SoM Video: Launch of Ateneo’s Online Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 10 - 2011

On the first day of the “Songs of Memory” international conference on epics and ballads at the Ateneo de Manila, the university launched the online version of its Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive. Here are videos of the official launch, with Professor Nicole Revel PhD walking us through the site. (The first part of the professor’s talk traced the historical developments in the study and preservation of Philippine epics and ballads, but it’s a long segment and I’m not certain if the sound quality is good enough, so not posting it yet.)

SoM Video: Ifugao Culture Sung Tradition

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 8 - 2011

The first video from the “Songs of Memory”  International Conference on Epics and Ballads is a talk given by Professor Rosario de Santos del Rosario Ph.D., entitled “Introduction to Ifugao Culture Sung Tradition”. The professor talks about aspects of Ifugao sung tradition that don’t receive as much attention as, say, the hudhud: songs like the liwliwa, lelle’, hehewwe, talidummay, and tulok, from the pre-hispanic songs to post-World War 2 songs.

“Songs of Memory” Epics Conference: Video Hub

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 8 - 2011


Two weeks ago, the Ateneo de Manila University hosted “Songs of Memory”, an international conference on epics and ballads (this is where the Ateneo’s online archive of Philippine epics and ballads was launched). Here’s how the official site describes the mission of the conference:

Songs of Memory seeks to make the Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive of the Ateneo de Manila University accessible to all. Preserving epics helps conserve Intangible Heritage, fosters pride of the self in cultural communities and in the nation, as a whole, and advances UNESCO’s emphasis on the conservation of Intangible Heritage.


I wasn’t able to attend all the talks/lectures, but I did manage to catch a few that may be of interest to Rocket Kapre readers, and anyone interested in the mythic heritage of the people of the Philippines. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting the videos I managed to take of the event. Each talk will be a separate post, but for greater convenience, this post will serve as an index to the videos.

Congratulations to the Ateneo and all those involved in “Songs of Memory” for what seems to have been a very succesful conference. Special thanks to Professor Calasanz for inviting me to attend the conference.

Songs of Memory Video Index

Discussion on the Writing Profession with Butch Dalisay

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 28 - 2011

Looks like there are quite a few events going down this Saturday. This one is for you budding writers out there (not necessarily of genre fic) and comes from Writer’s Block Philippines via a Facebook friend (thanks RE!):  Discussion on the Writing Profession with Butch Dalisay – “Everyone’s invited to a discussion on the WRITING PROFESSION with Butch Dalisay on January 29, 3 to 5 pm, at NBS Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Learn how to improve your craft and how to earn a living from writing with BBC’s Rico Hizon, award-winning film director Pepe Diokno and National Book Store’s Miguel Ramos. See you there!”

Hey Baby! – Gerry Alanguilan Signing Event at Sputnik

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 27 - 2011

Can’t really put it any better than Gerry does: “Save your money! Buy comics at Sputnik on January 29, 2011! Let me vandalize your stuff! You know you want to!” The event is at Sputnik at Cubao X and will be held this Saturday, January 29, from 9PM-2AM.

Sulyap Komiks Anthology: Signing and Meet and Greet at Powerbooks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 18 - 2011

Launched at last year’s Komikon, the Sulyap Komiks Anthology contains samples of the works of a handful of our most successful Philippine independent comics creators: Rommel Estanislao Jr., Macoy, Gio Paredes, Tepai Pascual, Mel Casipit, Josel Nicolas,  RH Quilantang, and Ian Olympia. The creators will have a pair of signings over the next 2 weeks: they’ll be at Powerbooks Greenbelt on January 22 from 4pm onwards, and Powerbooks Mall of Asia on January 29, also from 4pm. Free sketches and giveaways also await visitors, so do come down if you’re in the area.

[Image source: Flipgeeks]

Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal…Vack With A Vengeance

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 13 - 2011

Huzzah! (Or is that, hu-zsa?) It’s always good to hear that the Zsazsa Zaturnnah musical is back (from Feb 18 – March 13), and with a cast that includes Gabe Mercado as Didi. I caught the show way back during its second run, I think, and enjoyed it immensely, so I highly recommend it. Tickets tend to get grabbed up fairly quickly, so buy early if you’re interested. Here’s the official word from the CCP Tumblr:

Tanghalang Pilipino concludes its 24th Season with the power-packed return of its longest running, award-winning original musical comedy. Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal…Vack With A Vengeance – the production’s 7th run – will be staged at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philipines, on February 18 to March 13. The production is bound to wow the audience yet again and all the more with its brilliant, quirky, uninhibited ka-pow! PLUS an astounding new set design by Gino Gonzales, a powerhouse cast featuring Ms. Eula Valdez as Zsa zsa Zaturnnah; Ms Pinky Amador as Zaturnnah’s equally vonggacious nemesis, Queen Femina Suarestalla Baroux; the much anticipated new Dodong, the gorgeously hunky Rocky Salumbides; and more surprise elements incorporated into this year’s staging!

Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah is a powerful and voluptuous superheroine with glorious red hair and brawny physique, reminiscent of the DC Comics character Wonder Woman and the classic Filipino superhero Darna. The distinct difference is the sexuality of her alter ego Ada, who is an effeminate homosexual male. The proprietor of a small town beauty salon, Ada receives a huge spiky stone that, when ingested, physically transforms him into Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah – who will save the world from giant frogs, zombies, and intergalactic Amazons. The fictional comic book superheroine is created by Filipino comic illustrator and graphic designer Carlo Vergara. The character first appeared in the graphic novel, Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsa zsa Zaturnnah (The Spectacular Adventures of Zsazsa Zaturnnah), originally self-published in two parts in December 2002, and won a National Book Award in 2003.

The graphic novel was then adapted into a stage musical by Chris Martinez for Tanghalang Pilipino. With well renowned Vincent de Jesus spearheading lyrics, composition and musical direction; and award-winning director Chris Millado on board, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal never ceases to astonish its growing and diversifying audience from its first staging in 2006. This year, guests can once again expect to be taken another notch higher.

Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal…Vack With A Vengeance opens on February 18 and runs until March 13.

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