“CCP LIGHTS UP SAN FERNANDO PAROLS AND GIANT XMAS TREE ON NOV. 12”
A multitude of lanterns (8-feet in diameter, each) and a 50-foot tall Christmas Tree will bring sparkle and yuletide cheer to the CCP Complex, starting this November, 2015 until January 03, 2016, through a partnership of the Cultural Center of the Philippines with Omni Electrical & LED Lighting Products and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
The Christmas display will use environment-friendly LED light bulbs to be inaugurated in a special lighting ceremony on November 12, 6 p.m., at the Liwasang ASEAN and CCP Main Ramp.
During the program, renditions of Christmas carols and medleys will be performed by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble and the Philippine Madrigal Singers, An excerpt from the well-loved Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker” will feature Philippine Ballet Theater dancers while other surprise guests will lead in the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree and lanterns. Celebrity host Sam Oh will be the program emcee.
The CCP has pioneered in the display of Christmas decor along the Roxas Boulevard stretch of Manila and Pasay. Every Christmas season, for the past four (4) years, the CCP has spotlighted the beauty, craftsmanship and tradition of San Fernando parols.
For this year, CCP combines modern technology with tradition by partnering with Yatai International Corporation, maker of Omni, environment-friendly lights. Omni LED bulbs will be used to illuminate the Christmas Tree and the San Fernando parols at the CCP Complex.
The CCP has begun to adopt LED technology and advancements in its environmental impact mitigation advocacy minimizing its carbon footprint and electrical consumption in production and exhibitions programming.
For more information, please call Nice A. Hervas at 832-1125 loc. 1611 and Mark V. Medina at 832-1125 loc. 1400.
What a perfect setting for a press conference, a blogger whispered to himself. the vast hallway-lobby of Cultural Center of the Philippines Little Theater and adjoining other theaters were transformed into an elegant dining area, complete with clothed chairs and tables in yellow textures. Flowers were everywhere, and great, new sculptures of artist Alejandro Tecson’s works were posted gigantically on the wall side, and the immortal painting of Arturo Luz on the other side. Fantastic.
The feeling was all too-perfect. And the buffet lunch that was served was like an ETERNITY to our stomachs. Selected media bloggers and editors were only invited, and great people from Cultural Center of the Philippines all joined them.
After the great lunch, everybody proceeded to the Little Theater to hear the speech of Mr. Chris Millado, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Artistic Director, as he announced all the many artistic events coming-up in the year 2016. More festivals, more workshops, more concert acts/performances, more educational tours…. and the highlight: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA ON PHILIPPINE ART, to be published by the CCP next year.
(A SEPARATE BLOG FEATURE WILL ANNOUNCE ALL THESE FORTHCOMING NEW EVENTS AND GRANDEUR AT THE CCP.—SSSIP*)
Meanwhile, in-between Mr. Millado’s SONA-like (like a State of the Nation Address) speech, musical and dance numbers from CCP’s in-house resident companies were seen. It gave you a feeling of a pure and aghast entertainment.
CCP will also extend its architectural grounds with the building of a new theater complex which have a sitting capacity of 360 people. It will be built next year.
Indeed, Cultural Center of the Philippines is soaring higher. Long live, CCP!!!
Napaka-alive at very refreshing ang ambience ng late night TV show na Tonight With Boy Abunda. Maski late night na ito nate-telecast, mawawala ang antok mo kapag pinanood mo na. Ang taas-taas kasi ng positive energy ng host sa show na ito na walang iba kundi si Boy Abunda. Truly, very uplifting ang estilo niya bilang isang TV host.
At totoo ka, lalo lamang itong gumanda buhat nu’ng mawala sa show ang dating co-host ni Kuya Boy dito na si Kris Aquino. No offense meant, pero sa tingin namin, mas karapat-dapat lamang na walang co-host si Kuya Boy, kasi naman, kaya niyang magdala ng sarili niyang TV show na nag-iisa lamang. Kering-carry niya, ika nga.
Gustong-gusto namin ang mga banat ni Kuya Boy kapag nagtatanong na ng mga intriguing questions sa kanyang mga guests. May attack siya na cute ang dating at titillating. Kaya mapapatawa na lang ng bonggang-bongga ang kanyang tinatanong na bisita.
