Monthly Archives: May, 2016

In remembrance

I love discovering pictures of old people–relatives, colleagues, celebrities, etc.– when they were young. Here’s an example, a photo of my Lola and Lolo as a young couple (my mother’s parents). Thanks uncle Bibot for sharing this. First time to see Lolo smiling. First time to see Lola looking so sweet in a picture. They’re the only grandparents we’ve known.

Lola and Lolo

Precious

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

Little Prince

The Little Prince (1974) Directed by Stanley Donen Shown: Steven Warner (as The little prince), Gene Wilder (as The Fox)

Winner’s outlook

“What gives joy to a wanderer? It’s the road itself; the journey itself. Because in it is a certain sense of adventure, where a true wanderer embraces challenges and difficulties, and makes the most out of it and finds meaning out of it.” ~ Dundee Adriatico

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My Uncle Ben’s words of wisdom

“Dead trees still in upright position strike a chord with me. It’s like nature defying death.”
~Ben Eduarte

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Shot from Palm Springs, California

Louie Jalandoni, Revolutionary

Outside the walls of the church, there was commitment to offer body and shed blood for the people, but there was no liturgy to celebrate it. Inside the church, there was the liturgy, but no commitment to offer body and shed blood for the people.

~Louie Jalandoni

Exif_JPEG_420Took interest of reading “REVOLUTIONARY,” an illustrated biography of Louie Jalandoni after hearing his voice for the first time on radio a few days ago. He was being interviewed by Ted Failon through a long distance call to Netherlands concerning incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s offers of government posts to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Jalandoni, though glad with the offers, said that they can recommend people but they will not be members of the CPP.

Louie Jalandoni is the son of a wealthy landowner in Silay City, Negros Occidental; who witnessed the death of his older brother and suffered indignities as a child during the Japanese invasion; who then became priest slash activist to help the farmworkers, the peasants, women, and children from abusive landowners and government officials in Negros; who then left priesthood to focus on his life mission, whose path became clear to him after getting a copy of Amado Guerrero’s Philippine Society and Revolution; and here’s the most interesting part, a priest who fell in love with a nun, and vice versa, during their work at Christians for National Liberation. The former nun and former priest are married with one and only son, Pendong, named after Ka Pendong (real name: Edmundo Legislador), a communist friend of Louie, who was killed by the military in Antique. Louie Jalandoni is the international representative of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the political arm of CPP, “to make the world aware of what was happening in the Philippines.”

The CPP, the New People’s Army (the military arm of CPP), and its founder, Jose Maria Sison (a.k.a. Amado Guerrero) were placed on the terrorist list in August 2002 by the U.S. and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (during Bush and Macapagal-Arroyo administration, respectively) because of their rebellion. The guerilla warfare of the CPP-NPA continues.

REVOLUTIONARY, an illustrated biography of Louie Jalandoni, features the captivating works of members from the Concerned Artists of the Philippines which is what this post is also about. Written by Ina Alleco R. Silverio, this is a book project of the International Network for Philippine Studies.

Here is a glimpse inside the book:

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From Chapter 1: A Charmed Life

Illustrated by Roberto “Bobert Elyas” V. Elias, “is a visualist. He favors scenery over stories, stories over spectacles and spectacles over villains. He enjoys collaborating on productions with communities, organizations and interesting people.”

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From Chapter 2: Father Jalandoni

Illustrated by Max Santiago, “is a graphic artist and reporter of the Metro Manila-based alternative media outfit Manila Today. He has been involved in urban grassroots organizing visual arts close to the urban poor communities. In 1994, he joined the UGAT Lahi Artists Collective, a group of visual artists, which tackles social realities in the Philippine context. He took up Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.”

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From Chapter 3: An Activist Priest

Illustrated by Enrico Maniago, “is a Philippine-born artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a character designer and storyboard artist in the animation industry. He has worked with projects such as X-Men, Dragonlance, Phantom 2000 and various shows for Disney and MTV. He worked on the Heavy Metal release, Agent 88, and made various comics and other designs for his band, Flattbush. At the request of Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman, Enrico made a Turtles mural during the 35th Heavy Metal anniversary event of Meltdown Comics.

