Geej has performed and or composed music in various productions throughout the world.
As a musician, she is one of the founding members and songwriters of the prestigious band, Mebuyan, in her hometown Davao. She was also award winning songwriter at the Tunog Mindanaw World Music Competition for two consecutive years. The music video of her instrumental music, ONE, by Elvert Bañares, is entry to three short music video festivals, including Blackbird 15 and World Music Videos.
As a theater artist, Geej was the artistic director, dramaturg, composer, and a performer in the multi-media concert-theater production of “Salima,” by Earthmusic Foundation, which toured in Mindanao, Philippines and was performed at the National Theater Festival and Mindanao Theater Festival (Adindanao). She was the composer for Integrated Performing Arts Guild’s dance-drama “Uwahig,” which toured Asia and Europe. One of the songs from this production was performed on “The Voice” in the Philippines. Geej also co-composed the music for the dance-musicale “Sita: Ramayana Revisited” by the same performing group, which debuted at the 8th APB Festival in Singapore.
Geej Performing with Time to Drum
With her band, Mebuyan, Geej co-composed the songs in Don Pagusara’s adaptation of Brecht’s “Mother Courage” performed by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino. The band was nominated for Outstanding Musical Composition in an annual performing arts awards given by The Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE), the country’s only organization of professional performing arts companies.
Geej started writing songs in English after moving to the US in 2011 and is currently working on her first solo recording for release before the year ends. She also performs with Ken Anoff’s Time to Drum and Mark Williams and Blue Horse.
One of the things Geej has held close to her heart has been her involvement with various non-profit organizations doing cultural, international, and peace work for over 30 years. As a member of Kaliwat Theater Collective in Davao, Geej worked alongside indigenous peoples in their quest for their ancestral domains and conducted research on indigenous peoples’ myths, legends, and traditional art forms.
Geej with MEBUYAN