REMEMBERING MOM ELAINE  CUNETA

NOV 4 ---Friends from the entertainment and political sectors fondly remember Elaine Cuneta, mother of singer-actress Sharon “Megastar” Cuneta. Elaine passed away on Wednesday after a lingering illness. She was 79. Francis Pangilinan, Mega’s husband and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, told the Inquirer that the wake is at Santuario de San Antonio, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati. VILMA Santos, Batangas governor, actress  --It’s very difficult to console a friend in this situation. I can only pray for the repose of Mommy Elaine’s soul and for strength for her family, especially my friend Shawie (Sharon’s nickname). Ogie Alcasid, Singer ---She laughed at all my jokes when I joined Shawie’s concert tour in 2005. She was always gracious and warm. Our family will pray for her loved ones during this very difficult time. Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte governor ---We love the Cunetas and will forever be grateful to Tita Elaine and Apo Mayor (Pablo Cuneta) for their friendship and generosity. In spite of the trials, walang iwanan talaga ’yung mag-asawa. Di na ’ata uso ang katulad nila. Joel Lamangan/ Filmmaker---She was a very generous lady, a handsome woman and solicitous mom to Sharon and Chet. Stay strong, Shawie. There are many people who loved your mom, and who love you. Kuh Ledesma, Singer---Tita Elaine was always very friendly to me. Sharon is a strong Christian and I am confident that she understands that God knows our sorrows and that He is close to the broken-hearted. I am holding her up in prayer. * READ MORE...

ALSO: KC di sumipot sa Star Magic Ball, Lola Elaine isinugod sa ospital

EARLY REPORT--SEPT 9---Kaya walang ka-date si Paulo Avelino ---NIINTRIGA ang hindi pagsipot ni KC Concepcion sa 8th Star Magic Ball noong Sabado ng gabi sa isang hotel sa Makati City. May mga nang-uurot na dahil daw kay Piolo Pascual kaya nagdesisyon ang isa sa leading lady ni Coco Martin sa seryeng Ikaw Lamang sa Primetime Bida ng ABS-CBN. Hanggang ngayon daw kasi ay hindi pa rin kaya ni KC na makaharap ang dating boyfriend kahit matagal na panahon na silang hiwalay. Pero agad na nilinaw ni KC ang isyu, may valid reason siya kung bakit hindi siya nakapunta sa event. Nabatid na habang nagaganap ang bonggang party ng Star Magic ay nasa hospital naman si KC kasama ang kanyang Lola Elaine Cuneta. Isinugod daw kasi sa emergency room ang mommy ni Mega noong gabi ring iyon.

Nag-post si KC ng isang litrato sa kanyang Instagram account na kuha sa loob ng hospital room ng kanyang lola, nilagyan niya ito ng caption na: “Though i’m not at the fabulous Star Magic Ball tonight, being with my beautiful grandma at the hospi makes everything worthwhile!!! #familyaffair #GetWellSoon #MitaElaine.” Muling nag-post ng mensahe ang actress-TV host para matigil agad ang tsismis sa kanya, “I was supposed to be at the ball tonight in my Rajo gown. Mita got rushed to the ER & now confined at the hospi. As they say #FamilyFirst. Aww! Thank you for inviting me to the Ball, @starmagicphils! Thinking of you all. It will be amazing for sure!!! Here at St. Lukes with my best friend in the family. Love you all!”  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Why Piolo ‘felt bad’ for KC  

NOV 4 ---Actor Piolo Pascual said he once promised his son Iñigo that he wouldn’t get into a romantic relationship until the boy turned 18. “I kind of broke his heart when I went back on my word,” the actor told reporters during the recent “SunPiology Run With the Stars” press conference. Piolo, 37, dated fellow ABS-CBN artist KC Concepcion three years ago. When they broke up, KC told all on the Sunday gabfest “The Buzz.” The actor opted not to talk about it at first, but said a mouthful in a recent E! News Asia TV special about him. He said he still loved KC “with all my heart,” but added, “I felt bad for her because she didn’t have to resort to that (going on TV to tell her story)… It’s something I wish she hadn’t done.” At the SunPiology event, Piolo tried to downplay his comment on the E! News Asia show by saying: “Let’s not make a big deal out of [that].”

