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Fusion: The Music Festival Returns

Fusion Music Festival in Manila, the Philippines

Tomorrow, live bands shall grace the CCP Complex grounds with each of their own genre and style of music. Favorite OPM (Original Pilipino Music) bands shall perform in a culminating Fusion of sounds titled: Fusion : The Music Festival Returns. The initial Music Festival was a success, hence the repeat attraction in the open air arena of the CCP grounds.

The concert shall present famous, multi talented bands such as Bamboo, Ben and Ben, KZ Tandingan, Arthur Nery, Adie, Morissette, 6-cyclemind, Gloc 9, Shanti Dope, Lola Amour, Denise Julia, Hey June, Al James and so much more.

The concert shall commence at 7:30 pm. Earlier, at 4 pm is the youthful Battle of the Bands where various emerging artists shall vie for the prize to win the ultimate in music awards for upcoming bands in the country.

Also, a wildcard performer is expected to perk up the night therefore, be expectant and enthralled lasting the whole night.

Fusion is known to be the ultimate in music festivals for the whole country and every band is expectant to be in their best stage performance.

Performances such as Bamboo with their songs, Tatsulok, Noypi and Hallelujah are expected to show up and perform their best. Tatsulok, Bamboo’s most famed piece is a sorrowful and angry song about the violence in the country and how only the rich can afford justice. Noypi is an inverse of the word Pinoy meaning Filipino in slang is a song about the genius of being a Filipino. Hallelujah is proving to be a love song. Bamboo is an offshoot of the disbanded Rivermaya therefore has been in the music scene way back. They banded up with the Pop band Passage. They have had a long history behind them in the music industry.

Another artist is Morissette or Morissette Amon hailing from Cebu. She began her career after winning in Star Factor of TV5 at age 14 and debuting in Repertory Philippines’ Camp Rock rendition of the original Disney movie. She is Filipino Star Magazine’s answer to the next great Diva. She is married to Dave Lamar having met in 2020 and married in 2021. They continue to compose new music together. Her father is a rock band member and named her after Alanis Morissette, his favorite singer. She was known to grow up singing songs by Regine Velasquez and Jessa Zaragoza.

A feature of the concert is the Battle of the Bands at 4pm this coming concert. Battle of the Bands is a concert format hailed from the United States of America and has produced much of the greats in the Philippine music scene.

So, make way tomorrow for the duple concert event: Battle of the Bands and the concert of artists who have been known to prove their talent in the music scene. Watch the sun set as the bands bring about their best and bring about the best in each other. As the night cloaks the sky, it would be time for the veteran singers to showcase their talent.

Hopefully, this kind of concert, a fusion and collaboration of the best in each other will continue their tradition throughout the years to come. After the pandemic it truly is a relief to watch the bands and singers come together and tug at the heartstrings of the Filipino audience.

It is expected to be a beautiful fusion of voices rising to the clear night air. Bring your children and expose them to the music which is Filipino at its finest. Who knows, one day these young audience will pursue their dreams of singing as well and wind up on stage themselves somehow, someday.

Angelique’s Champorado from Caloocan

Angelique

On the Show of TinTin Bersola Babao and Chinkee Tan: Magbadyet Tayo, they featured a new interesting business thriving in today’s market. They featured Angelique’s Champorado which is delivered by Lala Move. It is a new business as of yet but there is already hype surrounding the business because of the inventive and imaginative flavors they feature for their champorado.

Right now, they have flavors in ube, chocolate and corn flavors. Next in line is to produce a mango flavored champorado. Already, champorado is being set as a delicious breakfast fare today. Angelique, a housewife, was imaginative enough to add flavors into today’s modern trend in champorado. Her husband, a delivery driver, was able to quit his job and help his wife in her business of champorado and called it Angelique’s Champorado. It is, however, not so popular enough to garner franchisees because it hasn’t profited past 50% but it is fast getting there.

