Living in an inverted world

Baliktad na ang Mundo
By Danilo “Danny” Fabella
12 cuts
Produced, released and distributed by Musikang Bayan

Musikang Bayan’s new album, with Danilo “Danny” Fabella’s “Baliktad na ang

Album cover of the Musikang Bayan's new album, Baliktad

Album cover of the Musikang Bayan's new album, Baliktad

Mundo,” offers a refreshing and creative insight into what is happening to Filipino society.

The intro of the album’s carrier single, Baliktad, opens with lines about erratic weather patterns and aggressive development: Mataas na bundok ngayo’y patag/ Disyerto na’ng masukal na gubat/ Tag-lamig ay tag-init/ Tag-ulan ay tag-araw

And the chorus rings:

Ano ba ito ang gulo-gulo ang gulo-gulo
Ano ba ito ang gulo-gulo ang gulo-gulo
Ano ba ito ang gulo-gulo ang gulo-gulo
Baliktad na ang mundo

Song about injustice

Fabella also exposes the justice system thus: Mga kriminal ang malaya/Ang nakakulong walang sala/Ang tama ay mali/Ang masama’y mabuti.

Undeniably, the current justice system has a lot of loopholes. Issues of graft and corruption and biased judgments hound the “august” halls of the lower courts to the Supreme Court, and even the quasi-judicial bodies.

The song is also an observance on “liars” considered bearers of gospel truth and the corrupt as trustworthy:

Ang sinungaling ang pinaniniwalaan
Magnanakaw ang pinagtitiwalaan
Sa lipunang ito
Sila’y pinararangalan.

Danilo Fabella, the singer/composer of Baliktad na ang Mundo (The World's Inverted)

Danilo Fabella, the singer/composer of Baliktad na ang Mundo (The World's Inverted)

State terror is not spared, nor has the government’s extolling the “executioners” responsible for the more than a thousand extrajudicial killings of activists and dissenters.

May mamang bugbog sarado
Hawak ng pulis sa braso
Siya’y humihiyaw
Humihingi ng saklolo
Mamatay-tao’y pinupuri
Mga biktima’y sinisisi
Ang naagrabyado
Sinasampahan ng kaso


Everyone knows, of course, how many ranking police and military officers move on to Cabinet posts and ambassadorships on retirement.

All against the “Queen”

There is no denying that Baliktad na ang Mundo is really a diatribe against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, although it’s a creative disparaging.

Matuwid ang nasa impyerno
Baluktot ay nasa Palasyo
Anghel nang tumakbo
Halimaw nang maupo

At minsa’y nagsimba ang demonyo
Lumuhod, pumikit, parang santo
Matapos magdasal
Nagmano kay Obispo

About electoral fraud and other brouhahas

It also passes judgment on Philippine elections, where winners can end up losers, what with the fraud and other chicanery that invariably accompany every excursion to the polls.

Ang mandaraya ang parehas
At ang dagdag ay bawas
Panalo ang talo
Ang peke’y ginawang totoo

Taksil ang ginagawang huwaran
Bayani ang pinarurusahan
Ang ayaw ng tao
Ay nagiging pangulo

No, Virginia, the Philippine economy’s not developing

On the last part of the song, Fabella sings:

Ekonomiya ay sumusulong
Ang mamamaya’y nagugutom
Ang krisis ay sagana
ang glorya’y pagdurusa

Is this for real? Consider the following statistics:

  • Unemployment rate among adults, 34.2%, which translates to 14 million, based on the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey; the highest in the past 16 years.
  • Self-rated poverty remains high, 47% based on the latest SWS survey in April 2009.
  • In 2008, 75% of the Filipino populace consider themselves as losers or suffering the worse economic conditions despite the fiscal changes implemented by the government
  • 2.9 million families are suffering from severe hunger

Last note

Most of the songs included in this are old, like Rosas ng Digma, Payatas, Pahayagan, The Peace We Want, etc.

But the songs of Baliktad na ang Mundo, old a new, have the power to awaken the nationalist spirit within you.

This is a must-have addition to anyone’s music collection, especially if one is looking for genuine alternative and progressive music. (Appeared at Dateline Philippines and in the July 8, 2009 issue of the Philippines Graphic Newsweekly Magazine)