Despite that ugly breakup—they’re still not speaking, and avoiding each other at work—Piolo said he would not discourage his 17-year-old son from having a girlfriend. “He has to experience romantic love,” the actor said. But he’d rather the boy, Iñigo, focused on more important matters, such as finishing high school and making a name for himself in show business. That said, Piolo admitted that he didn’t want his son to be a full-time actor just yet. “My greatest fear is that he’d stop school once he’s had the taste of earning his own money,” Piolo said. “I’ve come to terms with the eventuality that Iñigo will end up in show biz just like me. He’s very much into the arts, especially theater. When I brought him to New York last year, he said he was thinking of taking acting courses there. I’d be glad to pay for his studies. I want him to have a college degree.”  Piolo said he often worried about Iñigo because of the boy’s tight work schedule. “I think he’s busier than I am,” said the dad. “He juggles work as a student, an actor and a product endorser. He wasn’t supposed to join show biz until he turned 18, but Sun Life Financial got him as an endorser, and then he was offered a movie, which Star Cinema is distributing. ABS-CBN also got him to appear on ‘ASAP’ for a month. I’m glad he’s enjoying himself.” Registration for the “SunPiology: An Adventure-Filled Fun Run with the Stars” is ongoing until Nov. 12. The annual charity event will be held on Nov. 15, 3 p.m., at the Bonifacio Global City. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Christmas & politics mix  

NOV 7 ---Christmas in the Philippines is known to be the longest celebrated religious festival in the world, which begins in September and runs until the first Sunday of January, covering four months of the calendar. Even as a child in school, we were taught to memorize the poem that began, “T’was the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.”

The history of the Pinoy Christmas with the introduction of the parol is an important part of the festivities until today. Simbang Gabi is a novena held at dawn from the 16th of December to Christmas Eve. Attending these Masses is meant to show devotion to God in anticipation of Christ’s birth. The more Masses one attends is believed to grant the special wish of the devotee. There are many other ways of celebrating Christmas other than the religious way. One is through a ceremony that launches the turning on of lights on a giant outdoor Christmas tree at the Araneta Coliseum (this afternoon, featuring Richard Yap, Vice Ganda, James Reid and Robi Domingo). Another is a similar turning on of Christmas lights on Policarpio St. in Mandaluyong, where individual houses are decorated in a competition that would bring joy, especially to the children.

Such practices inevitably bring families out into the streets until the wee hours of the morning. And naturally, wherever there are hundreds of people, the vendors will follow. They normally offer a conglomeration of native delicacies like bibingka and puto bumbong. Upon returning home, there will always be waiting for them the traditional food which would include queso de bola, tsokoláte, noodles and pasta, relleno, ham and fruit salad.

ALSO: Filipinos smile through their tears

Filipino kids pose for passers-by We Filipinos are known everywhere for the many traits that have given us an advantage over other races. We are polite, protective of our elders, hardworking and are widely-known to be great singers, thus earning the reputation of being the Italians of Asia. But most of all, the Filipino is celebrated for smiling in the face of disaster be it personal, national or worldwide. We have often wondered ourselves what it was that has made us behave the way we have until we got hold of some information that made things clearer to us. Apparently, there is a National Organization of Filipino Psychology formed in 1975 by Virgilio Enriquez regarded by many as the Father of Filipino Psychology.

Meantime, the professors at the University of Sto. Tomas who were also priests taught their students certain concepts, based primarily on indigenous concepts and orientations. This is a method that fuses native healing techniques with the combination of animism with Catholic beliefs. From the Spaniards who conquered us for 333 years, we learned to be polite and follow directions without question; from the Americans who also conquered us for 48 years, we were taught to be honest and forthright, to call a spade a spade. No wonder we grew up in confusion. This confusion is clearly apparent in our practices that mix Tagalog and English. Hiya means shame as in “Kahiya naman sa iyo.” Utang na loob is the promise of paying back a favor.

Bahala Na si God is leaving everything to the Almighty. Lakas ng Loob is being courageous in the midst of problems and uncertainties. Pakikibaka in English refers to the ability of the Filipino to undertake revolutions and uprisings against a common enemy. Several mental disorders have been identified and that are found only in the Philippines and other countries that share connections with us. Examples are the Amok, a Malayan mood disorder in which a person suddenly loses control of himself and goes into a killing frenzy. Bangungot is a common occurrence in which a person suddenly loses control of his respiration and digestion, and falls into a coma and even ends in his death. Filipino psychopathology also refers to the different manifestations of mental disorders in Filipino people. The application of basic psychology to native healing practices is closely tied to the faith healers as well as to the native pagan priestesses like the babaylan who were suppressed by the Spaniards during their colonization of the Philippines.

ALSO: The day Pilita came along  

NOV 10 --PHOTO: Pilita Corrales then (top) and now (above): Ageless in more ways than one I miss my evenings with Pilita Corrales. That was decades ago when she would light up our homes with songs that she delivered bent precariously backward, making us hold our collective breath (let her not fall, Lord!) during her one-hour TV show which she opened with her heart-warming rendition of what would become her signature song, A Million Thanks To You — The day you came along with your song, my heart began to sing, dear. A million thanks to you, my love… “Most of the songs that I recorded are memorable,” according to Pilita when asked to name only 10. “Every song became memorable, even those that I did not record but sing only in my shows, like If I Never Sing Another Song with which I always close my show.”

