Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ang Bagong Harana Serenades Mother Nature

The Philippine Opera Company’s (POC) critically-acclaimed Filipino musical production “ ANG BAGONG HARANA ” goes on its third re-run from October 18 until October 28 at 8 p.m. with a new theme  “An Ode to Mother Nature”.  With the increasing concern over the health of our planet,  POC has decided to focus  efforts on bringing attention to the plight of Mother Earth. There will be matinees at 3:30 p.m. on October 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. 

For the October show, audiences will be treated to a brand new suite in the repertoire -- An Ode to Mother Nature. Over the past months, our country has been beset by calamities and disasters of magnifying proportions. And with these comes a clarion call for Filipinos to open their hearts and minds by seriously helping in the various preservation programs geared towards our Mother Nature before its too late. Quite a serious note, yet, translated into a song, it is very meaningful and heart-wrenching.

Two OPM compositions will be interpreted with a fresher mood and tone. Both songs shall also symbolize Philippine Opera Company’s advocacy to help preserve our Mother Nature.

The company of ten singers is made up of theater actors and singers Karla Gutierrez, Aizel Prietos, Charley Magalit, Janine Santos, Marian Santiago, Arlynne Tecson, Lawrence Jatayna, Noel Rayos, Nazer Salcedo, Marvin Gayramon and Al Gatmaitan with the special participation of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group. Most have appeared in plays and musicals. None of them are what you would call " mainstream ". And that is precisely what makes their performances all the more poignant and powerful.

“It is a difficult effort to try and do something truly Filipino nowadays still bearing in mind the continuing influx of ‘ foreign acts and shows ’ until December 2012,” points out Karla Guiterrez, head of POC.

Originally conceived and directed by award-winning writer/director Floy Quintos, “ Ang Bagong Harana ” shall still carry the original repertoire which showcases the best works of noted Filipino composers from different music genres --- Nicanor Abelardo, Ryan Cayabyab, Willy Cruz, Francisco Santiago, Antonio Molina, Resti Umali, George Canseco, Ernani Cuenco, Levi Celerio, Jose Estrella, Constancio De Guzman and Felipe de Leon, to name a few.

For ticket sales, please call Philippine Opera Company at 822-9609 or 0917-5272880 or TicketWorld at 891-9999 or Like Philippine Opera Company on Facebook.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gloc 9: Easy Listening Pinoy Rap with a Socio-Political Theme

I'm not a fan of rap but Gloc 9's easy listening album caught my attention. His album called MKNM: Mga Kuwento ng Makata under Universal Records is something you can share with the whole world even if the language is tagalog because of the great melody.  And aside from that, his music is  not the stressful kind like most rap music I hear that have a lot of rants and cusses.  Those, along with lousy messages that encourage sex and drugs,  bad imagery , turned me off  from the genre.  Rap just gives me a headache, particularly gangster raps.

But hearing people say positive comments about Gloc 9 and his music, including fellow song artists who mention his name when asked about future collaborations,  I just had to meet this person and hear what he has to say.  True to form, he was a shy, humble person who was candid about where he gets his inspiration for the songs.  You can tell he has a soft spot in his heart for the underdogs of the country, like the gays and domestic helpers, because he highlights their plight or situations through his songs.  Luckily, the songs are nice to listen to so the messages will be communicated to a larger group of music lovers.

 One of the songs in his album, entitled Sirena, was an instant hit for me.  The song describes the sufferings that a gay person endures from childhood until adulthood, starting with his father. This hurts more than what society thinks of him.  The great imagery, topped with a catchy tune, just makes this song special.  
“I think this is the first time that a song about a gay man is presented in a first person’s point of view,” explains Gloc-9. “I worked hard on this song to make sure it doesn’t offend anyone.”

Because I liked one song, I had to hear the rest of the album.  I was pleased to hear that there was more than one great song like Inday , Alalay ng Hari, Bakit hindi, and Thankful to name a few.

Apparently, we were told that Gloc-9 seems to have the Midas touch, or rather the Platinum touch, as the songs of artists collaborating with him turn into hits,  leading  to  good  sales results for their albums.

When asked about the future of his music and exploring other Filipino dialects instead of only tagalog, he said he was open to explore such possibilities and will continue to make music in rap until people stop asking for more.

So here is Gloc-9’s MKNM: Mga Kuwento ng Makata tracklist:
"Balak ni Syke (Syke's Plan)"  

"Apatnapungbara" (featuring Ian Tayao)

"Silup (Semordnilap of the Tagalog word Pulis which means "Police")" (featuring Denise Barbacena)

"Alalay Ng Hari (King's Assistant)" (featuring G-Dawg a.k.a. Gordon Lambatan)

Sirena (Mermaid)" (featuring Ebe Dancel)

"Hindi Mo Nadinig" (featuring Jay Durias)

"Sino (Who)"  

"Salarin (Malefactor)" (featuring Bamboo Mañalac)

"Inday (Pinoy slang for maid)" (featuring Cathy Go)

"Bakit Hindi (Why Not)" (featuring Billy Crawford)

"Malakas (Strong)"  

"Pison (Steamroller)" (featuring Chito Miranda)

"Thankful" (featuring Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 and Bambu)

"Hari ng Tondo (King of Tondo)" (featuring Denise Barbacena)

"Kung Tama Siya (If He Is Right)" (featuring Jaq Dionisio of Kissjane)

Download Gloc-9 “MKNM” full album at:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

WWF Reverse Run Reset to September 9!

Press Release:
Take a step back then move forward for the environment by joining the WWF Reverse Run!

Originally slated for July 22 at the SM Mall of Asia, the run organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) was postponed due to Typhoon Ferdie.

“We apologize for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused. Your safety is our top priority. The weather conditions compelled us to reschedule the fun run to another date and venue,” said Mayj Tolentino, WWF-Philippines’ Individual Donor Program Manager.

WWF-Philippines is pleased to announce that the Reverse Run will take place at 5:00 AM on 9 September 2012 at the Venice Piazza Grounds, McKinley Hill, Taguig City! Race distances are 3K, 6K and 12K.

WWF's Reverse Run is unique because runners will backpedal through the course for a few meters before running their respective race distances. Running in reverse symbolizes each runner’s commitment to reverse the accelerating degradation of our environment.

Registration fees are PHP 500 (3K and 6K) and PHP 600 (12K).

All proceeds shall sustain WWF's ‘Reverse the Bad’ student membership program. 

Participants can sign up at the following registration sites: Chris Sports (Glorietta 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila and Fitness and Athletics at the Bonifacio Global City) and Skechers (Festival Mall, Market Market and TriNoMa).

They can also register online at: 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Organic Agriculture Part 2: Costales Organic Farm

Healthy plants here . . . and well-fed animals there . . . Organic produce everywhere.  All in Mang Ronald Costales' Farm. OA, OA, Oh!


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