Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The 'King of Moro Songs' croons for peace as an OPAPP ambassador

From GMANews (Oct 31): The 'King of Moro Songs' croons for peace as an OPAPP ambassador

Around 200 children, around 5 to 9 years old, were lined up in the municipality’s covered court. Some of them are wearing school uniforms, others have more casual clothing. They’re patiently waiting to be given their share in a feeding program organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. They were being served what looked to be pinakbet. It’s a common enough dish. But, the kids from Aleosan, North Cotabato had uncommon food servers. They were OPAPP peace ambassadors: among them former Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel; actor Epi Quizon; and the “King of Moro Songs”, singer Dhatu Khomeini Bansuan. As peace ambassadors, they assist in activities organized by the OPAPP, helping spread the word of peace through efforts like the feeding program, parlor games and, in the case of Dancel and Bansuan, through song. King Bansuan is more popular in the southern Philippines, given that he sings and performs in the Maguindanao dialect. But king or not, his majesty was all smiles, casual and friendly with everyone as he ladled out the food. He sat down for a short 10-minute conversation. He’s not what you’d call matinee idol handsome. But he’s got charisma, a magnetic aura that reminds of a boy band’s charm. Most of his songs may sound a little alien to ears used to Filipino. And a quick perusal of him gyrating on stage as proven by YouTube videos is equally surprising....


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