The truth is that Pilita has recorded and sung so many songs, hundreds and hundreds of them…in Visayan, in Filipino, Spanish and in English…that she has lost count. But A Million Thanks To You (composed specially for her by Alice Doria-Gamilla who, Pilita recalled, “was paid P50 for it”) is the one that sticks to her name like a stamp, no wonder it was chosen as title of a fund-raising concert for MARE Foundation, Inc. (headed by former Sen. Dr. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito-Estrada) on Thursday night, Nov. 13, 8 o’clock at the Fiesta Pavillion of the Manila Hotel. (Directed by Calvin Neria with Louie Ocampo as musical director, it also features as guests Pilita’s daughter Jackie Lou Blanco, Sarah Geronimo, Martin Nievera, the Wing Duo Nikki Ross and Angie dela Cruz, Chad Borja, Basil Valdez, The CompanY and possibly Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.) “It’s one of my most-requested songs,” noted Pilita, “including Pipit, Kapantay Ay Langit, Matud Nila and a few others. The audience always expects me to sing them. They were all big hits.”  * READ MORE...

In Rizal’s footsteps
Alden Richards is the latest in a long line of actors to portray Jose Rizal, and he attests to learning a lot playing the National Hero  

NOV 10  -HOTO: Alden Richards -- There are unique challenges in playing a non-fictional character but more so in portraying a martyred nationalist like Dr. Jose Rizal. For Alden Richards, playing the national hero on TV has been a test on his mettle and a real eye-opener as well. “Na-enhance lalo ’yung knowledge and fighting spirit ko to fight for what’s right. And to stand by my decisions na alam ko na would do good to me and to people around me,” Alden said about playing the hero on GMA News and Public Affairs’ bayaniserye Ilustrado. He was also impressed with Rizal’s great love for his family, which, according to Alden, manifested “in all ways possible.” “He had to leave the Philippines just for the sake of hindi magalaw ’yung family niya. Kasi the first time na umuwi si Rizal (from Spain), naunang na-publish ’yung ‘Noli (Me Tangere’), so na-threaten lahat – family, kapatid, kakilala… may namamatay, so he had to leave again for their safety.”

The Primetime Prince never imagined Rizal as someone who is very demonstrative of his emotions but, as he eventually found out, “Sensitive siya. He shows kung ano ’yung nararamdaman niya.” On the knock that Pepe (Rizal’s nickname) was quite the ladies’ man during his time, Alden thinks that this was a result of the “absence of a mother siguro, since nag-Spain siya nang maaga.” Being chosen to play perhaps one of the most important personalities in Philippine history has enhanced Alden’s confidence as an actor. He said, “Kasi madugu-dugong decision-making (ang naganap) kung sinong pagbibigyan ng role. Parang added feathers to my wings.” About to end After 22 taping days for 20 episodes, Ilustrado is now on its finale week. Alden recalled the experience as “mahirap, kasi ’yung director din naming medyo particular sa acting, so ’pag hindi niya nagugustuhan, pinapaulit niya ’yung eksena.” * READ MORE...

(ALSO) NEW MUSIC GENRE: Musician fuses electronic dance and traditional Filipino music 

OAKLAND, Calif. – It’s a sound that transcends time and tradition, the ancient and the modern. Ron Quesada is a Filipino-American Bay Area artist who has created a new music form he calls “Kulintronica” – a fusion of metal gong kettles from the Southern Philippines with electronic dance music. He has been passionate about music and exploring different instruments since childhood. But 10 years ago in college, he suddenly felt drawn to the kulintang. “It was unlike any music that I had ever heard,” said Quesada. “It was totally different, I was totally blown away. I was really compelled to learn more about it because I thought I knew so much by spending so much time with Filipino folk musicians, but it turns out that it’s just one layer to this complex universe of Filipino arts.”

Despite growing up in San Francisco’s Filipino community, Ron says it was playing the kulintang that helped him connect deeper to his roots. “I have mixed looks so people don’t always believe me when I try to associate with them and say I’m one of you. I’m Filipino,” said the Bay Area artist. “So I’ve had to find creative ways to express that identity, and one of those ways is to specialize in Filipino music.”  * READ MORE, view ron q performing on video....


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Remembering mom Elaine


VILMA Santos
 

MANILA, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 (INQUIRER) Bayani San Diego Jr. @inquirerdotnet - Friends from the entertainment and political sectors fondly remember Elaine Cuneta, mother of singer-actress Sharon “Megastar” Cuneta.

Elaine passed away on Wednesday after a lingering illness. She was 79.

Francis Pangilinan, Mega’s husband and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, told the Inquirer that the wake is at Santuario de San Antonio, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati.

Vilma Santos. Batangas governor, actress

It’s very difficult to console a friend in this situation. I can only pray for the repose of Mommy Elaine’s soul and for strength for her family, especially my friend Shawie (Sharon’s nickname).

Ogie Alcasid, Singer

She laughed at all my jokes when I joined Shawie’s concert tour in 2005. She was always gracious and warm. Our family will pray for her loved ones during this very difficult time.

