IT WAS A GREAT LIFE…
FULL OF COLORS… OF LAUGHTERS… OF LOVE.
AND YOU ARE ONLY ONE.
ONLY, ONLY ONE
AND IT’S OK, DOLPHY…
SINCE YOU WERE 19 YEARS OLD, YOU HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINING PEOPLE…
GIVING YOURSELF TO EVERYONE.
YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH…
SO DON’T WORRY, WE WILL BE OKEY
WE WILL GRIEVE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT WE WILL BE FINE.
BECAUSE YOUR LEGACY HAS LEFT US DEEP AND WIDE-
THAT LAUGHTER CAN HEAL PEOPLE…
MAKE LIVES BETTER
AND OUR LOADS LIGHTER.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE “LAUGHS”..
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ‘BREED OF TALENTED QUIZONS’…
THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE.
AND MOST OF ALL,
THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.
YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE THERE IN HEAVEN.
IT IS NOW A SWEETER AND HAPPIER PLACE,
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“LOW BRASS FESTIVAL 2015 AT CCP”
THE Music Elements (Asia) Pte. Ltd., in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, stages the first and biggest gathering for trombone players and low brass fanatics in a 3-day event billed as the Low Brass Festival 2015 on July 10, 11, and 12, 2015 at the CCP Silangan Hall.
This festival features world renowned trombone and low brass players such as tenor trombonist Dr. Brett Baker, bass trombonist David Wong and euphonium player Adam Frey, along with celebrated local musicians. Likewise, participants will be treated to recitals by local soloists, quartets, quintets, ensembles and performances, workshop, master class by foreign artistes.
Dr. Brett Baker is viewed internationally as a leading brass performer and educator. He is passionate about encouraging composers to write pioneering new solo repertoire having commissioned 100 compositions. Brett is a clinician for Michael Rath Brass Instruments, Programme leader for Music at the University of Salford, Past-Principal Trombone of Black Dyke Band, a Past-President of the British Trombone Society, Chairman of the Awards Committee for the International Trombone Association, and Editor of Glissando Magazine.
Mr. David Wong obtained a full scholarship and pursued his music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA and studied under John Swallow and Scott Hartman, during which he obtained fellowships and full scholarships to attend the Pacific Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival in USA. He won the top prize in solo and chamber competitions at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington and the Yellowbird International Chamber Music Competition in Ohio. He has travelled widely to give trombone workshops at various music festivals and universities, with concerto performances around Asia.
One of the elite brass soloists in the world, Adam Frey travels the globe invigorating the international music scene with his virtuoso talent, sensitive lyricism and connection with audiences. Whether Adam’s performing with orchestras, wind bands, brass bands, or in solo recitals, audiences love his charismatic personality and accessible musical interpretations, and critics rave over his technical prowess and championship of the euphonium.
The Low Brass Festival 2015 is an international platform for all artists and participants to exchange ideas, boost creativity and continuity for this unique art form. Each day in the festival is set to educate, enrich, engage, entertain and leaving the best trombones and low brasses experience anyone can get.
Ticket prices are as follows: Php200 for the daily pass which entitles the bearer to all workshops and the evening concert scheduled for the day; and Php500 for the festival pass which grants access to all workshops and concerts for the duration of the festival. For more information, please contact 832-2314 or 832-3704. Visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph for the festival schedule.
“Magtanggol Liberacion! at CCP”
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild presents a musical comedy entitledMagtanggol Liberacion! on July 17 (8:00pm – invitational), July 18 and 19, 2015 (3:00pm and 8:00pm) at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.
Previously staged as “Pinatay Si Mayor!” last March in De La Salle University, Magtanggol Liberacion! features political activist, Mae Paner, known as Juana Change, and other performers. The play is written by Carlos Palanca awardee and renowned playwright Rody Vera and directed by ALIW awards nominee and the Guild’s artistic director Romualdo “Raffy” Tejada.
A newly elected government official, Magtanggol Liberacion, was found dead at a dumpsite early one morning. According to the authorities, multiple stabs were found to be the cause of death. Until now, the killer has not yet been identified. Rumors escalating around the town point to the previous mayor who filed for an electoral fraud against Liberacion.
Tickets are available at ticketworld.net and at the CCP Box Office for Php400.00. Discounts are available for students and senior citizens. For interested show buyers and inquiries, contact Geordina Carla Uy at 0917-5463401 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Ampalaya The Musical at CCP”
THE Silliman University through its Cultural Affairs Committee, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, brings to Manila audiences for the first time an original new musical billed as Ampalaya The Musical on July 15, 2015, 3:00pm and 8:00pm at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). The event is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Dumaguete City Tourism Office, CocoGrande Hotel, Philippine Airlines, Lorenzo Shipping Corporation, Bayview Park Hotel Manila, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Ampalaya is a musical theatrical performance which celebrates Philippine culture through music, dances, games and values. It explores issues like the ugliness of envy and greed and what it does to people, and embracing and nurturing one’s gifts and strengths. This is achieved through catchy melodies, colorful costumes and animation, which are sure to delight all audiences and take them back to a happy journey revisiting their childhood days. It is based on the award winning children’s story Alamat ng Ampalaya (The Legend of Ampalaya) written by Augie Rivera, Jr. with original music by renowned New York-based guitar virtuoso Maestro Michael Dadap. The Orchestra Sin Arco (Orchestra of Plucked Instruments) performs under the baton of Michael Dadap. The play is directed by Dessa Quesada-Palm of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, with musical direction by Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez and choreography by Angelo Sayson. The musical features many of Dumaguete’s local thespians and singers.
