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Puerto Princesa Underground River for the New 7 Wonders of the World!

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. It features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower half portion of the river is brackish and subject to tidal influence. The area also represents significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. It contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.

The PPPSRNP is designated a core area for the Palawan Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program. In recognition of its globally significant natural properties, it was inscribed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s of (UNESCO) List of Natural World Heritage Sites. Inscription to the list confirms the exceptional and universal value of the Site that deserves to be protected for the benefit of all humanity.

The PPSRNP is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa based on a program centered on environmental conservation and sustainable development. It has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a Local Government Unit. It has been cited as an example of best practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism in the Philippines.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World. It is one of the few such rivers which the public can easily experience and appreciate. It is the official entry of the Philippines and is 1 of the 28 finalists to the Search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

It is a source of pride and a key element in the identity of the people of Puerto Princesa in particular, and of the Philippines as a whole.

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Globe Tatt Awards: Jonver’s Picks

Disclaimer: This is purely subjective. Your violent reaction is very welcome, but please do respect my preferences.

These are my personal bets in the ongoing Globe Tatt Awards (read more about it here.) As subjective as it may sound, pardon the bias that I have. Some I’m really a fan of, some are my friends, and some are just people who I really believe in. Again, know that this is considering purely my discretion.

The One. Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First, one of the longest standing quality food blogs in the Philippines. She is one of my inspirations when I was starting my blog, and I remain a fan of her intimate foodie writing up until now. Loyal readers will most probably agree with me that one can feel Ms. Lori’s love of food through her writing, photos, and simple, whimsical blurbs. She may be a little behind the social media bandwagon (i.e. having her Facebook fan page and Twitter account just recently,) but Ms. Lori proves that she is queen of it all.

Ballbreaker. Who else broke balls when it comes to having himself heard? Popular for his Damaso act last year, Carlos Celdran (or @TheManilaHilton. He temporarily changed his Twitter ID, LOL!) is truly a hardcore ballbreaker, whether it be advocating for one’s beliefs, or otherwise breaking others’ for that matter. They may jail him, but they can never stop his swagger.

Stylisimo. You may have seen her in her long flowy dresses. Maybe in skyscraper heels only goddesses (we think!) could only don. Or was it a nine-inch heel-less Kermit Tesoro?! Aside from beauty and brains, juggling executive and modeling stints, Divine Lee puts the divine in intervention. You cannot miss being struck by her beauty and style. Truly, today’s icon of an empowered woman – stylish, ferocious, and productive. Nothing can be more Divine.

Indie Rocker. Hundreds of indie bands are born everyday, but only few makes it to the top. What does Up Dharma Down have? A unique set of musical aesthetic ready to nourish your ears and soul. Their eclectic sound-making gives a certain degree of elopement from the present and a journey to a new realm. It talks to your heart, it soothes the soul. What more can I say?

Wordslayer. There would never be a concrete explanation to define my love for DCF. Truly, only a genuine love of writing breeds a good piece.

Artiste. Anyone who have seen Robbie Bautista a.k.a. The Creative Dork’s work could easily relate it to cute and fluffy. It is, anyway. You cannot resist looking into products of his self-love. Vain as it is, nevertheless creative.

Tech Junkie.Veteran to the world of blogging, Jayvee Fernandez writes about the latest in the techie universe. His attention to detail in reviewing every inch of a gadget shows his expertise in this field. He may be reviewing gadgets everytime, but he communes also with the nature by diving, and taking photographs of deep sea creatures. Such a holistic person he is, ain’t he?

#Thought-Mover. It would be a bit normal for celebrities to be a mover in the social media, given their popularity and status. But for blogger and social media specialist Tonyo Cruz, the thinker in him and his uncanny drive to communicate his opinion and share thoughts with others brought him the #sentisabado fame. Whether it be reminiscing childhood memories or advocating one’s beliefs, Tonyo takes a stand and aims to change the world, one thought at a time.

Video Slinger. He may not have spent his years in the Philippines, but definitely he traces his roots here, and he’s hella proud to be Filipino. With his gifted voice and comical acts, Mikey Bustos takes Youtube by storm with his unconventional guides on how to be a Filipino. Others may laugh at him, but his love for the Philippines is something to be admired of.