Paborito naming episode sa Tonight With Boy Abunda itong pag-guest ng sexy hunk actor na si Matteo Guidecelli who was promoting then his record album. Nagpo-promote man siya, but Kuya Boy made the question and answer interview witn Matteo very “CAPTIVATING”. Oh, my.
Catch TONIGHT WITH BOY ABUNDA, every weeknights, at 10:45 P.M. YOU’LL SURELY LOVE IT.
NAKAKALOKA ANG PALIGSAHANG MANGYAYARI SA DARATING NA ALIW AWARDS THIS COMING DECEMBER 3 NA GAGANAPIN SA KIA THEATER SA MAY ARANETA CENTER. VERY TIGHT ANG COMPETITION BETWEEN THREE STAGE DIRECTORS NA SINA VINCE TANADA, FRANNIEL ZAMORA AT CHRIS MILLADO! SA PANINIWALA KASI NG BLOGGER NA ITO AT SA KANYANG PERSONAL NA OPINYON, PARE-PAREHONG WALANG ITULAK-KABIGIN ANG TATLONG DIREKTOR NA ITO SA TATLONG MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS NA GINAWA NILA, NAMELY: VINCE FOR “POPEPULAR”, FRANNIEL FOR “KANSER@35, THE MUSICAL” AT CHRIS FOR “MABINING MANDIRIGMA”. SAYANG AT HINDI KASI NAMIN NAPANOOD ANG TATLO PANG KALABAN NILA NA SINA ANGELO AURELIO FOR “BAKATA”, ALEGRIA FERRER FOR “RUSALKA” AT DEXTER SANTOS FOR “HULING LAGDA NI APOLINARIO MABINI”. PERO SA AMING KONKLUSYON, SINA VINCE, FRANNIEL AT CHRIS TALAGA ANG MANGUNGUNA SA LABANAN BILANG “BEST STAGE DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL”. DI BA NAMAN? KOREK.
ANYWAY, BUKOD SA BEST STAGE DIRECTOR, NOMINATED DIN ANG “POPEPULAR” NG PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION SA IBA PANG MGA KATEGORYA, NAMELY: “BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION” AT “BEST CAST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE”.
ANG “KANSER@35: THE MUSICAL” NAMAN NG GANTIMPALA THEATER FOUNDATION AY NOMINATED DIN SA DALAWANG IBA PANG KATEGORYA. SI MICHAEL PANGILINAN BILANG “BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL” AT SI BODGIE PASCUA BILANG “BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL”.
SINO KAYA ANG MGA MANANALO SA KANILA? ABANGAN!!!
BELOW ARE THE OFFICIAL LIST OF NOMINESS IN THIS COMING ALIW AWARDS. LINK COURTESY OF THEATERFANSMANILA.COM: https://theaterfansmanila.com/nominees-2015-aliw-awards-announced/
The 2015 ALIW Awards headed by its founding president Alice H. Reyes announced the following categories included in the forthcoming awards night to be held on December 3, 2015 at the KIA Theater, Araneta Center, Quezon City. Inclusive dates of the nominated shows and performances are from September 1, 2014 up to September 30, 2015.
