Oriang

Oriang Collective
Country:
Philippines

Oriang in its current iteration is hopefully the start of a collective or a collective-adjacent entity of largely women and queer folks who are artist-activists. The intended shared goal is to build a library of resistance or a library of heroes / human rights defenders for young people who are now entering into their own [ideas of] heroism and asking questions about what today’s young artist-activists are called upon to represent.

Oriang’s main output is three portrait songs about three people who we acknowledge and honor as heroes – Kerima Tariman, a poet-revolutionary killed last year by state forces in Silay, Negros Occidental; Chad Booc, a math and science teacher to Lumad youth killed early this year by state forces in New Bataan, Davao de Oro; and Amanda Echanis, a peasant woman organizer currently imprisoned on false charges in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

These songs were written, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered within a span of 6 weeks by Tao, Calix, and Ymi. Band rehearsals commenced shortly after in preparation for shooting videos of live performances of these songs. Only Chad has been performed publicly so far — during the 50th Anniversary of Martial Law protest action in UP Diliman last September 21.

This is the time of questions
This is the time of a violent rush of rage
Our only nightmare is that you grow up in fear
Our only objective is to leave you with a cure
A long time ago, bullet storms blotting out the sun
Were not a threat to schools

Collaborators

Main:
Tao — storyteller, music production
Cha Roque — video production
Jayme Ancla — music production
Ymi Castel — music production

Video:
Cha Roque — director
Leo Avendano — director of photography

Band:
Lead guitar — Ymi Castel
Keyboards — Lui Tan
Drums — Kaya Katigbak
Bass Guitar — Alyana Cabral
Rhythm Guitar — Tao
Vocals — Tao

Tao [she/they] has been making and singing songs for 16 years and has been queer all her life. She co-parents a visually expressive, musically motivated, currently writing-inclined, comedic riot of a teenager with her partner of 6 years. They have had seven cats in their lives together and are currently caring for four. Tao wrote her contributions to Oriang hoping they would find themselves in their kid’s storymaking playlist.

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