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April, when she will. With so many Cebu-based export companies who have to cater to a worldwide, four-season clientele, it is understandable that sometimes some of us get to think that we too have the same four seasons. A local clothing company once had this big billboard announcing their spring (or, was that winter?) collection.

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Well, why not? Still, with the global economic meltdown finally hitting our shores, it is now farther from spring that it has ever been in a while. Instead of global warming, there is global freezing; of financial credit, of consumer spending, of major and minor economies. We, of course, are in the minors. But with major ambitions and a number of big aces up our sleeve, if last month’s Cebu X, Creative Cebu and One Visayas is anything to go by.

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zoomin Manners and Culture Words by Chai Fonacier Photo by Apiong Bagares

I have an affinity towards jeepney rides, as it has become a mental playground of sorts. Either it triggers my right brain to function, or it allows for me to sit quiet, and for my thoughts to relax and take a stroll. I’m not one for taxis, as the scent of the air freshener circulating in almost-artificial air easily makes me nauseous, so I go for the jeepney. Then again, riding a jeepney is almost second nature to any Filipino. Jeepneys have been as ubiquitous as coconut trees since its inception. Many of our roads have never been in the best of conditions and just as any share taxi system in the world, the jeepney was fashioned out of our needs. We came up with what would be a symbol for the country through Filipino ingenuity and utilizing the surplus jeeps that the Americans either sold or gave us after the Second World War. We’re known for knowing how to make do, even with scrap. A hood there, plus a little extension here, some reflectors, and some more reflectors (plus the names of every family member), ét voila -- the ever eclectic and gloriously designed mode of transport guaranteed to give any foreign passenger a memorable Pinoy experience. I remember my first jeepney ride alone without my hawk-eyed tita when I was 12 or 13. My mother, having finally allowed me to hail a jeepney on my own, perhaps realized that I was after all born with two feet, and both itching to hit the road. I distinctly remember the feel of partaking in the ceremonial jeepney transactions as if it were my first communion. Pliti palihog. Lugar lang.


I went on to discover more jeepney adventures like knowing where and when to alight (not necessarily in jeepney stops because the signs in my hometown were then all faded anyway), and spotting the presence of traffic enforcers, among others; and the transactions have all but become a little meaningless. But in retrospect, it is interesting to note that though these “jeepney rituals” seem to us so mechanical, our beloved share taxi system has actually engendered among us something we can call “jeepney culture”, and the jeepney riding community’s daily participation makes this culture alive and evolving. You can also say it’s a microcosm of Filipino culture and society. As mundane as it may seem, there’s much to be said about it in relation to jeepney manners or passenger behavior. Consciously or not, upon boarding a jeepney, one automatically sweeps one’s eyes through the vehicle to check out who the jeepney mates are. In a quick glance one can see the rest of our population. Take for instance your routine ride to work at, say, 7:30 am. How many days out of seven in a week do you not see a groggy-eyed call center professional on his way home, or a

nursing student on her way to class? How often would you encounter a kid suddenly jumping aboard and rattling his tansan-tambourine during our very long Christmas season? Or perhaps, how many moneyed people do you find hailing a jeepney? (Maybe seldom, because they most likely have privately owned vehicles). That’s perhaps symbolic of the crumbs that make up the population pie in the country. Just as well, upon boarding you become a member of that small group in the vehicle by default. Tell me if I’m wrong, but I almost always sense an air of camaraderie amongst passengers. One passes on the fare for another person, helps load sacks of rice maybe, or starts pushing the jeepney when it breaks down – manifest of the Bayanihan spirit deeply ingrained in us. ...Or is it? Oppositely, if one is keen, one can observe how passengers avoid that seat nearest to the driver, and so all shove themselves towards the entry point apathetic to whoever the last passenger is – old, or young, or pregnant. Not very helpful even if we do understand on the other hand that the spot is not the most comfortable of seats available. Sit there and you’re likely to sweat more profusely than the rest, and you’re likely to get your arm some exercise from the frequent handing in of everyone’s fare. Which leads us to the case of the missing fifty centavos. As we know, here in the city, erratic fares have recently been adjusted to P6.50 at the minimum (although as of this writing there is another strike going on outside). Blessed are the

ones who are responsible enough to carry change with them every day. But “To demand or not to demand” is the question for some others who end up nearing their destination without having received the change. Drivers, likewise, have their crafty reasons. We all think it is just fifty centavos, but think about it: it is fifty centavos nonetheless, and it’s yours. We’re battling the government for all that lost public money anyway, so why not the missing fifty centavos too? Where money is concerned, we don’t always get what it’s worth when yet another passenger climbs in to have half of her butt seated after the conductor screams “duhaduhaduhapa” (when in actuality, the remaining space can fit about two fuji apples). We have a high tolerance for congestion as long as purposes are served – from watching live noontime TV shows flown in from the capital, betting on lotto, attending festivals, to getting on that jeepney through hell or high water, even if it means hanging on to the steel bars – that’s to “kapyut” in vernacular. But no matter how uncomfortable, I must say that the “top load” is still a fun place to take if you’re feeling


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adventurous. You should try it once in case you haven’t. Or you can likewise test your skills at entering the jeepney through the window. Even if you’re wiling to pay extra for comfort, it’s fun to sometimes charge it to experience like they say. It can be a good laugh. There’s also much to find in the humor department. Because we’re all oh-so-close together in the jeepney, conversations are easily overheard or shared; and many may have even earned friends this way (check Kala’s song “Jeepney”). Among the conversations I’ve overheard, driverconductor exchanges strike me as the funniest. An experience I had a few years ago was during a traffic jam along Escario Road caused by a minor accident. As we know, our drivers are famous for their aggressiveness because, like earlier mentioned, the potholed and unpaved roads demand it. While sweating profusely from maneuvering his jeepney through the congestion, the driver yelled to his conductor: “Mao ni’ng gitawag nga power steering!” (Now, this is power steering!) With or without power steering, our jeepneys continue plying through their routes even in the face of regulations and the “bus threat”. Nothing definite, but I heard there are plans to employ buses as a major means of transport. Disregarding for a while the conduciveness of buses in our roads, it does offer some hope. The monopoly of transport in other countries has helped shape a more disciplined and more definite pattern, while our innumerable jeepney owners and ineffectively implemented regulations have shaped otherwise wackier system and many times ire-inducing behaviors that we have to live with daily. But do we really want the even-


tual and probable obliteration of the jeepney? (And what will happen to the many jeepney drivers anyway?) To me, the jeepney is my little comfort-corner on the road, so I wouldn’t want that gone. With regards to less personal considerations, I say the vehicle is also us. In the jeepney’s history and how we act inside it is an overview of who we are as a people. While there’s a lot more to gripe or laugh about the jeepney, there’s also a lot that can be done. Perhaps, for instance, a little concern for the next passenger should help do the trick. Pass the change nicely, offer your seat to the elderly, pregnant, differently abled, remember your fifty cents if you don’t want to be disappointed, and for gadsakes tell the conductor/driver off if they insist on seating just one more when there is obviously no space left. Believe me. Yes, you can change some things, and doing so will do wonders for your jeepney riding self. Even the jeepney itself has been improvised over the years. Amidst the environmental crisis, the E-jeepney has been created. We can change along with the changes we make on our jeepney. After all, we’re all in the same boat here. Or should I say we’re all in the same jeepney?