Their champorado business is made in Caloocan City and can be contacted at Dagat Dagatan, Caloocan City Barangay 28. Deliveries are not yet in the system, but one can have them picked up via Lala Move. In the helm is Angeique’s husband Jhon who assists his wife in their daily breakfast and meryenda fare.

To cook Champorado requires rice to be soaked in cold water. Then it is strained in a mesh or sieve. Boil 5 cups of water then add the rice to it. To make thicker champorado lessen the water to be boiled and added to the rice. Let it boil again to a simmer but not too hot that it might burn the rice. Cook the rice for another 15 minutes, stirring at times so that the rice does not stick to the sides.

When water has been absorbed by the rice, time to stop. Test taste your rice to make certain it is not tough. To make chocolate champorado, add cocoa to the mixture of rice. Stir along as you cook your rice with the cocoa powder. Add some chopped chocolate and brown sugar further into your mixture. Continue mixing until it has the consistency of a porridge. If the consistency is too thick, add more milk to the mixture to thin it down. Usually condensed milk is used for this but any milk will do as you go along.

You may use tablea to the mix and produce a chocolate mixture. This is the traditional method. But cocoa will do for any ordinary fare of champorado. And so your chocolate champorado is ready to serve.

Angelique’s Champorado feature the following flavors:

  • Ube champorado
  • Hershey Camp
  • Buko Pandan
  • Creamy Sopas
  • Ginataang Mais
  • Maja with Cheese
  • Biko with Latik
  • Lumpiang Sariwa

When you go to their store you will find these fine flavors in great big vats filled with various champorado. For each day, customers finish up these vats and there is room to dream that this thriving business will grow into a more lucrative business. The flavors are enough to let you know that the flavors are to pine for.

As of now, it is a husband and wife team are doing all the work. But there is room to grow for this fast thriving business. Chinkee Tan and Tintin Bersola Babao believe there is something in this breakfast that will soon become more popular in the future Manila scenario if managed well and it does seem that they are being managed well enough.

The beauty of this business is the camaraderie of husband and wife team. Jhon resigned from his work as a delivery driver to help his wife because they realized its potential. The various flavors are proof enough that there is wealth in these great vats of champorado.

Europe In My Mind

Europe in my mind

How about visiting the European Union without leaving the country, Philippines.

The Europeans have opened a festival of European scenarios with their products, dance, and song numbers. We call this the EuroVillage.

It is the first of its kind in Manila, Philippines. To be specific one may go to the Capital Commons Park in Pasig City from May 27 until May 28.

The festival features food, gastronomical products, sports exhibition and various other authentic features of European experience.

Attendance to the European Union or EU are the following:

  • Finland
  • Poland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Austria
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Plus Ukraine, the youngest to enter the EU

As one can see, they are all in complete attendance to bring Europe to the Filipinos here in Manila. The Diversity of Europe with its various countries attracting Filipino visitors is one of a kind. It shows they have solidarity in their presentation.

Responsible for these festivities is Dr. Ana Isabel Ruiz who has managed to merge these countries in Europe to bring to the Filipinos products that they may want to collaborate on business arrangements that is accessible. It establishes the fact that culture is at the heart of the European convergence. Culture is identity and helps to define who they truly are.

The culture of Europe is so uniquely different in diversity that one is awed by this. It is not the similarity alone which defines them but also their differences that help bind them together. Now they want the Filipinos to experience their palate, their flavors, their colors and perhaps even history.

Dances, and other performances shall be provided and this is completely free. Also they are providing European languages to be learned. Sponsors such as Alliance Francaise de Manila, Instituto Cervantes, Goethe Institut, and Philippine –Italian Association all combine to give a unique experience of language free, accessible and simple lessons. Spanish, German, French are just some of the lessons provided by these sponsors.

