Wednesday, April 27, 2011

what do you mean i can't ask them those questions?!

this morning i was part of the team that covered the tenth year anniversary of one radio station in our company. ours was the eighth of the ten call centers they were visiting as a way of celebrating their ten years in the business.

i don't particularly like the music they play at that station but i welcomed the opportunity to write about something as i hadn't in a while. besides, i always thought that the test of a good music lover was to always be open to all types of music, regardless of what you preferred to listen to and be able to appreciate it. the test of a good writer, i also thought, was that, you don't necessarily have to like what you write about. you just have to write. so today i tried to do both.

we were treated to free coffee and doughnuts. i even got a free cd and tickets to a movie. there's even this weird and funny story to the movie tickets. they were playing a game of bring me this and that and for every item to bring to DJ Jada, you were going to get tickets to the premiere of a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and the guy who played Cedric Diggory and more popularly, Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson. so of course, i didn't want to bring anything to the DJ. i love Robert, i'm into Brit guys, remember? i just don't like Twilight.

anyways, DJ Jada asks if anyone has a printed picture from the photo wall. which i have. so, even if i don't really like the movie i ran, and gave her my picture. i gave the movie tickets away to somebody else who might appreciate it more.

prior to today, we were asked to submit questions about the anniversary and the radio station, and since i was the radio station groupie (i will only admit to being a groupie to a radio station but not a band nyahaha), i prepared some of the questions in addition to the one prepared by our writers' guild POC. but they censored us. those were really interesting questions, apart from the regular how-did-you-start-in-radio and what-kind-of-music-do-you-like, both listen to and play. it's just disappointing considering radio and writing - these are media that proves we are now in the era of free speech, we've already gone past that stage where we hide because we're afraid that expression will mean our death.

i understand that that anniversary is not just for the benefit of the agents. well, it is, that's why they're celebrating it in our center. and i know that even if we were asked to write about the event and interview them, we were supposed to make it in such a way that the people "upstairs" will appreciate. it is still a company with policies after all. it just makes me sad.

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i am glad that like me, DJ Jada is also into rock music and shares my sadness over the reformatting of NU107 to, well, like every other crappy station on air right now.

it really needs to change, you know. there are a lot of class c and class d people out there and it's not our fault the government would rather keep our money in their pockets to send their kids to posh schools instead of educating everybody else. it's very depressing that what we hear on air makes up and represents what we are as a people. so many people fought and died to make this right available to all. the least we could do is not let them die in vain by playing crappy music on air with crappy DJs who hit on everyone who calls them on the radio.

of course you have to cater to a wider scope of the market. of course you have to level yourself with that of your listening public. but isn't it also YOUR responsibility to uplift them?

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i got this really nice picture of myself, though.  too bad they wouldn't let me keep the jacket.  i look so hot in it.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rio: romance according to Lionel Richie

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we saw the movie Rio today. it was very funny and colorful. my eyes hurt a bit, watching it in 3D, since there was so much color, but i enjoyed it.

Rio is the story of a Spix's macau named Blu, who as a young bird got taken out of captivity to be sold in the black market before he could learn how to fly. he gets adopted by a young girl, Linda, who keeps him to be her pet for the next fifteen years. Blu gets discovered by a Brazilian ornithologist, Tulio, who says that Blu needs to made with a female in order to preserve their specie. The female Spix's macau, Jewel, isn't too keen about the idea since she longs to escape to go back to the jungle. if she were a human being, she would be a strong-willed woman who doesn't need a man to give her strength and make her feel complete, so she kinda bullies Blu because she wants to escape. they get kidnapped by a bunch of smugglers and a sulphur-crested cockatoo, Nigel. they can't fly away since Blu doesn't know how to and they are chained together.

anyway, they eventually get reunited with each other (i obviously skipped a lot on the story telling - which means you should just go see it), Blu learns to fly, he saves Jewel, Tulio and Linda hook up. everybody lives happily ever after.

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Lionel Richie was a very big hit in the 70s and early 80s, having started with the Commodores and later on launching a solo career. some of his more memorable songs (most of which are just one-word titles) are Still (a ditty about a guy who can't get over his ex), Truly (the soundtrack to the early relationship between Gabby Concepcion and Janice De Belen before Gabby met Shawie), Three Times a Lady, All Night Long, The Only One and the overly used stalker song to woo women, Hello. strangely enough, the producers of the movie Rio used the song Say You, Say Me, also the song used for the movie White Nights. i can't recall what the lyrics are to the song, but the whole melody is very production number-ish, which is why it is so apt for the movie White Nights. i think that movie was a about a defecting ballet dancer. i can't remember anymore, it was a long time ago.

anyway, his songs, most of which are getting overused and rehashed by a bunch of newbies who want to get their fifteen minutes of fame, as Tulio from the movie Rio said, are really romantic. you can learn a lot about how to woo a woman (or stalk her, go figure) just by listening to his songs. nobody feels that passionately about love anymore to write that way, or if they are, the guys aren't singing to women anymore. they're singing to their fellow men.

i enjoyed the movie Rio immensely, especially because i watched it while two of my friends were having a spat at the time so the movie was a welcome relief and because it reminded me of the following:
1) there are too many independent women in the world but not too many men to step to their level. maybe there are men, we just haven't found them yet because they don't know how to fly;
2) i know now why my dad used to like Lionel Richie - seeing the movie sort of gave me better appreciation of the songs; and
3) we should not smuggle birds or cut down trees, which is their natural habitat. bad things happen to the weather.

Monday, April 04, 2011

they made it vig in my heart

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my friends and i went over the very-hard-to-find PETA theater to watch the musical Care Divas.  turns out, it's not that hard to find, after all. 

Care Divas is the story of five gay caregivers who moonlight as musical entertainers in the land of Israel. some of them lucky to have employers who care for them back but they live their lives mostly in fear, if not sadness or rejection. not only is it hard taking care of someone not your own flesh and blood, but you are always lonesome for the people who more often than not are just after the money you send them.

the music is really good and the story is sad but relevant. it shows how hard life can be living in another country, regardless of your sexual orientation. it shows that wherever you are, whoever and whatever you may be, we all want to be able to do something we love to do and earn money out of it so it doesn’t feel like working; we all just want to be loved.

my favorite characters are Chelsea (played magnificently by Melvin Lee) and Kayla (please be straight, Jerald Napoles). Chelsea is the light of the group, always smiling, always seeing the good things in life despite the hardships in the Middle East. he has had the good fortune of working for an old man who is not only kind to him as an employer, but acts as a teacher, guide, father. the old man even lets him off early so he can practice performing with his friends. Kayla, on the other hand, did not have a similar fate. after his contract ended with his former employer, he is forced to work as a domestic helper/caregiver since his new employer refuses to give him a formal contract. he always has to watch his back during curfew for fear of being caught until he finally gets deported.

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there are also the petty things that they deal with, like who gets to sing the lead part, what name to use as a group, who has a boyfriend. it just shows that wherever they may be, they always still feel the fear of being rejected for not being fully a woman. sometimes they feel more comfortable, more accepted in the foreign land than they do in their own country. and they miss home. all the difficulties, the fear, the pain, the cruelty, they endure just so they can send money back home. what’s sad is that, not all of us care here back home, we are only after the money.

aside from the star-studded audience and the really funny quips, the matinee show was very interesting. i hope to see it again.