Friday, August 13, 2004


Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir during the winner's night concert at the 2004 Bremen Choral Olympics. That's Tess Vizconde conducting.
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Olympics, Shmolympics

Waiting for Olympic opening ceremonies to start. The usual fanfare, etc. Will want to catch it live, just in case "something" happens... morbid no? Have you seen opening of World Choral Olympics? Not as elaborate, but also well represented, in terms of countries and number of participants. You should see the South African delegations, kaloka, each choir numbering about 70 or 80 singers at least! Monstrous! But very good performances.

There was one Filipino choir which won an Olympic champion gold, the Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir. Was able to witness their awarding ceremonies, including the raising of the Philippine flag and the playing of the Philippine national anthem. Wow! I guess if you were there, you would want to petition our president to give that 5 million they give to gold medalists in the olympics, to choirs who already are WINNING golds in the choral olympics. It's not the same, I know, but with the miserable state this country is in, might as well celebrate the positive things that are happening, right? Except that nobody knows it, kasi we're not "malakas" sa media. Well, that's about to change! Kasi galit na galit na ako!

BTW, ignore the time and date on these blogs. There's no shortcut way to change them. GP, help!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

What am i doing here?

Was so intrigued by GP's blogspot, decided to do the same. I mean, do you think other people would want to know my thoughts on some things? YEEEEEESSSS!!! I've seen blogs and I've seen blogs. Mine's pretty much conservative. A mixture of daily ramblings of a demented conductor who loves to play Sim City 2004 (rather than study choral scores), and a little bit of sage advice to budding (and bading) young conductors (kasi he feels old na, eh!). Sooooo,.... here we go.



Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Whaaaa.....??? What time is this thing set in? Hawaii? Sorry, last one's supposed to be 9:05 PM, and now it's 9:16 PM. Whole day at home, nursing a flu, caught it from one of the Madz alumni while giving a concert (actually 3 concerts) last week... but much better now than yesterday, when fever was high, and... well, you know, typical flu... damned sick... very inconvenient. But good for taking stock into how one actually abuses one's body (flying to Germany, then giving workshops and a concert in Taiwan, then giving 3 concerts in one week 2 days after arriving back in Manila). So, I'm now going to create another city in Sim City. And probably study a score or two. If I feel like it. And I don't.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


Black hair in a sea of white: judging the male choir category at the choral olympics in Bremen, Germany.
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