WATCH | Jerika Teodorico stresses the need to stay home in uptempo number, ‘Balay’

Born and raised in Cebu City, singer-songwriter Jerika Teodorico is one of the early finalists for the 2020 edition of the PhilPop Songwriting Festival.

Jerika has been joining songwriting competitions since she was 17. Most of her entries centered on the advocacy of uplifting Bisaya music. At the same time, she has also been performing around Cebu City and other Bisaya-speaking areas. She is currently working on her debut album.

For her SoundStrip Live Online performance, Jerika is performing a quirky uptempo number called “Balay.” Originally titled, “Baklay,” her first idea for the tune is about “going around and travelling by foot.”

But as a result of the ongoing pandemic, Jerika decided to make a stay-at-home version of “Baklay” and re-titled it “Balay,” the Visayan word for house since that is where people are expected to stay and do their share to help fight COVID-19.

PhilPop Songwriting Festival 2020 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Manny V. Pangilinan. This year’s PhilPop is co-presented by SMART, MERALCO, and MAYNILAD, with official partners, Warner Music Philippines, Kadasig,and MinPop.



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