at mga Fariseo, mga mapagpaimbabaw!
sapagka't tulad kayo sa mga libingang pinaputi, na may anyong maganda sa labas,
datapuwa't sa loob ay puno ng mga buto ng mga patay na tao, at ng lahat na karumaldumal.
Mateo 23:27




Padre Damaso
Warlak

Isang araw ng tag-ulan
Kanyang damit ay ayaw maputikan
Kay tingkad na kasuotan
Tanda raw ng kanyang kalinisan
Binabagtas ang mahabang daan
Sakay ng kotseng pangmayaman
Tinitingala sa lipunan
Isang alagad ng simbahan

Kung titingnan animo'y sugo
Puting-puti ang kanyang damit
Marami nag sa kanya'y naniniwala
Siya'y hulog daw ng langit
Pikit matang nanalangin
Sa Dios na may gawa sa atin
Tayo raw ay pagpalain
Ilayo sa masamang gawain

Siya raw ang naglilingkod sa atin
Siya raw ang gumagabay sa atin
Dapat daw na paniwalaan
ang mga sinasabi ni Padre Damaso


Dumating ang araw, tumigil ang ulan
Puti niyang damit, ay kanyang pinalitan
Kanyang kabanalan, ngayon'y kasamaan
Kasamaang natatago sa puting kasuotan

May ninanakawan, laganap ang patayan
Sigaw ng mga tao, "padre kami ay tulungan"
Pagsapit ng gabi, si padre nasaan?
Nandun sa sugalan, nakikipag-inuman

Siya raw ang naglilingkod sa atin
Siya raw ang gumagabay sa atin
Dapat daw na paniwalaan
ang mga sinasabi ni Padre Damaso


Lead guitars (with cool baseline)

May ninanakawan, laganap ang patayan
Sigaw ng mga tao, "padre kami ay tulungan"
Pagsapit ng gabi, si padre nasaan?
Nandun sa sugalan, nakikipag-inuman

Siya raw ang naglilingkod sa atin
Siya raw ang gumagabay sa atin
Dapat daw na paniwalaan
ang mga sinasabi ni Padre Damaso



Spanish friars of the Dominican Order ca 1875-1880

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oist penge mp3 ng padre damaso.

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