Imee Marcos. Ilocos Norte governor

We love the Cunetas and will forever be grateful to Tita Elaine and Apo Mayor (Pablo Cuneta) for their friendship and generosity. In spite of the trials, walang iwanan talaga ’yung mag-asawa. Di na ’ata uso ang katulad nila.

Joel Lamangan, Filmmaker

She was a very generous lady, a handsome woman and solicitous mom to Sharon and Chet. Stay strong, Shawie. There are many people who loved your mom, and who love you.

Kuh Ledesma, Singer

Tita Elaine was always very friendly to me. Sharon is a strong Christian and I am confident that she understands that God knows our sorrows and that He is close to the broken-hearted. I am holding her up in prayer.

Raymart Santiago, Actor

I’d like to assure Sharon that her mom is now in a better place, with Tito Pablo (Cuneta).


JOSE Javier Reyes, Filmmaker

So many of us lost our mothers this year. (I lost my mom, and so did Raymart Santiago). I know the pain of losing your mom. But I’ve realized that at a certain point, loving also means letting go. Perhaps Sharon can console herself with the fact that she did her duty the best she could, and that her mom was very proud of her.

Sandy Santamaria, Talent manager

Mommy Elaine was such a generous person, not only to her family and siblings, but to everyone she knew or encountered. She was giving, and not only in terms of material things; she also showed genuine concern for others. She was always prim and proper when she visited Sharon in shootings. She also had a sense of humor. Even though I am deeply saddened … I know that she is now free from all pain.

KC di sumipot sa Star Magic Ball, Lola Elaine isinugod sa ospital By Ervin Santiago
Bandera 3:00 am | Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
 

Kaya walang ka-date si Paulo Avelino

INIINTRIGA ang hindi pagsipot ni KC Concepcion sa 8th Star Magic Ball noong Sabado ng gabi sa isang hotel sa Makati City.
May mga nang-uurot na dahil daw kay Piolo Pascual kaya nagdesisyon ang isa sa leading lady ni Coco Martin sa seryeng Ikaw Lamang sa Primetime Bida ng ABS-CBN.

Hanggang ngayon daw kasi ay hindi pa rin kaya ni KC na makaharap ang dating boyfriend kahit matagal na panahon na silang hiwalay. Pero agad na nilinaw ni KC ang isyu, may valid reason siya kung bakit hindi siya nakapunta sa event.

Nabatid na habang nagaganap ang bonggang party ng Star Magic ay nasa hospital naman si KC kasama ang kanyang Lola Elaine Cuneta. Isinugod daw kasi sa emergency room ang mommy ni Mega noong gabi ring iyon.

Nag-post si KC ng isang litrato sa kanyang Instagram account na kuha sa loob ng hospital room ng kanyang lola, nilagyan niya ito ng caption na: “Though i’m not at the fabulous Star Magic Ball tonight, being with my beautiful grandma at the hospi makes everything worthwhile!!! #familyaffair #GetWellSoon #MitaElaine.”

Muling nag-post ng mensahe ang actress-TV host para matigil agad ang tsismis sa kanya, “I was supposed to be at the ball tonight in my Rajo gown. Mita got rushed to the ER & now confined at the hospi.

As they say #FamilyFirst. Aww! Thank you for inviting me to the Ball, @starmagicphils! Thinking of you all. It will be amazing for sure!!! Here at St. Lukes with my best friend in the family. Love you all!”

* At dahil hindi nga naka-attend si KC, wala ring ka-date ang rumored boyfriend niyang si Paulo Avelino sa nasabing event. Kung tama ang pagkakatanda namin, huling nagpunta sa Star Magic Ball si KC noon pang 2011 kung saan ang ex-boyfriend niyang si Piolo ang kanyang ka-date.

Samantala, gusto lang naming palakpakan si KC sa kanyang performance sa seryeng Ikaw Lamang kung saan ginagampanan niya ang karakter ni Natalia, ang anak ni Franco (Boyet de Leon) at love interest ni Coco Martin.

In fairness, ibang-iba ang ipinapakitang akting ni KC sa Primetime series ng ABS-CBN, bida-kontrabida kasi ang atake niya sa role, makikisimpatya ang manonood sa kanya dahil sa pag-iibigan nila ni Samuel (Coco).

Pero tiyak na hindi natutuwa kay KC ang supporters nina Coco at Kim Chiu (playing Jacque) dahil siya ang magsisilbing “tinik” sa umuusbong na pagtitinginan ng dalawa.

At may kilig din ang tambalan nina Coco at KC ha, pero siyempre, mas lutang pa rin ang loveteam nina Coco at Kim dahil mas light at mas nakakaaliw ang mga eksena nila.

