Resurfacing the idea of music in relation to nationalism, this relation supports the idea that nationalism is not always about the serious matters that often concerns politics. Briefly discussed in Chapter 1 of Osit’s “A Nationalist and His music” that music played a part in our history since the ancient times. Music from the Philippines gained attention and it gave the land an identity that contributed to the charm that outsiders admired, such as how a record of the music Antonio Pigafetta witnessed can be seen in his journal. It made our forefathers different and unique. A sign of individuality of the Filipino forefathers before the archipelago was discovered. (Osit, 13)
It is that the idea of a national artist comes to light. A nationalist artist places a viral role is a community or a nation. A national community would be nothing if not for the national artist. One that is headstrong in encouraging the nation in their aim for creativity in their community. They are representative that pushes a community into a national community that will define their culture. They are the pillars for distinguishing the identity of a nation. (Curtis, 235) Not limited to their works but also prolonging towards how there are as an icon to their audience.
As seen in the past Filipino artist has made its role in contributing to the image of the Philippine country as an individual country. Though this has in a time forgotten due to trouble of development and the participation of foreign influences especially in media and film due to the changes brought with it. In this sense a new idea revolving around nationalism came about; unity amidst diversity. Sklan spoke of the role of nationalism in the film industry and how it is of value yet hard to input. Sklan spoke of the solution quoting Steve McIntyre:
Recognizing the definition of nationalism that leans towards the unity in differences. (Sklan, 246)
In the Philippines there was an artist that was seen not as just but that of a national artist of unique views. Francis Magalona a Filipino recognized to have stood out in the time of ballads as a rapper and as nationalist that expressed a inkling towards the nation of the Filipinos and much as the defined national artist, Magalona was a trendsetter. As defined by Curtis, from past knowledge they, national artists, set a standpoint that states or influences an idea for a national act. They are the beginning and a reminder of beliefs of what becomes a community. Nationalists are recognized by their knowledge that contributes to a national community. (Curtis, 238) As such, Magalona has expressed in many ways his belief in Filipinos through his music and his life.
Magalona had an image of and for the Filipinos. One that is not characterized for its similarities but by the differences and imperfections that make it a community. An image that “regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is always conceived as a deep,...