“Enrico and his brother toured the Philippines as Flattbush and as members of the Filipino Health Workers Association. He helped establish Habi Arts and the People’s Artists Los Angeles Collective in the U.S.”

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From Chapter 4: Liberation

The day that Louie met Coni. (Illustrated by Renan Ortiz)

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From Chapter 4: Liberation

(When Louie remembered one of those moments that he showed his feeling to Coni in a subtle way but at the same time confused coz he’s a priest.)

Illustrated by Renan Ortiz, “is an activist, artist, and art teacher, is an active member of the Concerned Artist of the Philippines. While working in diverse media such as installation, video, printmaking, and graphic design, comic books remain as his first love and introduction to art. He is a recipient of the 2012 Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awards. He currently heads the Visual Arts Section of CAP.”

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From Chapter 5: Life in the Underground

Illustrated by Leonilo “Neil” Doloricon, “was among the Social Realists who portrayed the ills of Philippine society despite the close watch and repression artists were being subjected to by the US-backed martial law regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos. Neil is a painter, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is the incumbent CAP Secretary General and sits in the CAP Board of Trustees.”

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A scene from Chapter 5, Life in the Underground, by Neil Doloricon.

This is a scene where he met Ka Pendong, a young CPP cadre, head of the Negros underground. Ka Pendong was later killed by the government military in Antique.

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From Chapter 6: Life as a Political Prisoner

Illustrated by Fernando Argosino, “a Filipino-American who was born and raised in Southern California, is an independent comic book artist and illustrator. He has several published works in the U.S. He is an actor, high school teacher, and community organizer. His comic book fascination began with images of superheroes. Eventually, he found his inspiration in the struggles of the Filipino people. He tries to use his illustrations to forward social change.

“He is a member of Habi Arts- Los Angeles and continues to use his art to popularize the people’s stories.”

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From Chapter 7: Resistance against Martial Law

Illustrated by Leonilo “Neil” Doloricon. This is a scene where President Marcos released Presidential Decree 823, completely banning strikes but this did not stop brave men and women from forming a workers’ strike movement.

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From Chapter 8: Escape to Hong Kong

Illustrated by Mervin Malonzo, “graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is currently completing his Filipino comic series called Tabi Po, a deconstruction and re-interpretation of Philippine mythology, specifically the aswang. At the time of this writing, a TV show is being produced based on it.

“Mervin works on other comic projects, one of which is a comic adaptation of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo by Gat Jose P. Rizal. He is also a freelance designer who creates illustrations, websites, and animated videos.”

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From Chapter 9: International Work (Illustrated by Maniago, Doloricon, Ortiz, and Argosino)

“Jose Ma. Sison is the founder of the CPP, the author of the book that greatly influenced Louie’s life and its direction, Philippine Society and Revolution.”

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Selfless

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create a ripple.” – Mother Teresa

My only souvenir from elementary

Me, during my graduation from Balara Elementary School circa 1991 with then councilor Herbert Bautista now mayor of Quezon City.

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Not just a fan girl, it’s living my life to the fullest!

I wrote them letters, approached them, and I got these.
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I was that close to him in one fleeting moment during his mall concert in SM North. (Circa 2008)
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BARBIE’S CRADLE. I was there, during their mall concert in Robinsons Galleria. Barbie is so cute and pretty and petite, we have the same height! (January 2001)

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Ten Club, official fan club of Pearl Jam, sent me guitar picks and stickers instead. (Circa 1998)

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Oh yes, I collected their three albums, from Frogstomp, to Freak Show, to Neon Ballroom. But you have to send money to receive any Silverchair stuff or you have to be an official member of their fan club. I just contented myself with this postcard they sent from Australia.

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This picture was sent by the Eraserheads through snail mail. (Circa 1997)

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Autographs by the Eraserheads

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The drawings were done by Nathan Azarcon. I was the happiest girl in the world when I received this through mail with an accompanied newsletter or schedule of Rivermaya’s gigs. (Circa 1994)

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What they looked like before. I think Mark Escueta is one of the best Filipino drummers around. Saw him in a concert before, during 1898 Kalayaan at the Folk Arts Theatre in June 1996. This picture is circa 1995.