The Advocate. It’s so hard to pick from two of my favorite advocates in the social media, so I voted for both of them. Beth Angsioco‘s advocacy of many issues concerning our government and society is impressive, taking heights to air whatever she thinks needs to be aired. While Nina Terol-Zialcita‘s movement to promote change in self (and further into the society) should be recognized and shared so that it can be emulated.

You can vote for your favorite social media personality here up until August 24 only!

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Social media has gone the heights in our society. It can no longer be denied that it affects our lives outside the screen. The awards are just symbols of their contribution to this ever-changing medium. The real deal, though, is how they have used social media to steer a new generation of critical and creative thinkers.

Bakit nga ba sa septic tank?!

Last night I was able to watch Ang Babae sa Septic Tank though it was very, very late (at 10:20 pm.) Hanna and I were probably telling too much stories, so we forgot to check the movies first. We haven’t seen each other since she left for Singapore, and I didn’t want to settle waiting for her blog, ’cause she really tells stories in a very animated way. Plus, she gave me a copy of the July issue of August Man (how sweet, awwwwww) Thank you, Hanna!

Anyway. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank was one of the topnotchers from this year’s Cinemalaya, and I wasn’t able to catch it in the film festival. The lines were long, and the tickets were scarce, I’m just glad they released it in the mainstream cinemas. I think this is a good move (as opposed to some views that the ‘indie’ is going mainstream) since independent productions are running on their own budget with whatever restrictions this may implicate them. This is a huge exposure for them and this can help them immensely. Not only them, but the whole industry. Imagine indie productions entering the mainstream cinema. It’s a dream actually.

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank Poster by JP CuisonMovie poster by JP Cuison

While “Septic Tank,” as most would refer to it, is highly acclaimed, I still do have confusion on some elements (WARNING: a few spoilers ahead of this line):

  • Is Jocelyn mute? She can hear though.
  • Eugene Domingo was acting as herself (or at least, her namesake) Is it fine to veer away the acting apart from herself too?
  • Who is the director they want to point out? C’mon that cannot go out without reference.
  • Isn’t the Payatas people misrepresented by the carnapping scene? I think it’s too exaggerated.
  • Is it really necessary to include steamy scenes of Rainier (Kean Cipriano) and Bingbong (JM de Guzman)? Not that I don’t appreciate it :P
  • So if it is necessary, why is Jocelyn left out with no steamy scene?
  • The septic tank plays a very short role in the film, so why the title? And…
  • Bakit nga ba sa septic tank?

I won’t argue with the symbolism there, though. Above my questions, I did enjoy the film. Kudos to its team for winning Best Screenplay, Audience Choice, Best Performance for an actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. 

I hope it does go to different Film Festivals (pun intended.)

Men and Their Passions at Le Bistro Vert

No, not that passion, you silly!

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I was invited to Le Bistro Vert Sustainable Foods‘ launch of Locavore Partner Campaign. I presume that Locavore came from the root words local and vore meaning to eat local, or to consume locally produced food. This campaign aims to bring together chefs and local farmers/producers to come up with a whole new organic dining experience to guests of Le Bistro. For this coming months of September and October, on Fridays and Saturdays, Le Bistro Vert will start offering special organic rice menu, by Manny Torrejon of Manolos Restaurant, using Davao City’s Sun Made Brown Rice of Carlo Calma-Lorenzana. Adding up to these “passions” are coffee and wine, to which these men of culinary wisdom are also equally dedicated.

DSC_0650The mezzanine floor of Le Bistro serves as an all-occasion event place. 

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DSC_0659Chit Juan welcomes guests and introduces the Men of Passion.

DSC_0663Chef Manny Torrejon

DSC_0666Carlo Calma-Lorenzana

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DSC_0672Chef Manny Torrejon talks about cooking rice. He presents an heirloom Filipino – Spanish favorite: Paella. The use of brown rice sets all the difference in this set.

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DSC_0686Paella Sushi. Paella rice wrapped in nori, topped with seafood. While fusion is no longer a trend, the mix of East and West in this dish is surprising.

