Mandiriwa: Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad The Concert

I’ll start with Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad concert, #Mandiriwa2017 this time around. Had some hiatus from writing for some reason. I think it’s practically normal for people like me who feels tired at work and has no aptitude to write and generate new content. Now, I’m trying again.

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I should be proud to show up and share with you this engaging concert by a music hero whose music saved his life. Joey Ayala with his band Ang Bagong Lumad just performed at the Music Museum for the first time in 25 years. “Mandiriwa: Joey Ayala at Ang Bagong Lumad (The Concert)” is presented by Vandals Entertainment and Gabi Na Naman Productions.

Popularly known for his environmental ethnic folk genre, the legendary singer-songwriter proves his music is still relevant, insightful and ceaseless in giving us hope while encompassing many different styles.

His faithful admirers jam-packed the venue to listen a concert with distinct Filipino sound and to watch the interaction of instruments ranging from traditional kulintang ensemble (a row of small, horizontally-laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums) to hegalong (a two-stringed lute also known as kudyapi) merged with modern instrumentation of drums, bass and guitar. It’s a fusion of contemporary and indigenous musical orchestration.

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Joey Ayala’s perceptive and humorous socio-political commentary is also impressive, youthful and relatable. He is the Mandiriwa, a warrior of truth through the power of his diverse thoughts and artistic words.

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‘Care Divas’: A Special Run for the New Filipino Heroes

I once encountered an unanswered question before. How can you really get people to go to the theater especially the ones who never stepped foot in a theater before? It made me think about this, “Are there enough reasons that the theater experience is still worth the effort? How about Care Divas?”

Even though theater seems to be a good medium of full intended experience, the Filipinos’ level of maturity and audience appreciation to the theater is still low. But theater as part of the cultural menu, nowadays more and more opportunities and great ideas come in from young minds as they become braver and fearless enough to gamble to wider boundaries.

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Think “Rak of Aegis,” “Katy,” “Sa Wakas,” “Ako si Josephine,” “Dirty Old Musical,” “Mula sa Buwan,” and now Care Divas is back for a special run.

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With Sir Toot’s invitation, I am being introduced to another original Pinoy musical that pays tribute to all overseas Filipino workers as the present-day heroes of our country. The press launch of Care Divas makes me clamor to search for the answers.

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