Enough with white Christmas mentality, celebrate with native colors

  By H L Bertido Isn't it sickening to dream of white Christmas filled with snow? Hello people! If snow do fall in this country Christmas time, then half of the population will freeze to death and only the funeral parlors will have a grand Christmas time. Now, why do people even sing it when it sounds ridiculous, embarrassing and unpatriotic. Or we're making a fool of ourselves. Enough of “colonial mentality” lease. Change the lyrics! Blame it of course to the disturbi...

Landmark musical ‘Lawig Balanghai’ reunion slated December 9

  By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Remember “Lawig Balanghai”? the historic musical staged in the mid-80's, re-staged early 90's and re-staged again early 2000's. It became Butuan's biggest and longest running stage production in recent times. It was also performed in Manila and other cities in Luzon and Visayas courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Exchange Program. On December 9, 6 p.m. at the Robinsons Atrium, the cast, crew and people who have seen it will have ...

Pinoy movie paints male family members

By Patrice Sia It's been a long time I have not seen a Pinoy mainstream movie because as we all know (and complain about) its most of the time trivial and predictable. The last movie I saw on the big screen was what they call now an Indie (Independent) film by film-maker Lav Diaz reportedly from Maguindanao. The movie was "Ang Babaeng Humayo" which was quite good because it was realistically disturbing and narrates a big part of Pinoy society. So when a friend dragged me to "S...

Greg Hontiveros sails us back to our dynamic past

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Prominent historian-author Greg Hontiveros' two books, "Butuan of a Thousand Years" and "Fire on the Island" are a must-read to every Butuanon and Caraganon and every Filipino for that matter who thirst for knowledge and wisdom of the past to come up with a precise sensibility. Written with an elegant and crisp style as only a veteran writer can, the two books, each with its 3rd and 2nd printing, respectively (by Ateneo de Manila University Press) have beco...

Where are the Diwatas of Mt. Mayapay?

By Bryan Edulzura   Four exotic diwatas (fairies) of Mt. Mayapay came down to the plains of Agusan to settle their differences though refusing to see each other for awhile but left with no choice. The diwatas of the land, river, forest and fire were having a misunderstanding and competing each other that the magnificent queen fairy was force to come down as well to discipline them. Ah, the war of the insecure goddesses. All ended well and happily in peace and as always, e...

Kit Gresos transforms from child-actor to acclaimed visual artist

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing To all of us of Artist's Quarter (AQ), a local theater company in Butuan, Kit Gresos is our pinangga (favored} child-actor way back 15 years or so ago. He was constantly the lead star of some of our plays where he easily stole attention. Fast forward years later and Kit reached college and chose to shift full time and attention to visual arts, exploring the canvas and out of it. It was apparently a graceful and successful shift because he always had t...

Titing Trinquite: A musician-artist for all seasons

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing I have known Vicente "Titing" Trinquite for more than two decades, having started and embraced Mindanao's cultural work at the same time-he, as musician-soloist, composer and band leader of the group he organized, Sinag. Other than a musician, he is an actor, director and lately, branching into independent film-making as director. It's been a long way for this humble farmer's son settling in the city, strumming a guitar and singing songs with the neighbo...

‘Soog Butuan’: Creative narrative of city’s political, environmental past and foresight

By Bryan Edulzura "Please watch the show and please be kind," Ramon Jorge Sarabosing, co-author of the dance-musical “Soog (current) Butuan” texted me a day before the production's premiere night, August 2. Of course it was a joke, he, being a colleague, friend, mentor (and tormentor-another joke). But I really planned to see it because I trusted the artistic director, Richard Vilar of Kaliwat and his creative staff to come up with another sensitive and sensible story dealing with ...

Young movement artists conquer the stage

  By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Remember their names-Raymart Lamanilao Teves and Ma. Rosario "Fatima" Roseos- but remember even more their prowess as physical actors (not just dancers). It is mesmerizing to see their grace and strength, in lead roles in fact, in the company of Dulimbay Theater, the resident performing arts group of Caraga State University, which undoubtedly the best in the region. Watch them together as a pair in an ethnic ballet portion in "Soog Butuan" prem...

Playwright recalls the making of a ‘Butuanon’ dance-musical

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Richard Vilar, the charmingly demanding director and me trade email messages, versions and revisions for the script/libretto of “Soog” (current) Butuan, slated Wednesday evening next week, August 2 at the Father Saturnino Urios University gym. It is produced by the City Government of Butuan as part of the Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration. Vilar is a veteran of countless plays and musicals (on Mindanaoan dramaturgy) so I spoiled myself with the idea that he...


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