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Pagpupugay People’s Lawyer Romy Capulong!

Sa aking pagkakaalala, 1992 noong una kong nakilala (at naalala) si Atty. Capulong dahil sya ang abogado ng aking Tatay. Talagang maaalala ko yun dahil mahaba-haba ang preparasyon ng pagkikita. Nagpaluto pa si Tatay ng adobong manok, hinintay lumamig ng konti at ipinalagay sa garapon. Ito ang kanyang munting regalo sa isang dakilang abogado.

I came across this 1992 Midweek issue a month ago at the library and museum of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani. You can read the 3-page interview here.

In 2010, I remember being assigned the task by Kodao Productions to edit and upload this video of Ka Romy giving his keynote address at the 5th Conference of Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific. Sya ay chairperson noon ng National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) and the president of the Public Interest Law Center (PILC). Wala halos putol ang editing and overwhelmed din ako, kami, sa talumpati ni Ka Romy.

A week after, I was able to complete this song. A part of the first stanza came from a concept by one of Grace Saguinsin’s students at Miriam College. This was recorded and published in 2010. Performed recently at the tribute for people’s lawyer Ramon Te of the Makabayan Coalition.

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Bien Lumbera on Gloc-9

Ang pagpapalaganap ng rap ay isang misyon halos para kay Gloc-9. Hangad niya na bigyang-tinig ang bawat kabataang may mensaheng nais niyang ipaabot sa kanyang kapwa. Sa ganyang paraan nagkakaroon ng tinig ang lahat ng mga taong may nais sabihin tungkol sa sarili at sa lipunang kinabibilangan niya. At sa paglaganap ng rap, ang mga Filipinong pinipi ng kanilang katayuan sa lipunan, ng kakulangan ng pormal na edukasyon, ng panghahamak ng humahawak ng kapangyarihan, ay magkakatinig. At kapag ang mga pipi ay nakapagsalita, isang hakbang na iyan sa pagtatamo ng mga Filipino ng masabi nating tunay na pagkakapantay-pantay ng mga mamamayan sa ating lipunan.

— National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera
sa GLOC-9: Nang magkatinig ang pipi – Bulatlat.

Larawan mula sa wwar3.wordpress.com.

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Tara na sa Muy Bien! 3PM, April 15 Palma Hall UP Diliman

Tara na sa Muy Bien! 3PM, April 15 Palma Hall UP Diliman

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April 2, 2012 · 10:18 pm

Harana sa pagpapalaya kay Ericson Acosta

Kita-kits mamaya! 7 PM Taumbayan Bar.

Artists mark poet’s 3rd month in jail with “Haranang Bayan”

Renowned Filipino artists will figure in a series of events drumbeating the appeal for the immediate dropping of charges filed against poet and former UP activist Ericson Acosta who remains imprisoned at the Calbayog sub-provincial jail in Samar. Continue reading

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“Rock ‘n’ roll needs to be against something. It can’t just be.” -Bob Geldof

“Rock ‘n’ roll needs to be against something. It can’t just BE. It always needs a function in which to function. Of course there are great songs. There will always be great songs that don’t suggest anything other than being a great song… This thing we call content is actually about this conversation society has with itself. Rock music provided that: It is intensely powerful, this little minor art form we occupy ourselves with. And when politics is unconvincing even as entertainment, then entertainment might be the politics of our time.” –Bob Geldof

This and a whole lot more of music-for-advocacy read in Twinky Lagdameo’s blog Across My Universe. Check it out at twinkytunes.wordpress.com.

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Makibaka performed with Plagpul

Performing Makibaka at “Alkansya para kay Alex” in an instant full band jam session with Plagpul’s Pol Torrente on bass and Leo Isais on lead and Sinangag’s Peter on drums. Video footage by Loujaye Sonido. The fund raising activity for the publishing of Alex Remollino’s book was held at the Conspiracy Bar at Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. This by the way is the first time that Makibaka was performed publicly in a full band setup. Check out the video at the official Makibaka website.

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Camp Notes and Quotes: Granada!

(Part 4 na ito ng aking Camp Notes and Quotes. Check out the links at the end of the post for the other parts) Gary Granada was introduced by Trina Belamide in full production. Yung parang pagpapakilala sa mga ginagawaran ng Oscar. Sa totoo lang ramdam ko nang masustansya ang ibabahagi ni Gary Granada. Pero hindi ko inaasahang sasakit ang aking tiyan sa katatawa.

Punchline after punchline, it was difficult to take pictures and jot down notes as Granada’s witty discussion (and humor) escalates.

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