DSC_0687Paella Balls. Paella rice stuffed with Manchego and Jamon Serrano. The crunch was its best feature. The cheese and jamon was very tasty, complementing the rice.

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DSC_0690Paella Valenciana. Traditional Spanish rice dish. I’m just a simple eater. I like my dishes well-seasoned, meat tender, veggies crunchy. In this case, with the presence of brown rice, the bite and texture it added was definitely a plus.

DSC_0691Paella Negra. Paella rice in squid ink, topped with assorted seafood. I cannot describe the medley of flavors in my mouth. The sea definitely has yummy creatures down there.

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DSC_0700Caldero. Traditional Spanish fish soup. I am not a fan of fish soups. This maybe is the exception, since I really love the fish and the soup. I think, it’s the saffron that did the job.

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DSC_0704Porchetta. Italian pork roast. Succulent pork meat, with crunchy pork skin to boot. Extremely sinful. Not for the faint of heart (literally.)

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Each dish is paired with Lagarde Argentinian Wines

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It is said that pairing dishes with the perfect wine is an art. Carlo Calma-Lorenzana, exclusive importer and distributor to the Philippines of Lagarde wines, shares to us their best collection.

DSC_0680It’s my first time to attend a wine pairing lunch and it was absolutely delectable. 

DSC_0642Not to mention, drinking wine at as early as 11am feels really good.

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The Malbec was the strongest, according to Lorenzana, amounting up to 14% alcohol!

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These wine bottle corks are just so cute.

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Lagarde is one of Argentina’s oldest and most prominent wine brands. The Lagarde  bodega lies in Mendoza, Argentina, right at the foot of the Andes Mountains, which is the most famous wine region in the country.

DSC_0683As you can see, I enjoyed taking photos of the food and wine bottles. They’re just so photogenic and lovely!

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Aside from being a chef, Manny is also a coffee master, having roasted and cupped quality coffee for over 20 years. That day, he served us hand dripped coffee.

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Chef Manny served La Flor de las Cordillera coffee which beans he specially selected from small farms in Benguet and Mountain Provinces.

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The hand drip method eliminates the need for a machine with the use of a put-on washable drip chamber (according to some, it’s available in Muji) and filter. It’s simple and noob-friendly, and it saves up on energy and money. And don’t you just love how ceremonial coffee-making can get?

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Towards the end of the event, I had a brief conversation with Carlo. He offered me some more wine, but I told him I’m not that tolerant. He told me, he wasn’t tolerant to alcohol too. But a lot of water in between, he added, and a good cup of coffee after should do the trick! Hear ye!!! Thanks for the tip, Carlo!

DSC_0731Dessert is served. Bico and coffee is the perfect antithesis to the tipsy that was me.

The event was graced by media people and foodies. Meet the happy lunch people!

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DSC_0732Men of Passion Carlo and Manny with Le Bistro Vert’s Reena Francisco, Chit Juan, and Jeannie Javelosa.

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Thanks to Le Bistro Vert for inviting me over. I like how these entrepreneurs are gearing towards economically and culturally helping our local farmers and producers, and nurturing the environment in general. It’s an honor to listen to successful social entrepreneurs, and spend lunch with these happy foodies. It was quite a degustation!

Le Bistro Vert
Fraser Place, Valero street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Mon – Thur 7am-10pm;Fri 7am-midnight;

Sat 10:30am-midnight
Call 403-1841 for reservations

Manolos by Chef Manny Torrejon
2759 Daan Hari street
United Hills Village, Paranaque City
Call 881-1828 / 211-2066 for reservations
09228517729 | 09178746793

Sun Made Brown Rice
Available at select Robinson’s Supermarket,
Rustan’s, and Shopwise branches.
Email savortheflavor@sunmade.com.ph for queries

Lagarde Wines
BT&T Center, 20 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.
C5, Libis, Quezon City
09189990917 | 09228798519

Two cents: Christopher Lao

Just so because I’m super tired from work and stuff last night that I didn’t post this one. And I swear not to take advantage of any trending topics just so I can talk about something in my blog. But alas, CHRISTOPHER LAO is zeh bomb!!! Too juicy (yes, PUN intended) to resist. I can’t even organize my thoughts, so here goes my two cents about him, in bullet points.

