The Cordillera Connection Band has partnered with the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) to bring the message of autonomy to the youth of Cordillera. (Photo Courtesy of Jasmin Lapnawan)

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio-based The Cordillera Connection (TCC) band debuted their original composition entitled “United Cordillera” in a live guesting spot in ABS-CBN’s local morning show, Naimbag nga Morning Kapamilya last January 22. This was part of the promotional activities for the recently conducted Concert-Forum on Cordillera Autonomy in Sagada. Mt. Province during the Etag Festival, early this month.

The song is a reggae-rock tune that calls for the Cordillera region to unite for self-determination and regional autonomy. With lyrics written by Jasmin Lapnawan, performed by the TCC band, the song stirs pride for being a Cordilleran.

The song calls for action to “fight for your identity as a Cordilleran, unite the Cordillera for the future and the youth [and] our advocacy called autonomy”, lead vocalist Jaymoh Javier says. TCC’s female vocalist Margaret Locano adds, “the song is for every Cordilleran; for the youth who sometimes aren’t sure of their identity”.

The TCC band is the partner of the RDC and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) in Youth Concert-Forum on Autonomy project which were staged in the provinces of Benguet, Kalinga and Ifugao in 2017.

The next provincial concert-forum events will be held in Abra, Apayao and Baguio City (by Marlo T. Lubguban, NEDA- SPCAR)