By Pocholo Concepcion
The colossal, 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena will have its first concert on Dec. 31 featuring American R&B/hip-hop artist Chris Brown. This was supposed to be a grand New Year’s Eve party that would have paired him with another American, a female singer-songwriter also known for her dancing skills—but the deal did not push through.
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
Gongs and bamboo musical instruments “are a celebration and renewal of our heritage as Asians and have been in existence for thousands of years,” according to composer and National Artist-designate Ramon P. Santos.
Pride of PlaceBy Augusto F. Villalon
Bamboo. It’s been around us all our lives. It’s something we have so much of that we don’t even think about it anymore.
By Niño Mark M. Sablan
If you miss Bamboo—the band, not their lead vocalist—then this piece of news might excite you: ex-Bamboo members Nathan Azarcon, Vic Mercado, and Ira Cruz are back together. Joining the three are Radioactive Sago Project’s Junji Lerma on guitars, and Jay Orduña on keyboard.
Country CookingBy Micky Fenix
I’ve seen those bamboo arches at fiestas but it was only recently that I learned what they’re called—singkaban. It’s an art form using bamboo as medium, some parts shaved so the curly fibers form part of the décor, and some cut into pieces and put together to form figures such as flowers. The artist is […]