Included are draft beers, sausages, waffles, rye and dairy products will be provided while one promenades the busy scene of the Euro Village. A concert group accompanies the promenade as they sample produce along the way. It truly is kind of being in Europe in itself.

The Manila String Machine shall provide European music along with serenades of Romania and Ukraine. For people interested in learning more about their music can participate and learn their remarkable music.

Ever since the issue of Brexit, France has taken it upon themself to unite the remaining countries of the European Union. It is admirable to find that Ukraine is a worthy addition to their countries.

Ukraine joins Romaniain presenting their own cultural identity be it dance, music or food. It certainly is a worthwhile event to go to and its free. The spirit of Ukraine lives on and is alive and well as one shall see in this festivity.

The festivity opens at around 4 pm until midnight which makes for a dramatic look. It is free and is meant to open one’s mind towards travel. Though not all can travel, this is one way of experiencing a culture which is happening halfway across the globe.

This festivity is a city in itself for the duration of it. There is nothing of a hindrance to stop people from seeing and sensing it with all their five senses. It is a burst of flavor in the mouth, an adventure of color and scenes from a typical European village

It all happens tomorrow so be prepared. Bring your children for them to experience the authentic values of the European countries together yet together still in their variety. Enjoy!

The Manila Central Post Office, Burns

Manila Post Office

On the eve of May 21, 2023 the Manila Central Post Office almost burnt to the ground.

Manila Post Office
Manila Post Office

A cultural heritage building, the Manila Central Post Office Building burned down along with it some very priceless stamps and national IDs. It happened on the eve of May 21, 2023 and is said to have almost burnt the ancient structure to the ground.

When the fire started on May 21 at 23:00 PST, it began from the basement and razed upward affecting the mailing system of Manila alone. But the damage was said to be 300 Million Pesos in value. Not to mention that other documents in lightweight paper were burnt.

Mayor of Manila, Honey Lacuna said it is a cultural loss as it burnt important documents along with it items which would prove to be priceless in value. It burned for almost 30 hours beginning at the basement razing upwards to the other floors. It was hard to put out because the structure of the building is closed.

Some firemen were said to have been injured and hurt in their battle against the fire that lasted for 30 hours due to the many papers and documents existing in the said building with old structural holdings and substances such as a whole lot of paper documents as it is the postal center of Manila.

The Manila Central Post Office or the Post Office is located by the banks of the river Pasig. It is located in such a place for the river to serve as an easy flow of the deliverables, mainly postal letters, to their destination.

It has been built and has served as a postal office for the postal corporation for a hundred years. It was built by the Spaniards at that time and was orchestrated to be built by designers: Juan M. Arellano and Tomas Mapua in its classic neoclassical style.

It has withstood the test of time and has been known to stand against the battering of weather changes and natural repellents for over a hundred years. It is only now that it has experienced fire as a deterrent in its formidable structure.

It is said that the building was not built until the 1920’s wherein the foundation was laid out. But it wasn’t until later on that it was actually built due to lack of funds.

It was built by the company of Pedro Siochi and company and has existed until World War II when it was severely damaged to the ground.

The Office of the President ordered its reconstruction and it was built once again with a modern and sleek motorized letter sorting system and other modernities.

Due to its historical importance, it is considered by the National Museum of the Philippines as an Important Cultural Property or ICP which means it has artistic, cultural importance that the government owes it to be restored and refurbished as each generation passes by.

Imagine the loss of historical and rare stamp collection that has been included in the damages of the fire. They are priceless and cannot be paralleled in restoration. This and other documents are some of the most damage the fire wrought on to the City of Manila. Also, there were injuries to the firemen who valiantly tried to put out the fire in all of 30 hours. By dawn, the fire had razed the frontal, memorable structure to the ground and almost all was lost in this one incident of fire alone.

We memorialize the loss of the Manila Central Post Office of Manila as something of profound cultural value. Perhaps from the ashes shall rise another Post Office Building that shall be if not equal to but almost of more value as the one before.