Anyway, sa pagpapatuloy ng kuwento ng Ikaw Lamang pagkatapos ng Hawak Kamay, isa-isa nang mabubunyag ang mga lihim, abangan ang muling pagkikita nina Gabriel (Joel Torre) at Isabelle (Amy Austria), pati na ang mga gagawing kasamaan nina Boyet at Mylene Dizon kay Coco.

At siyempre, ang mas nakakakilig na mga eksena nina Kim at Coco kapag inamin na nila ang pagmamahal nila sa isa’t isa.

Why Piolo ‘felt bad’ for KC Marinel R. Cruz @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:16 AM | Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Actor Piolo Pascual said he once promised his son Iñigo that he wouldn’t get into a romantic relationship until the boy turned 18.

“I kind of broke his heart when I went back on my word,” the actor told reporters during the recent “SunPiology Run With the Stars” press conference.

Piolo, 37, dated fellow ABS-CBN artist KC Concepcion three years ago. When they broke up, KC told all on the Sunday gabfest “The Buzz.” The actor opted not to talk about it at first, but said a mouthful in a recent E! News Asia TV special about him.

He said he still loved KC “with all my heart,” but added, “I felt bad for her because she didn’t have to resort to that (going on TV to tell her story)… It’s something I wish she hadn’t done.”

At the SunPiology event, Piolo tried to downplay his comment on the E! News Asia show by saying: “Let’s not make a big deal out of [that].”

Despite that ugly breakup—they’re still not speaking, and avoiding each other at work—Piolo said he would not discourage his 17-year-old son from having a girlfriend. “He has to experience romantic love,” the actor said.

But he’d rather the boy, Iñigo, focused on more important matters, such as finishing high school and making a name for himself in show business. That said, Piolo admitted that he didn’t want his son to be a full-time actor just yet.

“My greatest fear is that he’d stop school once he’s had the taste of earning his own money,” Piolo said. “I’ve come to terms with the eventuality that Iñigo will end up in show biz just like me. He’s very much into the arts, especially theater. When I brought him to New York last year, he said he was thinking of taking acting courses there. I’d be glad to pay for his studies. I want him to have a college degree.”

Piolo said he often worried about Iñigo because of the boy’s tight work schedule. “I think he’s busier than I am,” said the dad. “He juggles work as a student, an actor and a product endorser. He wasn’t supposed to join show biz until he turned 18, but Sun Life Financial got him as an endorser, and then he was offered a movie, which Star Cinema is distributing. ABS-CBN also got him to appear on ‘ASAP’ for a month. I’m glad he’s enjoying himself.”

Registration for the “SunPiology: An Adventure-Filled Fun Run with the Stars” is ongoing until Nov. 12. The annual charity event will be held on Nov. 15, 3 p.m., at the Bonifacio Global City.

FROM PHILSTAR

Christmas & politics mix LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 7, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 1

Christmas in the Philippines is known to be the longest celebrated religious festival in the world, which begins in September and runs until the first Sunday of January, covering four months of the calendar. Even as a child in school, we were taught to memorize the poem that began, “T’was the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.”

The history of the Pinoy Christmas with the introduction of the parol is an important part of the festivities until today. Simbang Gabi is a novena held at dawn from the 16th of December to Christmas Eve.

Attending these Masses is meant to show devotion to God in anticipation of Christ’s birth. The more Masses one attends is believed to grant the special wish of the devotee. There are many other ways of celebrating Christmas other than the religious way. One is through a ceremony that launches the turning on of lights on a giant outdoor Christmas tree at the Araneta Coliseum (this afternoon, featuring Richard Yap, Vice Ganda, James Reid and Robi Domingo).

Another is a similar turning on of Christmas lights on Policarpio St. in Mandaluyong, where individual houses are decorated in a competition that would bring joy, especially to the children.

Such practices inevitably bring families out into the streets until the wee hours of the morning. And naturally, wherever there are hundreds of people, the vendors will follow.

They normally offer a conglomeration of native delicacies like bibingka and puto bumbong. Upon returning home, there will always be waiting for them the traditional food which would include queso de bola, tsokoláte, noodles and pasta, relleno, ham and fruit salad.

POLITICS

* This year, however, it is obvious that Christmas celebrations have shared space on the dining table with stories of the latest on the political front. News involving politicians, mostly bad, hog the headlines.

Even if the next presidential elections is still 18 months away, the divisions are already beginning to be drawn. The only examples we can give involve two of our close friends.

Lovely of Liliw, Laguna is a true-blue supporter of Erap’s return as presidential candidate in 2016. She has taken it upon herself to start the campaign and it seems that she is gaining more and more members.

My other friend is Deo of Lipa, Batangas who has told us that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is his choice in 2016 as president. Duterte’s reputation as a no-nonsense mayor has reached Metro Manila audiences, and the “Duterte for President” movement appears to be gaining ground.

Another would-be candidate we have lately been reading about is Miriam Defensor Santiago whose loud voice and frightening threats disguise the immense knowledge in her field of expertise.

