Friday, June 16, 2017

The ill-fated SKALAWAGS REUNION

The Ill-fated Skalawags Reunion was a most successful event that went sour when a retarded band member went mental or menopausal whatever it was on gig day! But the gig went ok despite despite despite... Lesson learned!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Ang aking alaala sa skalawags

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Noong late 80s, ako ay guro sa St. Scholastica’s College at nakatira sa isang maliit na boarding house sa Leon Guinto. Nakilala ko ang isang kapwa Lasalista na si Edwin Aguilar na nakatira sa katabing boarding house at kami ay naging magkaibigan. Siya ang nagpakilala sa akin sa tropa nila Bonglennon, Raymond Sanchez, Ompong at Nonong at nagkaisa kaming bumuo ng banda.
Noong  panahon na iyon, ang banda ko na Insurgency ay nagkahiwalay hiwalay na dahil sa aming mga kanya kanyang trabaho. Sa totoo lang, wala akong alam noon sa ska at punk music lang naman talaga madalas kong pakinggan, pero sila nag orient sa akin sa ska. So nakita ko na hindi masasayang ang mga sinulat kong mga kanta para sa insurgency dahil sa skalawags na ito mapupunta. (Although as fate would have it, magkakahiwahiwalay rin naman pala kami dahil magiging Tropical Depression sila lahat, hahaha, pero at least na irecord naming ang Thank you America under Musika)

Masakit yung yugto na iyon at di kami nag usap usap ng matagal. Si Domeng, two years mahigit bago ko kinausap at si Chikoy pinangaralan ako na ang banda ay hindi kasal. Hehe

So immediately after the break up, pinorma ko ang Marginals at tumagal kami ng mahigit limang taon on and off…. Ang unang album na insecurities ay na release under Aquarius records and Tapes at ang pangalawang album na Balang Araw ay unreleased. Nakaikot pa rin naman kami sa eksena… sa dredd at mayric’s pero never kaming nagkakatagpo ng mga dating skalawags sa tugtugan.  Ika nga nila ay iniiwasan ako noon ni Domeng. Hehe  Naging active din ang Marginals sa local punk scene… dun sa rock a punk series and Angry Young bands compilation tapes.

I would move on to normal jobs and even odd jobs para suportahan ang nanay kong may sakit noon, pero di ko iniwan ang paggawa ng mga kanta… later nung maulila ako, nahilig ako sa tech side ng music para makapag produce ng mga kanta, nagtayo ng studyo-istudyuhan at nag produce ng walong album na personal, isa para sa kaibigang producer para sa bandang PRAXIS at tatlong album ng tatlong bandang alaga ko (Ang Bandang Alamat, Back Pipe, Asherdash) under sunset records. 128 songs total. hahaha

Paminsan minsan, pag may pagkakataon… nakakasalang sa mga tugtugan pero yun lang. Wala sa eksena, walang plano… 5 years ago, napadalas punta sa akin ni Domeng sa opisina … kasama si Edwin, minsan kasama si nonong at lennon. Later sya na lang… 3 years ago sinilip ko sng Jerks sa Tiendesitas and that’s it.

Sabi ko, this year is significant kasi mag 50 na ako so ano kaya magandang alaala bago ako matigok at nakita ko sa youtube ang reunion ng specials. Sabi ko it would be nice to reunite with skalawags… the band who was almost there… hahaha. And alas… isang araw, may bagong chat room sa messenger ko na skalawags ang name at binuo ni Edwin… so eto na. Wish it and it just might come true!

Ang skalawags, unlike other bands nowadays, wala kaming masyadong footprint… ang mayroon lang ay ang mga alaala ng mga nakapanuod sa amin sa marami naming mga nagging tugutugan. At iyon ang nakakatuwa, buhay pa ang mga lolo. Hahaha

So sa June 2, dalhin ang mga maintenance pills at tumungo sa B-side Makati para manuod sa mga Pilipinas Ska Bands… kasama syempre ang the SKALAWAGS.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The year that was …





2015… Oh damn. It all started rather sheepishly enough. My only worry at the time was not making the quota on my self-made business since the tragic accident of students the year before. It did not look bright at all.

