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New Things for The Camerawalls

I am sick right now and I want something to lighten up my mood. My Twitter timeline has no breaking news or a new controversial national issue to offer for me to make sawsaw (I have a very unusual stress reliever, eh?).

On the other hand, the dashboard is a little bit blunt and lifeless today (perhaps all of the Tumblristas I know are too busy, too tired, or too bored to post something interesting).

Because of this, I decided to check the official website of one of my favorite groups, The Camerawalls, for an update on their upcoming single and EP.

And guess what? There are a lot of new things for this awesome band led by my favorite musician Clementine Castro.

A New EP

After a few delays, our new EP entitled “Bread and Circuses” will finally hitPowerbooks stores on December 13. The official launch party will be held at the ground floor lobby of  Ayala Museum on December 11, where advance copies will be made available. More updates will be posted in the coming days. For advance orders (which comes with a free button pin and sticker), please send an e-mail to shop@lilystars-records.com

A New Member

Joseph Rudica (also the drummer of The Gentle Isolation) has been our session drummer a little over five months, and we are proud to announce that he is now officially a member of The Camerawalls! You will very soon hear his fine contribution in our upcoming records.

An Exclusive Preview

Be the first to hear a preview of the promotional single and title track “Bread and Circuses” via a secret link on Soundcloud which will be delivered thru our e-mail newsletter on Saturday, November 20. If you still haven’t subscribed, you can do so by clicking the image on the side bar or  by following this link:http://ymlp.com/signup.php?id=gemyewqgmgw

I just can’t fully express how excited I am with these developments. Never mind the cost of travelling to the Metro to be one of the firsts to own their EP. Never mind if you still suck the music pf Mcoy Fundales and the rest of Kenyo.

I am so excited and I want to sing “A Beginning of Something Wonderful.” But it hit me that even though that one is a song penned by Clementine, it is still Orange and Lemons’s.

This is the beginning of a new era for Clementine Castro and the rest of The Camerawalls.

Long live The Camerawalls!

Source: thecamerawalls.com

Nasaan ang “Wow Factor”?
Para sa mga hindi nakakaalam, pinalitan ng “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” ang dating “WOW Philippines” na slogan ng Department of Tourism.
Noong una ko itong mabalitaan, dalawa ang pumasok sa aking isipan. Una ay ang morning show ng ABS-CBN na “Umagang Kay Ganda”. Pangalawa ay si Mother Ricky Reyes at ang kanyang sikat na tagline na “Ang Ganda..” (pronounce with a Mother Ricky accent).
Napaisip tuloy ako kung may porsyento ang ABS-CBN at si Mother Ricky (Pasensya na sa malikot na isip. Mahilig lang talaga ako sa mga conspiracy issues.).
Magandang move nga ba ang pagpapalit ng slogan?
Una, nasa wikang Filipino ang slogan. Ang market natin at mga foreigners at hindi naman lahat sa kanila ay marunong ng Filipino. Oo nga’t may translation sa ibaba pero mukhang kulang pa din. Sino ba namang negosyante, kung ihahalintulad natin ang turismo sa isang negosyo, ang magsasabing panget ang kanyang ibinebenta, hindi ba?
Ikalawa, sa aking opinyon ay parang kulang sa “element of presence” ang slogan. Iyon ang prinsipyo sa advertising kung saan nagre-retain sa isip ng tao ang kanyang nakitang patalastas. Para kasing masyadong mababaw ang “kay ganda” or “so beautiful” para sa “pagbebenta” ng isang bansa dahil ang ganda ay relative. Hindi mo puwedeng ikumpara ang ganda ng Pilipinas sa ganda ng ibang bansa dahil iyon ay nasa perspektibo ng isang turista.
Ikatlo, napag-usapan na din lamang ang adverstising, sana ay kinuha na lang nila yung advertising company na gumawa ng jingle ni Senator Manny Villar. Tutal, madami naman ang nauto nang awiting iyon (Aminin mo. Na-LSS ka din noon).
Sa pag-iikot ko dito sa internet, nakita ko ang isang nakakabiglang post na ang logo daw ng “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” ay plagiarized o kinopya lang mula sa logo ng Tourism Department ng Poland. Narito at iyong tingnan ang pagkakahalintulad:


