OPM is not dead, but it might as well be

Address the problem. Make OPM accessible. Let us hear it. Maybe then we can debate OPM's life and death, quality or lack thereof. Unless we hear the music, it might as well not exist. After that, we can tackle once again, what is Filipino music anyway? What is OPM?

My Braid Stories

For about a year, I thought I would be writing my graduate thesis on video games. I've written several seminal papers on it, including the an art historical view of digital games in the Philippines as well as an aesthetics of video games, a case study of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core. Of course, in … Continue reading My Braid Stories

Please wake up Lirio

May your weapons be a key to your awakening.  May each strum of your deconstructed guitars echo through your consciousness. May your defamiliarized instruments call unto powers beyond our own. From old to new, familiar to unfamiliar, may music lead you here. Your industrial music contrast and merge with the green, waiting. May Shiva's destruction … Continue reading Please wake up Lirio

Remembering Rizal and a Poetry Performance

In their late 20's, Rizal wrote Noli Me Tangere, Luna painted the Spoilarium and Bonifacio started the armed revolution. Those of us in our late 20's today, what are we doing with our lives? We go on Facebook and Twitter, we chat, we over-pay for our coffees, we drink and party. A lot of us … Continue reading Remembering Rizal and a Poetry Performance

A Christmas Fantasy Production

Is Christmas real? Christmas celebrations are mostly real. At least, as far as I've experienced it with my family. Christmas Eve was the first time I thought of this article, after I read this from Rolando Tolentino's tweet "ang pasko ang pinakamatagumpay na fantasy production ng bansa: gumawa ng bubble na masaya, kumonsumo para sumaya … Continue reading A Christmas Fantasy Production

Sendong Tragedies, Power of Images and Aestheticizing Suffering

A picture paints a thousand words. We heard that phrase numerous times in our lifetime. True to a certain extent. Yet, a thousand words may still remain silent on certain truths. Sendong typhoon sent netizens into a frenzy. The power of social media manifested again. In a short time, various organizations collected millions of Pesos … Continue reading Sendong Tragedies, Power of Images and Aestheticizing Suffering