Thursday, September 26, 2013

rock supremo


Rock Supremo is part of Ballet Philippines’ 44th Season "IllumiNATION". 

This show is a marriage of rock and ballet. It is a modern way to illustrate the concealed life of the Katipunan's Supremo. 

Simply ground breaking. 

I was able to watch this show because my good friend offered to buy me a discounted ticket thru Groupon. Since I don’t have any plans for my own “Tues-Wed weekend off” I opted to watching it. Got the ticket in half the price.  The show was held at GSIS Theatre.

This is history lesson made fun. It talks about Andres Bonifacio’s aspirations and dreams as a young man. It is a three-part dance using rock songs which include the music of Radioactive Sago Project , Rico Blanco, Sandwich and others. 

I was so amazed on how the dancers portrayed their roles with passion. From start to finish, their enthusiasm never fades. I wonder where they got their energy. I cannot forget the part when they were already up on stage doing the stretching exercises while waiting for the exact time to start the show. I wonder if they intentionally did it.

I was stunned all throughout the show. Their dance routine rendered me speechless. Their sequence of steps are amazing. They acted so well and I felt the emotions. I was totally  swept away.

Two thumbs up for this..!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

be cool in bicol

I remember when I was still a grader in school. Whenever my teacher in Arts class asked us to draw something, like freestyle, I always find myself drawing a mountain, the one with a perfect cone, plus the clouds above, with some birds flying, and the rice field below of course. There were times when  two coconut trees were also exposed on the right side of the paper. The funny thing was, almost half of the class drew the same thing. As I grew older, I learned that there was a mountain/volcano which can be found here in the Philippines called Mayon Volcano. From that day on, I promised myself I will visit that place and will find a good spot where I can draw or paint  that famous landscape. 

I've been there 3 times already. Each visit was always memorable. The excitement was always there. However, I didn't paint or draw. I only took photos.

There are 5 ways to have a good view of Mayon Volcano.

1. Window seat. If you will commute and take a bus, make sure you take the window seat on the driver’s side. You are sure to enjoy a really good view of Mayon Volcano

2. Head to Cagsawa Ruins - it has an awesome view with rice fields on the foreground. Year 1814, Mayon Volcano erupted and buried the Cagsawa Catholic Church, what was left was the uppermost portion of its belfry, It was a ghastly reminder of the volcano's wrath.

3. Lignon Hill - it's a steep climb to get to Lignon Hill. A great exercise, jog or walk to the top. Along the way, you'll see Japanese Tunnel, Kapit Tuko Trail and Hanging Bridge. On the viewing deck at the top, you'll see overlooking Legazpi City on one side and Mt. Mayon on the other side. Witness the wonderful view of the vocano and the waves splashing on the ocean shore.

4. Embarcadero de Legaspi - it's not like the usual malls. It's by the sea, so you can feel the refreshing breeze. It is surrounded with different bars and restaurants. A good way of drinking beer with a good ambiance, and a breathtaking view of Mayon volcano.

5. Trek to Mayon Volcano. I haven't tried it so I can't write about it.

NEVERTHELESS, this hyperactive, perfect cone shaped volcano is visible from many parts of Legazpi City any time of the day.  When you arrive or leave Legazpi, Mayon Volcano is the first and last thing you'd see.

Friday, September 20, 2013

stoned on PHOTOgraphy . . . ! reloaded.

I remember when I was a kid, I enjoyed looking at the old photos of my grandma. They were in sepia and black and white. I found it very interesting . My grandma always had stories to tell in every piece of photos she showed. It is her way of documenting life. Photos bring back memories. 

Aside from all the portrait photos that my grandma kept, She was also into collecting postcards. I noticed that during the 50’s , 60s and the 70s, people loved to send photos of the places they have been. And those postcards caught my attention.

I thought then that it would also be better to send photos to friends showing yourself and the background of the place where you’ve been. Not just the usual landscape photos without the people in it. 


Time passed, I am just like my grandma. I collect pictures, however, those were taken by me, myself and I.

There was a time when I gave a birthday  present to a friend of mine. it was a scarf and I used a small wallet size print of my JAPOLogy sunset photo as a greeting card. My friend loved the scarf, moreover she said  she loved the sunset photo and wished I could give her a bigger copy of that, big enough to hang on her wall. I obliged.

Since then, I started giving JAPOLogy photos as gifts. No other material items, just photos.
And I am glad they love my gifts.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

da bomb baler

Surfing has given me a great feeling of adventure and adrenaline rush.  I made friends with some of the surfers back in La Union and I learned that there are a lot of other surfing spots that can be found in our country. One of them is Baler.

The dudes I met talked so much about Baler for it is widely known  for  its juicy waves. I became so curious and I right away made plan to visit the place so I can of course catch the tides  and do beach bumming as well. I also enjoy watching the mega-rippers doing the moves.

As an ace traveler, my sole purpose of going to Baler is to ride the surfboard. Every time I get to ride, I become so aggro, hoping to become a bad ass.  I have visited the town about 3 times. However, the last time I went there, the sea was flat. Waveless. I couldn't complain because it was the month of May and I knew before going there that the chance of getting a good swell is so slim.

That time, I decided to just bum around , grab some beer and read ebook on my kindle fire along the beach side while lying on my Lagu beach blanket. However, a local approached me and suggested I explore Baler's other attractions - history trail and eco trip. I availed of the latter. I  was so amazed when i saw the other beaches , islets and falls plus the famous  Balete tree. 

The eco tour was a feast in the eyes. What a good way to kill time.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

windows and doors

windows allow us to see . . .

and witness

the exciting world outside

they excite our senses 

and  . . . arouse our curiousity.

windows lead us to the door,
entice us to go outside and explore.

On the other hand . . .

doors tease us 

offer a lot of possibilities. 

promise exciting things for us to see.

doors let us realize that the world is waiting for us

just one small step is what is takes 

and we will all be free.
                      -japol  orona

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