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P.I. Jazz Fest 2008

Raul Midon

Are you a fan of jazz? Are you a fan of music?

If you are, then prove it by joining the biggest musical festival in the country this year: The Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival 2008, which started last 29th of February in Manila and runs until the 15th of March. Featured international artists include Lee Ritenour, Kurt Elling, Omar Sosa, Sara Gazarek, Chico and the Gypsies, and Incognito. From local shores we have Johnny Alegre, Bob Aves Group, Toti Fuentes, Gerard Salonga, Manuel Baldemor, and the Brass Munkeys, among others.

The event this year is made more special because the organizer, P.I. Jazz Foundation, is now involved with UNICEF. Efforts are being made to bring jazz to the youth through development programs such as school workshops in Far Eastern University and the University of Santo Tomas, summer music training courses, a talent search contest, and mall tours featuring our top local musicians.

The real reason why I am all hyped up about it, however, is the phenomenal Raul Midón. You’ve simply got to see him! The blind New York City-based singer-songwriter and guitarist will be down at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza to give a free workshop on March 12. And on March 13, he’ll be featured in the main concert with Montreal-based jazz pianist Lorraine Demarais.

For more information, visit the official website at

March Music Madness!

Well it’s March and there’s too much going in the music scene in the Metro. Hundreds of foreign artists (well just several actually) are dropping in for concerts and most of these concerts are sold out already. Mandy Moore will be in Eastwood, Maroon 5 will be in Araneta, Incubus will be dropping in by March 9… so save up for that band or artist specially since Holy Week (aka the 4-day holiday) is near.

Selda: Not your typical Valentine’s date movie

If you’re looking for something different this Valentine’s, you need not look far. Opening tomorrow at the Robinson’s Galleria Mall’s Indiecine is Selda, a Filipino indie film by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos.

True to form to their themes of love and its different vagaries, filmmakers Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos follow up their highly-acclaimed debut film ILUSYON (Rated A 2005, Cinemanila IFF 2006, Pusan IFF 2006) with the tragic tale of 3 characters in Selda. The film stars Sid Lucero, Emilio Garcia and Ara Mina. Also starring are Michael de Mesa, Allan Paule, Soliman Cruz and Ping Medina.

Set in two contrasting enivronments that undeline the same premise of imprisonment, Selda tells the story of Rommel, a young man who accidentally kills a boy, resulting in his incarceration. Inside the jail, he befriends another inmate, Esteban, who becomes his rock and protector. Seven years later, Rommel is living in the province as a farmer together with Sita his wife. Esteban tracks down Rommel in hopes of renewing a brewing love affair. Rommel and Sita welcome Esteban into their lives, until their intimacy crosses borderlines and results in the undeniable scourge of self-discovery.

Selda is a return to classiscist forms and delivers a stylish, deliberately-paced treatise on love. At moments strange, Selda is a sublime and disquieting portrait of a young man whose search for happiness, innocence and true love is laden with guilt and doubt.

Source: Selda Trailer at


Jokefest for the Dateless


Are you dateless this Valentine’s? Instead of wallowing in your singledom, how about spending it with other singles and laugh about it? The Youth Tourism Response Philippines (YouthTRiP) is inviting all singles (or even couples) to the Jokefest for the Dateless event on the 16th, at the Club Intramuros Roof Deck. Doors open at 8pm, and an entrance fee of Php150 will be collected. Don’t fret about the fee; it gets you one drink, and the rest is contributed for YouthTRiP’s upcoming Yayain si Yaya Day, “a project that will take Yayas and their kids and wards to Museo Pambata for an afternoon of history, storytelling, and Pinoy games. It is a tribute to our second mothers and quasi-big sisters.

Dolls for a cause

Straight from the Press Release…


Dolls for a cause by Philippine contemporary artists
Manikako doll fair and auction on February 16-23 at the Podium

We invite you to be a part of Manikako, Future Ko! A Fund-Raising Doll Fair at The Podium Activity Center along 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City., February 16 to 23, 2008. The proceeds of the event will fund free doll-making workshops for underprivileged kids conducted by the House of Comfort Art Network (ARTHOC).