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creative juice Down the Drain Words by bakunawa_on_the_loose Photos by Apiong Bagares

Their art form is something they don’t have to shove down people’s throats but their work does literally go down the drain puns intended. The spotlight is on two of Marco Polo Cebu’s culinary gems – banquet sous chef Ramon Bona and kitchen artist Danny Angeles. Both with more than 20 years experience preparing gastronomic and visual delights for premier hotels, Chef Ramon and Danny are successful men in their own right, having won medals and acclaim within the industry and around the globe. After giving the Outpost crowd a rare glimpse into the world of ice sculpting last March 13, these down-to-earth masters agreed to give us some of their time for an interview. You guys are originally from? Ramon Bona (RB): I’m from Cebu. I started working with Cebu Plaza Hotel in 1982. With Marco Polo, I’ve been here since they opened last 2006. Danny Angeles (DA): I’m from Paete, Laguna. My father is a chef as well, and he influenced me to work in this industry. You both have artistic backgrounds. Has this helped in what you’re doing now? RB: I could draw quite


well, and it has made it pretty easy to sculpt. vDA: I’ve made sure that I’m a well-rounded artist, both within the kitchen and outside it. I could draw as well and I know how to sculpt wood. As a kitchen artist, I’m tasked to carve vegetables, butter, chocolate and ice. How did you start out in this line of work? RB: I started as a steward – I used to wash dishes. DA: I did not really start as a kitchen artist. My old boss just saw my potential one time. What was the first figure you carved out of ice? RB: It was a Christmas competition in Montebello Hotel. I won a bronze medal. I couldn’t bring the ice up to a standing position so I had to practice carving the ice while it was lying on the floor. I carved the female form. DA: The first time I was asked to carve ice, my boss told me to carve a swan. It took me a long time to figure

out how to do it. By the time I started to carve, the ice had already started melting. I ended up with a duck! I was afraid that my boss would scold me so I did not report to work until my boss called me up. What type of tools do you use for ice carving? RB: We use chisels, usually the U-type and the V-type. Some of the tools we use here at the hotel are from Japan. But we have our own personal tools which are customized – in the classic Filipino way, we gave someone the specifications and he made it for us. How do you know that a particular block of ice is good for carving? DA: It needs to be clear and free of impurities. Because with this type of ice, when it melts, the form of the ice takes on more beauty. The clarity of the ice makes it seem like a piece of glass. How did you feel about the event last Friday, March 13? DA: It was new for us, with the fire dancing. I was a bit distracted at first. But I knew we needed to focus.

Will you be willing to do it again, a Fire and Ice performance? RB: Yes, definitely. The more people who could appreciate ice sculpting, the more they would be able to appreciate the type of effort chefs and those in the culinary industry put in to enhance foodrelated experiences.DA: We chefs and kitchen artists are enjoying a new type of prestige now. As compared to the 80s when I really felt underappreciated, we have better status now. And indeed, with local and international cooking shows dominating the airwaves and culinary schools sprouting overnight, there is a new-found interest in this age-old art of cooking and its related fields and services. As Danny pointed out, kitchen staff are no longer treated as lowly workers rather, they are now deemed as disciples of a noble art on the competitive road to coveted pedestals of gastronomic success.


soundbite Music Entrepreneurship- Mindset Training #2 Words by Ian Zafra

Business cannot be good business if you don’t have the love to do what it requires you to do. Everybody knows that. Some would call it passion while others call it entrepreneurship. But no matter what you do or how smart you are, if your heart is doubtful, you’re already a failure before you can even get started. Just recently, I heard a prominent businessman saying that music cannot put food on the table. Perhaps this is true if viewed in the context of the current setting. Now seriously imagine if all musicians and artists espouse this line of thinking. Seriously. Imagine it. See if you can envision how the music scene would be like years from now if our musicians and artists think this way. The painful truth is that majority of these artists do. No wonder why the business opportunities in the music sector doesn’t move if it is moving at all. Case in point: musicians generally do not like the idea of their art becoming a business. The irony however is that majority of them wanted to get paid, one way or another, for the work they do. While there is that abused idealistic virtue that popularity is the last thing they want to happen to their band, it is also a fact that these musicians wanted to be “appreciated”. Getting appreciated or wanting it is already a need espousing the essentials of business in the making. Fame is the karmic reward for making more and more people happy of the good music the musicians gave them. Whether they (musicians) wanted it in the first place should be the last item in their personal agenda. Popularity is a positive karma and should be embraced that way, not be confused with egos and vanity. So my question now is - why are our artists, after working so hard in writing good music, allow themselves to miss that chance of finding creative ways to “put food on the table”?


Is it because they fear people won’t buy them? Is it because there is only The Outpost and Handuraw Pizza to perform live at? Or perhaps it’s because they simply don’t believe they can do more than just being in a musician in the band. No wonder people don’t buy tickets to shows. No wonder our local bands play for free instead of working innovative ways to earn from tickets or other means of selling. This isn’t good business thinking at all. There should be at least a nominal fee. At the end of the day, it’s not really about the amount but the principle. From my experience, business and investments have always been the last topic to talk about in most meetings among musicians and artists. Topics that involve investment options are most often skipped. Most of them I feel have a strong aversion to it. But money matters and investments are very important things to talk about in a project. Be it any field – engineering, interactive media, or medicine. Music projects may be an album, concert, merchandising and therefore should not be an exemption. So. We’ve established that the core problem of our music community’s potential for economic growth partly resides in the mindset of the

Album Review

Cattski Sound Minds Speak Volumes [Independent Release]

Much has happened since their 2003 release ‘Vacuum My Inside’ and a follow up album was started in 2005. If it had been just an ordinary band recording the same project in a studio over a span of 4 years, the goal could’ve easily fallen apart. But Cattski is not any ordinary local band.

musicians themselves. To be more blunt about this, most of our local artists prefer backsliding to the traditional means of how things work. The usual music publishing process is one example where a song needs to be licensed to a label first before it soars the charts. Does it really have to be that way? Do the charts really count? Another example. The traditional exercise of concerts is that bands tour in the hope that they can sell their albums. Some innovative approach in music promotion nowadays i s handing out free CDs or emailing MP3s so that the band can hopefully create a demand and then tour. There are a thousand and one ways to skin a cat. Just find your niche. Be creative. Blend in with other existing industries and find some ways to deliver your music creatively. Just because music is not a curriculum in local universities doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any potential to earn money for you. Nowadays, the crazier your idea, the better chance of getting attention… and maybe just maybe these crazy ideas could work. I mean who would’ve thought Budoy’s ‘Sigbin’ would be a huge success?

Their latest masterpiece ‘Sound Minds Speak Volumes’ (SMSV) stamps proof of patience as it opens with ‘100’, a little unCattski-like, yet presented like a promise of more easy-to-the-ears-heart-fattening m u s i c throughout the album. Although the acoustic sound concept has been overused & abused mainstream-wise, SMSV tastefully pulled it off with gleaming grace in ‘Hero’, ‘Same Risk’, and the B’dict Climaco duet ‘Temporary’. ‘Tsaeh’ is the band’s first attempt in espousing Cebuano lyrics. Better bearing & balance could’ve been established if another Cebuano contribution was added, but anyways…Another fresh offering is the upbeat, powerful, and energetic ‘Up All Night’ while ‘Being Good’ is reminiscent of a post-Cobain/alternative-pop era. SMSV is generally Cattski reinvented, except for the faithful preservations of the Vacuum vibe in ‘Me’, ‘50’, and the album’s first single ‘Blunder’. The progression & transition of the tracks build an easy-listening-while-driving-on-a-nice-sunny-Saturday-outof-town trip. An album that delivers a promising start merits a feel good ending. ‘Genius’ is the perfect finale. Text by: Ian Zafra Photo by Archie Uy


soundbite In the Beginning: A well travelled layman’s theory Words by Paul Dean

Unfortunately, these days there is a tendency for some people to articulate their views in a complicated and over intellectualized fashion. It also seems to be the trend to create new buzzwords, terminology and all other manner of ‘ologys’ etc., to describe what they want to say. I believe the basics of virtually anything can be explained in simple terms that are understandable to all. Maybe as the majority become more educated and worldly there are a few who try to appear superior by creating terminology that will leave the layman floundering. So, here is my simple theory of where music and the arts came from and maybe how it evolved into what we hear and see today. It is by no means a totally original idea, but one that makes considerable sense to me. It’s even quite logical, but is still only a theory, so no conclusion can be drawn. Let’s take a quick trip in my time machine to the happy age before our ancestors were kicked out of the jungle and noise pollution, or any pollution come to that matter, was yet to be released on the unsuspecting environment. Okay, let’s see what we can hear. Some of the natural big sounds thunder & lightning, volcanoes erupting, storm waves hitting the shore, avalanches, geezers, earthquakes, packed ice cracking, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, tsunamis, rivers in flood, waterfalls, torrential rain. More subtle sounds gentle rain hitting, rock, vegetation, water. The wind and breeze blowing through or over all forms of dead/live vegetation, rocks, landscape. The sound of waves and rivers winding their way through all manner of geological formations. The creaking of trees and branches, the movement sounds of different kinds of flora. Wildlife sounds.–The thousands of species of insects, birdlife, animals, reptiles etc. Thousands and thousands of different sounds, some made by their bodies, others with the mouth or with the aid of external objects, all with their own meanings within their species,


