Tuesday, November 22, 2011

On A Bus With Boyzone And Aegis

The other day I found myself on a proverbial bus ride from hell.

Instead of screening a movie as is typical, the conductor played DVDs of a Boyzone reunion concert in Manchester, England (I know this because they kept thanking the city and saying that it had been years since their last concert) and an Aegis performance in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (I caught the opening credits) back-to-back.

Needless to say, I tried my best to sleep through the entire trip. I didn't succeed.

Each time I woke up from napping I heard the dude seated behind me singing along to whatever song it was playing. And it was half-hilarious, half-admirable how he sang along to Aegis: he would aim for the lower and middle registers, attempting to harmonize with the two lady singers who seemed hell-bent on torturing all dogs within a half-mile radius.

Unfortunately the dude didn't know all the lyrics. He could sing along with the band, but whenever the singers stopped singing, shouted, "Kayo naman!" and pointed their microphones at the crowd for a bit of community singing, he would falter or mess up words or the timing.

Confession time: based on what I saw from that DVD, I think I wouldn't mind too much if someone paid me money to sit through an Aegis concert. They play diverse covers (Asin, Celine Dion, Evanescence, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, Mariah Carey, and Mike Hanopol, among others) so it's possible that I'll hear a song I actually like. Bottomline, the band knows how to make their fans happy, whether it's through their signature type of music or their comedic antics.

(Of course, there is one other explanation: Pinoy audiences are very easy to please.)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sinag Pilipinas, 2011 SEA Games Champs

Congratulations, Sinag Pilipinas!
Sinag five raps Thais, secures cage gold
The Philippine Star

JAKARTA – The country’s amateur cagers proved more than enough to get the job done in winning the SEA Games men’s championship, routing Thailand, 85-57, last night to complete their golden mission here.

Sinag Pilipinas, a mix of collegiate stars and PBA D-League mainstays, just won’t let the gold medal that mattered most slip away, posting an unassailable lead right in the first half en route to scoring another blowout win to cap a masterful five-game sweep.

“This means a lot to us, not just for me but the whole team. We’re very happy to win the gold and make the country proud,” said Sinag Phl coach Norman Black.

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Congratulations, too, to the past and present Ateneo Blue Eagles personnel on the team: Sinag players Kiefer Ravena, Greg Slaughter, Emman Monfort, Nico Salva, Chris Tiu, and alternate Justin Chua; head coach Norman Black; and assistant coaches Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jarin.

Up next for the Blue Eagles: their title defense in the ongoing Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kaye Abad In Kamikazee's "Halik" Music Video

Start your week right and watch the music video for Kamikazee's "Halik," the first single from their latest album, Romantico.

Wala pa ring kupas si Kaye Abad, ano? But I'm disappointed the Pinoy Raiden uses a table knife instead of a lightning bolt.

Abad is a frequent Kamikazee collaborator. This is (at least) her third time to appear in the band's music videos after "Martyr Nyebera" and "Director's Cut". I guess it pays to be the lead singer's sister-in-law?

For my money, though, Abad's best performance in a music video to date is still the one for The Pin-Up Girls' "A Cold and Better Place." Too bad that vid isn't available on YouTube.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ely Buendia Sings "La Paloma"

The old timey vibe of this song is perfect for this lazy Sunday.

"La Paloma" is the theme song from Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, an entry in next month's Metro Manila Film Festival. That's Pupil frontman Ely Buendia, who appears at the 1:54 mark of the music video, singing.

Manila Kingpin is topbilled by Laguna governor E.R. Ejercito a.k.a. George Estregan, Jr., who is known for his over-the-top kontrabida portrayals in Pinoy action flicks in the '80s and '90s. Estregan seems to be fixated on the true-to-life role originated in the 1960s by his uncle, former President Joseph Estrada; the former had already essayed the role of Nicasio "Asiong" Salonga in 1990's Asiong Salonga: Hari ng Tondo).

I think if I decide to watch the movie it will be because of its excellent production values. It was directed by the multi-awarded Tikoy Aguiluz, (probably) shot digitally, and color graded in black-and-white. More importantly, it's the return of the Pinoy action film!

Here's the slick-looking Kingpin trailer:

Very promising, right? The running-gun-battle-on-calesas at the 1:47 mark is an especially nice, albeit unintentionally hilarious, wrinkle.

[Hat tip to Video 48.]

[15 December 2011 Edit]

The trouble with 'Asiong'
By: Bayani San Diego Jr., Marinel R. Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer

What’s up with this gangster movie?

Director Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz VI wants his name removed from the credits of "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story," an entry in this month’s Metro Manila Film Festival. And female lead star Carla Abellana has been banned from promoting it.

Aguiluz made the request to strike his name—from billboards, posters and other promotional materials, including those posted in social media—in a letter drafted by his lawyer, Angel Enrico Mira Jr., and addressed to "Asiong" producer Scenema Concepts International. Aguiluz explained that the final version of "Manila Kingpin" can no longer be described as his film.

Added scenes

"Additional scenes were shot without the knowledge and presence of our client," the letter said. Aguiluz, Mira pointed out, wasn’t involved in the film’s "reedit, re-shoot and music mixing."

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Tsk. This is why we can't have nice things.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

GPOYW: An Elephant Never Forgets

It took a long time (and countless stops and starts), but I finally made good on what I told a friend some years back.

That's a nearly six-year-old cell phone photo I haven't found a use for until now, exactly a year removed from my last.