The week-long fair will open with a “loud auction” conducted by artist/critic Cid Reyes on February 16, 6pm with TV personality Tintin Bersola Babao as program host.

Doll-making workshops will be held daily at the fair, led by a wide variety of groups such as : ManikaManila, avid collectors of ball-jointed dolls; Mistula, concept doll band; Pilipinas Street talented grafitti artists; Sewing Circle, needlepoint craft enthusiasts; Creatives from Y & R Philippines; Superficial Girls; and, INK or Illustrador ng Kabataan whose works breathe life into Filipino children’s literature. (Do it yourself) doll manikako kits and other
manikako products will be available for sale during the event.

Capping the week is Salamat sa’yo, Manikako!, a thanksgiving celebration featuring musicians like Moonstar88, Joey Ayala, Susan Fernandez Magno, Ciudad and the multiawarded performance poet, Vim Nadera, among others.

Almost a hundred dolls created by noted visual artists, singers, composers, dancers, photographers and cultural workers, including those by National Artist Abdulmari Imao and senior artist Mauro Malang Santos will be exhibited and auctioned off throughout the fair. Participating artists include Leo Abaya, Mike Achevido, Cynthia Alexander, Willie Alicdan, Yasmin Almonte, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, Edda Amonoy, John Paul Antido, Marcel Antonio, Ral Arrogante, Pandy Aviado, Joey Ayala, Pablo Baensantos, Mara Bernaldo, Joan Bitangcol, Plet Bolipata, Remy Boquiren, Elmer Borlongan, Alan Cabalfin, Benjie Cabangis, Noel Cabangon, Angel Cacnio, Michael Cacnio, Imelda
Cajipe-Endaya, Bong Callao, Bea Camacho, Susan Canoy, Rafael del Casal, Rey Paz Contreras, Tala Contreras, Daniel Coquilla, Chie Cruz, Noel Cuison, Aba Dalena, June Dalisay, Ginny Dandan, Nadya Melina David, Antipas Delotavo, Romina Diaz, Neil Doloricon, Noell El Farol, Gigi Escalante, Bob Feleo, Egai Fernandez, Karen Flores, Nonoy Froilan, Esther Garcia, Gian Gianan, Gino Gonzales, Guerrero Habulan, Sid Hildawa, Grace Imao, Juan Sajid Imao, Toym Imao, Ferdie Jingco, Lett Jingco, Tiffany Jingco, Katwo, Prudencio Lammaroza, Lilia Lao, Glo Tenza-Lava, Lao Lianben, Bing Libatique, Lenore Lim, Margarita Lim, Tita Lim, Alfredo Liongoren, Julie Lluch, Jojo Lofranco, Athena Lopez, Noli Manalang, Baidy Mendoza, Ferdie Montemayor, Peter Mutuc, Teresita Narciso, Wawi Navarroza, Romulo Olazo, Jim Orencio, Gabie Osorio, Vincent Padilla, Gapas, Mario Parial, Mikel Parial, Mervy Pueblo, Alma Quinto, Ton Raymundo, Jucar Raquepo, Roberto Ma. Robles, Riza Romero, Jose Tence Ruiz, Rovi Salegumba, Jaypee Samson, Julio Samson, Soler Santos, Ching Abad Santos, Mia Singson, Sharon See, Sherwin Tan, Kitty Taniguchi, Lia Torralba, Cez Nunez-Uhing, Clairelynn Uy, Rosel Valenzuela, Brian Vallesteros, Anna Varona, Lydia Velasco, Edna Vida, Kris Villanueva, Liv Vinluan, and Nestor Vinluan.

Manikako, Future Ko! is a collaboration of ARTHOC, a non-stock, non-profit organization that believes in the power of art to comfort the needy and the afflicted and its fund-raising arm MANIKAKO, Liongoren Gallery, The Podium, Y & R Philippines and Britania Art Projects.