some nocturnal, others made during daylight, individual sounds, courtship sounds, group sounds. This natural world was pretty impressive, shame it eventually got spoiled by the final deluxe version of the two legged upright animal species! So, we are now aware of a huge myriad of natural sounds - some percussive, some melodic, some aggressive, some gentle, some loud, some quiet as a whisper, some high toned, some low toned. Back to the future doomsday has arrived, our hairy ancestors have been evicted from the forests by their stronger peers. Two choices faced them, die, or look, listen and learn we have ignition, we have evolution! Probably not the way Darwin would have described it, but close enough for rock & roll! Anyway, some of the weak did survive, but remained pretty stagnant and lived a very humdrum, boring existence. Whereas the rock and rollers began to watch, listen and learn. It took a long time for man’s vocal and thinking abilities to evolve to a level way beyond other forms of life, but it was actually these other species which were the catalyst. Learning to imitate the sounds of other species was useful when it came to hunting, either for entrapment or scaring the s--t out of the more physically robust individuals. Watching and listening to the courtship procedures or even the fighting actions of insects, birds and animals, eventually gave birth to many a good song and dance routine. The group social behavior of these species gave man an introduction into vocal and physical group interaction and eventually even harmonization, how to attract an audience, how to lead an audience, how to mesmerize an audience with sound and action. As man’s thinking process progressed, he wasn’t happy with the limitations of the voicebox, so began to experiment with and make objects that created even more sounds, by means of hitting, blowing, sucking, shaking, rubbing, stroking, strumming whatever it took. Many of these early instruments were made from wildlife e.g.

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skins for drums, bones for flutes and whistles. As man spread out around the planet he found different landscapes, environments, fauna and flora, sounds, raw materials, so it is easy to understand how we have ended up with so many diverse forms of music, dance, art and theatre. To visit, watch and listen to the last remaining tribes, who continue to expose their traditions and culture can leave one in awe. Thousands of Zulu men chanting and singing whilst hitting their spears against shields. Hundreds of African women singing in harmony (please note, these ladies don’t need to find the right note from a musical instrument, they do it naturally!). A South American Indian rapping the whole history of his ancestors from the year dot. Tribes acting out the hunt, courtship of birds/animals, history and mythology. Intricate and absorbing Bushmen wall paintings that are 25,000+ years old. The incredible array of costumes created to describe everything and anything that existed or exists. Sculptures of all shapes and sizes, some abstract, some lifelike. In all these situations, one can see the enormous influence of the natural world. It has often crossed my mind how important the natural world still is to these people and how they continue to celebrate it all in many ways and forms. The ultimate respect. Is there a lesson here for us all? The reason for this piece is not to convey any particular message, as I believe readers will always find and determine their own message in anything they read. If there was a personal point I would wish to make, then it would be that today we really are no more special than those who came before us. It was primitive man and ancient woman’s vision, experimentation, mistakes and creativity that gave us the artistic foundation to build on. We just add more bricks to what they started building. In the beginning there was rock, we just keep it all rolling along.

Album Review

Lady GaGa The Fame [Jan 2009]

A whole project rather than just a vocalist, Lady GaGa is the determined invention of art school graduate Stefani Germanotta. Blessed with the backing of Akon, a love of synths, 80s pop, and an eye-catching flamboyant image, her debut album is set to capture the heart of every pop fan as well as establish the electrogirl revolution that looks set to conquer the close of the decade and cement her place in the list of pop idols. The consistent production from Red One team might offer up some surprises, but it does make you feel like you’re listening to one very long single instead of an entire album. Although the cheeky “Boys Boys Boys” and awful “Nothing I Can Say” might be flirtatious and silly, songs like the strut-tastic “Pokerface” and expensive “Money Honey” express her overwhelming desire for celebrity and fortune. The robotic “Love Game” with its line ‘’I want to take a ride on your disco stick’’ is brilliant, but utterly cold and leaves us awarding Gaga the yearbook title of ‘pop star most likely to kill’—or be killed. Fortunately, songs like these are played as singles in clubs, and not end to end. Worth a second listen but only if your brain doesn’t go numb the first time. Text by: M. Uppet Photo from www.




hotzone Every reputable bra manufacturer in the World will always state that it is essential that a bra should fit each individual properly in all areas, and they do their utmost to design bras with these thoughts in mind. Unfortunately, there are now other companies with cheap, badly designed bra's flooding many world markets. The bra came into being in the late 1800's. It was invented purely for cosmetic purposes and vanity. It is widely believed to have very little or no therapeutic value whatsoever. More and more research is now being carried out worldwide with regard to the effects of wearing a bra. Bras do not stop sagging. Bras can create droopy, weak breasts as the breast relies on the bra for artificial support, thus the body loses its ability to support the breast by itself. Do you have red marks and indentations on your skin when you remove your bra? When a woman wears a tight bra, she subjects her breasts to pressure, closing off the lymphatic pathway from the breast to the nodes. This causes fluid build-up, swelling, tenderness and cyst formation. Toxins must be flushed out via the lymphatics. However, a bra-constricted breast cannot adequately perform this cleansing process, resulting in toxin accumulation in the breast. Singer and Grismaijer studied 4,500 women in five cities across the U.S. about their bra wearing habits and later published their findings in a book Dressed to Kill. Though the study did not take into account other lifestyle factors, the results are too striking to be denied: •3 out of 4 women who wore their bras 24 hours per day developed breast cancer. •1 out of 7 women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed developed breast cancer. •1 out of 152 women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day got breast cancer. •1 out of 168 women who wore bras rarely or never acquired breast cancer. So the difference between 24-hour wearing and not at all was 125-fold! To quote "Bra and Breast Cancer Study" in the United States, “it was discovered that women with breast cancer had a history of sporting tighter and longer bra-wearing than did the women who had not (yet) developed the disease. In fact, virtually all of the cancer group wore bras over 12 hours daily with 18% even sleeping with their bras which means they wore bras 24 hours daily. In contrast, the comparison groups had 25% of the women either bra-free or wearing bras less than 12 hours daily. Only 3% of this group slept with their bras on. This study revealed a significant link between bras and breast cancer that is three times greater than the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer!” Are young girls put in bra's too early? Logic dictates that anything that interferes with or restricts natural growth and the body’s natural internal cleansing process, must have some kind of detrimental effect. And why are there significantly far less breast problems in societies and cultures where the bra is not commonly used, if at all? For further information on this controversial subject, the following sites may be of interest:


soundbite Possesed by Metal Words by Dexter Duran

My elder brothers were music-minded persons when they were in their teens so, under the influence of my elder brothers, I was exposed early to rock music and along the way I also picked up metal music. As young as grade 4 I was already listening to my brother’s Divine Intervention and Far Beyond Driven tapes. Of course, I did not understand all the words that Tom Araya or Phil Anselmo sang, but there was something about the aggressive, heavy music that I found enthralling. After classes I would sometimes hit up Primerose in Colon, the long gone record bar that sold all the rare metal albums found nowhere else in the city. I was often just ogling over all the metal albums that were there, never buying a single tape because I never had enough money when I was in grade school. Now, after all these years, metal music has always been an integral part of my everyday life and my interest in it has never waned. It goes to say that some things never change, some just grow along with you.


