Tuesday, November 3, 2009

EMO-CHECK: 80'S Flashback Attack


I remember when I was a kid - back when I was about 9 or 10 years old - when I was still in grade school and those days when I could go home early because of a half-day schedule. I was usually alone in the house because all else was either in school or in work. I would usually eat my lunch, open the T.V. set (while still on my uniforms) and start to browse on channels looking for a cartoon available on an early afternoon slot maybe - and sad to say, they weren't available not until 3 or 4pm. There were these usual noontime shows from 3 or 4 networks back then like Eat Bulaga from channel 2, Lunch Date from channel 7, and two other programs I seem to forget the titles and hosts as well. Then there were this vintage movies from Sampaguita pictures where you see the younger versions of Miss Nida Blanca, Susan Roces, Fernando Poe Jr., Eddie Gutierrez, and the comedy king, Dolphy on his funny antics. In shear sadness, I would usually open the VHS to watch a movie of taped episodes of Tom and Jerry or the Mickey mouse series or may be go outside and wait for my friends to come home to play.

After spending sometime to those channels which finally placed me in complete boredom, I found this program which featured mushy classic 80's music playing on ABC channel 5. So during the first time I sat down with it, I heard Chaka Kahn singing '"Through the Fire" with that all electrified voice and 'hair' as well. Then there's The Jets singing "Cross my Broken Heart' while doing a weird dance steps and Swing Out Sister with "Am I the same girl" . Suddenly, without any history of love into music, I was glued to it unknowingly. Sooner than later, I was already singing along to the sounds of James Ingram, Rick Astley, Madonna, Peter Cetera, Air Supply and many more just to name a few. On my sessions with this program, there's this band I heard, Toto.

The first song I heard from the band was I'll Be over You, and after that I felt this good rhythm inside me that connected with it. This song has two versions, one where you can hear lead singer Steve Lukather on lead vocals and the other version wherein Michael McDonald doing a second voice. The second version was way better and heavier. Toto was known for their light rock or progressive rock notes on their first two albums, they had started venturing on pop music at this time, and this was the first pop song they've done that hit the charts. Since then I figured, they were like music gods I may say. They were able to combine rock, pop, funk, jazz and r & b at the same time. This music video that was shot on a roof top delivered a good vibe. It was all good. Then and then ,everyday after I came home from school, this program has become one of my personal favorites and I always wait for a Toto song to be played.

It's really funny, because one night I found myself and my sister waiting for our dad to sleep while we were watching T.V. He was like the boss of the remote control and we didn't had the chance to choose any channels when he was around. I was waiting for a Toto special to be aired that night for their long-awaited concert here in our Republic. It was an agitating moment as the program was to start at 10:30 PM and it was like just few minutes and our dad was already asleep at the couch....still holding the remote. Grrr! Then I noticed my sister, fixing the VCR for reasons I didn't know then, She turned it on, placed some old VHS tape then manually changed the channel (Why didn't I think of that?). Then whoala! The Toto special! We were both waiting for the special and all along, both of us didn't know that we like Toto. The program started with the album logo of a an inverted spear or sword surrounded by different stones. Then the first song played was "Hold the Line". We both watched the show while recording it on the VCR while our dad was sleeping. Because of my child-body strength, I never had the chance of finishing the special for I too dose down to sleep while sitting on the sofa.

Song after song, I had become a fan. From "I'll be over you" to "Rosanna" then to "Pamela" and etc. I was enjoying my youth with this band and their type of music. They were like pop stars on rock star bodice. Nevertheless, I enjoyed their song. I never had the chance on seeing them live because I was too young then. I was all into their CD (which I lost then) and to radio and t.v. replays.

Presently, the band has been on mini concerts and word tours. Their songs are continually being played on radios and sang at bars and resto's here in Manila. They even had a place on the 80's folder of my mp3. For more information regarding the band follow the link below.


Friday, October 2, 2009

EMO-CHECK: 80's Flashback Attack


September 1, 1957) is a Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer and songwriter. She is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide, 26.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards, placing her among the most successful crossover performers in Latin music to date.

Early life and family
Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo was born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, to Jose and Gloria Fajardo. Her mother's father Leonardo Garcia emigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain where he married a woman from Logroño, Spain. The family fled to Lafayette, Indiana, during the Cuban Revolution. A few years after they moved, Jose joined the US military during the Vietnam War. Her father had been a Cuban soldier and bodyguard of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Career in singing

1984-1988: The Miami Sound Machine

In 1989, after the worldwide chart success of single "Anything For You", her Let it Loose album was repackaged as Anything For You. It became the band's first UK #1 album, selling over a million copies. It was the biggest selling album of the year in The Netherlands, staying at #1 for 22 weeks. The album also took top honors in Australia and Canada, launching Estefan to superstar status.