If Duterte brings along a gun walking the streets of Davao, Santiago has her voice that could threaten anyone to death. How will their stories end?

This would be interesting to watch.

Filipinos smile through their tears LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 10, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

Filipino kids pose for passers-by We Filipinos are known everywhere for the many traits that have given us an advantage over other races. We are polite, protective of our elders, hardworking and are widely-known to be great singers, thus earning the reputation of being the Italians of Asia. But most of all, the Filipino is celebrated for smiling in the face of disaster be it personal, national or worldwide.

We have often wondered ourselves what it was that has made us behave the way we have until we got hold of some information that made things clearer to us. Apparently, there is a National Organization of Filipino Psychology formed in 1975 by Virgilio Enriquez regarded by many as the Father of Filipino Psychology.

Meantime, the professors at the University of Sto. Tomas who were also priests taught their students certain concepts, based primarily on indigenous concepts and orientations. This is a method that fuses native healing techniques with the combination of animism with Catholic beliefs.

From the Spaniards who conquered us for 333 years, we learned to be polite and follow directions without question; from the Americans who also conquered us for 48 years, we were taught to be honest and forthright, to call a spade a spade. No wonder we grew up in confusion.

This confusion is clearly apparent in our practices that mix Tagalog and English. Hiya means shame as in “Kahiya naman sa iyo.” Utang na loob is the promise of paying back a favor. Bahala Na si God is leaving everything to the Almighty.

Lakas ng Loob is being courageous in the midst of problems and uncertainties. Pakikibaka in English refers to the ability of the Filipino to undertake revolutions and uprisings against a common enemy. Several mental disorders have been identified and that are found only in the Philippines and other countries that share connections with us. Examples are the Amok, a Malayan mood disorder in which a person suddenly loses control of himself and goes into a killing frenzy.

Bangungot is a common occurrence in which a person suddenly loses control of his respiration and digestion, and falls into a coma and even ends in his death. Filipino psychopathology also refers to the different manifestations of mental disorders in Filipino people.

The application of basic psychology to native healing practices is closely tied to the faith healers as well as to the native pagan priestesses like the babaylan who were suppressed by the Spaniards during their colonization of the Philippines.

* Examples of such practices include the hilot or massage given a pregnant mother as aid in the dbelivery of her child.

Lihi is a craving for various foods during pregnancy or attachment to a particular person often a pretty girl or handsome man which is in the pregnant mother’s wish list. In the various studies conducted by the many psychologists and students of psychology all over the world, there is a marked difference in behavior of the foreign bred to that of the Asian.

Why do the Filipinos smile through their tears? We are made to understand today, that this phenomenon is simply because we have been trained to do so from childhood. A true Filipino will not complain.

A good Filipino will follow orders from the masters. And the masters of our childhood were the Spaniards whom we emulated for 333 years. Lastly, we ask ourselves, is this good or bad, that we now belong to a race that has had to process hundreds of years of servitude under Spain, the US, Japan?

All we can figure out is that it has made us into a people with unique qualities that those who have had less experience can boast of.

The day Pilita came along FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 10, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Pilita Corrales then (top) and now (above): Ageless in more ways than one

I miss my evenings with Pilita Corrales. That was decades ago when she would light up our homes with songs that she delivered bent precariously backward, making us hold our collective breath (let her not fall, Lord!) during her one-hour TV show which she opened with her heart-warming rendition of what would become her signature song, A Million Thanks To You — The day you came along with your song, my heart began to sing, dear. A million thanks to you, my love…

“Most of the songs that I recorded are memorable,” according to Pilita when asked to name only 10. “Every song became memorable, even those that I did not record but sing only in my shows, like If I Never Sing Another Song with which I always close my show.”

The truth is that Pilita has recorded and sung so many songs, hundreds and hundreds of them…in Visayan, in Filipino, Spanish and in English…that she has lost count.

But A Million Thanks To You (composed specially for her by Alice Doria-Gamilla who, Pilita recalled, “was paid P50 for it”) is the one that sticks to her name like a stamp, no wonder it was chosen as title of a fund-raising concert for MARE Foundation, Inc. (headed by former Sen. Dr. Luisa “Loi” Ejercito-Estrada) on Thursday night, Nov. 13, 8 o’clock at the Fiesta Pavillion of the Manila Hotel. (Directed by Calvin Neria with Louie Ocampo as musical director, it also features as guests Pilita’s daughter Jackie Lou Blanco, Sarah Geronimo, Martin Nievera, the Wing Duo Nikki Ross and Angie dela Cruz, Chad Borja, Basil Valdez, The CompanY and possibly Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.)

“It’s one of my most-requested songs,” noted Pilita, “including Pipit, Kapantay Ay Langit, Matud Nila and a few others. The audience always expects me to sing them. They were all big hits.”