The C.E.M.P. (Cebu Extreme Music Prodution) Hellfest has been raging on for 5 years now, although I have only been to the fourth one last year that was held for 2 nights at the now defunct Zzubu Rock Bar in Colon. Hellfest is a gathering of the various bands under the C.E.M.P. roster, all playing for there fans and supporters of the scene. This year Hellfest V was held in Boss Grill last March 14. Though rain interrupted the revelry for a bit, it did not stop the pandemonium that was unleashed upon this night of Hellfest. The annual gig commenced with the new band Tyrant who played black metal. They played covers from the mighty Celtic Frost and other black metal luminaries, and with that I grinned and thought to myself that this was going to be one hell of a night. The next band was Forgotten Knights who played cover songs from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Things got better and better because you can never go wrong if you’re covering songs from those three bands. After that was the band Mystery ov Death who played death metal and not being not serious about it. If you’ve read my previous endeavor, it was written as “that death metal, good musical talent and a sense of humor do not mix well together” which was an honest mistake and my apologies to Genital Decay. What I really meant was that they do mix well together. Fun is never a hindrance for playing good music. Local legends Astarus played next on a set that was about to be interrupted by the heavy rains that almost got some equipments soaked. I really did think that it would have been so appropriate that they played Slayer’s Raining Blood, since it was raining at the time but unfortunately they did not. This didn’t mean though that the band played a lackluster set, for they tore through their set and fed the eager crowd some metal down their throats and ears. They were followed by another legendary local band Agnas who ripped open their set with a powerful rendition of Slayer’s South of Heaven. After that was the band Comatose who covered Deicide’s Scars of the Crucifix and Slayer’s Angel of Death. If there’s any undisputable way to fire up the crowd, its playing Slayer, Sepultura (Max Cavalera era) or Pantera songs. You can never go wrong with that and everyone in the immediate vicinity will

go apesh*t. Demise played afterwards and shredded the hell out of their guitars for the sake of metal. They, along with Comatose, are quickly becoming nationally known bands for there gigs outside of Cebu. Next up was Kasakit and are definitely crowd favorites during the gig. Everyone banged their heads for them and screamed along “WAR FOR TERRITORY!” as they played cover song from Sepultura as well their own compositions. Black metal band Imperial Resistance followed up and was one of my personal favorites. I went ballistic when the opening lines of Venom’s Black Metal were sang and got off of my seat and into the pit. I definitely laid down my soul to the gods of rock n’ roll that night. They were then followed by the quite young-looking band Fallen Angel who instilled terror upon the spectators with a scorching set of death metal madness. Capping the whole gathering was the not-so-serious Embryonic Massacre. This being already at almost 3 am, they still had command of the mosh pit and had everyone breaking their necks to their songs they dubbed as “porn grind”. It looked like it was the most fun set during the whole gig. This band can be brutally heavy and not take themselves too seriously at the same time, which is awesome in my opinion. Before when I first saw a flyer for the previous Hellfest, it conjured up in my mind a monumental event much like Wacken Open Air or Ozzfest. A stage with an open mosh pit in front and lots of band merch booths around. I honestly was a little bit disappointed to read that the venue for it was just Zzubu Rock Bar. But, then again, I enjoyed the hell out of last year and this year’s Hellfest. Hey, everything starts somewhere. I am very certain that in the near future Hellfest would grow into the event that I had imagined. Just give it time, you’ll see. Until then, we’re all gonna have to wait for next year’s Hellfest and ‘til all hell breaks loose again.


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For decades, music has diversified so much that Midweek Sessions celebrates this evolution. Artists/bands of stark contrast are paired on stage... and maybe just maybe 'Versus' can deliver "new bold mixes" for the future. Nope, this is no April Fool's gimmick With MINT performances by Lowela and Isla. www.midweeksessions.multiply .com. Free Admission! Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929

Venue: Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu / 5pm Phone: 231 3446 - 47





POWERED - DOWN WEDNESDAY Tambayan Sa Outpost presents a "powered-down" performance by the show's featured artist for March 30-April 13...Rescue A Hero ( Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 17



Build up a chaotic frenzy if you like to with our Cebuhour local bands like Rescue A Hero, Pektoral, August Skyline, Campbell, Undercover Grasshoppers, Melophobic, Emerson's Drive and Venue: Kofi Restobar (N.Bacalso, fronting Miller Hospital)




Venue: Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu / 5pm Phone: 231 3446 - 47


Rescue A Hero and The Line Divides. Venue: The Outpost / 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 4



With Parokya ni Edgar, CDMC, Martin Pulgar, Marlon Orellano, and Rodney Rodriquez. Venue: Portofino


This Lenten Season, Party like you have never partied before! Join the Beer Bong drinking challenge. Featuring DJs Marvin Evangelista & Sublime. Venue: Alejandro’s Filipino Resto / 10pm onwards Phone: 253 7921


Welcome back… ISLAND JOE! Also with performances by the predominantly-girls band SEFYLA ( and newbies high-school band SHEPHERD'S PLAID. Venue: The Outpost / 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929


Open to all new and upcoming musical bands in Cebu South. There are elimination rounds in selected areas in Cebu South. Please contact 0915 9124055 for more information and updates. Venue: Moalboal, Cebu


All night with the music of Hardwood! Free Admission! Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 18

Open to all new and upcoming musical bands in Cebu South. There are elimination rounds in selected areas in Cebu South. Please contact 0915 9124055 for more information and updates. Venue: Santander, Cebu 22

5 Venue: SM City, Cebu / 5pm Phone: 231 3446 - 47




POWERED - DOWN WEDNESDAY Tambayan Sa Outpost presents a "powered-down" performance by the show's featured artist for March 30-April 13...The Line Divides ( Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929 25


SUMMER IN THE CITY 2009 A Cebuhour summer experience with Crowmagnon (Dumaguete), Streets Of May, False Graveyard, MRPD, Dymphna, Sadaea, Capetown Claims and more.. Venue: Kukuk's Nest, Gorordo Avenue / 8pm Phone: 0916 3792473

SUMMER IN THE CITY 2009 Open to all new and upcoming musical bands in Cebu South. There are elimination rounds in selected areas in Cebu South. Please contact 0915 9124055 for more information and updates. Venue: Minglanilla Sports Complex


Pandora, Little Valerie, and Undercover Grasshoppers. Venue: The Outpost / 9pm onwards Phone: 417 2929

With Crooked, Self Will, 7 Months Later, Passing Through, Embrace Thy Pain, and No! Damage – 30 bux Venue: F&B bar




LIVE BANDS ALL WEEK LONG @ JAZZ ‘N BLUZ Venue: Jazz ‘n Bluz Phone: 232 2698


VUDU HAPPY HOUR Local beer starts at 40php Buy two bottles of red or white house wine and the 3rd bottle is on the house 3+1 on Johnnie Walker on the rocks and Black/7 No door fee. Venue: VUDU / 5:30 – 8pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

FORMO HAPPY HOUR The longest happy hour ever! 6pm to 10pm choose from- (1)P45 net on your fave mojito, San Mig Light and other cocktails (2)Smirnoff Twist flavored vodka tonic,7 or screwdriver at P65 net. Venue: Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 SUNDAYS

LAID-BACK SUNDAYS W/ WORLD MUSIC Relax, loosen up, and settle down or play the Game of the Generals while listening to The Outpost’s World Music Playlist, just what you need for a Sunday night out. Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929

SUNDAY CHILL & REFILL Chill at the al fresco area to the music of the 60s and 70s and refill on your favorite drinks with Formo's infamous Happy Hour- on overdrive. Happy hour all the way till closing time, Venue: Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 MONDAYS


House/Tech/Underground DJ’s get together gathering Venue: Zcrets Resto bar / 9pm Phone: 09153570234


Let Formo's resident Djs teach you a thing or two about the 60s, 70s, 80s era with a dash of new wave music. Venue: Formo / 6pm Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 TUESDAYS

Sing along and Don't be shy! Sing your heart out and belt out with your favorite tunes! Venue: VUDU / 5:30pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700