1990: Cuts Both Ways and tour bus accident

1991-1992: Into The Light and The Greatest Hits

1994-1995: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me and Abriendo Puertas

1996-1997: Summer Olympics and Destiny

1998: Back to dance: Gloria!

1999: "Music of My Heart"

2000-2002: Alma Caribeña and Greatest Hits Volume II

2003-2004: Unwrapped

2005: Mash-up hit with Mylo and the tributes

2006: Compilations and the UK promo tour

2008-Present: Idol Gives Back, 90 Millas World Tour and other presentations

Upcoming Projects
Estefan is currently working on two new albums to be released soon: The first is a Christmas album which is not known yet if would be a Spanish or English-language Christmas album, the second is a new studio-album which is a collection of American-standards as she is continuing to write songs for other artists

Career outside of singing

Film and television appearances

In addition to her singing career, Estefan has appeared in two movies, Music of the Heart (1999) and For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000). Estefan made a cameo appereance with her husband Emilio Estefan Jr. on the smash-box office hit Marley & Me in 2008, her first movie role since 2000.

She is cast to star she asdafsdgtrj wbh. as Connie Francis, a U.S. pop singer of the 1950s and early 1960s, in Who's Sorry Now?, based on Francis’ life. Filming began in late 2008, according to Parade Magazine (March 23, 2008). Estefan, in an interview with www.allheadlinenews.com, stated the film will be released in 2009.

Estefan has made occasional television appearances as well. She appeared in the ABC television special Elmopalooza, which aired February 20, 1998, in which she sang the song "Mambo, I, I, I." In April 2004, Estefan appeared on the Fox Broadcasting Company’s program, American Idol, but she declined an offer to be an official judge, saying she does not like to "judge" others.[citation needed]


Estefan has written two children's books: The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog (2005) and Noelle's Treasure Tale (2006). The latter book spent a week at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller list for children's books.

She also collaborated on a cookbook with her husband entitled Estefan Kitchen, which was published in 2008. It contains 60 traditional Cuban recipes.

Other business ventures
The Cardozo hotel on Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach, Florida

Gloria and Emilio Estefan also own a number of business establishments, including seven Cuban-themed restaurants (Bongos Cuban Café). The restaurants are located in Miami; Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, part of the American Airlines Arena; Disney World’s Downtown Disney in Orlando; Mexico City; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They also own two hotels: the Costa d'Este in Vero Beach which opened in 2008, and The Cardozo in Miami Beach.

Gloria Estefan was appointed to the board of directors for Univision Communications Inc. in 2007, according to Hispanic Market Weekly. The Estefans' estimated net worth as of 2007 was approximately $500 million, according to an article in People En Espanol magazine (February 2007).

In June 2009, Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, bought a "very small" ownership stake in the Miami Dolphins.

Personal life

Gloria became romantically involved with the Miami Sound Machine's band leader , Emilio Estefan, in 1976. She and Emilio married on September 1, 1978. They have a son, Nayib (born September 2, 1980) and a daughter, Emily Marie (born December 5, 1995). The family lives in the exclusive Star Island section of Miami Beach, Florida.


In addition to her seven Grammys, Estefan has received a number of other awards. In May 1993, she received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest award that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen.[citation needed] She has won the Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two cable television ACE Awards and the 1993 National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award. The singer is the recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her husband, Emilio, a world-renowned music impresario, received a star adjacent to his wife’s on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

Estefan holds an honorary doctoral degree in music from the University of Miami, awarded in 1993. In 2002, Barry University in Miami bestowed upon her an honorary law degree. Along with her husband, Emilio, Estefan received an honorary doctoral degree in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2007. She also delivered the commencement address to the 2007 graduating class.

In 2002, she received the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Medallion of Excellence for Community Service. The singer was Musicares Person of the Year in 1994. Gloria also founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose goal is to help those with spinal cord injuries.

She has been honored twice by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1992, she served as a public member of the United States Delegation to the 47th General Assembly to the United Nations.

She was awarded "Person of the Year" at the Latin Grammy Awards in a ceremony aired in November 2008, in recognition of her twenty-five year singing career. She is the first female singer to receive this award.She also received a Latin Grammy for "Best Traditional Tropical Album" for 90 Millas, and a Latin Grammy for "Best Tropical Song" for her single, "Píntame De Colores". This marked the first occasion for Estefan to ever win a Grammy award for a song (either Latin or non-Latin).

