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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Upcoming: A Gig Has No Name

01/24/2017 09:28:01 PM

There are so many interesting events about to happen this first two months of the year. We have seen Racc/oon Productions slate their trilogy of first anniversary, as well as Indie Manila hitting their first bang of Elusive Silence. There's also a second coming of Carnival by near-Valentines Day. WANDERLAND is about to unfold by March, and one of the biggest and buzz-iest local music festival Tagaytay Art Beat will be back by early February.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Newsletter: Once Upon A Mattress

01/19/2017 08:31:22 PM

Author's note: Aside from much-hyped Sa Wakas, the start of 2017 will be bombarded by a lot of theater productions – both originals and revivals. That being said, here's one production that will be restaging this weekend at the Emilio Aguinaldo College – the musical that was primarily meant to be a spoof spin-off to one of the greatest works of Hans Christian Andersen. 

Steven Conde, the director behind some of the critically-acclaimed plays, will be directing this upcoming production and singer-actress Carla Guevarra-Laforteza will be one of the headliners. 

All that and more in this post.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PlayBack: Gabby Alipe - Visions

01/10/2017 06:34:08 AM

Whenever we hear the name Gabby Alipe, it means another name: Urbandub; right? He's a wordsmith and a bonafide rockstar, no matter how many times he claimed to be an accidental singer. No question about it.

But from so many years of spending his time as a band member, he started doing his solo act in 2016 – just in time after missing the brief times of being a music-maker. Apart from being a parent to his son and to his management firm Nemesis Music Group, Alipe released a six-track EP titled  A New Strain. And this music video right here is the carrier single.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Scene Around: Raccoon Turns 1: Part 1

01/12/2017 09:40:21 PM

Racc/oon productions kicked off their anniversary with the first stop of their month-long celebration, and it is for a good cause and fun.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No Quality Kuno?!

01/11/2017 03:06:59 PM

Photo credits: via Facebook
Hindi ko alam kung bakit ba naman bagong taon na bagong taon ay umiinit pa rin ang ulo ko. Hindi naman dilawan vs. DDS ang unang pumutok ngayong 2017.

Ah, ito kasi eh. Ang isyu pa rin sa pagbabago ng Metro Manila Film Festival. Diyos ko naman, 2017 na, dapat nga naka-move on na tayo eh. Alam naman natin na hindi sila gaano pumatok sa takilya, pero umangat naman ang kalidad. Marami pa ring mga manunood na naging masaya sa nangyaro sa katatapos lang na Metro Manila Film Festival. 

Pero maliban kasi sa isang nakakaalarmang isyu ng eksena na sangkot ang aso, may isa na tila asungot ang hindi makamove on. 

The Scene Around: All I Want For Christmas is RYU

01/08/2017 09:13:20 PM

Seems two years were quite long enough for Japo Anareta and his production outfit to make a comeback. And true enough, his Red Rocket Productions managed to get back even for a while only as they set a yearend gig like it's literally your typical clan/barkada reunion.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Flick Review: Oro

01/07/2017 05:33:50 PM

Photo credits: My Movie World
It was gritty as it gets. Alvin Yapan's ORO was just one of the eight entries for the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. And apart from bagging some of the awards, the film was that gritty it also met controversy.

Monday, January 09, 2017

PlayBack: Autotelic – Laro

01/07/2017 12:52:01 PM

Perhaps if you are a fan of the current wave of OPM bands, you already have noticed this six-piece crew here named Autotelic. Apart from being the darlings of the indie scene, this band evolved from just a simple electromagnetic pop (with resemblances of dance, alternative and J-rock) into sorts of sounds with a much edgier lyricism.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Upcoming: Tagaytay Art Beat 2

01/08/2017 10:00:55 PM

The year 2015 saw Docdef Productions pulled off their first out-of-Manila show and has probably set everyone on notice during that time. Tagaytay Art Beat, a 2-in-1 event co-produced with Museo Orlina, happened last 19 September 2015 at the famed art gallery in Metro's immediate south destination; and the reception was hotter than anyone expected.

Around 1,300+ people were in attendance to see 16 bands and close to 20 artists exhibit their artworks during that fateful Saturday evening. And the name just got more noticeable when Tagaytay Art Beat generated buzz on Twitter the following morning. That probably prompt people to crave for more woodstock-like exhibitions like TAB.

Guess what? They're back and they will rock the city just ahead of time for the love month as Docdef Productions and Museo Orlina teamed up once again for the second Tagaytay Art Beat to be held on 4 February 2017 at same exact venue.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Scene Around: RAWR Awards 2016

01/07/2017 08:39:05 PM

Entertainment portal LionheaTV capped 2016 with a the second edition of RAWR Awards. And the set-up may be a far cry from what they had last year, but certainly the party pushed through the simpler yet better way as Acceler8 housed the party and Blogapalooza as collaborator in making the event possible.

Friday, January 06, 2017

The Scene Around: Jack Attack

12/26/2016 11:09:32 PM

On a random time in July, I strolled around the nearest hangout place Eastwood City just to (well, obviously) hangout and get away from all those personal breakdowns I ever had for the past few months of my life. It has been a rocky year and yet I managed to utter these words despite just hitting the halfway point of 2016.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Scene Around: Docdefy IV

01/04/2017 07:31:25 PM

In celebration of four years in making noise at the independent music stage, Docdef Productions brought the big-time gig scenery into a different setting – that is to celebrate their anniversary up to the rooftop.

Monday, January 02, 2017


12/25/2016 11:21:15 PM

Photo credits: The Urban Twist
In the world of sports television broadcasting where the are legendary notable icons like Dick Stockton, Dick Motta, Kevin Harlan, and Marv Albert, there were people who were manning inside each huddle like Cherryl Miller, Ahmad Rashad, David Aldridge, and this include the famous, the stylish, and now... the late Craig Sager.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

2017 Na! Eh Ano Ngayon?

01/01/2017 06:20:06 PM

Tapos na ang isang makulay na taon para sa atin. Kalahati yata ng sangakatuhan na naging masaya, at kalahati rin naman ang nadismaya. Yan ay kung personal na buhay ang pinag-uusapan; pero kung sa mundo ng pulitika, sining at kultura, palakasan, at ultimo showbiz, mas maraming mga hindi magagandang balita ang naglabasan mula sa kontrobersiyal na aytem hanggang sa mga obitwaryo. Malamang, pakana na rin kasi ito ng paborito mong mga channel sa mainstream media (oo, mga bias kayo! LOL biro lang!)

Pero tapos na ang isa sa mga pinakamalalang taon sa kasaysayan ng mga nakalipas. Panahon na para magmove-on at maglet-go ng sama ng loob at basura. Bakit kanyo? 2017 na eh!