The second of course was the state of my physical health that went rollercoaster the year before. Not that it had me worried though, I really don’t mind dying anyway. What was actually annoying was the pain that wasn’t even lethal to cause an early demise. It was just that, annoying!

I was however hoping that the New Year will usher in better things… fresh starts, new beginnings, renewed lust for life and relief from the regular pains of life. 

I got that and more… perhaps more than what I’ve bargained for.

So I learned this year a few more things that I thought I’ve known. I’ve learned that I should not over invest on any one thing… love, life, material shits, position etc. 

Over investment means a lot if you don’t have much to begin with. Or even if you do, the tendency will be to run down all that you have and be left with nothing. But then again, I’m not one who learns so fast and as the adage goes … So what?

So now it would seem that I’ve not learned so much this year… but then again, I know exactly what I’ve learned. And that is I will continue to invest… reinvest or even over invest on things that makes my life worthwhile. Sometimes I will be over frustrated, mildly frustrated, just a bit frustrated or not give a shit at all because that is who I am.

The lease on my life is short simply because my DNA says so. No amount of healthy living will extend it nor would I want it extended. 

This coming year I promise to love more and expect less, live more and hopefully be profoundly happier, give more and hope I did the right thing, but mostly strive to be a better person compared to the year that was… 

Always remember…. Leaders sacrifice…. Followers eat…. Morons think they are right….

Monday, June 15, 2015

winter is coming ...

That's how they express themselves North of Westeros... my all time favorite HBO series.

This means basically apprehension of the things to come, to expect uncertainty and could mean the likelihood of a gruesome end.

Well, it is that season of my life. WINTER IS COMING.

Friday, December 5, 2014

An insight on survival… and sustainability




Over the past several years, Amazing Show has been threatened by elements both designed and incidental to compromise our existence both as a family and as an institution. My institutional memory serves me well in knowing when and when not to worry about these elements.

When we made this theater way back, the plan was so ambitious that even I believed that there was only the slimmest of chances that we could pull this off and yet we did. Internal bickering, wannabe competitors and half-hearted stakeholders plagued our way in our path of sustainability. Threats real and virtual made us fearsome but nevertheless allowed us to be stronger as an entity.

Way back, I remember that I was offered a position in a competitor organization that made me cringe thinking of how it was too good to be true. And that was all it was… too good to be true. I remember that my reply to the offer was simply stating that if I sell myself, then I would just remain a commodity forever… someone who is for sale, someone who is up for grabs, someone waiting for the highest bid.

In hindsight, I am thankful of the choices I have made for they have proven themselves “proper”. The one who gave me the offer way back now lives in a heap of crap because he offered most everyone more than what he could give.

Several years ago, our most successful branch was challenged in a head on competition that led to the demise of the wannabe producer of shows. Two years later we are now once again being challenged by another and to that I say… Bring It On!!!

Although I recognize that this will bring a world of hurt to us, the challenge will allow us to better ourselves even further. We are not in our prime shape as of the moment making us vulnerable to such arrogant challenges and to this I say, neither are they.

Last I heard they have terminated the services of 20% of their workforce as did we last year on our 12th year. But come on… they’ve only operated a month or so…

A business is a business is a business… if you want to sink yourself into it then might as well sink on something you love. Might as well commit yourself to something you’re crazy about and for all intents and purposes might as well sink into something you know about… because otherwise you are in it for the wrong reasons.

To our Amazing Show Family… only WE can bring OURSELVES down. Competition can only threaten us. Our actions will ultimately decide our fate. Better ourselves and we shall once again taste the glory of what was once AMAZING!

For now, I will just be content watching the competition die a slow death.