Showing posts from October, 2013

An Evening With Greenwich And John Lloyd Cruz

I am not a fan girl but when Greenwich invited the Negros Bloggers to a meet and greet with John Lloyd Cruz last October 18,  I decided to go.  The invitation was for 7 PM, but I was there early because I had everybody's VIP passes with me and so that we can get good seats, but to my chagrin the cordoned off fountain area was almost full.  It's a good thing that Ms. Charo, Marketing Head for Greenwich Vis-Min area was there and she brought me to our reserved seats.

My Bohol Story

The whole province of Bohol has been devastated by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013 . Centuries old churches have been totally destroyed or damaged and 200 people have lost their lives. Damage to infrastructure, property and agriculture is estimated to be P900 M.  Aftershocks continue to this day.

Mourning For The Loss Of Bohol's Heritage Churches

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake today , October 15, 2013, I  remembered I had this draft post on Bohol which I started writing last month.  I was going to write about my first visit to this province in 1997 but somehow I got sidetracked by so many other concerns that it remained unfinished.  But now, many of the things I was going to write about has disappeared.  I am devastated, angry, inconsolable, sad and a million other emotions as I look at the pictures of the destruction of the century-old churches, part of our national heritage and culture.  I am at a loss for words, but I feel I have to get the heavy feeling off my chest by writing about this tragedy. 

MassKara 2013, Under New Management

The 2013 Masskara Festival is under new management!  This is the 33rd year of the festival and the new organizer is the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation, Inc . led by its chairman and MassKara Festival Director Mr. Rhoderick Samonte, who according to news feeds, has said that they are working with a minimum budget but, they will try their best to make this year’s festival distinct from past festivals.  For one, they are returning the Trini Lopez Medley , which was used first in 1988. Admittedly the latino medley is very upbeat and rhythmic, but the original music created for last year's Masskara had a distinct local beat and is Bacolod's own. And so, I think the 2012 music should have been retained, given some improvement and remixed.  Listen to both versions which I uploaded below and let me know what you think.