* Another Pilita Corrales classic is What Name Shall I Give You My Love, one of the songs written for her by George Sison who, correction please, didn’t compose Rene Novalles’ 1984 Metropop entry A Smile in Your Heart which George predicted would win.

“There’s also Smile (composed by Charlie Chaplin),” added Pilita, “which I love because it’s a very meaningful song,” proceeded to sing part of it, …smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking…

And how many times did she experience her heart breaking? How many hearts did she break without perhaps her intending nor meaning to?

“Ay, marami!” exclaimed Pilita without elaborating or mentioning names which are public knowledge anyway, including her first husband Gonzalo Blanco (Jackie’s father), a deceased top actor at Premiere Productions, Amado del Paraguay, Eddie Gutierrez (by whom she has a son, Ramon “Monching” Christopher) and the current, probably her last/lasting love Carlos Lopez. Instead of destroying her, the heartbreaks and the heartaches only deepened the emotion she conveys with her songs --- yes, in her unique “back-breaking” fashion (more on that later).

“What lessons have I learned from falling in and out of love?” Pilita asked. “Well, not to love with all your heart and soul. The problem is that I cannot love half-half, it’s all or nothing at all. If you make a mistake, blame nobody but yourself. But I never regret over anything. Ngayon, solo flight na lang tayo,” adding in haste, “but with Carlos, of course!”

Asked what would be the theme song for failed relationships, Pilita joked, “What goes up must come down.” Then she laughed and laughed.

As a mother, Pilita’s heart-breaking experience was when Jackie was kidnapped by her own father and brought back home from traveling around the world (Hawaii, Canada, etc.) with the help of the Interpol. The controversy landed Pilita and little Jackie (then only a year old) on the front page of a Philippine broadsheet.

“Later on,” related Pilita, “when we opened his (Gonzalo’s safe) to look for some documents, we found a clipping of the newspaper which he secretly treasured. Because of that incident, a law was enacted that a child may not be allowed to travel abroad unless accompanied by both the parents or, if not both, at least with the signed permission of the parent not traveling with the child.”

In passing, Pilita hinted at the failed marriages of her son Monching (and Lotlot de Leon), and daughter Jackie (and Ricky Davao). “That’s why I worry about Janine,” one of Monching and Lotlot’s children, “because she has a boyfriend (Elmo Magalona) now. I always pray that Janine and my other grandchildren will not go through what I have gone through. You know, I always wanted Jackie and Ricky, and Monching and Lotlot to be together forever, but then…” she shrugged instead of finishing the sentence.

Besides her songs that earned her the title Asia’s Queen of Song, Pilita considers as among her most precious possessions her awards, especially the honorary degree of Doctor of Music conferred on her by University of the Visayas “for her dedication to the performing arts and her love for Cebuano music (that) should be emulated especially by the Filipino youth,” noted UV executive vice president Jose “Dodong” R. Guillas who recommended giving Pilita that honor.

Oh yes, why does Pilita have to bend backward when singing?

“I bend because that’s how I can reach a high note, not toward the right nor to the left but backward,” explained Pilita. “It is not a gimmick at all.”

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

In Rizal’s footsteps
Alden Richards is the latest in a long line of actors to portray Jose Rizal, and he attests to learning a lot playing the National Hero
by Pau Aguilera November 10, 2014 Share this:


Alden Richards

There are unique challenges in playing a non-fictional character but more so in portraying a martyred nationalist like Dr. Jose Rizal. For Alden Richards, playing the national hero on TV has been a test on his mettle and a real eye-opener as well.

“Na-enhance lalo ’yung knowledge and fighting spirit ko to fight for what’s right. And to stand by my decisions na alam ko na would do good to me and to people around me,” Alden said about playing the hero on GMA News and Public Affairs’ bayaniserye Ilustrado.

He was also impressed with Rizal’s great love for his family, which, according to Alden, manifested “in all ways possible.”

“He had to leave the Philippines just for the sake of hindi magalaw ’yung family niya. Kasi the first time na umuwi si Rizal (from Spain), naunang na-publish ’yung ‘Noli (Me Tangere’), so na-threaten lahat – family, kapatid, kakilala… may namamatay, so he had to leave again for their safety.”

The Primetime Prince never imagined Rizal as someone who is very demonstrative of his emotions but, as he eventually found out, “Sensitive siya. He shows kung ano ’yung nararamdaman niya.”

On the knock that Pepe (Rizal’s nickname) was quite the ladies’ man during his time, Alden thinks that this was a result of the “absence of a mother siguro, since nag-Spain siya nang maaga.”

Being chosen to play perhaps one of the most important personalities in Philippine history has enhanced Alden’s confidence as an actor.

He said, “Kasi madugu-dugong decision-making (ang naganap) kung sinong pagbibigyan ng role. Parang added feathers to my wings.”

About to end

After 22 taping days for 20 episodes, Ilustrado is now on its finale week.

