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Martin Nievera (and other…uhm, World-Class Filipino talents)

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 05/06/2009 by cabring

275px-m_nieveraI never imagined I’d ever be thanking Martin Nievera for anything other than leaving Pops Fernandez. But after all the controversy generated in the wake of his interpretation of “Lupang Hinirang” during the Pacquiao-Hatton fight, I guess that at the very least, I should credit him for giving me the perfectly-timed moment to take this article out of the drafts bin (where it’s been languishing for over two months now, no thanks to a bogus writing job offer-scam perpetrated by a compulsive liar masquerading as…as…ok, that’ll just have to wait for another post.)

This isn’t about the Nievera controversy, though; but it is related in so far as the question of propriety in matters of music is concerned. So, here goes:


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Francis M’s Presidential Medal; GMA and the Peter Principle

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/11/2009 by cabring

\m/ :mrgreen: \m/

The opinion, stated as a law, that employees are promoted to the level of their own incompetence.” The Peter Principle

Malacanang is set to award Francis M with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit for his contributions as a music artist to the cause of nationalism.

Waaaiiitaminnit…! Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (?!?) is going to award Francis Magalona with one of the highest civilian honors that can be bestowed upon a Filipino in recognition of the man’s contributions to the cause of nationalism?!?

Okay, before you organize a lynch mob to huntbuwaya-seal me down and string me upside down by the balls, let me make clear that I am not criticizing the recognition and most certainly am I not criticizing the intended recipient himself (pls. read my prior post on Kiko). It’s just that I can’t get over the supreme irony of it all that the person who’s going to give the award is the very embodiment of the corrupt “trapo” culture that FrancisM’s music legacy stands clearly in opposition to.

I know this administration has always had long-term plans since illegitimate day one to institutionalize government ineptitude as a tourist attraction, but couldn’t someone from the presidential staff have had the initiative to do just the littlest bit of teeny-tiniest research on FrancisM’s music to avoid making an already approval ratings-challenged pretender to the throne look monumentally ignorant for the nth time?

I guess not. :mrgreen:

So, in honor of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s continuing to defy the Peter Principle (also for the nth time) I’m conducting a poll. Please take the time to read all the choices below before clicking your answer/s. I’ve taken out restrictions on the number of times you can vote, so knock yourselves out, people. If you have any other suggestions, please just put them in the comments box.


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What does it all mean, Kiko?

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/09/2009 by cabring


My encounters with Francis Magalona have been few but memorable.

In the latter half of the ’90s, during the alternative band explosion years when acts like ours were able to penetrate the mainstream market, we guested a couple of times in Music Bureau, the defunct live television music program Kiko hosted along with G Toengi. During one of those backstage bonding moments when our band kind of blurted how much we wanted to “get closer” to G on a more intimate level, Kiko gamely (but, of course, jokingly) volunteered to set us up with his co-host. :mrgreen:

I also remember the time when Fil-Am comic legend Whilce “Wetworks” Portacio decided to set up his studio in the Philippines at the height of his career in Image Comics. We were invited to play at the concert held during the launch at the studio premises and I was blown away at seeing for the first time Kiko doing an impromptu jam with another act. Totally on-the-spot and absolutely seamless. He wasn’t called “Master Rapper” for nothing.

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Rakistang Aktibista (Side Notes on the 2009 UPLB Feb Fair)

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 02/20/2009 by cabring

uplb-seal2This is a response to a series of comments that surfaced in one of my e-groups, so a backgrounder is needed first.

The recently concluded UPLB Feb Fair almost didn’t push through after tensions between the Chancellor’s Office and the University Student Council led to the latter’s inability to secure an early permit for the event. The fair only pushed through after dialogues between the administration and the student government led to the granting of an 11th-hour approval from the Chancellor on the day before the fair was scheduled to start.

Early this week, a blog entry from a disgruntled concessionaire (apparently also a UP alumna) was reposted in one of my e-groups. In the entry, the emotionally-wrought woman aired her frustrations over what she claimed was the USC’s lack of transparency in its business dealings with the fair concessionaires. She also criticized the arrogant demeanor and lack of professionalism of the USC’s activist leaders, especially during her narration of a heated confrontation with certain officers. She pointed out that given their elevated status as duly-elected officers of the student government and official representatives of the entire student body, the behavior shown not only towards her but towards the other concessionaires as well, was totally inexcusable.

The blog entry didn’t really focus much on the rift between the admin and the USC, so the comments posted in my e-group were mostly criticisms leveled against the USC’s activist leaders. It is against this backdrop that I wrote this rejoinder to some of the comments (snippets of which I’ve quoted anonymously just to contextualize some arguments).

I initially planned to post this in the e-group (which I’ve chosen not to identify throughout the piece) but given the length I came up with, I decided against it especially since the availability of custom visuals here would help me better emphasize some points.

And so…

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On Gary Granada vs GMA Kapuso

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 02/05/2009 by cabring


Whenever artists square off with corporate slugs who regard creative genius as just another expendable productivity tool, the proverbial shit will most assuredly hit the proverbial fan.

The problem is that in these kinds of situations, artists usually get directly hit by flying shit, whereas those on the other side usually have an army of umbrella-wielding subordinates ready to shield their bosses from any ensuing barrage of fecal matter.

Gary Granada vs GMA Kapuso Foundation and Procter & Gamble is just another manifestation of the pervasive contempt that continues to trivialize the creative contributions of local artists to society. Apparently, even Granada’s formidable reputation wasn’t enough to spare him from the corporate arrogance that’s usually reserved for neophytes in the music business. (Is it because he doesn’t have enough of the “right connections” or is it because he can’t qualify as a poster “papa” for Glutathione?)

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I Wanna Be A 3rd World Rockstar \m/ (Or: “Sa inyo na’ng Singapore, Sa akin ang Cainta!”)

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , on 01/19/2009 by cabring

Some people must now be thinking that “Datu’s Tribe” is a new place along Ortigas Avenue Extension.

I was in Eastwood last Thursday for a job application-related exam and I decided to meet up with Cindy (my hot concubine of 15 years) before going home. After we parted, I trudged towards the pedestrian overpass and made my way to the other side to ride one of the jeepneys queuing up and boarding passengers for Cainta. As I was coming down the last few steps of the overpass, I heard the conductor of the first jeep in line shouting the familiar call to arms of their proud JODA, “Ever! Ever! Rosario!” What I never expected would follow right after that was: “Datu’s Tribe! Datu’s Tribe!

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