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The Ataris Experience


I think I’ve whined enough about not hearing My Reply, Looking Back on Today, Saddest Song, Not Capable of Love and I’ll Remember You last January 19 on Twitter. Php800 gets you a shirt and a free concert, there’s not even a ticket. I was surprised to have only seen a few people watch, maybe not more than 200, this was in Eastwood by the way. They had another gig in Piazza in McKinley right after their set. I am worried that their expenses and sales did not at least break even and would not go back in the Philippines though Kris Roe spoke of gratefulness and honor for playing here. Although I’ve always been a fan and never thought ill about him, I didn’t expect such overly pleasing attitude since I saw his video attacking his drummer onstage three months ago. I wish they’ll be back soon as Kris hoped too.

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Quiapo | Cosplay | Yashica

I was the girl with those hip cameras. I was the girl with Yashica too. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind being identified as the girl with this or that camera. In fact, it may not be me if you see me without any. 

Yashica’s always getting plenty of attention from almost everywhere I carry it with me since day one and the camera slave is quite jealous already. I just thought that some of you might be interested in seeing the photos it makes too. So here are some from the Quiapo Goes Anime event, shot using none other, than the star amongst my collection, the attention-sucker, vintage rangefinder, Yashica Electro 35 GSN.

Click this link to see the digital photos I took from this event.

Cynthia Alexander’s Last of the Five Send-Off Gig

Filipino professionals seeking better opportunities abroad is now the trend, but a musician’s leaving for quite the same reason has taken me aback. It is known that Cynthia Alexander is leaving because of lack of support from Pinoy music industry—this is a tragedy for Musika Mundo fans. But her assuring us that she’s going back soon (soon is comforting but still indefinite), we are holding on to her words and that we’re all permitted to sing her songs whenever we miss her and her music.

To her, the Send-Off Series gig is more of a Thank-You Series gig for the support she got from a crowd of Filipino independent music fans. She said that she doesn’t want to take flight without sincerely thanking everyone before she embarks. The grateful Cynthia started with the song Walk Down the Road.

then the song Wait that she had written while nursing her newborn daughter, Tala. 

She was joined by the band Brigada on this song and many other songs that requires full musical ensemble. Nakakaiyak sa sobranga galing!

My first song request in mind was granted so early. Owner of the Sky was the third song. Me and my friend can’t resist flashbacks from our own different stories of tough times we have overcome separately through faith in God and this song. This is the ultimate praise song for me. Surreal. 

Then the love song U&I that ended with a different mix.

Knowing There Is Only Now


Dumaan Ako is a personal favorite. Cynthia acknowledged Joey Ayala and Maningning Miclat who just came in and happened to be the composers of the song. 

Intertwyne was accompanied by a dance performance so slow, in phase with the harmony brought about ecstasy.

The Weather Report

Before Daisy Chain, she concerned herself with how the crowd was doing and decided to face the other side of the audience to get a better view of her. What an artist.


Hello Baby

I don’t Mind

Blackbird, a cover song by The Beatles

Kabaka is originally a poem by Vim Nadera

Dragonfly was a requested song from the album Comet’s Tail

Comet’s Tail

No Umbrella is my request I have long been waiting to hear. A poignant song with a tender melody.

Kawikaan and Malaya was performed with Brigada again. You can’t bear being stiff and standing for hours skin to skin will not hold you back from moving to the groove.

The multi-instrumentalist Mlou Matute was also on backup vocals. Must say I look forward to her gigs too.

Across the Universe, another cover by The Beatles. Everyone sang along to this song.

It ended with the crowd-favorite Comfort In Your Strangeness. Which reminds me of the indie film, Still Life, one of my all-time favorite Cinemalaya entries. I always think that the film was based on the song, it’s the best fit for a soundtrack. 

Cynthia will be flying tomorrow to relocate in Seattle. I am happy that her music will no longer be confined in the Philippines where support is short. It’s now time for us to share her to the rest of the world and let her songs be heard to represent our rich Filipino music.