On March 12, 2009 she was honored by the BMI Foundation with the "BMI Icon" award.The award was previously given to other singers such as Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Phillip Larue - Found

Such a Nice song...wala akong makitang official video...but it's all good!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Lunchout @ Kenny Roger's in Robinsons

Ice Cream galor with housemates @ Midtown

Last day of Physician's Licensure Exam @ UE Recto, Manila

Metro Interns Group jump @ Metro Roof Top

Metro Interns during group picture-taking @ Conference Hall

Radio Rotators (w/ Kleng) @ Metro Radio Department CT Scan

Part two soon to come.....

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yam Laranas: Patient X

Heart and Richard

Starting now....set go

Sunday, August 16, 2009

G.I Joe - Movie After the Boards










Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hillsong - Worthy is the Lamb

Last Sunday which coincides with the celebration of Father's Day, we had plans of treating our father for lunch. The treat includes bringing him along our Sunday worship which we decided in CCF in Ortigas. It had been a rough morning prior to the treat for we siblings had fought and the plan had almost not went into play. You see how the devil makes way to destroy God's plan for my father. Many knows my father is still not a believer - not a born again christian. This has been with our deepest and fervent prayer for so many years and it has been our greatest burden especially that he is becoming older and time is of no assurance for him.

I will not go on to details of what happened during the fight but after that I don't know what happened but God's intervention was there. My dad was unaware that prior to the lunch, we were going to CCF for a service. You can see the excitement in his eyes. When we were already at the building, I knew my Father already had the idea. Most of the time he would walk-out or stay somewhere else. But this time he didn't. He stayed inside, with us. Our family was complete except for my sister's husband. The praise and worship started and it really felt different especially that my dad was there. It completes an empty love in my heart that I cannot explain. A family complete, attending the church. It has been years since we had that(when we were still in the Spiritism religion, when I was like 6 or 7 years old). This very song was played, I felt so weak and I felt God's love embracing me. I saw our eldest sister crying so much and my mom was in awe of worship. I can't describe the feeling, to a minimum there was happiness and love surrounding me together with my family. I want to cry so much because we were complete that time. I know that my father will be joining us soon in our worship and be a genuine follower of Christ.

The lunch even brought more happiness. We ate at Burgoo in Podium. We were one happy family again. The one we used to be. When we were already on our way home, I don't want to depart from them and go back to our dorm. I felt so safe and happy that I figured how much I miss my family. Being away from them had been hard for me. Spending that Sunday with them made me felt less of an independent person and needing more of them. haha Sa lahat ng makakbasa nito...tama kayo. Isa akong madramang tao. Aminado naman. I won't deny it.

Thank You Lord for Your Love
Thank You Father
I love You Lord

See it First: Screen Caps from The Time Traveler's Wife

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

GMA Upcoming shows

Carla Abellana and Geoff Eigenmann

Marian Rivera

'Survivor Philippines Season 2'
Paolo Bendiones

'Stairway to Heaven'
Dingdong Dantes

'Full House'
Richard Gutierrez

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tired and All Tensed (Confessions of a Crazy Reviewee)

------------> One month and few more weeks...

------------> Nerves are tensed...
------------> Thresholds firing too much...
------------> Sodium channels open 24 hours...
------------> Inward current in a complete loop...
------------> Action potentials every 0.0003ms...

------------> 0.75Liters of coffee a day...
------------> Lesser carbs...
------------> Lesser fats...
------------> More CHONs...
------------> Gluconeogenesis...
------------> Glycogenolysis...
------------> Lipolysis...
------------> Pentose Phosphate Pathway...

------------> Watching movies in between...
------------> Light stimuli on my eyes...
------------> Pigmented layer traversed...
------------> Photoreceptors packed...
------------> External Limiting membrane traversed...
------------> Outer Plexiform layer electrified...
------------> Outer Nuclear layer electrified...
------------> Inner Plexiform layer electrified...
------------> Inner Nuclear layer electrified...
------------> Horizontal and Amacrine cells making conduits...
------------> Ganglion Cells charged...
------------> OPtic Nerve stimulated...
------------> Inner Limiting layer traversed...
------------> Nice films...

------------> Some weight-lifting in between...
------------> Biceps painful...
------------> Triceps numbed...
------------> Pectoralis major heavy...
------------> Linea alba and intersections your next...
------------> Gastrocnemius cramping...
------------> Down there just relax....not yet...haha...

------------> Sinung sira ulo?...
------------> Ako?...
------------> Ndi ah...
------------> Aral-aral muna...