#CutTheCrap: Save the Date… and Earth!

Poster by Rob Cham

In an effort to minimize cigarette butt clutter, Muni PH, with its #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts Campaign, with collaborations with several artists, aims to educate everyone with the impact of cigarette butts in the environment. I can’t argue that I don’t smoke, because I do, and democracy allows us to burn our lungs to our content. But being a responsible smoker is another thing – especially when our ailing planet needs us to simply throw our cig trash in the bin. And it’s not easy when you’re smoking in a place without a trash bin or an ashtray.

Poster by Manix Abrera

Poster by OJ Desuasido

Poster by JP Cuison

So Muni PH campaigns and proposes to use old film canisters as temporary (and portable!) ashtrays. With this, you can easily avoid throwing cigarette butts anywhere. And it’s sustainable since you don’t need to buy it.

Don’t know where to find film canisters though? Then simply go to the #CutTheCrap gig at Route 196 on June 15 because they will be giving away canisters for free! And get to watch Pedicab, Ciudad, Your Imaginary Friends, Slow Hello, RomCom and No Rome. Yepp, it’s hard not to smoke in a gig, so you’ll be using it as well!

This and more things you can help Muni PH with if you go to their gig! Read more

A New Bamboo


When you say rock music in the Philippines, it is almost as impossible to not mention Bamboo Manalac as one of the most recognized rock artists in the country. Having been with Rivermaya and Bamboo (the band), and having garnered numerous awards and recognition here and abroad, Bamboo is still a relevant music icon, despite going solo and a change in musicality.

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In his new album, No Water No Moon, Bamboo proves he is more than just rock. With a compilation of a completely different set of music, rather zen and, if I may, peaceful music, this new album of storytelling and change, gives us a glimpse of Bamboo’s new venture in music as a solo artist, and his own life battles. Bamboo relates that it has been a journey for him, though he really didn’t expect that music will be his whole life. This sense of struggle and wondering and acceptance is reflected in numerous songs in the album.

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Bamboo made a complete 180 with this new album, and apparently a complete 180 with his overall profile as well. He no longer sings in concerts barefoot, or jumps ecstatically. In his exclusive performance, watching him live for the first time, he sings with much more soul and deep feelings that makes you feel like listening to a fusion of Jason Mraz and James Morrison. His songs now are more orchestraic, with an accompaniment of more than just drums and guitars. Some would notice the gospel-ish feel that seems to be a trend internationally and is now penetrating the Philippine music scene. Bamboo did it first, if not one of.

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It’s not your old kind of Bamboo Manalac music. He’s done great in the rock music scene and this whole new approach in the market is interesting because we see that artists’ work grow as they too, as individuals, grow. Some may say, it’s because he’s growing old, as reason for the change. But as listening to Bamboo tell a story through No Water No Moon is as knowing a part of him he may never had the chance to tell when he was in a band. The world indeed goes around, and Bamboo seems happy to welcome and share the change.

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Laneway-Singapore 2013

Laneway Festival may be months and months and months ago but it still is my big thing of 2013. Looking back, I embarked to Singapore with no less than an exact budget with only (exact!) PhP 300 in my wallet when I got back to Manila. And so, yes — two things:

1. SAVE UP GUYS! I’ve never realized that I haven’t been saving up enough when I arrived in the Philippines with barely enough funds to get through until payday.

2. If you’re up for anything goes, fine. But always bring extra money. I was just lucky, there’s unlimited Koko Krunch in the hostel to at least keep me alive if ever I lost my money – which I didn’t, haha!

Gad, I can digress like an ADHD kid. So on to my Laneway review. I believe there’s no better way for me to give you a feel of the music fest but to share a playlist, so download freely!


Click the photo to download the playlist

Also, this is my first music festival abroad, so some little tips for you if ever you go to Laneway next year (or any music festival, like Wanderland in Manila this May, for that matter.)