  • When I saw the car float, hindi ako kay Lao naawa. I immediately thought of the car. WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?!
  • Is his car automatic, or manual? Pray God it works after.
  • GEE, what man-boobs you have?! Teehee! I think this is second as to why he trended in the Social Media. Too funneh!
  • The video looks normal to me, just like any rant whore interviewed on TV.
  • But then again, ATTORNEY-IN-THE-MAKING pala si Lao. Take that for being “not informed.” Duh, Attorney di po ba halata? BAHA!!!! You only need half a pea-brain to realize that.
  • Again, I don’t get why people love giving unsolicited advice.
  • I posted this, because I actually think it’s funny. Stupid, yes. (Again, kawawa naman yung car!)
  • You shouldn’t be warned of flood – Attorney, you have four eyes to look at it.
  • Check out this Facebook page in honor of his, ehrm, “stupidity” which is by the way growing in fans by the second.

As if the video isn’t enough. FAN PHOTOS AHEAD. You have been warned.

At the end of all this, I believe Mr. Lao is not at all stupid. He made it into law school, for chrissakes. I agree though, with most of the comments (not unsolicited advice,) that his DIVA behavior got him into this. I don’t know what’s in his mind.

Look on the bright side, when people actually get tired of mocking you, at least the whole world knows you are Christopher Lao. Just not sure if it will help your lawyer plans, but hey you’re fucking popular!!!

EDIT: Christopher Lao graduated summa cum laude from UP, with the degree BA Philo. USC Vice Chair 05-06. Goddamn smart!!! (You can imagine how many expletives I am spurring right now, knowing this.)

Disclaimer: Italics and capitalization are heavily (ab)used in this post.

GOOOOOOO PLANET!

You’re a nineties baby if you know Captain Planet! This used to be my staple cartoon when I was a kid. And now (well, I’ve heard it before, now it comes with a lot more than a confirmation,) Cartoon Network and Don Murphy of the Transformers movies are coming up with a live action version of the famed environment hero!

“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division, in a press release. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.” (SOURCE)

So two birds with one stone? I think it will be a hit, especially with the 90’s generation, since Captain Planet is really an icon!!! I can’t wait for it.

Who do you want to play the role of Captain Planet? I like Jake Gyllenhaal. That just occurred in me, haha. How about the planeteers? I’m excited who would play Wheeler and Linka (and how they would make out, lol!) Ok ignore the last phrase, haha!

For the meantime, let’s watch this episode. I miss Captain Planet! GOOOOOOO PLANET!

E-Jeep Heritage Route Launch

I used to study at Makati, some four years ago, when I spent a semester in a school there. Travelling from Bulacan to Makati is stressful (but in comparison to my mom’s Bulacan – Las Pinas loop everyday, it was almost nothing.) Imagine the stress I would get for a day. I had acute bronchitis just before the semester ended, so I needed to transfer (with a couple more of reasons.)

DSC_1153An overview of Makati City from the City Mayor’s Office

I guess, what really added to the stress of everyday commuting is that urban pollution took a toll on my health. Thankfully, a group of individuals and companies took a step on reducing pollution in the country’s premiere financial district. On 2009, Makati City, in cooperation with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC) launched the E-Jeepney.

DSC_1165E-Jeepney design from local art scene trailblazer Toym Imao

The eJeepney is locally designed and assembled by PhUV Inc., the business arm of MVPMAP. It can comfortably seat 14 passengers (12 at the rear and two at the front, including the driver) and can be operated for about 65 kms after every full charge at a maximum of speed of 35 kph. It is just part of a bigger program, the Climate Friendly Cities Program of iCSC. This program has three major components: a biodigester fed with biodegradable household wastes to generate electricity, a depot or a terminal and the end-users of the electricity generated by alternative means, a fleet of eJeepneys.

The locally-assembled eJeepney is the very first electric vehicle ever granted a license plate by the Land Transportation Office. It was also awarded a Fr. Satur Neri Award by the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change during this year’s Earth Day celebrations. (SOURCE)

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DSC_1108City’s trusted e-jeepney drivers

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Commuting is an essential part of an average Filipino. This must have been the mindset of Makati City government when they deployed several units of the E-Jeepney to service hundreds (or maybe thousands) of Makati city-dwellers FOR FREE. It’s called the Makati Green Route, which tracks the Legazpi and Salcedo Villages.

