Showing posts from September, 2012

Sept 29 to Oct 5

I have no words to express my admiration for independent musical artists, who write their own songs and produce their own albums. I got a lot of insights and had such great fun while tuned in to Lourd De Veyra's radio show Chillax last March 17. Guests were the world-class ace saxophonist Ronald Tomas and the irreverent guitar god Dong Abay. Heard a lot of original Filipino gems for the first time too. There's Gary Granada's Undefined, from a groundbreaking album designed to teach math to kids; they say it's not on sale on record bars but you can buy it in Conspiracy Bar. There's Joey Ayala's Basta May Saging, where the alternative rock icon actually, listen to this, raps. There's also a track from one of Dong's indie albums; didn't get the title but it was sung by no less than Mon David

Here's my SMS, read by Lourd: “Assuming there's already a bunch of orig songs, how much does an artist need to prod indie album? Where do u get musicians and…

Sept 22-28

I grew up with the music of Martin Nievera. His songs are part of my life, a musical journey filled with joy, pathos and sweet remembrances. I was witness to history as Martin gave an unforgettable rendition of Erik Santos' This Is The Moment during the ASAP grand celebration of his 30th year in showbiz last July 29, 2012 on ABS-CBN. The Martin-songs production numbers, introduced by Robbie Domingo, opened with an electrifying version of You're On The Right Track with international star Billy Crawford and pop-rock icon Juan Miguel Salvador. Then Pain with The Dawn frontman Jet Pangan and Nikki Gil. Next was Huggybear's favorite Martin song, You Are To Me, with Gino Padilla and Toni Gonzaga. Martin came on stage next, singing You Are My Song, joined by Verni Varga and Rachel Alejandro. There was also Bamboo and Yeng Constantino singing a rock version of No Way To Treat A Heart

In the next production, Martin was alternating with Kuh Ledesma and Pop Fernandez singing Ikaw Ang …

September 15-21

Legendary singer and songwriter Freddie Aguilar is the King of Pinoy Folk & Country. His iconic 70s song Anak (about a young man ruined by drugs) would have had an international English version by Kenny Rogers if not for the people who grabbed the copyright from him. "Ka" Freddie is kinda like the Bob Dylan of the Philippines, whose songs are emblematic of his era yet they remain timeless. With his guitar and signature hat and long hair, he gave us memorable, socially relevant classics that stands the test of time, like Katarungan (about an innocent man on deathrow); Sa Kuko Ng Agila (about the social ills of foreign military bases); the Metropop awardwinning Bulag, Pipi At Bingi (about the lives of blind, mute and deaf people); and a lot more. My favorite Ka Freddie song is Magdalena, about a woman driven by a cruel world to become a prostitute.

Obviously, I have great respect for him, so I was happily surprised when I saw on Sarah Geronimo's Sunday night musical Sa…

September 8-14

Eddie Garcia Ako Si Kiko, Ako Si Kikay  Lokomoko U Dear Jasmin

Eddie Garcia is one of my favorite actors and role models. It's really nice to see him in the midnight variety program Master Showman on Aug. 25, 2012 being interviewed by a fellow living legend, "The Master Showman" German "Kuya Germs" Moreno, who has discovered and mentored dozens of aspiring young stars. Eddie is already in his 80s but he has the charisma and the body of a much younger man. He started his acting career in 1949 after a stint in the Scouts, the predecessor of the Philippine Army, as one of Manuel Conde's Sietes Infantes De Lara. Eddie made a name as a brilliant actor even if he did a lot bit parts and villain roles, finally doing lead roles in action movies in the 90s.
He gave himself 15 years to be a director but it took less than that. His directorial debut was Karugtong ng Kahapon, starring Mario Montenegro, his  Infantes co-star and one of the most bankable leading men in Phili…

How Do You Solve Problems?

September 1-7
When golf player Angelo Que encountered problems in his career, he overhauled his techniques with the help of sports psychologist Andrea Furst and swing coach Bong Lopez, and he went on to bag the 2008 Philippine Open and the 20th rank on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

Problems are meant to be solved. Happily, there are a lot of ways to do that, and what they have in common is what think-tank RAND Corp. calls “Applied common-sense.” Here they are:

Redefine the challenge. Solutions come when you view the issue from a different perspective. Problem: Sony engineers in 1978 can’t fit the recording mechanism in their prototype small cassette.

Solution: Co-founder Masaru Ibaka instead got the idea of a portable player with headphones, and the Walkman became and still remains Sony’s flagship product.

Take advantage of the disadvantage. The idea sounds weird but it is a time-tested technique. Problem: Soo-Jin Jang’s Web-based company SNI went bankrupt during the 1997 Asian financial…