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Cordillera bids farewell to Raul Beray

Through his songs mostly in the Ibaloi dialect, he was able to inspire others, he was able to help those in need, even in the final days of his life.

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The news of his untimely passing shocked a lot of his fans. But in their sorrow, they find comfort in knowing that the Ibaloi troubadour left a legacy that will keep his memory alive.

One of his college friends way back in the 80's, Thomas Patinglag, shared to us his fond memories of Raul Beray. He remembered him well as a very talented singer, who could sing a John Denver song almost as good as John Denver himself.

Although Thomas now resides in England, distance wasn't a hindrance when just a week before his friend's death, both of them were able to organize a virtual concert for a cause to raise fund for Erma Lawagan, a widow from Besao, who got diagnosed with brain cancer.

They were in high spirit because the virtual concert (aired live, 24th of October) was a huge success. Raul Beray, who was known for his charitable works, had been doing virtual concerts for a cause since the start of the pandemic, and he, as attested to by those around him, was looking forward to do more events.

This is why Thomas was as shocked as everybody else when he heard the sad news that came 1st of November, 2021. Word swirling 'round was that Beray, in his mid 50's, succumbed to a health-related complication (probably cardiac arrest, or something of that nature).

To honor the memory of his friend, and since he is thousands of miles away from Bokod (Raul Beray's hometown), Thomas wants to share this simple song rendition as a tribute to a music man, who, through his music, was able to do a lot of good things to his fellowmen.

This one is titled, "FAREWELL TO THE MUSIC MAN," and just to make it more sentimental, he borrowed the melody of a popular Raul Beray song, "Eskueda" to go along with the newly written lyrics.

-Video Source --- https://www.facebook.com/thomas.patinglag/videos/843409966340548


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