ARTHOC and Manikako have been conducting doll workshops with out-of-school youth in Naga city, typhoon Reming survivors in Albay, among the wards of SOS village in Ayala Alabang, and among children from slum communities in Cubao, Project 2, and Payatas in Quezon City.

Other projects by ARTHOC include workshops such as the “House of Comfort Art Project” and “Malaya Ka Ba? Freedom Quilt” which yielded handcrafted textile pieces created by participants from various communities throughout the Philippines. For inquiries, please call 9124319 or log on to and


I hope we’ll see each other there! :D

Muziklaban Finals today

Beer, Bands and entire Barangays will be flooding into Marikina Sports Complex tonight because of the Red Horse Muziklaban Finals. The annual battle of the bands challenge started in 1999 and has since helped launch new rock bands into the scene.

Bands playing tonight include Pepe Smith, Wally Gonzales & Band, Slapshock, Greyhoundz, Queso, Urbandub, Kjwan, Pupil, Sugarfree, Kiko Machine, Mayonnaise, Paramita, Radioactive Sago Project, Typecast, Faspitch, 18th Issue, Fuseboxx, Join The Club, Sunflower Day Camp, Kamia, Treadstone, Descant Gott, Sin, Cog, Sultans of Snap, Datu’s Tribe, Salindiwa, Reklamo, The Ambassadors, Quadro, Plane Divides the Sky, Kamikazee, Parokya ni Edgar, Valley of Chrome, HardBoiledggz and more.

For more details visit their website

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Ortigas wins Fitness First Body combat Marathon

Congratulations to Team Ortigas for winning the Fitness First Body combat Marathon last night at NBC Tent in Fort. Kudos too to my home gym (whee!) Team Eastwood for taking Overall Team Best Costume. More photos on Flickr!


What’s Your Flavor?


The makers of BAILEYS® Irish Cream, the world’s original cream liqueur, made history again today with the introduction of Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate and Baileys® with a hint of Crème Caramel. Their launch brings a playful twist to what is already a world best-seller and offers consumers the experience of something different.

Baileys® Irish Cream is a unique blend of quality ingredients – fresh Irish dairy cream, finest spirits, triple distilled Irish whiskey and chocolate flavors – combined in perfectly balanced proportions. It is an award winning taste that has been enjoyed by millions of consumers in over 150 markets around the world for the past 33 years. It is the same award-winning recipe that is now used to make Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate and Baileys® with a hint of Crème Caramel. The key difference is the subtle addition of natural flavors to perfectly complement that same great taste giving peppermint with dark chocolate notes in one and a creamy caramel overtone in the other.

Few people actually know that there is scientific justification to the correlation between our personalities and preferences of flavours…

Forty, Filipino and Fabulous!

The PSID graduating batch of 2007 are showcasing their talent at the Paseo Center in Salcedo Village starting September 29th.

”We are celebrating the union of CFIP and PSID with a breakthrough interior design exhibit. All 19 booths are carefully planned, researched and executed to promote the ingenuity and creativity of Filipino-designed furniture pieces in fabulous interior settings, and to emphasize the importance of furniture as an indispensable element in creating interiors that work,” explains PSID professor Jie Pambid.

PSID is the country’s premiere institution in interior design education, established in 1967 by Engr. Augustine Cancio and Herminia Cancio-Layug, with the curriculum conceptualized by interior designer Edith Oliveros, Arch. Lor Calma and National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Since then, PSID has produced a number of successful practitioners and has been consistent in topping the local board examinations for interior design.


If you’re planning on redecotrating your house or just appreciate great interior design, you will surely enjoy all the booths on exhibit. In line with this year’s theme, each booth incorporates various indigenous Filipino materials like abaca, raffia and bamboo ito their design. Representatives from each booth are always on hand to answer any question you may have about their exhibit.

The exhibit will be open to the public starting September 30, and will run until October 31th. Admission is free.

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