Below are the list of nominees for the theater/dance categories:
BEST CHILD PERFORMER
Akira Vane (Dear Classmates) Mark Joshua Daquipil (Dhahran Queens Manila) Ivan Batar (BaKaTa) Lyca Gairanod (Bambanti Festival Isabela) Alejandro Javier Elgar (Alamat ng Lamok)
BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE)
Darren Espanto James Reid David Ezra John Meer Vera Perez
BEST NEW ARTIST (FEMALE)
Nadine Lustre Monica Cuenca Jean Kiley
BEST NEW ARTIST (Group)
NDM Singers Metro East (Taytay) Strings Ensemble Assembly Language Missing Filemon
BEST DANCE COMPANY
G Force Pamanadanse’ Company St Dominic Savio Dance Troupe Kaagan Dance Company (Davao) Legacy Dancers Junior New System
BEST CULTURAL GROUP
LNU Sirang Theater Ensemble (Tacloban, Leyte) Singhay Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) Barasoain Kalinangan (Malolos, Bulacan) El Gamma Penumbra (Manila) Kasing Sining Theater Group (Bohol)
BEST FESTIVAL PRACTICES and PERFORMANCE
Maubanog Festival (Mauban, Quezon) Sinkaban Festival (Malolos, Bulacan) Kinabayo Festival (Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte) Bambanti Festival (Isabela) Paet/Taka Festival (Paete, Laguna)
Brandley Bascon (Violin) Lorenzo Medel (Piano) Merjohn Lagaya (Violin) Perf de Castro (Guitar) Jong Cuenco (Flute) Mariel Ilusorio (Piano)
BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN
Arnell Ignacio Ate Gay Eric Nicolas Boobay Kakai Bautista Jose Manalo Wally Bayola
BEST CLASSICAL DANCER
Rizza Mae Camaclang ( Ballet Manila) Jessa Balote (Ballet Manila) Dawna Mangahas (Ballet Manila) Katherine Trofeo (Ballet Philippines) Mark Sumaylo (Ballet Manila)
BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER (MALE)
Nazer Salcedo Dondi Ong Al Gatmaitan Jack Salud Ivan Nery Lionel Guico
Beauty and the Beast (Kids’ Acts Philippines) Aladdin (Kids’ Acts Philippines) BaKaTa (TIU Theater) Si Kusog at ang Mahiwagang Bakawan (Singhay Dapitan, Zamboanga) Alamat ng Lamok (Ateneo Childrens Theater)
BEST NON-MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala (Virgin Labfest XI) Rites of Passage (Tanghalang Ateneo) Dhahran, Queens, Manila (Tanghalang SLU) My Friend has Come (Ikarus Theater) 33 Variations (Red Turnip Theater) Arbol de Fuego (PETA)
BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini (Dulaang UP) Bituing Walang Ningning (Resorts World) Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (Dalanghita Production) #Popepular (Philippine Stagers Foundation) Gantimpala’s Kanser the Musical (Gantimpala Theater Foundation) Rusalka (CCP/NCCA)
BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (NON-MUSICAL)
Ed Lacson Jr (Si Maria Isabella at Guryon ng mga Tala/Virgin Labfest X1) Dan Rommel Riopay (Dhahran Queens Manila/Tanghalang SLU) Ricky Abad (My Friend has Come/Ikcarus) Ron Capinding (Rites of Passage/Tanghalang Ateneo) Paul Jake Paule (Riddle of the Sphinx/Artist Playground) Abner Delina Jr (Kyemestry/Manila Fringe)
BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (MUSICAL)
Frannie Zamora (Kanser the Musical/GTF) Chris Millado (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino) Angelo Aurelio (BaKaTa/TIU Theater) Alegria Ferrer (Rusalka/NCCA/CCP) Dexter Santos (Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini/Dulaang UP) Vince Tanada (#Popepular/Philippine Stagers Foundation)
BEST ACTOR (NON-MUSICAL)
Jamie Wilson (Run for your Wife/Repertory Philippines) Cholo Ledesma (Rites of Passage/Tanghalang Ateneo) Abner Delina Jr (Kublihan/Virgin Labfest XI) Ibarra Guballa (Dalawang Gabi/Virgin Labfest X1) Qasim Khaled (Dhahran Queens Manila/Tanghalang SLU)
BEST ACTRESS (NON MUSICAL)
Frances Makil Ignacio (Rites of Passage/Ateneo Fine Arts) Michele Grace Magallanes (Dhahran Queens Manila) Meann Espinosa (Dalawang Gabi/Virgin Labfest 11) Goldie Soon (Run For Your Wife/ Repertory Philippines) Cherie Gil (Arbol de Fuego/PETA) Angeli Bayani (Uod, Butete at si Myrna/Virgin Labfest 11)
BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL)
Mark Bautista (Bituing Walang Ningning/Resorts World) Michael Pangilinan (Kanser @35 the Musical/GTF) Arman Ferrer (Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino) Markki Stroem (Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady/Dalanghita Production) Terrence Guillermo (Beauty and the Beast/Kids’ Acts Philippines) Roeder Camanag (Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini/Dulaang UP)
BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL)
Cris Villonco (Bituing Walang Ningning/Resorts World) Delphine Buencamino ( Mabining Mandirigma/Tanghalang Pilipino) Frenchie Dy (Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady/Dalanghita Production) Bituin Escalante (Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady/Dalanghita Production) Gerphil Flores (Rusalka/NCCA/CCP)
BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE
Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (Bituing Walang Ningning/Resorts World) Donna Liza Cariaga (Dhahran Queens Manila/Tanghalang SLU) Camille Abaya (Rites of Passage/Tanghalang Ateneo) Kim Molina (Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady/Dalanghita Production) Banaue Miclat (Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini/ Dulaang UP)
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Jeremy Domingo (Run for Your Wife/Repertory Philippines) Alexis Yasuda (Macho Dancer the Musical/Virgin Labfest 11) Teroy Guzman (33 Variations/Red Turnip) Ronnie Liang (Bituing Walang Ningning/ Resorts World) Bodgie Pascua (Kanser @ 35 the Musical/ GTF) Al Gatmaitan (Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini/Dulaang UP)
BEST DUO/ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Ensemble Cast of #Popupular Ensemble Cast of My Friend has Come (Ikarus Production) Ensemble Cast of Riddle of the Sphinx (Artist Playground) Ensemble Cast of Dhahran Queens Manila (Tanghalang SLU) Ensemble Cast of Kyemestry (Manila Fringe Festival) Ensemble Cast of Run for your Wife (Repertory Philippines)
BEST PERFORMANCE in NEW CONCEPTS PRODUCTION
Banaue Miclat (Ginugunita Kita/CCP) Kakai Bautista (Dental Diva and Mash Up Diva/Klownz) Iza Calzado (Sabel/Music Museum)
BEST NEW CONCEPT PRODUCTION
Joie de Vivre (Singhay Dapitan/Gloria Fantasyland) Sabel (Philippine Ballet Theater) Ginugunita Kita (Miclat Foundation) Mundo ng EkEk/ 7 Deadly Sins (Frontline Production) Full Range – Jesse Lucas (CCP)
BEST DIRECTOR for NEW CONCEPT PRODUCTION
Peter Macrohon (Joie de Vivre/Shrine City Performing Arts) Roeder Camanag (Ginugunita Kita/Miclat Foundaion) Rodel Mercado (Mundo ng Ek Ek /Frontline Production) Floy Quintos (Full Range – Jesse Lucas/CCP)
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Eugene Belbis (Beauty and the Beast/Kids’ Acts Philippines) Rodel Colmenar (Bituing Walang Ningning/Resorts World) Robin Nieverra (Next Attraction) Beth Martin (Reunited in Love) Jesse Lucas (Full Range) Mel Villena (Tres Marias)
Nakabalik na si direk Arnel Ramos Felix ng bansa kamakailan lang after attending the 22nd FACINE International Film Festival which was held at the U.S. of A. (United States of America), na ginawa sa Roxie Theater, sa 16th Street, San Francisco, U.S.A. Nag-compete kasi doon ang short film na ginawa ni direk Arnel, ang pelikulang Te Amo Adios (Goodbye, My Love) na unang pinalabas at nai-screen sa nagdaang Cinemalaya Film Festival under the wings of Cinemalaya Campus and Cinemalaya Film Institute ng Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Just look at the pictures below, mukhang Hollywood film director talaga ang dating ni direk Arnel, di ba? Nariyang mamasyal muna siya sa famous places sa San Francisco, like iyong lugar na pinag-shootingan ng Back To The Future, a popular film na super blockbuster during 1980’s.
May wino-workout ngayon si direk Arnel na new film project, kasama sina direk Christian Paolo Lat at direktora Carmina Sera Jose. Pero suspense muna at hindi namin sasabihin. Baka may mag-react pang mayabang na aktor diyan, eh. Hihihihi…
Magkakaroon ng separate article soon si direk Arnel ukol sa karanasan niya sa pag-attend niya sa Facine International Film Fest. Nag-grant na si direk Arnel ng special interview sa blogger na ito.
Congrats, direk Arnel! Talagang going places na ang maikling pelikulang idinirek mo- ang Te Amo Adios. More power, direk Arnel!
FROM SSSIP: “THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING OUR INVITE, JL.”
John Lennon Biography
Songwriter, Singer (1940–1980)
Famed singer-songwriter John Lennon founded the Beatles, a band that impacted the popular music scene like no other before, or since.