Classic dance anthems with resident Dj Jude Flores. Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700

OPEN MIC ROCKY-EOKE @ IAMIK’S Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457



Wild Wahine wendesday nights feat. DJ Errol "Budoy", DJ Island Rude Bwoy and guest Reggae Band. Free Admission! Venue: Handuraw, Gorordo Avenue / 9PM Phone: 232 6401

OPEN MIC ROCKY-EOKE @ IAMIK’S Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457


Chill out on the midweek, have a couple of bottles of your favorite beer and listen to relaxing music by Cebu’s very own local bands as they power down for an acoustic night at The Outpost. Free Admission! Venue: The Outpost / 8pm onwards Phone: 417 2929


DJ Ryan Max dishes out the best of sexy rhythm and blues at an early time and caps it up with sexy house music 'til we close shop. Venue: Numero Doce, Mango Square Mall Phone: 516 1795


Bedfellas: Loud and Proud. Alternative lifestyle Party, Ultra Techno Sexy House Music. Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285



Ladies Night with Vudu resident and Cebu's Premier Club DJ Marlon Orellano Venue: VUDU / 5:30pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700



With the latin acoustic music of Caliente. Venue: The Tap Room / 7pm Phone: 344 6179 Listen to classic rock, versions and great hits on tuesday nights at The Outpost. Venue: The Outpost Phone: 417 2929


With music by Andy Calope (Soloist) Venue: Handuraw, Gorordo Avenue / 9PM Phone: 232 6401

PINK COUCH & CHILL-OUT TUESDAYS Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285

Meet and greet your favorite Y101 Djs every Wednesday night. Have your requests played instantly. It's Baileys for the Ladies. Buy one bottle/ shot and the next one is on us for every order of Baileys Caramel or Baileys Mint Chocolate! Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 THURSDAYS


Ultra party sessions with Techno House Music. Cocktails night Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285

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bookmark What to do this month OPEN MIC & SONGWRITER’S NIGHT With Lui Castillo this month. Venue: The Outpost / 9pm Phone: 417 2929


Your new THIRSTday Habit. Quench your thirst for sophisticated 80s and 90s music at VUDU. Resident DJs Maxie Perez and Cebu's Premier Club DJ Marlon Orellano Venue: VUDU / 5:30pm Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700


Let the good times and good vibes roll with jazz, blues, and soul. No cover charge. Venue Formo / 9pm Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 FRIDAYS


Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457


Come in your funkiest attire and party with the hottest mixes of hip hop and r n' b with Groove DJ's at Numero Doce. Venue: Numero Doce, Mango Square Mall Phone: 516 1795

ELEKTRO FRIDAYS Dance party session with Electro House and Techno Music Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285

VUDULICIOUS FRIDAYS Main Room: VUDU Resident RnB and Hiphop DJ Chrismyk Prive Lounge: VUDU Resident DJs Maxie Perez and Marlon Orellano Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No door fee till 10 p.m. Venue: VUDU Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700

FRIDAY NIGHT RAPTURE With Formo Resident DJs Hans Congmon, Jude Flores and Cebu's Premier Club DJ Marlon Orellano. Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

MARVIN EVANGELISTA @ TAPAS LOUNGE Enjoy your weekends with music by Dj Marvin Evangelista during the afterhours. Venue: Tapas Lounge Phone: 233 4089 / 231 6550


With music by Dj Mystery Man and Pica Pica on Fridays, and Dj Mystery Man, Pica Pica and Caliente on Saturdays. Venue: The Gustavian, Ayala Center, Cebu Phone: 344 6179


With stand up comedian MYRA and a sing-along session. Venue: F&B bar Phone: 262 7631



MUSIC @ THE LOFT Enjoy your weekends with family and friends while listening and dancing to the beat of The Loft’s resident Djs. Venue: The Loft Phone: 231 3284 SATURDAYS

JAMMING SATURDAYS @ IAMIK’S Venue: Iamik’s, Chicken & Beer Phone: 238 2366 / 0922 8426457

JACK STONE @ NUMERO DOCE DJ Jack Stone fills up the floor with the hottest dance anthems every weekend. The set starts with dance floor filler hits and progresses into electro vocal house. Venue: Numero Doce, Mango Square Mall Phone: 516 1795

CENTERFOLD & THE PURPLE NOTES BAND Venue: Jazz ‘n Bluz Phone: 232 2698


Massive productions, Massive Dj’s. Buy a Bottle and get access to the VIP Lounge and bring along 5 friends. Venue: AK&7, The Gallery Phone: 233 3328 / 232 4285


Main Room: VUDU Resident DJs Maxie Perez and Marlon Orellano electro, vocal house Prive Lounge: VUDU Resident RnB and Hiphop DJs Chrismyk & Kutlyfe sexy RnB Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No door fee until 10 p.m. Venue: VUDU Phone: 234 0836 / 236 7700


With Gap Mobile's Gilbert Go. at the only party venue that offers the best, sophisticated, stylish, glam 80s party in town Venue Formo Phone: 416 1990 / 236 7700



FRANCIS GONZALES &WINIEANN DOMINGO Both artists started young in their journey for passion in painting and are now progressively and promisingly creating names in the world of art. The young lad, Francis, expresses his thoughts and emotions in a non-figurative way while Winieann does it figuratively in an impressive manner. Venue: Gallery Q Phone: 345 6919 16-30 THURSDAY

LEOPOLDO AGUILAR As a visual artist of this new generation, Leopoldo has gone a long way in his passion for arts and have participated in group exhibits nationwide. He coined the word “simplicated”, meaning simple yet complicated. For him, lines and circles can be a simple design element but when enhanced it becomes a complicated visual, concept and expression. Venue: Gallery Q Phone: 345 6919



SUMMER ART WORKSHOP 2009 (BATCH 1) At the Outpost Restaurant with Organizer – Facilitator, Boy Kiamko, Visual Artist. Participants must be 9 years old and above and is open to professionals and hobbyists. Courses offered: Orientation on Art, Artworks, Art Materials and Artists, Basics in black and white drawing, Properties of color and other paint medium, Application of the visual fundamentals, Artwork production, Exhibition. For inquiries and pre – registration please contact Amanda Bonife – Kiamko at 0919.4806251 Venue: The Outpost 18-MAY 9



What happens behind closed doors has always been a source of interest not only amongst voyeurs, but also the curious. For this is where the sordid and the sensational happens. Behind Closed Doors is a peep through that carnal being in each of us, that the darkness seeks to hide when the lights are off, but art endlessly sees. log on to: for more details Exhibiting Artists: Nonon Yee and Dan Guillano Venue: Gamay'g Gallery, Turtle's Nest, Brgy. Lahug, Cebu City Phone: 0927 3413737 / 0926 3567270

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GRAPHIC STAR: HELVETICA MOVIE SCREENING FOR GRAPHIC ARTISTS Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An exploration of urban spaces and the type that inhabits them, Helvetica invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see everyday. Venue: The Outpost Phone: 238 1234



Unwind and watch your favorite sports on television. Venue: The Tap Room & The Gustavian, Ayala Center, Cebu Phone: 344 6179 TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Capoeira Cebu Academy offers classes w/ award winning Capoeira instructor Jensen Go Chow. Venue: Sacred Heart Center, D Jakosalem St. / 6:30pm Phone: 412 4076




Baruto Paddler brings you a series of kayak races, open to high school and college students. The initial race will be held this April 18. April 17 Final race registration/briefing. A Kayaking Clinic will be held for newbies on this day, April 18 - Race Day Kayak Sprints Racing Kayak Singles (men and women divisions), Kayak Sprints Touring Kayak Singles (men and women divisions), Kayak Sprints Team Relay (mixed, 4 members with at least one member from the opposite sex). Registration: Php 350 (singles), Php 1,100 (team relay). Venue: Queensland Resort in Punta Engaño, Mactan (it's right after Abaca and Microtel) Phone: 0919 2980200 25



Venue: New Aboitiz Sports Field (Next to Makro, North Reclamation Area) / 8:30am – 6pm Phone: 0918 8389898



