Category Archives: kanta

the ‘classical’ cellphones

what was your first cellphone?

na-kuwento ko na yata dati na unang cellphone namin was a ‘home phone’. think of it as a landline pero mobile handset ang gamit namin. our monthly bill was P120.00 for just calls and then it had its special area in the living room kasi doon lang siya may signal! it was an old motorola but i can’t remember the unit name. hehe. then came ‘texting’ and we had that bright green & blue Bosch mobile phone. then came Nokia which soon dominated the market.

one of the nice things about the ‘newer’ mobile phones then was you can choose your ringtone. and there weren’t just 4 or 5 of them. there were about 15 or 20 and you could even compose your own ringtone!

but most people, i think, don’t know that those ringtones you had on your old 5110 or 3210 actually came from classical pieces. they sound boring to you, for sure but have you wondered how they sound once played on an orchestra? or even just a string quartet? then watch this:

amazing diba?! hehe.

keep on clicking the “related videos” on youtube to listen and watch more of the amazing MozART Group. grabe sila… they’re so funny! and i prefer them to the technoclassical performers na sumikat (e.g. Bond and Maksim). i have nothing against them, really. ayoko lang yata talaga ng techno… or at least how they delivered the pieces. heheh.

Norton Common

that’ll be my band’s name. well, that’s according to this meme by OdH, a friend and fellow Rusher. 🙂 care to join in the meme? Here’s what you have to do:

1. Go to Wikipedia and click on “Random Article”. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to QuotationsPage and click on “Random Quotes”. The last few words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3. Go to and click on “Interesting photos from the last seven days”. The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover. And in case you decide to post the final product, even if we’re just doing this for fun, don’t forget to acknowledge whoever owns the original image!

4. Use Photoshop to put it all together.

5. And voila, you’ve got you band’s CD album cover!

** – Go to Randomlinks or click The first ten links you end up in (minus the .com’s) are your 10 song titles.

my results:


photo by youngsol on Flickr. i sorta ‘cheated’ because the previous images i got weren’t allowed to be downloaded but this pic was the first that was allowed for download so i took it. 🙂

Track list:

1. Stencil Revolution

2. Crunchable

3. I Ate Your Microphone (hmmm… parang kanta lang ng Mocha Girls!)

4. Avenue Entertainment

5. The First Twins

6. Inert Ramblings

7. Collective Zine

8. Lifestream

9. Seen World

10. No Commercial Potential


that was fun! hahaha…

one person

this is the second cry baby-related post and i don’t know why.

anyway, since i listen to Chico and Delamar every morning on the radio, i get to hear their quirky, bastos, and intelligent conversations through their top 10 everyday (i recommend you subscribe to their podcast). and when they talk about entertainment news to current events (usually on News@17 segment), i get updated on what’s going around on the net and on TV, and sometimes i Google the ones i was interested in.

and just this tuesday (i think), chico mentioned about katy perry being a guest on my all-time favorite children’s TV show Sesame Street! you all know i have a huge crush on her, right? 😀 so i just had to take a peek on youtube and found it cute but a bit awkward because of katy perry’s (over)acting… but that’s just my opinion. *sad*

wanting to go back to the old (and better) Sesame Street, i tried looking for the older video clips. but what i ended up watching were different videos of the muppets on the show — them and the real-life puppeteers on a stage in Jim Henson’s memorial service. and this just raised the level of respect i had for the cast and its creator even more. their talents and hearts will never be a match for Barney. if you’d like to know what i’m talking about, watch the videos below. there are a couple of more videos but i’ll let you search for them.

Magpatuloy magbasa one person

drawing inspiration and hope

ok, i’m admitting it — i’m a little cry baby deep inside. i’ve watched movies that brings my bladder to my eyes. even if they are just animated cartoons (not the “Sad Movies” song-type of situation), i still get emotional sometimes. and even more often, being emotionally overwhelmed by a song’s lyrics and message.

i’m not the really religious type or what some people say “sarado Katoliko” and still have liberal tendencies. i’m still “muddling through” everything. it’s a journey and i’m happy with it… though i must make clear that i still have my convictions. that being said, this post is about the song that brings me inspiration and hope — that another person and I will be “His again” together.

some of you may have seen it during Holy Week or Christmas way back. Here’s a sort of music video of the TV-Movie of the title track and the lyrics. 🙂

Maging Akin Muli
(by Arnel Aquino, SJ)

Manlamig man sa Akin puso mong maramdamin
Lisanin man ng tuwa puso mong namamanglaw
Manginig man sa takot masindakin mong puso
Mag-ulap man sa lungkot diwa mong mapag-imbot.

Kapiling mo Akong laging naghihintay sa tanging tawag mo.
Pag-ibig Kong ito isang pananabik sa puso Ko
Sa ‘yong pagbabalik sa piling Kong puspos ng pagsuyo
Manahimik at makinig ka’t maging Akin muli.

Di mo rin akalain tinig mo’y hanap Ko rin,
Ang ‘yong tuwa at sakit, Aking galak at pait.
Kung lingid pa sa iyo, Aking pakikiloob,
Tuklasin mong totoo: tunay mong pagkatao.