Plagiarism? Kagagaling lang natin sa isyu ng plagiarism sa Supreme Court. Okay lang naman daw. Basta’t walang “malicious intent”. DE LECHE!
Ikaw? Anong opinyon mo? Pabor ka ba sa bagong slogan ng Department of Tourism? Ano sa tingin mo?
Pitikin ang larawan para basahin ang balita mula sa Inquirer.net at iba pang mga punto tungkol sa bagong logo ng Department of Tourism.

Nasaan ang “Wow Factor”?

Para sa mga hindi nakakaalam, pinalitan ng “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” ang dating “WOW Philippines” na slogan ng Department of Tourism.

Noong una ko itong mabalitaan, dalawa ang pumasok sa aking isipan. Una ay ang morning show ng ABS-CBN na “Umagang Kay Ganda”. Pangalawa ay si Mother Ricky Reyes at ang kanyang sikat na tagline na “Ang Ganda..” (pronounce with a Mother Ricky accent).

Napaisip tuloy ako kung may porsyento ang ABS-CBN at si Mother Ricky (Pasensya na sa malikot na isip. Mahilig lang talaga ako sa mga conspiracy issues.).

Magandang move nga ba ang pagpapalit ng slogan?

Una, nasa wikang Filipino ang slogan. Ang market natin at mga foreigners at hindi naman lahat sa kanila ay marunong ng Filipino. Oo nga’t may translation sa ibaba pero mukhang kulang pa din. Sino ba namang negosyante, kung ihahalintulad natin ang turismo sa isang negosyo, ang magsasabing panget ang kanyang ibinebenta, hindi ba?

Ikalawa, sa aking opinyon ay parang kulang sa “element of presence” ang slogan. Iyon ang prinsipyo sa advertising kung saan nagre-retain sa isip ng tao ang kanyang nakitang patalastas. Para kasing masyadong mababaw ang “kay ganda” or “so beautiful” para sa “pagbebenta” ng isang bansa dahil ang ganda ay relative. Hindi mo puwedeng ikumpara ang ganda ng Pilipinas sa ganda ng ibang bansa dahil iyon ay nasa perspektibo ng isang turista.

Ikatlo, napag-usapan na din lamang ang adverstising, sana ay kinuha na lang nila yung advertising company na gumawa ng jingle ni Senator Manny Villar. Tutal, madami naman ang nauto nang awiting iyon (Aminin mo. Na-LSS ka din noon).

Sa pag-iikot ko dito sa internet, nakita ko ang isang nakakabiglang post na ang logo daw ng “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” ay plagiarized o kinopya lang mula sa logo ng Tourism Department ng Poland. Narito at iyong tingnan ang pagkakahalintulad:

Plagiarism? Kagagaling lang natin sa isyu ng plagiarism sa Supreme Court. Okay lang naman daw. Basta’t walang “malicious intent”. DE LECHE!

Ikaw? Anong opinyon mo? Pabor ka ba sa bagong slogan ng Department of Tourism? Ano sa tingin mo?

Pitikin ang larawan para basahin ang balita mula sa Inquirer.net at iba pang mga punto tungkol sa bagong logo ng Department of Tourism.

Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

Huwag Kalimutan: Hacienda Luisita Massacre
Sa araw na ito, anim na taon na ang nakakalipas, naganap ang isa sa pinakamadugong pagpatay sa kasaysayan - ang Hacienda Luisita Massacre kung saan pito sa mga magsasakang nag-picket sa Gate 1 ng Hacienda Luisita ang diumano’y pinaslang ng mga Pulis at Militar.
Nakaupo na sa puwesto ang Hacienderong Pangulo - pero wala pa ring nagbabago. Panahon pa ng kanyang ina ipinangako ang pamamahagi ng lupa sa mga magsasaka ngunit hanggang ngayon ay wala pa ring nangyayari.
Hanggang kailan maghihintay ang mga magsasaka? At hanggang kailan nila hihintaying makamit ang hustisya?
Pangulong Noynoy, naniniwala pa rin ako sa ipinangako mong “daang matuwid”. At sana, sana naman, sa pamumuno mo, ay makamit na ang lupa at hustisyang ilang taong ipinagkait sa mga magsasaka.
At huwag na sana itong maulit muli.

Huwag Kalimutan: Hacienda Luisita Massacre

Sa araw na ito, anim na taon na ang nakakalipas, naganap ang isa sa pinakamadugong pagpatay sa kasaysayan - ang Hacienda Luisita Massacre kung saan pito sa mga magsasakang nag-picket sa Gate 1 ng Hacienda Luisita ang diumano’y pinaslang ng mga Pulis at Militar.

Nakaupo na sa puwesto ang Hacienderong Pangulo - pero wala pa ring nagbabago. Panahon pa ng kanyang ina ipinangako ang pamamahagi ng lupa sa mga magsasaka ngunit hanggang ngayon ay wala pa ring nangyayari.

Hanggang kailan maghihintay ang mga magsasaka? At hanggang kailan nila hihintaying makamit ang hustisya?

Pangulong Noynoy, naniniwala pa rin ako sa ipinangako mong “daang matuwid”. At sana, sana naman, sa pamumuno mo, ay makamit na ang lupa at hustisyang ilang taong ipinagkait sa mga magsasaka.

At huwag na sana itong maulit muli.

Source: juanrepublic

PacMan: The Manny Pacquiao Autobiography Book

Did you ever want to know the story behind Manny Paciquao? Now you can with his upcoming PacMan : The Manny Pacquiao autobiography book. He’ll be releasing his autobiography on November 19, 2010.
Boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is the first and only boxer to hold nine title belts in seven divisions. Manny was named Fighter of the Decade in the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Currently, he is the WBO World Welterweight Champion (Super Champion) and is rated as the number one pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by several sporting news and boxing websites.
(Read the whole article on channelapa.com)

Yes. Our Pambansang Kamao has now his own book. Let us hope and pray that he win this Sunday against Antonio Margarito to make history once again by winning 8 titles on 8 different weight division.
Good luck Manny Pacquiao. Make us all proud once again. And give the “occasionally proud Pinoys” a reason to celebrate this Sunday.
Will you still make fun of him for his broken English? Better not. Manny Pacquiao, you rock! You know?

PacMan: The Manny Pacquiao Autobiography Book

Did you ever want to know the story behind Manny Paciquao? Now you can with his upcoming PacMan : The Manny Pacquiao autobiography book. He’ll be releasing his autobiography on November 19, 2010.

Boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is the first and only boxer to hold nine title belts in seven divisions. Manny was named Fighter of the Decade in the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Currently, he is the WBO World Welterweight Champion (Super Champion) and is rated as the number one pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by several sporting news and boxing websites.

(Read the whole article on channelapa.com)

Yes. Our Pambansang Kamao has now his own book. Let us hope and pray that he win this Sunday against Antonio Margarito to make history once again by winning 8 titles on 8 different weight division.

Good luck Manny Pacquiao. Make us all proud once again. And give the “occasionally proud Pinoys” a reason to celebrate this Sunday.

Will you still make fun of him for his broken English? Better not. Manny Pacquiao, you rock! You know?