For the Salcedo Village route, from Landmark, the eJeepneys will go through Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, Villar St., Dela Rosa, Valero, Sedeno, back to Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue and finally back to Landmark via North and Rizal Drives.

For the Legazpi Village loop, from Landmark, the eJeepneys take on Esperanza, Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi, Dela Rosa, Salcedo, Benavidez, Esperanza, Makati Avenue and finally back to Landmark through North and Rizal Drives.

DSC_1097Ms. Makati pays a visit to the launch

DSC_1098With E-Jeepney’s Rommel Juan

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Last July 12, I was privileged to be invited to witness the launch of a new route to provide environment-sensitive service to more and more people in Makati. Dubbed as the Makati Heritage Route, the new loop will traverse along the city’s historic section: Barangay Poblacion from the Makati City Hall going through some historical sites such as Museo ng Makati, Poblacion Park, Pio Del Pilar High School, all the way through the Power Plant Mall towards Estrella and EDSA.

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DSC_1120Vice President Jejomar Binay

DSC_1124Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun” Binay, who is celebrating his birthday the same day, drove through the new route.

“History and modernity merge and take shape today in Makati as climate change solutions,” said Red Constantino, executive director of the iCSC. “Cities need to take the lead and to do so will require bold leadership and pragmatic vision. We have political momentum, we are mobilizing more policy support and we are going full steam ahead, hopefully on a nationwide scale soon.”

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The organization is fast-tracking application of commercial franchise papers for the E-Jeepney, in cooperation with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) who promises quick and responsive service to make this technology available to a larger market.  “With spiking oil prices, the shift to e-jeepneys will not only result in cleaner air but in higher take-home income for jeepney drivers and operators,” Constantino ended.

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This project is supported by Binalot Fiesta Foods, Makati Parking Authority (MAPA), Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA), PhilBio, British Embassy Manila and the National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS).

COMMUTERS! Catch the FREE E-Jeepney rides at The Landmark and Makati City Hall, Mondays to Fridays starting from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
http://ejeepney.org
ejeepney@gmail.com
(+632) 473 3217
@eJeepPH

New York RULES!

They are now the largest state to pass the Marriage Equality Act or more popularly known as Gay Marriage, among Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. I think this is to be celebrated so much, since the abolishing of slavery and the suffrage for women. They are among the world’s most persecuted subculture. But still, as gay means happy, they remained and now have more reasons to be gay and happy (pun intended)!

Pictures from Tumblr. These Tumblr people loves and embraces the GAY! I don’t know who’s to credit now, since they’re widely and wildly reblogged! So now collectively known as Tumblr ❤ NY ❤ GAY.

new york pass marriage equality act newspapergay perfect marriage statue of liberty lady justiceLady Gaga celebrates GAY-ness! (This one from fuckyeahladygaga)

Lady Gaga loves GAY

The Empire State Building turned rainbow in honor of the Annual Gay Pride Parade and the passing of the Marriage Equality Act. (from thedailywhat)

Empire State Building Rainbow

It has been reported also that popular gay couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka just got engaged! SO SWEET!

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They also had twins via a surrogate mother. Now they can marry each other. Domestic partnership is already a thing of the past. Way to go, New York! More and more reasons to move in!

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Happy Gay Pride everyone!

P.S. Philippines, LOOK AT NEW YORK NOW! Tayo RH Bill at Divorce pa lang! Move on, bitches. (Sorry about the word, I think you know whom I am referring to. It really makes me feel better about it.)

Disclaimer: Should you find this post offensive, I don’t care.

Everything for equality,
J

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE!

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EDIT: After around ten minutes of posting this, I just got confirmation that FETE is not pushing through due to weather concerns. But MEIDAY (Indie/Punk Stage) at KEG is still on, still hosted by Tumblr Royalty Regina Belmonte.

100+ Bands. 14 Genres. 8 Stages. 1 Day.