Kapiling mo Akong laging naghihintay sa tanging tawag mo.
Pag-ibig Kong ito isang pananabik sa puso Ko.
Sa ‘yong pagbabalik sa piling Kong puspos ng pag – suyo,
Manahimik at makinig ka’t maging Akin muli.

how can i not cry with such a beautiful message? He lets us do whatever we want to do. He is there, just waiting for our “call” and is always looking forward to it. and when start crying and running back to Him, He says, “ssshhh… be still. you are Mine again.” this is something i would like to take to heart.

nag-a-adik sa pagsulat ng musika

pume-petiks na naman ako sa opisina. una, dahil sobrang init. pangalawa, tamad lang talaga ako. pangatlo, may bago akong pinagkaka-abalahan… 😀 hehehe

i’m so into MuseScore right now. it’s a music notation software where you can easily create sheet music for instruments, voices, or kung magaling katalaga, pang-orchestra!

i think i’ve mentioned before na during Lent, may sideline ako. i play the violin at our Church. eh part nun eh kailangan i-train ang mga kakanta nung song during the procession. it’s actually a unique practice, i think, sa amin. we may be celebrating the most festive Easter anywhere. after kasi ng Salubong eh may prusisyon na kakaiba. maybe i’ll discuss that some other time. and with pics! actually, may vids sa youtube but i won’t link them kasi i sound terrible! hehe…

so, i have to train these girls how to sing the song. pero lyrics sheet lang kasi binibigay. so i thought of translating it to sheet music para makita naman nila yung weight and duration ng mga kakantahin nilang syllables. and so, ayun, nakita ko nga yung MuseScore and i’ve been having too much fun with it. 😀 hehe…

Eduardo’s having fun, too. 😛

Koro, Klasik, Krismas!

napag-usapan na namen ng best friend ko before pa about watching this concert. yung officemate daw niya eh member nung group and since her boyfriend would be someplace else, she decided that i could tag along with her to attend. para naman daw di siya magmukhang loser at mag-isa lang siyang pupunta dun. 😛 hehehe… the performers were called Koro Ilustrado and they were an all-male chorus.

Magpatuloy magbasa Koro, Klasik, Krismas!

a tag!!! (woot)

of course, the tag was from FB. kaso naisip ko, matagal-tagal na din ako hindi gumagawa ng ganito sa blog. 🙂 time to spread out again! 😀

Thanks to Iska for tagging me. hmmm… sino kaya may gusto gumawa nito? ah basta, bahala na kayo. 🙂


Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 20 people and include me. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s actually a lot harder than you think.

Pick Your Artist:

01. Are you male or female?
Pare Ko

02. Describe yourself:
Walanghiyang Pare Ko

Magpatuloy magbasa a tag!!! (woot)

4 days shy of a postless month

everybody blog i’ve read has had a ‘hiatus’ phase. and i was like “eh?” with an eyebrow raised and with a weirded-out look. imagine mo na lang pano magsabi ng “meeee ganooon?!” si Mr. Fu, ganun na hitsura ko. 😛 heehee…

since hindi ko maaatim na wala akong post sa buwan ng agosto man lang… kung kelan sandamukal na alaala ang meron ako tungkol sa buwan na ito, saka naman ako walang post! pero no-brainer pa din ang post ko today.

i remember hearing over the “News @ 17” segment of RX93.1 about Freddie Aguilar calling Charice and Arnel as monkeys. and I can’t blame him… ‘monkey see, monkey do’ that’s just it. it’s like they’re big-shot lounge singers (as of the moment, i hope). some might justify that they’re just starting out. ok, i can agree with that. but when will they start making their own hits? Charice’s debut album didn’t make that much noise in the local radio. i don’t know outside but where is she now? still singing other ‘sikat’ and ‘birit’ songs of other artists, i guess. and Arnel? last time i saw him was in a moymoypalaboy video. heck, Korean artists get more airplay than both of them combined!

as for people calling Ka Freddie as ‘laos’, he may not be as popular then as now. but is that his fault? (pero aminin niyo, naisip niyo na isa siya sa pinaka-dakilang kompositor at mang-aawit nung namatay si Tita Cory diba?)  iba na kasi gusto ng tao. individualistic na kasi tayo. dare i say escapist music na kasi ngayon ang uso. everybody happy diba?  wala ng pakialaman sa content. basta maganda tunog, sweet yung lyrics or guwapo ang vocalist ng banda (*cough* Hale *cough*), OK-OK na. kaya nga nauso yung panggagaya ng mga sikat na kanta and ina-adapt naten sa panlasa ng tao by adopting the catchy tunes. we “make” it Filipino. pero lyrics lang. asan na yung artistic na pinoy? yung magaling na Pinoy magsulat ng musika at kanta? no wonder may isang nagpupumilit maging isang National Artist kahit di ko maintindihan pano. pft!

watching the video clip on about a man mourning, pouring ashes over himself, beating his breast and tearing his clothes off, i felt the anguish and lament of someone for the dead. if that’s an artist rendition of an objection to CJC’s nomination, it’s very effective and definitely delivered the message right through. well, at a minimum, at least ako naintindihan ko yun. sina Charice at Arnel, gets kaya yun? will they lament at the death of Filipino and the Filipino Artist?

anyway, napa-lalim yata yung pag-discuss ko ng no-brainer na post. hahaha… what i just wanted to share was etong 2 kantang to… na bago pa man nauso ang banana-nanananana at ang payong (payong, payong, eh, eh), sikat na manggagaya na din pala tayo. or manghu-hugot ng musika… apparently, these are the originals.

remember who sang the Filipino versions?

*in a Miranda Priestly tone* that’s all…