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The year was 1995. I remember I just came from my C.A.T. when I saw this mail for me from Rivermaya. This is the penmanship of Bamboo. The art he was talking about was this encaustic that I made for the band.

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Circa 1997, from Rivermaya, a postcard inviting me to a concert at the Cuneta Astrodome.

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Fatal Posporos, an all-female band from UP. The lead vocalist, Kris Gorra, later became the wife of Ebe Dancel, former vocalist of Sugarfree. (Circa 2000)

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That’s why I need to scan this because it’s quickly deteriorating and fading away. Message from Kris Gorra, lead vocalist of Fatal Posporos. (Circa 2000)

Next to teachers, the people that I admire most are musicians

And it all began when I became a fan of the ’90s Filipino alternative rock band, Eraserheads, composed of Ely Buendia (rhythm guitar), Marcus Adoro (lead guitar), Buddy Zabala (bass guitar), and Raimund Marasigan (drums).  They’ve disbanded a long time ago, each of them has moved on their separate ways, successful in their own ways.  Still, no one can take away from me how they affected me in such a positive way, and how they’ve opened my mind and heart to other genres of music, from ethnic to heavymetal, from local to foreign. Because before, it was just the Beatles that I like until I discovered Pearl Jam and my life has never been the same again. Then I discovered Counting Crows, Collective Soul, a lot of wonderful bands creating their own music.

Alright, I knew about Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Spandau Ballet, Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Dingdong Avanzado, Lea Salonga, new wave, these different genres all because of what my parents, older siblings listened to in the old days.  I was just welcoming and receiving their different tastes in music. But it was when I had my first Eraserheads experience after seeing them perform in Martin After Dark, that was the first moment in my life that I took the liberty of choosing my own kind of music. And it was the music of the Eraserheads that was my first choice, that took the first slot in my heart as a teenager who uses music for inspiration to continue moving forward. Again, the music of the Eraserheads represents a part of my past that was memorable.  Because they were there.

This post is sort of a tribute to the Eraserheads who jumpstarted the second golden age of Philippine music that happened in the ’90s. The first was in the ’70s, I wonder when will be the third? Anyway, here goes:

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Made this when I was in 3rd year high school (1993). Putting colors around the black and white photo of the members of Eraserheads clearly signified my euphoria for the band. Looking at this now at 37, it’s so ugly, haha.

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This is what’s inside the folder. This photo essay about the Eraserheads came out in Philippine Daily Inquirer. This is the first time that PDI featured the Eraserheads. (Circa 1993)

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At the back of my Eraserheads folder/collage. My first act of being an Eraserheads fan.

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1997 PDI feature on the Eraserheads. Going steady with their success as a band.

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More articles written about the band by Eric S. Caruncho, Catherine Jane Yao, Claire Agbayani-Isidro, and C.H. Pardo.
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That’s artist Mark Justiniani at the center who did the artwork/album designs for Eraserheads’ Circus album.

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My other collected articles about the Eraserheads back in the ’90s.

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I was strongly fascinated about rock bands–both local and foreign– when I was younger because I get positive vibes just by listening to their music. And a lot of times, listening to their music made me feel that I am not alone. These bands/musicians when I get to see them perform taught me about what wholehearted perfomance really meant. I learned that subliminally from them. And it’s something that I try to apply in my work in the office. Giving your all because doing your job well is a reward in itself.

Exif_JPEG_420My cut-out article on Color It Red by Eric S. Caruncho. (Sunday Inquirer Magazine, 1995)

Exif_JPEG_420Other pinay rockers: Keltscross and Velocity Girls. (Sunday Inquirer Magazine, 1994)

Raimund Marasigan

WASAK interview with Mr. Raimund Marasigan, one of the guys in the 90s band, Eraserheads, that I looked up to since I was 15 because of their unique, catchy music (and who later embarked on creating a few other bands with likeminded musicians such as Planet Garapata, Sandwich, Pedicab, Cambio, etc.) here talks about his day job after Eraserheads, the days he experienced being crucified on stage with the audience throwing things at them for doing a different genre of music (“music should be progressive”), why having a solid friendship with your co-band members is important, and the reason why he would stick to creating music ’til the day he die.