THE EMBASSY of FRANCE, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE de MANILLE
in partnership with ALTERNATIVE ASSETS, B-SIDE and ARTS in the CITY present:

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2011: Old School meets New School

***MAINSTAGE***

4PM – Classical:
Manila Symphony Orchestra
Manila String Machine

5PM – Jazz:
Henry Katindig
Radioactive Sago Project

6PM – World:
Humanfolk
Kadangyan

645PM – SUNDOWN PARADE with
Brigada
Planet Zips Luminaries (Poi Artist Troupe)
Manila Fixed Gear
Fete de la Fold
Pinas Lowridaz
Paranaque Fil-Chi Fire Volunteers Association

7PM – Reggae:
Tropical Depression
Milagros Dancehall Collective

8PM – Funk:
Spy
Cosmic Love

9PM – Swing / Big Band:
The Executives
Skarlet and Asosasyon ng Musikerong Pilipino (AMP)

10PM – SPECIAL GUEST BAND
Merzhin (France)

10:30PM – AFRO-BRAZILIAN FINALE: (Directed by Nyko Maca)
Escola de Samba de Manila
Nyko Maca & Gafieira
Planet Zips
FutKal (Futbol sa Kalye)

VISUALS BY::::: VITAMIN SEE

***CLASSICAL / WORLD / REGGAE STAGE***
@ Arts in the City by Rebel Lion & Sweet Productions
http://www.artsinthecity.ph/
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123190041098709

***ROCK STAGE***
@ Craft Pub & Grill by Revolver Productions
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160616960671316

***JAZZ STAGE***
@ Scarlet Wine Lounge by Kool Kat Productions Manila & Rogue Productions
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126987727383403

***BLUES / SOUL / SKA STAGE***
Blues/Soul/Ska @ Draft by Manila Soul & Mambo Rat Productions
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197904476922257

***ELECTRONICA STAGE***
@ Katsu by Nomad Productions
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225890837439903

***HIP-HOP / SOUL / R&B STAGE***
@ Amber by Hi-Fan & Red Alert Productions
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233417720002724

***INDIE / PUNK STAGE***
@ Keg by Meiday Productions
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122505894499818

VENUE PARTNERS:

Fort Bonifacio Development Corp
Bonifacio Global City
Arts in the City
Craft Pub & Grill
Scarlet Wine Lounge
Katsu
Amber
Keg
Draft GastroPub

OFFICIAL FIRE PREVENTION/ MEDICS TEAM:
Paranaque Fil-Chi Fire Volunteer Association

PROJECT ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY: Rogue Productions

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But what with all this rain?! Bah-hum-bug! BUT STILL, THE BIGGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY, FETE DE LA MUSIQUE, IS HAPPENING ON JUNE 25 AT THE FORT PLAZA (in front of Pier One, Main Stage) AND THE FORT STRIP (several Indoor Stages), STARTING 4PM! Refer to the photo above where your favorite band will be! It will be awesome! I can’t go though I’ll be prepping up for the boards. So please blog how awesome it will be (second time already to use that word!)

Hope you really had fun! (While I drown in my reviewers for one last time…)

J

Araw ng Kalayaan

It’s Independence Day, Pinoys, here and around the world!

Independence day may mean a lot of things. It may be what the heroes did for us. That they died for our independence. It may be the liberty from slavery. All these, but the rest relies on us, on those who lived after.

Freedom depends on whose vantage it is looked upon. I’ll ask you. Is this freedom? Or maybe drowning in freedom? What and where is freedom? Does this look like freedom? Or is freedom abused? Look at this. Do you like what you see?

There is more to the Philippines that meets the eye. We have great culture. We have abundant resources. Yet, we bask in poverty. People lack discipline. Government lack concern. Is this what freedom did to us?

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These are some of the photos I took for an upcoming project for my high school alma mater. On the eve of Independence Day, my best friend Rafael, and I found ourselves in the midst of Fort Santiago, amazed at the stories that the wounded walls has to tell. And we looked outside, it’s another story.

Happy Independence Day, my dear Filipinos. Let us put our freedom to good use.  I dream to live to see the real freedom in the Philippines – freedom from poverty, corruption, and apathy.

Tara, sulong tayo,
J