Poetry reading under the Rambutan tree

By Bryan Edulzura Imagine reading aloud your favorite poetry and sharing it to others who can't wait to listen under the sturdy Rambutan trees atop a hillside. "I'm missing it. Those Saturday morning sessions with friends who share your passion for poetry and art, lively conversations and laughter," declares Vangie Pena-Dominise, an English major graduate and city tourism officer. She and a few others pioneered perhaps the only outdoor poetry "barkadahan" (gang) in Caraga Region ...

Minimize Hollywood fixation, patronize Pinoy movies again like ‘Mr. & Mrs. Cruz’

By R Juan de Abril Hey Evangeline, I know you have given up Pinoy mainstream movies and blindly fixates on Hollywood that churns out equally predictable, formula and run-of-the-mill and mostly vengeful movies you hardly discerned. Now there's one Pinoy romantic movie that I wish your children will see it (and you of course for some cute revitalization) because I think this movie has to offer for some after-disastrous romance for young people to teach them to stand up independently ...

The magical miniature trees of Mabua, Surigao City

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Whoever thought one can find arresting folk art in a humble sari-sari store in a fishing village of Mabua, Surigao City. But one can and maybe this is the, magic itself-humble people turn very creative. Though the barangay (village) is a known visitors destination because of its unique beach front of large egg-shape stones, Jingly Matin-aw, the lady store owner  displays pieces of colorful miniature trees worthy to be seen and appreciated. These works, I c...

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...


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