Source: channelapa.com

"Famous Last Words"
History has recorded some of the famous last words of renowned personalities. Though the late, great home of nu rock NU 107 is not a person per se, let us remember its famous last words before signing off as seen and heard inside the booth.
Station Manager Chris “Cris Cruise” Hermosisima was the last one to speak to the microphone and utter the now-memorable parting words of the station:

"So let’s do this for the last time. It’s a minute before 12. NU107 is DWNU FM at 107 dot 5 megahertz in Pasig, once the loudest and proudest member of the KBP. This has been NU107, the Philippines’ one and only Home of NU Rock. This is NU107. We are signing off."

And after those words, “Ang Huling El Bimbo” by the Eraserheads was played for the last time by the station.

Also seen inside the station are owner Atom Henares (wearing blue), his former wife Dr. Vicky Belo, and daughter Crystal Henares.
Thanks for the memories NU 107. The music will live on. Padayon!
(Click this link to watch the whole video on YouTube)

"Famous Last Words"

History has recorded some of the famous last words of renowned personalities. Though the late, great home of nu rock NU 107 is not a person per se, let us remember its famous last words before signing off as seen and heard inside the booth.

Station Manager Chris “Cris Cruise” Hermosisima was the last one to speak to the microphone and utter the now-memorable parting words of the station:

"So let’s do this for the last time. It’s a minute before 12. NU107 is DWNU FM at 107 dot 5 megahertz in Pasig, once the loudest and proudest member of the KBP. This has been NU107, the Philippines’ one and only Home of NU Rock. This is NU107. We are signing off."

And after those words, “Ang Huling El Bimbo” by the Eraserheads was played for the last time by the station.

Also seen inside the station are owner Atom Henares (wearing blue), his former wife Dr. Vicky Belo, and daughter Crystal Henares.

Thanks for the memories NU 107. The music will live on. Padayon!

(Click this link to watch the whole video on YouTube)

Source: youtube.com

A Recognition for the King of Comedy
Most of got pissed when veteran comic artist and hardcore massacre director Carlo J. Caparas was included to receive the National Artist Award last year. Numerous protests and petitions stormed the former administration after making that decision. And most of us asked, “How about the Comedy King?”.
Throw your worries away for the present Administration has recently recognized the Comedy King for his contributions.

President Aquino confers the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart upon actor-comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon on Monday, November 8, 2010, at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace, in recognition of the King of Comedy’s philanthropy and significant contributions to Philippine cinema and television.

The Comedy King deserves this recognition. I just hope that he will be included on the next list of National Artists.
Maraming salamat sa pagpapasakit ng aming tiyan Mang Dolphy! 

A Recognition for the King of Comedy

Most of got pissed when veteran comic artist and hardcore massacre director Carlo J. Caparas was included to receive the National Artist Award last year. Numerous protests and petitions stormed the former administration after making that decision. And most of us asked, “How about the Comedy King?”.

Throw your worries away for the present Administration has recently recognized the Comedy King for his contributions.

President Aquino confers the Grand Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart upon actor-comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Vera Quizon on Monday, November 8, 2010, at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace, in recognition of the King of Comedy’s philanthropy and significant contributions to Philippine cinema and television.

The Comedy King deserves this recognition. I just hope that he will be included on the next list of National Artists.

Maraming salamat sa pagpapasakit ng aming tiyan Mang Dolphy! 

Source: gov.ph

107 Candles for NU 107: The Last Goodbye

It’s all over. NU 107 has bid us goodbye last midnight. Philippine radio has changed forever with this sudden move. No more home of nu rock for us. No more In the Raw. No more Rock Ed Radio. And no more radio station that inspired a whole generation to be a rock star.

Most of us, or most of us who cared, tuned in last night during the last dying hours of the station. Station Manager Chris Hermosisima was the last one to take the microphone. After thanking God, his family, and his boss Atom Henares, he reminded everyone to “disperse quietly” before calling off for the last time the NU 107 station ID.

And “Ang Huling El Bimbo” by the Eraserheads was the last song to be played by the station for the “longest running and best rock and roll station.”

This video is the last 10 minutes of the station as seen just outside the booth. It has a better quality than this one which was posted earlier at Pinoy Tumblr.

So long NU 107. Thanks for the memories. Padayon!

Eulogy for NU107: There is a Light That Never Goes Out
 

The inevitable has come. NU 107, my source of rock music, my partner during my toxic lamay nights at work, the radio station that gave me Rock Ed Radio, will finally bid us goodbye.
I admit, you are not my first love. I am a Campus Radio 97.1 WLSFM kid. I am a sucker of John Hendrix and Triggerman’s Daily Top 20 at 12. But you were always there, waiting for me to change the dial of my radio whenever the other stations have had enough of cheesy and overrated pop songs.
I hate goodbyes. I don’t even know how to begin with.
I’ll just let Lourd de Veyra do the honors for me.
So long NU 107. Thanks for the memories. You will forever be remembered. 

…This is - was - NU107, the Home of New Rock. Referring to it in the past tense still saddens me. I, too, used to have issues with its playlist, though very few and middling; thanks to the fog of years (and the onset of the mist of wisdom, whatever that means). But the fact it was the only one of its kind on the airwaves. It’s the only one with the balls to hang on to an all-rock playlist for the past 23 years. It is narrow-minded to regard it as the “mainstream” or “establishment”—in an industry where it is too tempting to play Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Every time it decides to stick to playing something with a power chord it is not making money. It’s been a corporate social responsibility for far too long. Sooner or later it would inevitably kowtow to fundamental realities—the economics of advertising revenues, changing demographic, competition from new technology, etc . Neil Young said it’s better to burn out than fade away. Twenty three years is definitely a noble run.
Talk has it that the station will be taken over by the same company that operates Energy FM—which imposed on the national consciousness the phrases “Hi Panga!” “Joke, joke, joke,” and “Meh ganun?!!” Look, I’m rock and roll, but this is just too rock and roll for me. To those about to rock, we salute you, but good luck finding a place in the airwaves that’ll  play your stuff.
(Read the whole Article on Spot.PH)

Eulogy for NU107: There is a Light That Never Goes Out

The inevitable has come. NU 107, my source of rock music, my partner during my toxic lamay nights at work, the radio station that gave me Rock Ed Radio, will finally bid us goodbye.

I admit, you are not my first love. I am a Campus Radio 97.1 WLSFM kid. I am a sucker of John Hendrix and Triggerman’s Daily Top 20 at 12. But you were always there, waiting for me to change the dial of my radio whenever the other stations have had enough of cheesy and overrated pop songs.

I hate goodbyes. I don’t even know how to begin with.

I’ll just let Lourd de Veyra do the honors for me.

So long NU 107. Thanks for the memories. You will forever be remembered. 

…This is - was - NU107, the Home of New Rock. Referring to it in the past tense still saddens me. I, too, used to have issues with its playlist, though very few and middling; thanks to the fog of years (and the onset of the mist of wisdom, whatever that means). But the fact it was the only one of its kind on the airwaves. It’s the only one with the balls to hang on to an all-rock playlist for the past 23 years. It is narrow-minded to regard it as the “mainstream” or “establishment”—in an industry where it is too tempting to play Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Every time it decides to stick to playing something with a power chord it is not making money. It’s been a corporate social responsibility for far too long. Sooner or later it would inevitably kowtow to fundamental realities—the economics of advertising revenues, changing demographic, competition from new technology, etc . Neil Young said it’s better to burn out than fade away. Twenty three years is definitely a noble run.

Talk has it that the station will be taken over by the same company that operates Energy FM—which imposed on the national consciousness the phrases “Hi Panga!” “Joke, joke, joke,” and “Meh ganun?!!” Look, I’m rock and roll, but this is just too rock and roll for me. To those about to rock, we salute you, but good luck finding a place in the airwaves that’ll  play your stuff.

(Read the whole Article on Spot.PH)

Source: spot.ph

Grieving Protesta of Yourself Wednesday (GPOYW)
They said it’s official. NU 107 is to change format from being all-rock to mainstream pop on Sunday, November 7, 2010. If you have been listening to NU this week, you may have noticed that jocks and radio shows are already saying their goodbye to their loyal listeners.
And this is what I found on one of the posts of Quark Henares, NU DJ and son of station owner Atom Henares:


I am grieving because radio will forever be changed with this sudden turn. I am in protest since NU 107 has been my source if new rock songs for years and none will replace the awesomeness of NU 107.
But the inevitable has to happen. We just have to accept it.
Thanks NU 107 for the memories. You will forever be remembered. Rock on!
This is an old photo dating back to 2008. I just decided to revive it for my GPOYW and to express my sentiments.

Grieving Protesta of Yourself Wednesday (GPOYW)

They said it’s official. NU 107 is to change format from being all-rock to mainstream pop on Sunday, November 7, 2010. If you have been listening to NU this week, you may have noticed that jocks and radio shows are already saying their goodbye to their loyal listeners.

And this is what I found on one of the posts of Quark Henares, NU DJ and son of station owner Atom Henares:

I am grieving because radio will forever be changed with this sudden turn. I am in protest since NU 107 has been my source if new rock songs for years and none will replace the awesomeness of NU 107.

But the inevitable has to happen. We just have to accept it.

Thanks NU 107 for the memories. You will forever be remembered. Rock on!

This is an old photo dating back to 2008. I just decided to revive it for my GPOYW and to express my sentiments.

Will Ferrell and Manny Pacquiao sing “Imagine”

Most of us know that our Pambansang Kamao Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao loves multi-tasking. He is a boxer, a Congressman, an artista, a basketball player, a reserved officer of the military, and ugh, a singer and a recording artist. And most of us are just okay with that fact.

Coming November 13 (14 in the Philippines), Manny Pacquiao will face Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the WBC Junior Middleweight Championship. If Pacman will be lucky to beat Margarito, he will again make history by winning 8 world titles in 8 different divisions. 

And we know that aside from his boxing training, Manny Pacquiao has been doing a lot of side trips and activities. He endorsed a US Senator Harry Reid, recorded a new version of “Sometimes When We Touch” with composer Dan Hill, and just recently, guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live and sang “Imagine” with Will Ferrell.

We know that he is doing his best on his training but in my opinion, he should just focus on his upcoming fight and avoid these showbiz-y activities.

I wonder how Filipinos will react if he lose this important and big fight. Will they blame Politics and the curse of being a Congressman? Blame showbiz? We don’t know. Filipinos have a lot to say on every issue.

On the Grill: Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo
The plagiarism issue against Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo seems to have not died at all after the Baranggay elections and will still haunt us for a few more weeks. We have yet to find an answer to his first plagiarism issue but now, another alleged plagiarism issue is putting the Supreme Court Associate Justice in hot water.
The latest alleged plagiarism issue involves the “Ang Ladlad” decision.
Read the article and it’s for you to decide my dear friends.
(Read the whole article about the “another plagiarism issue” here.)
I decided to include a little information about him from the Official Website of the Supreme Court for us to know him better. And because I cannot find a good picture of the Associate Justice.

On the Grill: Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo

The plagiarism issue against Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo seems to have not died at all after the Baranggay elections and will still haunt us for a few more weeks. We have yet to find an answer to his first plagiarism issue but now, another alleged plagiarism issue is putting the Supreme Court Associate Justice in hot water.

The latest alleged plagiarism issue involves the “Ang Ladlad” decision.

Read the article and it’s for you to decide my dear friends.

(Read the whole article about the “another plagiarism issue” here.)

I decided to include a little information about him from the Official Website of the Supreme Court for us to know him better. And because I cannot find a good picture of the Associate Justice.

Source: juanrepublic


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