Learn and have a fun summer while joining summer workshops at E mall. dance workshops, taekwondo, modeling and more! Venue: Elizabeth Mall Phone: 417 7735 - 38 FRIDAYS

COCKTAIL HOUR @ THE TAP ROOM Venue: The Tap Room Phone: 344 6179 1-19



Up to 50% off Venue: Metro Ayala, Ayala Center, Cebu Phone: 231 5342 1-5



Everyone wants greater success, better health and peace of mind. What keeps us from achieving these qualities in our life is stress. The degree to which stress influences our lives is generally underestimated. The mind often clings on to anger, guilt and regrets about the past, or anxiety about the future. This wavering mind creates tension and stress both for ourselves and for people around us. 10 am – 1pm Shangri-la Resort and Spa, Punta Engano Road, Cebu 6:30-9:30pm City Sports Club - Cardinal Rosales Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City. Opposite Marriott Hotel 10 am – 4pm -la Resort and Spa, Punta Engano Road, Cebu Phone: 0917 8988252 3-4



Venue: Elizabeth Mall / 9am – 8pm Phone: 417 7735 - 38 3-5


SM CITY CEBU AWESOME 3-DAY SALE! Extended to april 6! Venue: SM City, Cebu / 10am – 10pm Phone: 231 3446 – 47

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Basic Photography - Learn the basics of photography through practical applications in this 2-day workshop. The culminating activity will be an outdoor shoot. Cost: P 2500.00, includes Hand-outs, Lunch and Snacks Limited slots only! email for more info. Lecturer: Benjie Ordonez Venue: Benjie Ordonez Studio, 1228 Talamban Cebu City Phone: 0921 5665818 SATURDAY


A Photography Workshop with Parc Cruz and Ku Manahan Parc Cruz returns to Cebu, this time with Photographer Ku Manahan for a 2-day workshop on Photography and cutting edge Post Processing. Cost: 6,000.00 incl. Food, payment for MUA and model, Certificate of Participation and function room rental for more info contact: Benjie Ordoñez 0921-5665818 Marlvin Lao - 0917-6275846 Venue: Castle Peak Hotel




With live entertainment… and yup viva hot babes will definitely be there at Pump N’ Summer. From Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 6:00pm to Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 8:00am Venue: Rommel’s Beach Resort, Sta. Fe Phone: 09225740664 6



The "Araw ng Kagitingan" (Day of Valor) celebrates the Filipino gallantry, bravery and heroism in the provinces of Bataan and Corregidor. In celebrating Araw ng Kagitingan, the Battle of Bataan is Venue: Philippines 6-12



the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. It includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) and Good Friday, and lasts from Palm Sunday (or in the Eastern, Lazarus Saturday) until but not including Easter Sunday, as Easter Sunday is the first day of the new season of The Great Fifty Days. It commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Venue: Worldwide 11


A family that prays together stays together. Start the Easter morning with a religious mass at the Grand Ballroom, celebrating the traditional Sugat. @ 8am EASTER EGG HUNT Children will find fun, excitement and fantastic prizes in their search for Easter Eggs in and around the Marco Polo Plaza. Venue: Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City Phone: 253 1111 18-19


With displays and exhibits at the fair, and the 4th Summer Speed Dating. P100.00/ person (one round of drink @ the Blu Bar, Marco Polo with free cocktails. Venue: Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City Phone: 253 1111 / 4128787 / 4128778 22



Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation CampaignTM! This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend the Green Generation’s core principles: A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal. An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption. Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one. Venue: Earth! Third Planet from the Sun 22-25



Wofex Visayas is the region's most focused and well attended food trade show. It is the region's only food trade show that can put together all F&B suppliers under one roof and provide free seminars that offer learning opportunities to all. For more info, log on to Venue: CICC, Mandaue City, Cebu 22-27



A week-long commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between the Spanish Conquistador Fernando Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu. Venue: Mactan, Lapu – Lapu City, Cebu



Indulge in sweet treats tempered by soothing teas in a special afternoon rendezvous @ 2pm. KIDS PLAY & CRAFTS From pizza and muffin decorating lessons, crayola arts and crafts, to other games by Toys@Work, your kids will surely soak up the excitement with fun and educational activities of their own. Venue: Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu City Phone: 253 1111


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Handurawfoodtrawl Words by Tambok Face

It is a well known fact that the most important ingredient to making good beer and pizza is the quality of the tubig. We already know Cebu is the home of a well known brewery producing the national drink loved by all Filipino’s worldwide, but where can we find the home of the best pizza in Cebu? I openly admit my love for pizza. I love to spread the slices and eat it six ways to Sunday starting at the tip working my way slowly up the crust. So for me there is good and even better pizza. It is hard to mess up something too simple. In my quest to find the great pie in the sky, I imagined upon Handuraw Pizza Cafe (thanks to Bite’s directory), located at 460 Gorordo Aveneu, Lahug. With 14 different thin crust pizzas all priced under 300 pesos, I was in gut busting heaven. Eight pizza pies are custom designed for the adventurous foodie, one being the Pizza Cebuano. My only gripe a White Pizza (essentially, cheese and no tomato sauce) not being on the menu.

ancestral house. I was able to take in the warmth and beauty that only old Filipino charm can deliver. The soft lighting and art work on the wall gave me a romantic feeling that if I was ever so lucky to find a partner, this is the place I would want to have our first kiss or even something more out in the parking lot on our second or third date. :)

This is not one of those fast food joints, so every Pizza is made to order, an artistic masterpiece that was well thought out with only the fresh ingredients. Handuraw Pizza Cafe also serves a full menu of soups and sandwiches all reasonably priced. They even have the “Beer Below Zero” promo, a revolutionary technology that enhances the crispness of your beer’s taste through a frosting process that heightens your drinking pleasure.

On Fridays and Saturdays, a live local Cebu band performs on a cozy stage (check Bite’s other pages for listings). There is an internet cafe located upstairs where you can shovel down and check your emails at the same time. The Pizza Buffet on Sunday will add notches to my belt, but not having a delivery service may be a drawback. The Handuraw Pizza Cafe is well worth getting off your couch and getting out for a gastronomic experience.

What really made me feel attracted to the Handuraw Pizza Cafe is the ambiance, being located in a historic


spotlight The Poetic Gratitude of Prison inmate Words and photos by Gang Badoy

Ever since the Rock Ed film team finished its short documentaries on Philippine jails, I unwittingly found myself convicted to a life sentence of being mindful of the plight of the inmates. What started out as a film project that became a one-time weekend creative writing workshop-- ROCK THE REHAS is now a full-blown multi-dimensional series of sustained projects. I go to Muntinlupa--the Maximum Security Prison--every Wednesday to teach 50 or so inmates a ‘creativity class’ of sorts. We anchor, of course, in the writing of poetry because that is the subject that I was trained to teach. Sometimes we end up discussing what they watch on TV: sometimes


it’s gender sensitivity, sometimes we discuss the mysteries of memory, and the vastness of human experience. And their homework always consisted of writing verses about what we talked about that afternoon. Some days are a little different, but for now, I want to tell you about one inmate they call “Bunso.” Bunso’s story was already mentioned to me before and I heard that he’d been in for some time now. In fact, there was a time that he was the youngest in the compound, hence his nickname. They say that even he doesn’t know when he’s due for parole and doesn’t exactly bother to ask or follow up his papers. On the day after Christmas in 2007, Rock Ed volunteers went to Munti again to play basketball with the inmates. He sidled up qui-

