Saturday, November 21, 2015

Paincake Patrol Launches //Social Constructs

Pinoy ambient music Artist Eeman Bulotano, the man behind Paincake Patrol is set to release his first ever EP entitled //Social Constructs, it aims to reflect the existential angst and loneliness one might experience when he or she has failed to see reason behind life. Paincake Patrol was created in 2011 out of passion for music by Bulotano with the influences from world renown ambient music innovator Brian Eno,

This Ambient genre of music are usually electronic and instrumental in nature that create perfect balance between disappearance and presence, it exist long time ago but the following for this type of music is not that hype yet, some called it like soundtrack thing or instrumental kind of songs without lyrics of course.

“[I want to] make music people can listen to without [them] having to ignore the person standing next to them,” says Eeman whose goal is to provide music that “makes you think, but yet somehow not [distract you] at all.”

Eeman has been recording his own music and releasing it on Sound Cloud way back 2010. He has released three LPs from 2011 to 2014. Since then, he has been featured in a few publications, such as Indienationblog and Exposed Vocals. In the Philippine Indie Rock Awards 2015, he was awarded Keyboardist of the Year through his current band, Audio Drive Thru.

The //Social Constructs is set to be launch on December 5, 2015 at Today X Future in Cubao, Quezon City.  Check out Paincake Patrol on Facebook, Sound Cloud, Twitter, Instagram and his blog or catch more of Eeman’s keyboards and synths as he plays with Audio Drive Thru

Friday, November 20, 2015

Heneral Luna special screening on Nov 30, 2015.

Photos from Heneral Luna Facebook page.

The much talked historical biopic film Heneral Luna once again is back in Manila this coming November 30, 2015, 6pm at Meralco Theater. This is a special screening, and a fund raising event for Bagong Sistema, Bagong Pag-asa, an apolitical movement group that advocates the changing of the Philippine Constitution for the better future.

The said semi-NGO group is led by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who is now on the verge of asking the Philippine congress before the Christmas break to approve its petition for Constitutional Convention. Bagong Sistema, Bagong Pag-Asa (BSBP) is also a membership organization with around 5,000 plus individual members and 300 to 500 thousands affiliate organization around the country.  They just started July of this year during a Summit for Change held in Club Filipino.

Bagong Sistema Bagong Pag-Asa is not calling for Charter Change but the whole basic 1987 Constitutions to be revised and adopt Parliamentary Federalism, this kind of change the group believes it will resolve the current status of the country in terms of Poverty and Corruption.

“Realistically due to time constraints, right now I think we are at 50-50 state, because we have a very short window of time, gipit sa panahon para maipasa ang resolusyon, hinahangad natin na sana hindi masyado pahabain ang debate sa Kongreso, but even then kung hindi matuloy ang referendum ay ipagpapatuloy natin eto na maging isa sa usapin sa halalan, in fact gusto natin maisama etu sa debate ng mga kandidato, na anu ang posisyon nila sa pagbabago ng ating Sistema.”  Said by Conrado Generoso, President of BSBP.
Mr.Conrado "Ding" Generoso, President, BSBP.

Due to the message convey by the film Heneral Luna, advocating changing the oneself for the country, is not far away from the advocacy of BSBP, and that’s the reason they choose it for re-showing and for those who missed it Metro Manila Theaters.

Heneral Luna stars John Arcilla in the title role under the direction of Jerrold Tarog for Artikulo Uno productions, according to Wikipedia it gross P240Million in Box office during its nationwide showing. It is now the official entry of Philippines to the annual Oscar Academy awards for Best Foreign Film.

Chong Cafe also participated during the Pressconference of the said event.
For tickets and reservation, please check .Bagong Sistema Bagong Pag Asa facebook page.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Paglayang Minamahal, a sarswela revisit.

The Technical Theater Batch 112 of De La Salle- College of St.Benilde recently stage its major graduating production, the Paglayang Minamahal that open last November 12 and last until Nov 15 at the School of Design and Arts Theater. This theater program is comprised mostly of students taking Bachelor of Arts Major in Technical Theater of College of St. Benilde.

Paglayang Minamahal is a sarswela written and Directed by Palanca award winner George De Jesus III with the music of Jeffrey Hernandez.  Natasha Cabrera plays the role of Alodia, the barrio lass who fell in love with Mauricio, a rich ilustrado played by Jojo Riguerra. It talks about freedom from slavery that explores many levels of love usually through songs, mostly in authentic Filipino or Tagalog lyrics.  It is first written during the Philippine Centenial Celebrations in 1998 and won second prize in Sarswela category of Centennial Literary competition.  It was first produced as a stage play by Tanghalang Pilipino wayback 2000 by Chris Millado in Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The almost two hours play offers new array of non-colorful visuals, black and white on stage thru the magic of lights, but some portion in second act shifts to a bloody one since it goes with the era of revolution and death as well. The big headed guardya sibil is also an eye candy on stage.

