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Decades of his­tory back up the legacy of Baguio folk/ coun­try mu­sic. From the Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion to its huge role in pro­duc­ing anti- Mar­tial Law an­thems in the ’ 70s, its roots are deep in the city’s soil. It re­mains the have now branched out.

Malaki yung folk and coun­try mu­sic dito, lalo na noong World War II hang­gang ’80s. Di­nala ng Amer­i­can sol­diers ang folk dito since they stayed here the long­est, re­tired here, and built the city,” Turn­coats bassist, Troy, shares. Alain de­scribes the city’s cur­rent sound as “80 per­cent folk, coun­try, blues, and reg­gae, 20 per­cent ev­ery­thing else.”

The city’s scene has grown since folk mu­sic’s be­gin­nings there. Baguio folk lives on through blues/ rock artists like Cae­sar Sal­cedo and folk mu­si­cians like Mac Castelo. But bands like the jazz/soul/hip- hop fu­sion Sky­dive Academy keep the scene fresh.

“There’s a con­sid­er­able amount of di­ver­sity here in Baguio. We also got mu­si­cians bring­ing in their elec­tronic, mu­sic scene,” Jethro Sandico of Sky­line Academy says. “I be­lieve it’s be­com­ing a lit­tle more open- minded, bar­ri­ers

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