etly beside me, tapped my arm and turned around pointing to the base of his bald skull. There it was: ROCK THE REHAS tattooed on his nape. I wasn’t sure how to react. Talk about shock and awe. So there I was, mumbling an indistinct, “oh wow” (okay, what do I say next...) “ang ganda” (how nice--okay go on, go on). He’s still pointing it out and even if I can’t see his face, I could feel his puffy-chested expectation. “Masakit ba yun?” (did that hurt?). He finally faces me again and says “hindi Ate! gusto ko naman eh” (no Ate, I wanted it anyway). All I could do was photograph his noggin for the next 20 minutes, while talking through the side of my mouth for the other people to take a load of my subject. “Les! Mike! Take a look.” click* click* He kept turning around to smile at me while I kept circling him to get a better focused shot of the tat. We looked like a very strange tango duo, me squawking for back-up attention, him smiling and trying to face me or maybe trying to squarely see my reaction. I wasn’t sure what he was expecting, actually. But I do hope I didn’t disappoint him. We do have a tendency to understate our reactions --especially when we are truly awed. Typical. So. That was then. Dec 2007. Today was a bit different. He came up to me, tapped my arm again, turned around and lifted his shorts to expose the rear of his left thigh. Voila. There it was. A simple illustration of a girl’s face (nope, didn’t look like me at all) and my full name underneath it. This time, I really had no prepared reaction --so I resorted to my reliable “oh wow” card. “oh wow, pangalan ko yun ah” (ah, that is my name) “ay! ako ba dapat yun?” (is that really supposed to be me?) and more “oh wow.” And so, my camera protects

me again from having to show him my entire face as I squint and squawk sideways to tell my friend to look again. It was so weird that I wasn’t equipped with the appropriate reaction for something like this so... click* click* click* and once again we did our strange tango. Me clicking, clucking, him turning, alternately looking at his tat, looking at me, lifting his shorts, while I took photos while trying to wave at someone to look at my name tattooed on this man’s left leg. What a sight we must’ve been. One of us asked him why he chose to have my name tattoed. He shrugged first and said in Filipino, “Because I wanted to thank Gang for all the concerts here, the classes, the visits, and for always coming here. Its just my way of saying thank you. I have not seen a concert in years, and when Rock Ed is here, it is as if I were free again, sat down watching a band play, as if we were outside, free. They (Gang/Rock Ed) make me really happy, thus, my tattoo as a thank you.” A simple answer to a simple question, and what an elaborate way of doing so! Talk about the human being’s wide range of ways. The world doesn’t cease to surprise me. I don’t exactly understand why or what, or whoaaaa, I mean, really....whaaat the f* (trail thought away) -- but, no doubt, I am moved by the permanency of it. I suppose we all have our language of gratitude, and this --is his. I’m not sure who is more grateful. Bunso, for the time and effort we offer them, or me for this story of undeserved gratitude that I can tell for the rest of my life. Tonight, I think I am. It’s good to be alive.. Carry on.

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review One Visayas & Creative Cebu Words by Ritchie Quijano

Two well hyped exhibitions happened in the month of March. Both were in a way unprecedented shows because this was the first time the local visual artists were included in the provincial government’s tourism program, while the event at Ayala tried to incorporate different fields of the creative expression in a kind of all-in-one show. They were the One Visayas art show at the CICC and Creative Cebu at the gardens fronting the Terraces of Ayala Center. One Visayas at the CICC, was a showcase primarily for tourism promotion. There were booths from various government offices promoting their places of interest. Outside the CICC was a kind of concert and dance presentation that, along with the mixed crowd, made the affair more like a contained Sinulog. Some twenty visual artists both painters and sculptors participated and brought in their best medium scale works. It was Visayan-wide so naturally delegates came from all over the Visayan region including artists from different islands who brought in their works as well. Aside from the main curated art exhibit, artists from provinces who weren’t part of the curated show had their own exhibit. There were now two art exhibits happening in one hall. There were maybe more than a hundred artworks shown, some on walls while most were mounted on makeshift standees. While I am delighted to meet new faces and get to know the art of far-flung Visayan Islands, the whole thing and the two faces of the exhibits just confuses and takes away the attention of the viewers from the main focus, which should be the curated show. I believe that there really is no point in orga-


nizing a curated exhibit when an uncurated show is allowed and held in the same room. The venue appeared to me like a bodega filled with an eclectic mix of artworks with no particular system of oneness. It had the “barrio-barrio” syndrome. A “halo-halo and pinoy fiesta syndrome” will be another way to describe it. The entire thing was confusing as it blurred the boundaries between curated and the non-curated show yet it also segregated the provincial entries to the sidelines. The One Visayas art show can’t be a memorable high-impact exhibit because it failed to support the artists present in terms of patronage and in bringing more people to see art. It was just a weekend affair. A kind of here today and gone tomorrow thing. There may even be artists who felt like fly-by-night exhibitors. I noticed during the artist’s night that delegates coming from the regions even outnumbered the guests who were non-art collectors. But artist shouldn’t see it as an event that markets art. It markets tourism. Yet still it would be nice to see some support thru sales. Because the artists answered the call from the government to participate and make themselves available. There just wasn’t any form of reciprocity at all. The artists have manifested their support to a government-initiated project, but in learning by experience, how can we expect artist’s support the next time such project will be staged when they’ll feel that their time, effort, energy and artworks are just used for the once a year government event. Art I believe shouldn’t be incorporated to a tourism agenda. Art when tied to tourism becomes touristic. That means art degenerates into a souvenir item for tourists. Art

should always be regarded as treasures of the nation and shouldn’t be showcased alongside local industry products like decor, delicacies and trendy functional export items like furniture and fashion accessories because art isn’t commodity. Good thing the local products were displayed somewhere else, upstairs. I think the One Visayas art show never made significant impact to the general public because the exhibit was too short thus a waste of time and government money. A better way to spend government’s money will be for the governor to purchase art to fill the walls of the Capitol or better yet to allocate a permanent space for an art museum at the Museo Sugbu and display purchased art there. That will be unprecedented if materialized. The outdoor exhibit of Creative Cebu in Ayala was again a mixture of different artistic professions. It looked pretty much fun when approaching it from a distance but the moment you got inside and positioned yourself in the center of the whole display, you’d see that the entire show is wrappedup in tarpaulin. It was a tarpaulin camp that exuded an air of plasticity. Those tarpaulin prints made it less-serious and plastic. I was instantly beginning to hate the material thought they are good as visual aides. The tarpaulins were overwhelmingly suffocating; it overpowered and overkilled everything in the show. The visual artists used the material for their paintings that were hanged on scaffoldings, hence looking like banners. The exhibit was well hyped during it’s preparation but after seeing it, it changed my expectation that it is a big, relevant and

significant show. It was actually small in selection. More like selecting few to represent fields like fashion, music, architecture, furniture design, visual art and others. I wanted to see more authentic stuff. Those pictures on the tarpaulins just didn’t work for me. And who’s idea was it to mount a sculpture over a pile of furniture scraps? Was that an installation or some kind of a collaborative work? During its short duration some people just can’t help making a comment and wrote on the tarpaulin using a pentel pen. A vandal slipped in and wrote “dili Pinoy” on one of the tarpaulins while a bigger version was scribbled on that some kind of a freedom wall where people were free to sign their signatures and make remarks. Overall the utilization of tarpaulin prints just isn’t my cup of tea. They were boring to look at and the texts on them are tiring to read. It’s unsatisfying to view because so few are the selection of authentic works to see. Artists should always exhibit the real Mccoy and not print their achievements and body of works on tarpaulins when they exhibit if they’re really serious in doing exhibitions. But since it was an outdoor festival type of preparation, hence organizers built a tarpaulin encampment. Both shows are easy to forget. Both were not memorable. Both shows tried hard to tie different fields of expression and as a result of doing so brewed confusion. The One Visayas is very suspicious in motive because it may not just be a display of the arts but can also be used for political mileage. Creative Cebu was purported to gather and present the best Cebuano talent for a possible market abroad. Yet so far it’s so still and quiet after the show.