The musical began as a short play, which debuted in 2000 in Boston. The full-length version debuted on September 19, 2014 at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium in Silliman University. Ampalaya had its recent Dumaguete run at the Luce Auditorium last July 3 to 6, 2015.
Tickets are now available at the CCP Box Office, Ticketworld. For more information, contact the Silliman University at (035) 422-4365 (landline), 0917-3235953 (mobile), or email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
(foreword from sssip 🙂
I guess, I was still very young then when I accidentally read the script “Flores De Mayo (Flowers of May)” which was written by JOSE JAVIER REYES, or, Joey Reyes, for short. It laid there atop the typewriter of my dad, a magazine editor at that time. The movie script haunted me for a time and it ignited in me a desire for literary forms.
Years after, I saw the writer as I was about to visit the wake of a friend. He became instrumental, somehow, that a friend of mine saw me and never left me from thereon.
If life is one great mystery, so let it be. And the words of Mr. Jose Javier Reyes below surely pacifies the feelings of the YOUNG. Please, read on. —-sssip*)
Grabbed from Mr. Jose Javier Reyes’ own personal blog site: “Choking On My Adobo”. link- http://chokingonmyadobo.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-cries-we-never-heard.html
In the same week, a fifteen year old girl — the daughter of two of the most talented, intelligent and beautiful actors any man of theater and media would be privileged to work with — ended her own life on a rainy Tuesday night. She too was a young actress — starting out her career and proving that genes really worked. In that crowded universe of wannabe stars, she was an actress who did not depend on physical beauty to warrant her popularity.
She was her parents’ daughter — and she killed herself.
And before the week ended, the internet (again) exploded with the video of yet another young actress. She is only twelve years old (I cannot emphasize that enough! ) and yet the minute and a half or so of material that was posted in social media showed her doing things that a fragile little girl like her should not be doing.
Yes, she was of that age of curiosity and experimentation and whatever. But to see her in that context was, to say the least —
It was the same pain as realizing that these two boys do not know what the public in that great outside world is now saying about them. In media where perception is everything — and you are made to believe what you see without questioning how you got to view what you are watching — thoughts are reshaped according to the dictates of what we receive and accept.
Sadly, we are so quick to pre-judge, foist our moral superiority and then feel appalled by the reactions from other citizens of the worldwide web who say that there was nothing wrong. There was no sense of violation of showing two boys fondling each other because of the narrowmindedness of the public, the archaic way of thinking and, as a friend said, “Ganyan talaga ang mga bata.”
There is that fear that age has completely detached you from reality. Maybe it is true. Ganyan na talaga ang mga bata. Maybe reality shows are meant to disturb and shock — and that what can be seen in other countries can be far more appalling. Call us conservative. Call us .. well, Filipinos.
Despite all our claims of globalization and opening our minds to the tenets of other cultures, there are still limitations we set to our worldview because we are who we are. And that is what makes us what we have become.
Many of us weep for these teen-age suicides.
Just a few months back, a young boy — also possessing such great promise and unquestionably armed with superior potential — was scolded and supposedly humiliated by a school authority figure for what was deemed as intellectual dishonesty. The boy could not handle the pressure as well as the degradation — and killed himself.
It is too easy for others to pass judgment not only on the boy but also the parents. But they — the all too quick to judge public —- do not understand the pain. No, they can never understand the pain that parents have to carry when their children kill themselves especially at a very young age.
That was why … more than shock and sympathy … there are those of us who feel anger. Great, deep and throbbing anger.
There are those of us who feel violated because there is this generation that seemed to have completely forgotten the value of their lives … the temporary lease given to human existence to so easily use suicide as a way out.
It is not even about the code of honor to save face or dignity in the Samurai sense — but simply because it is a way out. And it is cool to do so. The thought is sick — but what is sicker is why the kids have reached that point to think that jumping off a building or using all their creativity to end their lives — can be so romantic and …cool. There those of us who weep because of the sheer intensity of our anger.
We are even more infuriated by the thought that we did not reach out to them.
We blame ourselves for what they have become because we did not exert enough effort to understand them. Yes, they are different — these milennials with their sense of entitlement, their need for instant gratification, their restlessness, their materialism, their need to be ahead, ahead, ahead …only to realize that they are running on a treadmill, panting with nowhere to go.
We blame ourselves because we think we did not love them enough — but the question is: in this IPod, smart phone plugged-in texting generation, do they love themselves enough?
We weep at that thought too … and blame ourselves for notunderstanding who they are because we have made them that way.
No one of sound mind could stand more than three seconds of that video attributed without substantial proof to a 12 year old TV actress.
We do not understand the perverse mind who spread it — and why this video even exists in the first place. We again cry for the kids — asking ourselves: Why do they do these things to themselves? Do they not know the risks? Do they not realize how one moment of indiscretion … of a very, very bad decision … can completely shatter their lives?
Something has to be done.
We cannot be adults enough if we cannot institute some kind of change even from our own personal levels.
We should listen. It is useless to scream at kids, castigate them and foist righteousness — but we must listen. And understand.
Even if we are bleeding for them, we must have the moral fortitude to assure them that in this confused, self-destructive world — there is still right and wrong.
And that we love them. We will always love them in spite, despite and because of the cries we never heard.
(WRITTEN BY JOSE JAVIER REYES)