John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited McCartney to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later released albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. On December 8, 1980, he was killed by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman.
Famed singer-songwriter John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, during a German air raid in World War II.When he was 4 years old, Lennon’s parents separated and he ended up living with his Aunt Mimi. Lennon’s father was a merchant seaman. He was not present at his son’s birth and did not see a lot of his son when he was small.Lennon’s mother, Julia, remarried, but visited him and Mimi regularly. She taught Lennon how to play the banjo and the piano and purchased his first guitar. Lennon was devastated when Julia was fatally struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer in July 1958. Her death was one of the most traumatic events in his life.As a child, Lennon was a prankster and he enjoyed getting in trouble. As a boy and young adult,he enjoyed drawing grotesque figures and cripples. Lennon’s school master thought that he could go to an art school for college, since he did not get good grades in school, but had artistic talent.
Forming the Beatles
Elvis Presley’s explosion onto the rock music scene inspired a 16-year-old Lennon to create the skiffle band called the Quarry Men, named after his school. Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church fete on July 6, 1957. He soon invited McCartney to join the group, and the two eventually formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in musical history.
McCartney introduced George Harrison to Lennon the following year, and Harrison and art college buddy Stuart Sutcliffe also joined Lennon’s band. Always in need of a drummer, the group finally settled on Pete Best in 1960.
The first recording they made was Buddy Holly’s “That’ll be the Day” in 1958. In fact, it was Holly’s group, the Crickets, that inspired the band to change its name. Lennon would later joke that he had a vision when he was 12 years old—a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, “From this day on, you are Beatles with an ‘A.'”
The Beatles were discovered by Brian Epstein in 1961 at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where they were performing on a regular basis. As their new manager, Epstein secured a record contract with EMI. With a new drummer, Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), and George Martin as producer, the group released their first single, “Love Me Do,” in October 1962. It peaked on the British charts at No. 17.
Lennon wrote the group’s follow-up single, “Please Please Me,” inspired primarily by Roy Orbison, but also fed by Lennon’s infatuation with the pun in Bing Crosby’s famous lyrics, “Oh, please, lend your little ears to my pleas,” from the song “Please.” The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” topped the charts in Britain. The Beatles went on to become the most popular band in Britain with the release of such mega-hits as “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”
Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August 1962. The couple had one son together, Julian, who was named after Lennon’s mother. Cynthia was forced to keep a very low profile during Beatlemania. She and Lennon divorced in 1968. He remarried the following year, on March 20, 1969, to Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, whom he had met at the Indica Gallery in November 1966.
In 1964, the Beatles became the first British band to break out big in the United States, beginning with their appearance on television’s The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Beatlemania launched a “British Invasion” of rock bands in the United States that also included the Rolling Stones and the Kinks. Following their appearance on Sullivan, the Beatles returned to Britain to film their first film, A Hard Day’s Night (1964), and prepare for their first world tour.
The Beatles’ second film, Help!, was released in 1965. That June, Queen Elizabeth II of England announced that the Beatles would be named a Member of the Order of the British Empire. In August 1965, the foursome performed to 55,600 fans at New York’s Shea Stadium, setting a new record for largest concert audience in musical history. When the Beatles returned to England, they recorded the breakthrough album Rubber Soul (1965), noted for extending beyond the love songs and pop formulas for which the band was previously well-known.
The magic of Beatlemania had begun to lose its appeal by 1966. The band members’ lives were put in danger when they were accused of snubbing the presidential family in the Philippines. Then, Lennon’s remark that the band was “more popular than Jesus now” incited denunciations and Beatles record bonfires in the U.S. Bible belt. The Beatles gave up touring after an August 29, 1966, concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
After an extended break, the band returned to the studio to expand their experimental sound with drug-influenced exotic instrumentation/lyrics and tape abstractions. The first sample was the single “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever,” followed by the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), considered by many to be the greatest rock project in musical history.
The Beatles Break Up
The Beatles then suffered a huge blow when Epstein died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills on August 27, 1967. Shaken by Epstein’s death, the Beatles retrenched under McCartney’s leadership in the fall and filmedMagical Mystery Tour. While the film was panned by critics, the soundtrack album contained Lennon’s “I Am The Walrus,” the group’s most cryptic work yet.
