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Songs before your time

“WELCOMING Good Luck,” by Gilda Cordero Fernando

When I was a child, my yaya was Segunda, who hailed from Cuenca, Batangas (where the best maids then came from). I must have been 4 or 5 years old because I was still sleeping in a trundle bed with railings on either side.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

UP Manila Chorale performs ‘O Magnum Mysterium’


The internationally-renowned University of the Philippines-Manila Chorale (UPMC) went onstage Friday and delivered a musical feast of timeless and hope-filled songs.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Song hit kit from 1935 to 1943


The first recorded song I ever heard when I was 4 or 5 years old was “Ang Bibingka” by Vicente Ocampo and Atang dela Rama. My yaya played the big breakable disc over and over on our 1930s crank-up phonograph. The iconic Atang dela Rama and the comedian, Vicente Ocampo, were vod-a-vil performers, and the song was terribly raunchy.

Posted: December 2nd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

14 songs to fall in love with


This year, it’s all about contradictions. Songs that sneak up on you when you’re not listening. Songs that confuse you, annoy you even. Some that mislead you with their upbeat vibe when the lyrics are anything but happy, others that are sad and sappy but give you hope, even when you think you’re done with the whole love thing. This is a funny little playlist for all those who enjoy a good love song, and the best part is that these songs can have so many different meanings. Especially after a few rounds of beer. No prejudices, no preferences, just some hot new tunes waiting to be heard.

Posted: February 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Super | Read More »