Kevin Posadas play the rebel Joselito, this former Stagers members have the face that captivate the audience, in this play I’ve seen him sing very well, I mean louder than the previous play he did with Stagers. But the most celebrated characters in this play are the one playing Lucia, the muchacha and his love interest Timoteo, all the comedy acts and punches were given to them so you can expect why the crowd loves them.

Other casts are KL Dizon, Bryllle Mondejar, Ronah Rostata, Ruth Alfrez, Denise Nayve, Bea Ramos, Ron Binas, Joshua Tayco, Mia Reonal-Bolanos and Joel Saracho.

The set is also innovative that transport the audiences to the era of Philippine Revolution in 1898, and the costumes is also to die for, that you would think it is laminated and illustrates the whole  texture of the era they are representing.
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Stray Dog Question (A Review of Honor Thy Father)

Direk Erik Matti and John Lloyd Cruz.
This is going to be really short. Films like Honor Thy Father don't need hoity-toity praises. If only we can force every Filipino to watch this, maybe there could be a brighter future.

Maybe that's an exaggeration. Honor Thy Father is Erik Matti's latest thriller, following the triumph of On the Job. 

So a quick synopsis. Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz) and Kaye (Meryll Soriano) is involved in a pyramid scheme scam organized by Kaye's father. The father got killed. So the fraud victims, which are mostly members of a religious group where Edgar's family are members, hunt down Kaye. A couple even kidnapped the couples daughter, threatened to do more harm if they don't bring back their money. Frustrated, Edgar and Kaye seek the help of the leader of their shady church, where their murdered father donated a million pesos. But this step failed. 

Time is running out so Edgar took the bull the horns. Joined by his miner siblings, they cook up a heist. Their victim: the church. Will they succeed? Please watch.

This is a film that could make you breathless from start to finish. Imagine this scene, your dead father is in a coffin and your house in shambles because some angry people took almost all of your stuff. This is a picture that could make your BP rise.

Matti (and writer Michicko Yamamoto) picked some serious topics that no directors or producers dared to explore. Corruption within the church. Get-rich-quick scams. Mining. 

Edgar's family is from Bontoc. This is the part that might hurt the film. There are a lot who would react to the portrayal of the Bontoc people here, including the presentation of the culture, accents, etc. But with superb narration and impressive technicalities, that SHOULD NOT matter. 

The first scene showed Edgar feeding a stray dog. What does this mean? Please watch.

Honor Thy Father will be part of the Metro Manila Film Festival this year and will be released as The Con Man. It's the opening film of this year's Cinema One Originals Film Festival held at Trinoma Cinema 7 last Nov 8. 2015.

Verdict: A. Please watch.
The cast of Honor Thy Father (Con Man)
Words By Aga Posadas
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Horse and his Boy, theater review.

The Horse and his Boy.
It is so far the best Filipino adaptation of a book made into play, the Horse and his boy by Trumpets productions surpass all my expectations in terms of reason why I go to theater. I must admit that acting, production value and its story is the strength of this Narnia classics that debut in Philippine Theater last November  5, 2015 at Meralco Theater.

It’s the story of an orphan boy name Shasta and a talking horse Bree, they journey together towards freedom, in the north called Narnia. Along the way they met Noblewoman, Aravis and her talking mare, Hwin. And they both travel altogether. But their fate is somehow plotted with the beloved characters of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the grown-ups Susan, Edmund and Lucy who now reigns as monarch of Narnia. And of course who could forget Aslan, the great and big lion.

Luna Grino-Inocian is the playwright for this C.S Lewis well love classic, while Jaime Del Mundo magnificently direct it. Donald Gresham of C.S Lewis associates is present during the premiere and he himself is so overjoy watching it, saying that it is a great presentation of his late step father book.

It makes me move to my seat the time Aslan appear on stage, his voice and his presence is truly a magical moment, I must salute the sets and props of this play, everything is so detailed even the lights is so epic to the point I feel I was in Narnia, that feeling is something I really look forward in watching a play, the I am there feeling.

Rob Atadero play Shasta, Joel Trinidad play Bree who is so great in this with all the horse like voice and movement is really a thumb up. Cara Barredo is Aravis that I admit is so beautiful on stage. Jill Pena is Hwin and MayenCadd is the storyteller, whom we cannot ignore her wits and character on stage that is so powerful.

My favorite scene is on the act 1 wherein Shasta was mistakenly identified as monarch, that set move from one scene to another one and to another one, so fantastically executed I must say, it’s really magical indeed. Mio Infante is the set and Costume Designer and it’s really a best one, an Asian setting of Narnia is really feel. 

