Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tuesday ∗ 28 Aug 2012

buddha blues you, baby!

Jun Lopito’s launching a new album tomorrow at B-Side! :) because OPM ain’t dead. and neither is pinoy (pop) culture. and unless you are, i’ll see you tomorrow!

Notes on OPM: Lea & Anne, and the curse of celebrity

Because it was waiting to happen, wasn’t it, where the industry of show is finally called out for creating the monster of the talentless making money out of singing. Of course this isn’t new: many a-non-singer have signed record deals, and we’ve talked about them before. But what is different about Anne Curtis is not just that she is a non-singer, it’s that she can’t even carry a tune, and yet she’s got a CD and a sold-out Araneta Coliseum… Continue reading »

Notes on OPM: Music by the tingi

The question of supporting Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is one that isn’t simple anymore, not in these times when cultural systems are so intricately intertwined, and television networks and cultural empires are kings. In this series I look at contemporary Pinoy music’s production(s) and unpack the contradictions and discriminations inherent in, and the context(s) crucial to, the fight for OPM as we know it. In the book Culture and History first published in 1988, National Artist Nick Joaquin asserts in… Continue reading »

Notes on OPM: Re-considering pop

The question of supporting Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is one that isn’t simple anymore, not in these times when cultural systems are so intricately intertwined, and television networks and cultural empires are kings. In this series I look at contemporary Pinoy music’s production(s) and unpack the contradictions and discriminations inherent in, and the context(s) crucial to, the fight for OPM as we know it. It is often said: Original Pilipino Music (OPM) needs more support because it is suffering in… Continue reading »

Notes on OPM: the fact of celebrity

The question of supporting Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is one that isn’t simple anymore, not in these times when cultural systems are so intricately intertwined, and television networks and cultural empires are kings. In this series I look at contemporary Pinoy music’s production(s) and unpack the contradictions and discriminations inherent in, and the context(s) crucial to, the fight for OPM as we know it. We say it often, and truth to tell in these shores it is true: many of… Continue reading »

Notes on OPM: The reality talent sings

The question of supporting Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is one that isn’t simple anymore, not in these times when cultural systems are so intricately intertwined, and television networks and cultural empires are kings. In this series I look at contemporary Pinoy music’s production(s) and unpack the contradictions and discriminations inherent in, and the context(s) crucial to, the fight for OPM as we know it. The reality show seems far off from a discussion on Original Pilipino Music (OPM), but anyone… Continue reading »

Monday ∗ 27 Aug 2012

click for project stitch!

Project Stitch puts the Filipino woman worker at the forefront of changing her own impoverished life and gives an entrepreneurial bent to the task of struggle. it will allow for women in poor communities in Manila to engage in sewing cooperatives, that will work toward a sustainable and just livelihood for women. most important? i trust the women who are behind this project. i would trust them with my life, in fact. Project Stitch is the only Filipina project in the… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 10 Aug 2012

puso, hindi plastic

The only image and slogan that has brought me close to tears, that has hit me in the past week of rains and floods are those by Mark Gosingtian, who did “in my country, everyone’s a hero” in 2009. I didn’t care much for that, but that was really more a measure of me, than of Gosingtian’s creativity, and heart. Which is, by the way, in the right place. “Puso, Pilipinas” is the slogan he came up with for the tragedy… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 09 Aug 2012

10 out 17 Cities in a State of Calamity

August 9 2012, 6:00AM The dams are all at limit, so says Mareng Winnie on GMANews. The Marikina River is beyond BEYOND its highest alert. Navotas, Malabon, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Valenzuela, San Juan, Manila, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros are all under a State of Calamity.

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