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Black Angus Rivergate Mall, Mango Avenue Tel: 412 6303 Cafe Georg (International) Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 234 0887 Cafe Laguna (Filipino) Ayala Garden Row Tel: 233-8600 Ayala Center Tel: 231-0922 Casa Verde (Filipino) V. Ranudo Extension Tel: 253 8234 The Walk I.T. Park Tel: 412 3336 Chateau de Busay (Italian) Busay Hills Tel: 231 2000 / 231 2039 Chic & Fab (Vietnamese) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 233 9388

Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast (Italian) Maria Luisa Road, Banilad Tel: 343-9901 Golden Cowrie (Filipino) Salinas Drive, Lahug Tel: 233-4243 Grand Majestic (Chinese) Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 232-1103 / 231 6982 Gustavian Maria Luisa Road, Banilad Tel: 344 7653 Ayala Terraces Tel: 417 1281 Handuraw (Pizza) Gorordo Ave. 232 6401 One Mango Ave. 416 3200

Kukuks Nest Gorordo Avenue, Lahug Tel: 231 5180 La Buona Forchetta Da Paolo (Italian) Advent Compound Acacia Street, Lahug Tel: 231-3398 La Marea (Pastry & Coffee) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 416-2919 Paseo Arcenas Banawa Tel: 412 2577 The Walk, Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 6484 La Tegola Cucina Italiana (Italian) Busay Hills Tel: 419-2220 Foodland, Banilad Tel: 345 6080

Iamik’s Chicken & Beer (Filipino) 77 Tres Borces Street, Mabolo Tel: 09228426457

Lai Garden (Chinese) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 234 1580

Ila Puti (Asian Fusion) Asia Town I.T. Park, Lahug Tel: 415 8800

Lemongrass (Thai/Vietnamese) Ayala Center Terraces Tel: 233 8601

Jazz n Blues F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 232 2698

Lighthouse Restaurant Gaisano Country Mall Tel: 231 2478 / 231 2878

David’s Steak & Seafood (International) Ayala access road, Mabolo Tel: 231 0157

K1 Family KTV Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 412 1111 / 412 2222

Manuel’s Parklane Hotel Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 411 7000

10 Dove Street (International) Sto. Nino Village, Banilad Tel: 346 0618

Kalye 80’s Restaurant Rahman Street, Mango Avenue Tel: 255 4505

East Ocean (Chinese) Old Banilad Road Tel: 231-3898

Kanyoen Yakiniku Restaurant (Japanese) F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 232-2989

Darras & Bowler (Continental) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 345-0945 Da Vinci’s Pizza Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 415 8881

Formo Restaurant & Lounge Banilad Town Center Tel: 416 2170 / 416 1990 Gerry’s Grill (Filipino) Ayala Center Tel: 415 8284 / 232 4159 Ginza (Japanese) Old Banilad Road Tel: 232 5406

KK Restaurant (Malaysian) Skyrise Bldg, Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 2828 Parkmall Tel: 421 1828 Krua Thai (Thai) Banilad Town Centre Tel: 344 2800 SM City Fiesta Strip Tel: 231 8338

Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Nivel Hills, Lahug Blu Bar & Grill Cafe Marco El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar Tel: 253 1111 Marriott Hotel Cebu City Cebu Business Park Garden Cafe Palm Lounge Pool Bar Tel: 415 6100 / 415 6101 Mooon Cafe (International) 4242 E. Osmena St., Guadalupe Tel: 253-3635 The Walk, Asia Town I.T. Park Tel: 412 8795 Terraces Ayala Tel: 417 1701


where to bite: food drink nightlife Olio Bar & Restaurant (Continental) Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 232-3589 Persian Palate (Indian & Persian) Ayala Center Tel: 232 5898 Mango Square Tel: 253 6745 Pino Restaurant (Filipino) Malvar Street, Lahug Tel: 232 3637 Pump Grand Convention Centre Archbishop Reyes Avenue Tel: 232 3637 R & R Store 1298-A V. Rama Avenue Tel: 253 0758 Spice Fusion (Asian) Banilad Town Center Tel: 344 2923 SM City Tel: 238 9591 Starbucks Ayala Garden Row Tel: 231 8456 SM Fiesta Strip Tel: 231 6455 Sunflower City Disco Salinas Drive, Lahug Tel: 231 8413 The Ching Palace Salinas Drive, Lahug Tel: 417 2988 The Dessert Factory Mahogany Court, Archbishop Reyes avenue Tel: 233 9977 Ayala Entertainment Centre Tel: 233 2351 The Loft Restobar Asiatown I.T. Park, Lahug Tel: 231 3284 The Outpost Bar & Restaurant Cebu Veterans drive, Lahug Tel: 417 2929 The Tinder Box (International) Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Banilad Tel: 234-1681


Vudu Crossroads Arcade, Banilad Tel: 234 0836 / 232 1457 Waterfront Cebu City Hotel Salina Drive, Lahug Cafe Fortuna Cafe Uno La Gondolo (Italian) Madeleine Mizo (Japanese) Port Seafood Restaurant Sally’s Piano Bar Tin Gow (Chinese) Treff Bar Tel: 232 6888 / 232 6880 Wine Shop (Spanish) Gorordo Avenue, Lahug Tel: 233 3744 Yellow Cab Pizza Co. Banilad Town Center Tel: 345 8163 / 345 2222 Yumeya Kihei (Japanese) G/F Pacific Star Bldg F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo Tel: 234-2388

MANDAUE CITY Z Bar Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Banilad Tel: 416 1300 Ichiriki Chaya (Japanese) A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad Tel: 345 1300 Kagura (Japanese) A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad Tel: 346 0088 / 346 7776 Kaona (Filipino) A.S. Fortuna corner H. Cortez Streets , Banilad Tel: 343 9994 Nasa Disco Club & KTV A.S. Fortuna Street Tel: Nonki (Japanese) A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad Tel: 422 3159 Pier One Parkmall, North Reclamation Tel: 422-8686

MACTAN Abaca Boutique Resort & Restaurant Punta Engano Road Tel: 495 3461 / 236 0311 Cadillac Cafe & Hotel Basak, Lapu-Lapu City Tel: 340 5678 Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa Punta Engano Road Manny O’s Wines 7 Tapas Sanctuary Bar Sapphire Pool Bar Seas Restaurant Pink Lobby Bar Vanilla Beach Cafe Tel: 492 7777 / 492 7704 MB’s Tavern, Restaurant & European Deli Basak, Lapu-Lapu City Tel: 341 3610 Manna Sutukil (Filipino) Mactan Shrine, Punto Engano Road Tel: 340 6448 Plantation Bay Resort & Spa Marigondon Kilamanjaro Kafe Fiji Restaurant Mogambo Springs Spa Savannah Grill Palermo Tel: 340-5900 / 340 5988 Shangri-La Resort & Spa Punta Engano Road Acqua Beach Bar Buko Bar & Grill Chi, The Spa Chill Out Bar Cowrie Cove Tea of Spring Tel: 231-0288 The Marlin Bar and Restaurant Cebu Yacht Club Lapu- Lapu City, Mactan 341-4754 Krua Thai (Thai) Marina Mall, MEPZ 495 4818 La Tegola Cucina Italiana (Italian) Marina Mall, MEPZ 340 9070 Magellan’s Landing (International) Marina Mall, MEPZ Tel: 341-0918

Rasa Marina (Singaporean/Malaysian) Marina Mall, MEPZ 341-0919

SPAS Cebu Holiday Spa Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue Banilad 234 4791 Felisa Spa Gorordo Avenue 233 4139 Holiday Gym & Spa M. Cuenco Avenue 234 4791 Noah’s Stone & Spa Resort Mactan Island Abuno Pajac Lapu-lapu City 342-8379 Meddah Spa Crossroads Arcade Archbishop Reyes Avenue Banilad 234 2080 Sawadee Spa MLD Building Archbishop Reyes Avenue Banilad 234 4171 The Spa at Cebu 1 Paseo Saturnino Maria Luisa Road Banilad 412-0888 / 416-3888 Yoga Thai Massage Sanciango 416 8366 Gorordo 232 7510 A.C. Cortez Mandaue 343 3563 Baseline Recreation Center Juan Osmena Street 253 1457 Cebu Holiday & Fitness Center Molave Street Camputhaw 231 0408

FITNESS Fight Club Banilad Town Centre Fitness First 4F Ayala Center Cebu 234 2222


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