Magical Mystery Tour failed to achieve much commercial success, and the Beatles retreated into Transcendental Meditation and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which took them to India for two months in early 1968. Their next effort, Apple Corps Ltd., was plagued by mismanagement. That July, the group faced its last notably hysterical crowd at the premiere of their film Yellow Submarine. In November 1968, the Beatles’ double-album The Beatles (also known as The White Album) displayed their divergent directions.
By this time, Lennon’s artist partnership with second wife Yoko Ono had begun to cause serious tensions within the group. Lennon and Ono invented a form of peace protest by staying in bed while being filmed and interviewed, and their single “Give Peace a Chance” (1969), recorded under the name “the Plastic Ono Band,” became a national anthem of sorts for pacifists.
Lennon left the Beatles in September 1969, just after the group completed recording Abbey Road. The news of the break-up was kept secret until McCartney announced his departure in April 1970, a month before the band released Let It Be, recorded just before Abbey Road.
Not long after the Beatles broke up, in 1970, Lennon released his debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, featuring a raw, minimalist sound that followed “primal-scream” therapy. He followed that project with 1971’sImagine, the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed of all Lennon’s post-Beatles efforts. The title track was later named No. 3 onRolling Stone magazine’s “All-Time Best Songs” list.Peace and love, however, was not always on Lennon’s agenda. Imagine also included the track “How Do You Sleep?,” a vehement response to veiled messages at Lennon in some of McCartney’s solo recordings. The friends and former songwriting duo later buried the hatchet, but never formally worked together again.Lennon and Ono moved to the United States in September 1971, but were constantly threatened with deportation by the Nixon Administration. Lennon was told that he was being kicked out of the country due to his 1968 marijuana conviction in Britain, but the singer believed that he was being removed because of his activism against the unpopular Vietnam War. Documents later proved him correct. (Two years after Nixon resigned, in 1976, Lennon was granted permanent U.S. residency.)
In 1972, while battling to stay in America, Lennon performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City to benefit mentally handicapped children and continued to promote peace. His immigration battle took a toll on Lennon’s marriage, and in the fall of 1973, he and Ono separated. Lennon went to Los Angeles, California, where he partied and took a mistress, May Pang. He still managed to release hit albums, including Mind Games (1973),Walls and Bridges (1974) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975). During this time, Lennon famously collaborated with David Bowie and Elton John.
Lennon and Ono reconciled in 1974, and she gave birth to their only child, a son named Sean, on Lennon’s 35th birthday (October 9, 1975). Shortly thereafter, Lennon decided to leave the music business to focus on being a father and husband.
In 1980, John Lennon returned to the music world with the album Double Fantasy, featuring the hit single “(Just Like) Starting Over.” Tragically, just a few weeks after the album’s release, Lennon was shot several times by a deranged fan in front of his apartment complex in New York City. Lennon died at New York City’s Roosevelt Hospital on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40.
John Lennon’s assassination had, and continues to have, a profound impact on pop culture. Following the tragic event, millions of fans worldwide mourned as record sales soared. And Lennon’s untimely death still evokes deep sadness around the globe today, as he continues to be admired by new generations of fans. Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Mr. Januarius Gamboa Hipolito is a childhood best friend of blogger SSSIP, They spent their childhood days together in the quiet District of Roxas District in Quezon City during the the mid-1970’s. They became classmates from Grade One to Grade 4 in General Roxas Elementary School.
Now, “Anjoy” (as we fondly call him) is one of the trendy celebrity stylists of the TV noontime show in channel 7- Sunday Pinasaya, in which, the phenomenal Alden Richards of “Aldub” fame is one of the hosts. Anjoy also became a stylist in some afternoon TV teleseryes of Channel 7, like Richman’s Daughter. among others.
Anjoy is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of Santo Tomas and also graduated a special 5-year course on Physical Theraphy at Fatima College. Anjoy is also an Events Stylist on the side, whenever there is a vacant time in his hectic skeds at channel 7.
“I enjoy my job as a stylist”, he told his blogger-friend SSSIP. “Celebrities are always fashion-conscious and I’m glad they accept our new ideas on how to dress well and look good. It’s a two-way affair with them. If you love them, they will also love you back. And Channel 7 is such a great place to work in!”