This completed my June 23rd.

Quiapo Goes Anime

An event sponsored by Phottix happened at the photographer’s haven in Manila—Hidalgo. A lot of pro photographers and enthusiasts alike came to join the workshop that started early in the morning by Jay Tablante and Ricky Ladia. As what I expect of myself, I came in late and therefore experienced the last quarter of the event, the awarding (there was an on-the-spot photo contest) and the parade of a small group of cosplayers on the street.

I know none of these anime characters.

The out-of-focus robot…

More robots…

These kids had to introduce me to the robots…

They said, they were Bumblebee and Megatron. Uh-oh. Sounds familiar. Didn’t I watch Transformers? Okay, I slept the movie away to the credits…

And this is Optimus Prime nursing his broken finger with mighty bond.

And oh, Megatron needs glue too…

They never get tired of going after the robots

That’s while I speak with Mang Dado, his estante is right on the nearest sidewalk. I didn’t know he has an apprentice (the pissed guy in the background). It used to be just him for the longest time. I’m scared of the new guy, he seemed hotheaded…

but able. He is fixing a family camera, whom the owner spoke to me in curiosity about the cameras dangling around my neck. I enjoyed the conversation with him and his two sons (one was of my age) that I forgot to take a photo of them. Sayang.

On my right was a photo-op, the mother was a cosplayer too.

Pilipinas represent!

Hot anime legs

A young merchant was reminded that he was, after all, still a kid.

I’m going back for these kids. They gathered around me so excited to see the photos. All they said was “Pa-recopy, ate”.

The submitted entries for the photo contest

And the participants submitting their entry on the last minute

The winner of a Phottix studio kit along with many other camera accessories. He was, apparently, last year’s winner too… Can we make him one of the judges next year?

Thank you to the sponsor, Hotel Sogo Phottix.

And that ends one-third of my day yesterday. Sorry for the long post. 

Digital Photographer Philippines 6

It’s a magazine I haven’t read, go to their website here. Although I have once taken advantage of their forum to get answers to my stupid questions, I never attended any event or join contest they host. I always feel that they are are only for pros and their amateur level is still pro-ish. Gah. Where do I put myself, below amateur, baby amateur, under zero amateur… I’ve been an amateur photographer for more than a year, am I therefore a professional amateur photographer—mastered being an amateur. Clap. Clap. Clap. Bow.

Here we go. I got to Boni High Street at 4PM. I knew I missed a lot already, but what I missed I don’t know. There were quite a number of speakers in line as per their DPP’s website but none of them excites me. (Read: Da Who) Not until I got a seat from a gentleman in a tent where Val Rodriguez was doing his talk. This man, as he introduced himself, is a photojournalist from Philippine Star. Later after his talk, he was again recognized by the host as the chief photographer of the newspaper. That was not shocker, for he has told us not a lecture but a sharing of the best and worst things he has gone through as far as photojournalism is concerned.

He was with Ninoy on the same plane that landed in Manila the day he was shot dead. He took pride in taking most of the published photographs of that historical event, maybe not only on newspapers but on books too. Just when I was enjoying re-watching that part of the history in mind while he browsed quickly on the photos, he asked if anyone has a 500-peso bill. You got it. The famous pangalungbaba photo of Ninoy, he did it and it’s on Philippine money. That I cannot fathom if happened to me.

He showed more photos from the Marcos, Aquino and Estrada regime. One thing I pictured in my mind was Marcos being so sick. He took a photo of the inside of the bus that’s always in convoy wherever Marcos’ go. It was a bus complete with medical equipment, it’s a hospital bus! It was followed by a series of photos of Malacañang. His room was a hospital too, even the bathroom showed a trace of an illness. The photos of the sick Marcos did not give me an inkling on how sick he was than these all-furniture-and-medical-equipment photos.

