For 2 weekends, I frequented the BGC Arts Center for the 1st Pinoy Playlist Music Festival. I was there for 3 out of 6 days, performed twice, and watched 16 artists. It was food for the soul, taking part in that as both performer and audience. Regardless of the size of a venue or the amount of people in it, live performances feel so intimate to me. As an artist, I can absorb all the emotional energies from those watching and use them to adjust my delivery of a song or movement. As a spectator, I am opened to a world of thought and imagery that have the power to alter my own. Words and music, taken together, is the most compelling gift to man.
On October 18, my parents and I were invited to Lea Salonga’s 40th Anniversary concert’s technical dress rehearsal. We had tickets to the actual show on Friday night, but it coincided with the RCS’ Pinoy Playlist schedule.
It was as expected: a night of beautiful singing. At the first lines of her opening number, I teared up at the nostalgia of “Ako ay munting tinig…” in that clear voice that has become her trademark. Perhaps the favorite feeling I got from the show was awe at the breadth of her career. She has always been such an inspiration to me, and I’m grateful that she paved the way for the Filipino artist on the world stage. A bonus was sharing the experience, not just with family, but some of my best girlfriends, who received invitations of their own.
Naturally, I am most overjoyed at Mr. C’s recognition. He has been in the running for years, but didn’t make the final cut until this year. Despite the politics and other unknown oppositions, I guess it just became undeniable how deserving he is of this honor. Not that he needed it for validation… more like it was for everyone whose lives have been changed by his contributions to music. Sure enough, the internet blew up over the news, love pouring in from all walks of life.
I’ve been working closely for and with him for 11 years, and have witnessed firsthand what a remarkable genius he truly is. Yet, for all the distinctions he has already received, he keeps a childlike regard for enjoyment, and remains humble. He is one of the people admire most and have the honor of knowing, and was so happy that we got to celebrate this milestone with him on the night of his awarding. Our producer and friend hosted a dinner for us at the Wolfgang Steakhouse, and it was a festive evening of excellent food and company.
Speaking of food, today I received my prize from Popperoo‘s online contest. I may not have won National acclaim, but I won popcorn! 😂 When I saw their ad featuring their new Filipino flavors, I wanted to share my excitement with friends, so I tagged them. I only later realized that in doing so, I became eligible to join their promo. A week later, this can of Fritoz Pop Roasted Garlic Squid arrived. I did not know what to expect, but ugh these were addictive. I… I finished the can… by myself… in under 10 minutes 😭 Now, I’m curious about the other variants: Sweet Chili Shrimp and Ginger Crab. So dangerous. The only thing keeping me from ordering is its plastic packaging ✌🏽 but I love supporting local brands, so we’ll see if I can resist.
So, it seems the theme of October was a celebration of Filipino artistry and food. Also, I think I’ve gotten out of my blogging funk. That’s cause for celebration, too.