The sun can be a bitch. And so can the rain. So give yourself heads up on the weather for your own good. Bring a poncho, ’cause you can use this whether the sun is up or it’s pouring down. ALSO, sun block. For that —


I’m saying this because I don’t really use sun block, and I didn’t know you have to apply every hour. I didn’t even bother reading the fine print, haha stupid. Anyway, for tropical countries like Singapore where the whole country can get feverish (40 degrees!!! Jeez.) save yourself from UV, do your skin a favor. I got really bad sunburns just because of this. SO. DON’T. SKIP. THIS.


As much as your skin needs protection, so do your gadgets. I’ve heard horror stories from the first Laneway in Singapore where it was actually called Rainway because it rained so hard and where some friends went home with non-functional phones and cameras. Bring cases that insulate your babies from heat and water, and you’ll thank me for being able to bring back home your camera or phone alive.


It’s in the rules actually, so it’s senseless to put it here. But I’ve seen some other who brought their own flasks. So yeah, try your luck! I really wish I brought at least a flask, ’cause the beer can cost you up to S$10!


‘Cause lines can get so long! And it’s also expensive. What we did though for dinner is we went out to Marina Bay Sands (quite a walk, though) and ate at Rasapura instead.


The festival ended at 1am, and there’s no train or bus anymore at Singapore at that time. So you have three choices — wait in line for two hours for a cab, walk to your place, or just leave early. I actually walked from Marina Bay to Chinatown, where I’m staying, and it wasn’t so bad. I’m so tired by then but walking in the Lion City is really a pleasure. Plus, you can easily use your gadgets while walking since it’s very secure there!


You don’t know who you’ll be meeting at the festival. It’s actually nice to make some new friends there, especially you’re all there with the same interest, and eventually look them up at Facebook or Twitter to connect with them. We saw this too as a good opportunity to promote the Philippines to some of our new friends!


There is free space for everyone to dance and go crazy, for as long as you’re not drunk, ’cause they might detain you. Scary. But after you read this, you may forget all of these, but don’t ever ever forget to enjoy your time and have fun at the festival! It’s what it’s for and you did not just pay S$145 just to sulk under the sun.


I’m really thinking if this could be a yearly thing for me. And yes, if the line up’s as good as this year’s, Imma haul my ass back to Singapore for some more!

Or maybe New Zealand… Hmmmmmmm

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
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The xx Asia Tour: Y U NO GO TO THE PH


I’d be disappointed in myself more than I am disappointed with the fact that The xx has missed out on the Philippines in their Asia tour IF I don’t exhaust all my resources to watch them live.

Preferably in Hong Kong, since I’ve never been there.

And P.S. it’s not capital x.

MTV Movie Awards 2013


Do not misunderstand me, I love the Oscars. I revere the Academy. BUT if it means irreverence, as they want to call themselves, MTV gets the Oscars for giving a version of the Oscars! PLUS they have the most outrageous copy for awards – who awards The Best Ass-shit Performance, huh? Nobody! So that’s why this is in my radar.

And I love MTV. And I miss MTV Singapore.

Find below if you’re favorite movie or movie star gives an ass-shit performance or not! Pardon the uncensored shit. Haha!

Winners of the “2013 MTV Movie Awards” are as follows (*denotes new category):


· “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


· Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


· Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


· Rebel Wilson – “Pitch Perfect” (Universal Pictures)


· Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)


· Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane — “Ted” (Universal Pictures)


· Taylor Lautner — “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (Summit Entertainment, LLC)


· Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston — “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


· Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)


· Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson – “Candieland Gets Smoked” in “Django Unchained”?(The Weinstein Company)


· Tom Hiddleston – “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


· Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee – “Pitch Perfect” (Universal Pictures)

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Red Carpet

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Audience & Backstage

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Show

MTV Movie Awards 2013 Promo Behind the Scenes

MTV Movie Awards Press Day

Oh how I wish I get invited to this one of these days. *crossing fingers!*

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