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Alleluia by Alejandro Consolacion as Performed by UPSA

Sa bilis ng panahon ngayon, tayo’t huminto at makinig, kahit sandali…

“Alleluia” na katha ni Alejandro Consolacion at binigyang buhay ng aking pinakapaboritong coro (biased ako), ang University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors. Kinanta ito noong taong 2005 sa Alsace, isang probinsya sa Pransya.

(Salamat Kuya Vic sa video.)

Trivia: Ako ang nakapula sa gitna.

July 24, 2008 at 10:45 pm 1 comment

How I became an Eraserheads fan

I started receiving my own money when I was 12. It was from a monthly stipend I had during my four school years studying in a science high school.

At that young age, I learned how to appropriate where my money goes, which was mostly spent on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, I also had my set of indulgences: a pint of ice cream on a weekend (which I would finish in just one sitting), books, and music records.Among these three, the most influental was music.

Anyway, to give you a backgrounder, my musical tastes between the ages 2 to 12 evolved from Batibot’s “Alin Ang Naiba”, to Manilyn Reynes’ and Sheryl Cruz’s repertoire (remember Mr. Disco and Mr. Dreamboy?), to the kundimans, broadway musicals, and classical music (thanks to my piano and voice teachers).

Then, one uneventful morning at school, my classmate, Charmaine, came up to me and told me about this song she heard called “Ligaya”. She was raving about it. Kanami daw. Naturally, I got curious, so, that weekend, I bought my first ever pinoy band album.

That album was called “ultraelectromagneticpop” by a then ’emerging-into-the-mainstream’ band named the Eraserheads. During that time, I think I bought it (cassette) for 150 pesos (or was it 100?). It quickly became my favorite. Playing it over and over in my dormitory room until I had memorized each song.

The following year, I got CiRcuS (my fave). Then, Cutterpillow in 1995. This was the last Eraserheads album I bought during my teen years. (Ten years later, I bought the “ultraelectromagneticjam” album, which was some kind of an early tribute. It wasn’t the same.)

This unassuming band rocked my world when I was 13 and I remained a fan years after. Their songs gave me one of the best memories of my life.This is the reason why I still have “Ligaya” in my current playlist.

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Years after disbanding, the Eraserheads will hold a “one night only” reunion concert on August 30, 2008. I wanted to go but I can’t. Aaah! I want to cry!

July 18, 2008 at 9:43 pm 4 comments

“Namets” Schedule in Cinemalaya

Ari ang schedule sang “Namets” sa Cinemalaya. How I wish makatan-aw ako.

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Namets by Jay Abello is a colorful celebration of food as well as love, and the love of food above all, which is central to being Negrosanon and being Filipino. It follows the flirtation between Jacko and Cassie, two Negrenses who grew up in Bacolod, and whose lives revolve around food. The film will be shot on location in Negros Occidental and will be primarily in Hiligaynon, the language spoken in that region.

13 July/Sun, 3:30PM (GALA), Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
15 July/Tue, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
16 July/Wed, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Fri, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Sat, 12:45PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

Source: PEP

July 12, 2008 at 11:46 pm 2 comments

My Brazo de Mercedes Horror Story

I was desperately craving for Brazo de Mercedes. Since they don’t have it here in Japan, I googled for a recipe hoping I will be able to “simulate” it. Here’s what I found. (I am tamad, so I won’t even bother trying to edit this. I’ll just copy and paste the recipe. Sue me. Nah, thanks to this site: http://www.pinoyrecipe.net)

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Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup finely ground and toasted cashew nuts
    Meringue:
  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Instructions:

Filling:

  • In a saucepan, simmer milk over low heat until reduced to 2 cups. Add sugar, butter, and vanilla extract, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Beat egg yolks in mixing bowl. Add a little of the milk to the egg yolks, stir, then gradually add mixture by spoonfuls back into the saucepan, beating constantly. Stir well to avoid curdling.
  • Add cashew nuts and continue cooking entire mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has the consistency of a paste. Set aside.

Meringue:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating continuously. Stir in vanilla.
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper greased with butter and spread meringue on top. Bake until brown.
  • Spread filling evenly on top of meringue and roll into a log.
  • Brush with butter and brown again in oven.

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I had everything on the ingredients list, so I proceeded on having a go at it. Bahala na si Batman. (I quartered the proportion of all the ingredients since I will only be feeding myself.)

As always, since my kitchen isn’t really a kitchen but a cube with a hotplate, ricecooker and a microwave/convection oven, I did the impossible. My filling turned out great. But my meringue was terrible! See, I do everything by hand and I beat my eggwhites using a fork! Yes, a fork! (That’s how cruel single, nomadic living is. Nonetheless, it’s still pretty fun!) Back to our subject.

So, I had to “fluff” the freaking eggwhites, right? And there I was, beating the crap out of it for half an hour (while watching “Sex in the City” reruns in my laptop), so I thought, maybe what I made was “fluffy” enough. I really haven’t seen how fluffy a meringue should be so I was taking a guess. Also, I had to stop because my arms felt like I had been rowing for miles or something.

After doing the rest of the instructions, I put the thing in the oven and let it brown… alas, my meringue turned out into something like baked egg whites with sugar and vanilla. Ay ambot! The recipe was supposed to be the generic Brazo de Mercedes recipe and I still managed to ruined (<– Rawr! How can I miss this?) it. Oh well. Practice makes perfect, so they say.

Anyway, so I had this pseudo Brazo de Mercedes and I still ate it. I saved some of the filling and stored it in the ref. I could use some custard dessert tomorrow.

July 11, 2008 at 11:44 pm 7 comments


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