Pasasalamat at Libreng Download!

Sa munting paraan ng libreng download ng digital collection po na ito, nais namin ipaabot ang dakilang pasasalamat sa lahat ng tumatangkilik at patuloy na nakikinig sa mga likhang awitin at musika!

Mula sa aming pamilya, maraming salamat sa buong taong suporta! Sulong sa bagong taong mapagpalaya!

Ang libreng download ay matatagpuan sa karlramirezmusic.wix.com/music

Nilalaman po nito ang mga sumusunod na awitin at musika: 1. Handa na ba kayo? | 2. Makibaka | 3. Tagapagtanggol ng Bayan | 4. Manindigan (SCORE) | 5. Alagaan ang Kalikasan | 6. Ang Simula (SCORE) | 7. Desap | 8. Bien (SCORE) | 9. Makabayan, Palaban | 10. Desap (Acoustic) | 11. Bernal (SCORE) |12. Makibaka Reprise | 13. Pagpapasya (SCORE) | 14. Elian | 15. Mandirigma (SCORE)

Muli, maraming salamat po sa pagtangkilik at pagsuporta!

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Download FREE at the iTunes US store

My first song at Apple’s iTunes store. For a limited time (25 days as of this posting) maaring ma-download ang FREE sa iTunes US store. As always, free download parin po ito sa aking Reverb Nation AND Soundcloud.

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Fight to be Free!

Musicians should be concerned with issues regarding the freedom to be creative and the freedom to express. At dahil isang paraan para magpaabot ng mensahe ang musika, heto po ang isang kontribusyon sa pagpapalakas sa boses ng ating pakikibaka.

Fight to be free! Junk RA 10175!*

RA 10175 (The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) poses serious threats to Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including the freedom of speech, expression, and the press. Read more and sign the petition chn.ge/QJZyzv

(This version of FREE is a track in the upcoming SULONG! album. You can download a copy at bit.ly/UHoZTa)

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Sign-up. Spread the word. Take action now!

Republic Act No. 10175 poses serious threats to Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including the freedom of speech, expression, and the press. Sign the petition against it! www.change.org/petitions/junk-the-cybercrime-prevention-law Spread the word. Take action on October 2, 2012. Photo from PixelOffensive.

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In Solidarity with Ric O’Barry (A Documentary)

This short documentary follows the week-long visit of activist Richard O’Barry in the Philippines last September 2012. O’Barry, an activist against marine mammal captivity and the slaughter and capture of dolphins, is the star of the 2010 Oscar Award-winning documentary “The Cove”.

Watch as O’Barry travels from Manila to Misamis Occidental, convincing officials and negotiating with leaders in pursuit of releasing captive dolphins in a certain facility. Follow him as he gathers support for a local legislature banning field trips to dolphin amusement parks.

Watch as he moves from one place to another, adding his vibrant voice to the campaign and raising to a higher level the struggle of all freedom and dolphin loving Filipinos against captivity and dolphin shows.

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Tulog na Bunso (Rendition)

Recently, I had the opportunity to do a rendition of the song “Tulog na Bunso”, a popular lullaby in a protest song anthology album (Kung tama ang pagkakapanood ko, nasa pelikulang Ka Oryang ni Sari Dalena din ang awitin). Kailan lang ay naikwento sa akin na ang awitin pala ay orihinal na isinulat noong 1979, nirecord sa cassette tape at unang dinala at lumaganap sa Cordillera.

Music and lyrics composed by Gerry Verzola in 1979.

For this arrangement, I used the same configuration and set of instruments in recording song Elian a year ago. Happy listening!

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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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