And that only song of Shasta and Aravis, that is so sweet. Dexter Santos did the movement and choreography, LitoVillareal and Mon Faustino did the music.

Please catch the remaining shedules of The Horse and his Boy, at Nov 14(Saturday) 3pm and 8pm, Nov 15 (Sunday) 3pm , Nov 21 (Saturday) 3pm and 8pm, and Nov 22 (Sunday) 3pm. For tickets  you may contact Trumpets office at 901-4364 or check .

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Me in This Is Our Youth. A Theater Review.

I entered an unusual space. With nothing but a bed and a 24 inch square TV on the center, a seemingly decorated bathroom and scourged fridge on both corners, the seemingly door entering a seemingly room, and table and chairs place horizontally against each other. I entered somebody else's apartment, transported to an era where there is a deliberate separation of the young generation from a post -hippie-youth; transported to a place where the liberals are powerful and the rich and wayward kids in the neighborhood hide their damnest insecurities through running away from home.

The people I usually called the “audience” were awkwardly seated on the floor, occupying the space provided for them, anticipating what will become of this play, anticipating their expectations of the characters they will see or plainly intrigued by this non-plot play from award winning playwright Kenneth Lonnergan.

And then the invisible curtain opens, there enters a some 19- year- old kid, carrying a luggage of maybe an old collection of antique toys and other memorabilia of forgotten youth. On the other hand, the owner of the apartment, a young brute who is a master of throwing invectives at his friend, feeling the power of control over his friend's decision making and even his views on the world.

Warren, (portrayed by Nicco Manalo) is the teenager who ran away from home and from his abusive father and stole $15,000 from his father's overflowing piggy bank and decided to stay at his friend Dennis' (portrayed by Jef Flores) apartment who refuse the idea first, unrelentingly because the fear of Warren's Dad irate on him when he finds out that his son stole some money from him. The long rally of dialgoues between Warren and Dennis is rooted on their dillema-- What will they do about the money? Spend it? Hide it? Or invest it in the drug dealing activities Dennis is into.

The play got even more interesting as Jessica (portrayed by Cindy Lopez), a fellow 19 year old girl, whose penchant for arguing make the best out of her and Warren, making Warren even more into her, entered the iconic apartment. To understand her, is like looking for a needle in the hay house. The misfits of being a young and adventurous is I think too much for her as she confronted Warren and the issues (or non-issues) bothering her. The seemingly romantic dance between these two characters ended up with an eyebrow raising scene... Oh girls! Oh these girls!

The second part of the play are mostly exchanges of fiery monologues between Dennis and Warren. These monologues are crucial. I gasped between air and chuckled out even more when Dennis over- emotionally gave a long litany of how stupidity is personified in Warren's existence when he spent a little over 12hundred bucks for just a girl and wasted bag-full of “coke” worth 17 hundreds. But the part where it hits me is when Dennis' excruciating outcry of fear of death. The litany agonizes the fact of his hidden insecurities and anger against his father and at the world. Warren, on the other hand, found his own strength and finally stand against Dennis. That 'you are my hero man,” hit Dennis hard, and cried while Warren is there watching him, lost at what was happening to Dennis. This scene was unforgettable to me.
When all the hype of the issues being thrown at us through a litany of monologues, the issues of the youth and overbearing demand of the world to see them through adolescence, the implication of the parents guidance over these wayward ones, drugs and sex and love which cause too much confusion as it cause too much complexities in their lives; the resolution of the never-ending questions of why, how where and what, lies in the surface of the play-that is when Warren said- He is going home.

How the heck did Jef Flores able to manage the over-demanding flush of irreconcilable emotions within? How did Nicco Manalo portrayed the sublime Whatever the answers in my questions could be, these actors supersede the characters they protrayed. They magnificently showed the prowess of the Filipino agility in acting as these three actors really made me believe that  I was in New York, in the era-of Reagan's supremacy, combating the same issues they face. Because while I was a spectator, I was there. I am in the play, I am not an outside element but a part of what was going on. The play talked about me and my gregarious youth. I am Warren, Dennis and Jessica.
Director Topper Fabregas and his cast, This Is Our Youth.
This Is Our Youth is written by Kenneth Lonergan, directed by Topper Fabregas for Red Turnip Theater, below are the schedules November 20 at 8pm, Nov 21 at 4pm and 8pm, and Nov 22 at 4pm and 8pm. Venue is at A_SPACE GALLERY, 110 Legaspi St., (across Greenbelt 5), Makati. Tickets at P900 (comes with a drinksmile emoticon available at or call 891-9999. Email for more info.

Words by Sanilyn Gianan, Contributor.
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida