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Hang the DJ February 9, 2010

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Music.

Well, I couldn’t think of any fitting comparison aside from what I have always thought: blogs are like bands. You create them, you spend time with them, you write entries like composing a song, you jazz them up with photos and widgets like arranging a symphony, and in the end you tell your friends about it.

In short, it’s an endeavor—an attempt—a musical project like Spencer Krug’s Moonface or Raimund Marasigan’s Squid 9. Most of them are “solo” efforts, complete with a cool moniker, like Zachary Condon’s Beirut, Karin Andersson’s Fever Ray, or Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver; or “side” projects, like Ben Gibbard’s Postal Service, Jack White’s Dead Weather, or Dave Grohl’s Them Crooked Vultures. But in essence, it’s all about finding the right outlet for things, finding the right group to fit in, and finding the right people to collaborate with.

And that’s what makes the third blog all the more exciting. If I may say it in the vernacular, Kalebel niya ang Broken Social Scene sa pagiging collaborative! (Well I hope, in terms of quality too, hehe)

Yeah, I clap my hands and say yeah.

Hang the DJ‘s maiden issue is finally out. Album and track reviews from pop to hip-hop, from indie to R&B, from American Idol to SXSW, and from old releases to the new: they’re here. Featuring contributions from Faye Balanon, Thor Balanon, Rex Baylon, Richard Bolisay, Dodo Dayao, Ayn Marie Dimaya, Megan Diño, Glenn Ituriaga, Je Lapegera, Julius Maraya, Andrea Nicola, Monchito Nocon, Oliver Ortega, KZ Otarra, Kate Pedroso, Frances Mae Ramos, Juno Barbra Streisand, RM Topacio-Aplaon, Leo Ray Valencia, and Janina Vistan.


* Images courtesy of Megan Diño



1. bonjourjb - February 9, 2010

I love the icons. I also noticed the lime has a 3/4 already! Haha that’s so cool! Pinaghirapan mo talaga yun ano?

2. Richard Bolisay - February 9, 2010

That’s specially made for Bleeding Love since it’s average is 2.8. Hehe for fun lang. Hope you liked the site. :)

3. Oggs Cruz - February 9, 2010

I love it!

4. Richard Bolisay - February 9, 2010

Thanks Oggs, you contribute too!

5. Christopher Gozum - February 9, 2010

Dear esteemed editors,
Kindly publish this press release about Anacbanua, the first full-length feature film in the Pangasinan language. Or you may want to base your write-up on it. The film will be screened on February 24, 2010 at 7 pm at UP Film Center, Cineadarna in Diliman, Quezon City. Thank you.
Erwin S. Fernandez

Award-winning Pangasinan film to be screened at UP

The U.P. Subol in cooperation with the Sine Caboloan and the Ulupan na Pansiansia’y Salitan Pangasinan (UPSP) [Association for the Preservation of the Pangasinan Language] will screen for the first time in Metro Manila the award-winning Anacbanua (The Child of the Sun), the first full-length digital feature film in the Pangasinan language with English subtitles, on February 24, 2010, 7 pm at the Cine Adarna, U.P. Film Center, U.P. Diliman in Quezon City.

Written, produced, directed, and edited by Pangasinan filmmaker Christopher Gozum, the experimental film won the Digital Lokal Lino Brocka Grand Prize as well as the Digital Lokal Best Director Award during the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival in October 2009.

Using the Pangasinan poetry of Santiago Villafania, Erwin Fernandez and Melchor Orpilla and Pangasinan oraciones as well as the ancient Calatagan pot script as voice-over narration, Anacbanua is a story of an exiled Western-educated Umaanlong (poet) who, suffering from an unknown illness, decides to return to Pangasinan, the land of his birth. Upon his return, he encounters the Musia (muse) who would seek the cure to his illness. While in half-sleep, the uprooted poet would meet the Ogaw (child) who would guide him in his cosmic immersion testing him in the ways of the fermented fish sauce, butchered livestock, burned metal rods, molded clay and the baked bricks leading him to finally reclaim his primal connection to the water (danum), land (uma) and his people (katooan). Upon surviving the series of tests, the poet would return to the real world ready to offer himself towards the cultural renaissance of his own people; thus, he would become one with the Musia (muse).

Coinciding with the UP Diliman Arts and Culture Month, the screening will be preceded by the showing of another prize-winning Gozum short experimental film in the Pangasinan language, the Surreal Random MMS Texts para ed Ina, Agui, tan Kaamong ya Makakailiw ed Sika: Gurgurlis ed Banua (Surreal Random MMS Texts for a Mother, a Sister and a Wife Who Longs for You: Landscape with Figures), which won for the filmmaker the Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema during the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival in 2008.

Founded in 1975, the U.P. Subol is an organization of UP students from Pangasinan promoting Pangasinan culture in the university. Founded in 2007 by filmmaker Christopher Gozum, the Sine Caboloan is a film production company committed to producing independent digital feature films about the Pangasinan region and its people in the homeland and in the diaspora. Established in 2000, the Ulupan na Pansiansia’y Salitan Pangasinan, the only literary organization promoting the Pangasinan language, aims to create a pool of creative writers in various genres: poetry, essay, creative fiction as well as creative non-fiction. The gathering of these three organizations presages the exciting revitalization and development of Pangasinan culture in the years to come.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, please contact Ana Asperin at 0916 472 6097 0916 472 6097 or e-mail Erwin Fernandez at win1tree@yahoo.com.

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