Alden recalled the experience as “mahirap, kasi ’yung director din naming medyo particular sa acting, so ’pag hindi niya nagugustuhan, pinapaulit niya ’yung eksena.”

* He attested to the production being particularly meticulous with his look. “Nakakapagod kasi one hour to make ’yung from Alden to Rizal look,” he said.

They also had to adjust to the manner of “movie-style” shooting, as he described. “Maraming shots, unlike soaps na i-pan lang ’yung camera pwede nang mag-iba. This one, different setup, different lighting.”

Ultimately, Alden is grateful for the positive feedback they have been receiving. “At least fulfilled naman (’yung gusto naming mangyari). Successful naman para sa’min ’yung ‘Ilustrado,’” he said.

Hustle and bustle

Ilustrado may be nearing its end but Alden is still part of the reality talent search Bet ng Bayan and noontime variety show Sunday All Stars.

Apparently, there were instances that he had to check in at “budget hotels” with his PA and driver because of his tight schedule. “Usually nangyayari lang ’yun, kapag halimbawa nagte-tape, nagshu-shoot ako, tapos kinabukasan may lipad for ‘Bet,’ so kung sa’n na lang abutan, parang ganun. Ligo lang.”

Given another starring role, however, Alden wants to take on somebody who is kinakawawa.

“Nami-miss ko kasi ’yung (ganung) role eh. Medyo effective ’yung api-apihan tapos nagsisikap, and then lumalaban towards the end. ’Yung ganung role na heavy drama din,” he said.

Though he welcomes the idea of another project about history, “Kasi mas may purpose ’yung (ganun).”

Catch Ilustrado weeknights after Hiram na Alaala on GMA Telebabad.

FROM BALITANG AMERIKA--ABS-CBN NORTH AMERICA BUREAU

Musician fuses electronic dance and traditional Filipino music By Malvina Wong, ABS-CBN North America Bureau Nov. 6, 2014


RON QUESADA AND HIS OWN CREATION CALLED 'KULINTRONICA' --FUSION OF KULINTANG MUSIC AND ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC. VIDEO SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE.

OAKLAND, Calif. – It’s a sound that transcends time and tradition, the ancient and the modern.

Ron Quesada is a Filipino-American Bay Area artist who has created a new music form he calls “Kulintronica” – a fusion of metal gong kettles from the Southern Philippines with electronic dance music.

He has been passionate about music and exploring different instruments since childhood. But 10 years ago in college, he suddenly felt drawn to the kulintang.

“It was unlike any music that I had ever heard,” said Quesada. “It was totally different, I was totally blown away. I was really compelled to learn more about it because I thought I knew so much by spending so much time with Filipino folk musicians, but it turns out that it’s just one layer to this complex universe of Filipino arts.”

Despite growing up in San Francisco’s Filipino community, Ron says it was playing the kulintang that helped him connect deeper to his roots.

“I have mixed looks so people don’t always believe me when I try to associate with them and say I’m one of you. I’m Filipino,” said the Bay Area artist. “So I’ve had to find creative ways to express that identity, and one of those ways is to specialize in Filipino music.”

* One of his main goals is to make younger Filipino-Americans be aware of the kulintang instrument, especially at this time – an age where Filipino traditional arts is at risk of fading away.

“By mixing this with electronic dance music, I’m kind of bringing the culture to them,” said Ron. “They’re asking for dance music, and I’m giving them Filipino culture. I think it’s a win-win situation.”

This Pinoy music pioneer hopes to inspire and challenge other Filipino artists to explore and push their creative boundaries.

“Right now, I’m the only one doing it, so I get to be that guy who introduces it to the world,” said Quesada. “For me to know that this is being received is to see someone else do it in their own way.”

HERE IS RON QUESADA PLAYING HIS MUSIC:

 
video url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CcPs-I_M3UA

YOU TUBE VIDEO --Ron Quesada performs at the Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum on October 3, 2010.

Ron Quesada melds melodic Kulintang gong music with folk rock in a live, electronic explosion. Quesada is a Filipino-American multi-instrumentalist specializing in Filipino music.

He began studying music at age 8, and has since become a seasoned performer and music instructor. His interest in Filipino cultural performance was ignited when he joined the Bay Area's premier rondalla, The Haranistas de Manila, under the direction of Celestino "Bayani" Tan. He began studying kulintang at SF State's prestigious College of Ethnic Studies (40 years strong!), under Master Kalanduyan.

He has been performing and critiquing Filipino music for over ten years and for this he has traveled to Manila, Acapulco, Toronto, Boston, Southern California, and all over the Bay Area. His work has covered the traditional to the experimental, and has a complicated viewpoint on the landscape of Filipino music in the diaspora.

He has a Bachelor's degree in Ethnomusicology of the Philippines and Hawai'i from San Francisco State University and led a kulintang ensemble at University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Category Education License Standard YouTube License


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