Nothing stops Palawan artists rise to fame even during the pandemic as two talented princesses of Puerto Princesa serenades audiences in different social media platforms with their original songs. One of songs that has been released online is a Palaweña hiphop track while the other is a love song being sung and covered by different mainstream singers in the country.
The Princess of Palaweña
“Palaweña” is a feel-good hip-hop song by Youtuber rapper J-Slim of Repablikan featuring Palaweña Chef Princess Asebuque, a resident of Brgy. San Miguel and alumni of Puerto Princesa City National Science High School. The song talks about the beautiful spots in El Nido that can be compared to the admirable beauty of a local Palaweña.
According to 28 year-old Princess, this is her first recorded song ever and she was happy with the reception of the audience online especially on Youtube and Tiktok videos that has been re-sung and was made several renditions in the said platforms. The song will soon be available on Spotify.
Princess don’t have any experience in competitions or performances but she believes she has the talent and connections that made J-Slim notice her and virtually collaborated with her by co-writing the songs.
“May person po na nag-connect sa amin na good friend ng Repablikan, and ito pong lockdown kumakanta-kanta po ako and ‘yon po naisip nung person na gumawa po kami ng song, and nung tinanong ako I had this thought na about Palaweña, metaphorically used by promoting our famous places in Palawan,” Asebuque said.
Princess made relevant noise recently as she and 3 other ladies from her girl group did some charity work in different areas in the province, providing food and relief goods especially during the lockdown. The Peninsula Manila resident Chef said this is her way of sharing love as an exchange for the blessings she received.
Selos by Prinsesa
Selos is the second single written by Sanilyn Gianan with her band Prinsesa in 2010, after almost ten years, the song was submitted to Madhouse Facebook Online radio page of OPM singer Rannie Raymundo. It topped the charts in the weekly countdown voted by its viewers last May 2020 and even Raymundo played drums during one of its live performances with Prinsesa’s mini reunion.
“May gusto akong gitarista, gusto ko talaga siya tinutukso kami ng lahat pero isang araw, iba ang niligawan nya yung friend ko, so nasulat ko in 5 minutes ang boung song na selos, eh hindi ako selosa, kaso ayun nagse-selos din pala,” Gianan said.
Recently the song was featured live by OPM hitmaker Ogie Alcasid in his OPM Nights pilot episode on Facebook.
Gianan is a known local performing artist, a former member of UP Tinig Amianan and Dulaang UP Baguio. Last summer Gianan offered free online song writing concert and held a benefit online concert for frontliners as her birthday present. Selos lyric video is now in Youtube.