Acting is one of Cesar Montano’s many pursuits.
Another is painting.
Still, among others, is singing.
These make him always the versatile performer and when he joins the “Kung Hindi Man” series of online concerts of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to celebrate the traditional Filipino music of the kundiman (a Filipino love song), he is also on a speaking mode about the genre and its influences on his music.
Talking about versatility, Cesar is also into folk singing.
When he wasn’t in the movies yet, he had stints in folk houses just like what Freddie Aguilar, Heber Bartolome, Florante de Leon and their ilk were into.
Music has been in Montano’s DNA even when he was still in Bohol, his home province.
“Sa Bohol, nanghaharana na kami ng barkada kaya alam ko ang kundiman (Me and my peers were serenading the apples of our eyes in Bohol that’s why I am familiar with the kundiman),” divulged Buboy, Cesar’s pet name, during a virtual presscon for “Kung Hindi Man” where he was joined in by his fellow performers in the show like Lara Maige, Clem Castro of the band Orange and Lemons, Eugene de los Santos, Herminigildo Ranera and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).
Despite recuperating from COVID-19, Cesar finds time to showcase his kundiman singing prowess on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 6 pm at the CCP Office of the President Facebook page.
“Kung Hindi Man” is a component of the “Sining Sigla” project of CCP President Arsenio J. Lizaso, better known as Nick Lizaso, television, film, theater and multimedia actor, director, writer and producer.