Rakistang Aktibista (A Reprise)

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , on 09/14/2010 by cabring

(NOTE: This is a truncated version of a much earlier post that was, in part, a rejoinder to arguments posted on a musicians’ forum. This version only contains the 2nd half of the article and I’m reposting this as a prelude to an article in the works. This future article is inspired by a grossly scheming 3rd party’s botched attempt to have Datu’s Tribe perform at the Tanduay Rockfest this coming October. Wait for the juicy stuff, kiddies. Sandali na lang. \m/@@\m/)


Si Spiderman na ang nagsabi: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Not everyone has what it takes to be a true artist, and that’s why a true artist’s talents are uniquely double-edged gifts. A true artist possesses the means to inspire people through creation; in the musician’s case, through music and lyrics. But a true artist lacking in direction will instead have the dangerous ability to reinforce escapist mentality, submissiveness, and conformity. For those of us who won’t be fortunate or resolute enough to go beyond the 15-minute fame mark, the talent may early retire to a quaint, perhaps even painful corner of memory. But for those who’ll persevere and perhaps even break into the scene with a vengeance, talent suddenly takes on a more enormous significance.

Art for art’s sake is a luxury that our counterparts in developed countries enjoy, sometimes to the point of absurdity. In our country, this just isn’t the case. If you’ve ever given a thought as to why most musicians who pursue their craft outside the mainstream tend to struggle and/or starve, you should know what I’m talking about. But despite this reality, the sorry state of affairs is precisely why we should push on and continue evolving as artists, as musicians.

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OCAMPO Ye Faithful

Posted in I Miseducation with tags , , , , , on 05/02/2010 by cabring

Nothing can be more disheartening to a nation that has been promised revolutionary changes since 1986 than to have those promises broken – and every so often at that for the last two decades.

After the Marcos era, we’ve had a disappointingly (though not quite unexpectedly) lackluster line-up of would-be-saviors whose words either hardly ever translated into meaningful changes or just surreptitiously materialized in the form of half-baked, compromise-peppered gestures aimed at pleasing whatever major vested interest happened to be present at the time of consummation.

We’ve also resorted to casting our lot with showbiz celebrities in the oft mistaken notion that their altruistic silver screen personas would translate into incorruptible heroism in the real world. Unfortunately, nobody ever seems to be able to convince those making the career move that scripts in the political arena are fiercely formulaic and that producers and directors are even more cutthroat (some literally) than those found in showbiz. It doesn’t help either that most politicians are actually better at acting than actual actors themselves, so it’s been largely hit and miss with this option.

But then, once in a while, somebody does surface to shatter conventional molds in order to provide real alternatives to the status quo. Case in point: Satur Ocampo.

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2010 Slogans

Posted in I Miseducation on 04/02/2010 by cabring


Posted in Uncategorized on 10/11/2009 by cabring

Source: Phil. Daily Inquirer(This is a repost from a friend’s Facebook notes. Some portions from the original were taken out for space considerations. Please share this information with & through your network/s, dear reader. Thank you.)

October 9, 2009 —The Cordillera Region in Northern Luzon, homeland of indigenous peoples collectively known as Igorots, is one of the areas hit (hardest by) Typhoon Pepeng, after Super-typhoon Ondoy. This mountainous region may not have been as victimized by the flood, but the very nature of the land and terrain has resulted in massive, disastrous landslides that claimed both properties and lives, especially in the mining-ravaged areas of Itogon and Mankayan in Benguet province.

As of 7 PM, the region’s death toll has mounted to 191, with 121 dead in Benguet, 54 in Baguio City with 5 still missing, and 23 in Mountain Province with 32 still missing. Cordillera Peoples Alliance’s chapters and affiliates in Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga and Apayao are still gathering concrete data, but have generally given feedback of massive agricultural damage in the towns of Conner, Apayao and Tabuk, Kalinga. Major roads, such as Kennon, Marcos and Halsema highways have been closed, threatening Baguio City of isolation, while Conner is now totally isolated. A total of 18 landslides were documented (11 in Baguio, 6 in Benguet, 1 in Mountain Province).

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Posted in Home's Cool on 07/19/2009 by cabring


I’ve been married for 15 years to a MILF who just turned 40.

And throughout the 15 years we’ve been together, we’ve experienced just about all kinds of fuck-ups imaginable, unimaginable, and everything else in between.

Before we became an item, I had to invent a story about me having sex with a total stranger in a party that never happened just so my girlfriend at the time would initiate a break-up. I know, I know. It was cruel and twisted, but the relationship really wasn’t going anywhere anymore and I didn’t have the heart to be the one to do the splitting-up, so there. (To every rumor-mongering shithead out there from our old college crowd who conjectured and assumed this and that about the whole affair, here, finally, is the version – the true one, mind you – that you assholes were never privy to, so…tangina niyo ngayong lahat, kung sinu-sino man kayo, hahaha.)

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Datu’s Tribe Contra Con Ass (LEGO Adventures 3)

Posted in B-Sides & Inside Jokes with tags , , , on 06/10/2009 by cabring


Prosperous Garapales: “Mga kasama, tagumpay ang ating Con-Ass Resolution! Wala nang makakapigil sa balak nating manungkulan habambuhay, muhahaha! Chuvanezzz!”

Tropang Trapo: Oink! Oink! Ngasab! Ngasab! Nguya! Nguya! Huwee! Huwee!”

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The ‘Ayes’ Have It

Posted in De-Face the Music with tags , , , , , , , , on 06/03/2009 by cabring

From the cover of "Galit Kami Sa Baboy" (Datu's Tribe's 1995 debut under universal Records)

Not yet…

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