More and more photos and stories were told until we got to Maguindanao Massacre. He showed us some familiar photos of the lifeless journalists scattered all over the vacant lot. I don’t know how hard could it be for him to take photos of two of his friends brutally killed like that and submit the photos to the news for printing. He spoke so little about it and suggested that we let the photos do the talking instead. I also don’t want to say much, except for JUSTICE PLEASE.

He showed a few more photos mostly from the current regime. Some festivals, rallies, natural calamities and hostage takings…

Val ended the discussion with a heavy heart. He wants two more days to tell his stories and so he encourages us to send him our photos we think deserves a few columns in the newspaper to compensate the limited time.

I like Val. It was an honor to hear the history from a firsthand experience.


There was a Mini Cooper parked at some odd space.

I realized later it was for a photoshoot. Hihi. It just didn’t look like it is unlike this yellow car set-up sponsored by Sony and FHM. On the programme they call it Carwash Shoot something-something.

I used my Nikon to take photos of Canon

…and of the closed road


I got back at the tent early to secure a seat. The next speaker will do a live photoshoot with all of us around, suffocating him and the model. Exciting.

This is Raymund Isaac with a U. He’s just concerned with being found in twitter and the likes. And it helped. Guess what, I just checked and he’s on tumblr! His stint on this year’s DPP anniv party was on doing an outdoor photoshoot. He said he doesn’t bring strobes all the time (and he’s a pro photographer probably making hundreds of thousands a month) and that we should make use of the available light. As for me, natural light is the best lighting we can get for a photoshoot. High-five to that!

He started with measuring the light then shared us his Canon camera settings. He also mentioned that he’s turning his white balance to tungsten on that cloudy afternoon, he wants to give the photos a bluish tint for a Japanese/Korean feel. I set mine to flash though, because I always wanted a warmer color. Okay, enough of that, I don’t want to bore you my dear reader.

The model by the way is the stunner Jinri Park—DJ, FHM girl and Korean. Hey Jinri, I remember Raymund said that we should get your approval before publishing your photos because you don’t like ugly photos. I don’t want to take your time approving or denying them, I’ll just post no unflattering photo of you instead. But it’s still your call if you want this removed, tweet me.

The shoot was done from behind the Mini Cooper…

while I was behind the industrial fan.

I just have to say that the ultimate shocker of the day was this CDR King flash gun! I shall never be shocked when one day I discover a CDR King car engine, USB powered.

Thank you for bearing with napes and for reading.

Aliwan Festival

Warning: This is a long post, also a draft post.

I was also there for the first time at Aliwan Festival, another opportunity to practice digital photography. I did not realize that it was going to be more festive, as compared to Panagbenga, mainly because Aliwan is a gathering of many cultural festivals of the Philippines. (Read: Patalbugan)

It was a day full of colors and grandeur. Their costumes were intricately tailor made, you won’t feel any of the provinces who participated to be short of budget for this event. One group made cow spots on their bodies using body paint, the quality one that blends naturally to the skin and doesn’t smudge when you sweat. The headdresses’ weight were no joke, given that most of them are just in their early teenage years. But the best thing they wore that day was their smiles.

UP Fair 2012

Up Dharma Down—not a 45-minute performance

The Wuds—yahoo! finally heard them play live the second time. I’ve been waiting for “At Nakalimutan ang Diyos” but “Inosente Lang ang Nagtataka” was as good. Yehey parin. 

Razorback—Tirso Ripoll is missing!

Silent Sanctuary—nasal lang 

URBANDUB—Gabby Alipe and Lalay Lim, ang pinaka-astig na bahistang chick, mas gusto ko na siya kesa ke Myrene. 

Moonstar88 ata eto

He’s more like a poet than a rapper to me. Gloc-9, grabe respeto lang. Galing galing. 

My Highschool Musical was themed song by Parokya ni Edgar. 

Kamikazee—♪ Nasan ang sapatos kooo!? Nasan ang sapatos kooo… sapatos ko… sapatos ko, putangina, nasan ang sapatos ko!

Photo credits: 

Richard Mandras and his Nikon Coolpix L120

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