Monday, March 30, 2009

Foto Fuze! Photo Clinic on April 19th

by Ryan Macalandag

Foto Fuze! Photography Clinic in Tagbilaran City - Poster

Fotofuze! is a 4-hour photography clinic that covers basic photography solutions to some common challenges in taking pictures. Participants will also experience a real-time shoot and a photo critiquing follows. The clinic will be conducted by Bohol photographer Ryan Macalandag.

The photo clinic will be held on April 19, 2009 1-5pm at the 2nd floor of Marbella Plaza. Registration fee of P200 will cover snacks, venue and workshop materials. Only digital SLRs or Point-and-Shoots are allowed. Limited to thirty (30) seats only. Please register in advance at BQ Fuji Center or visit

This event is organized by POSH Events and sponsored by BQ Fuji Center & DesignDepot Graphics.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bang Bang Dos @ Martins, Huge Hit!

by Ryan Macalandag

Kani sa lang ako ipost. Ugma na uban. Ugma na pud write-up.

More photos here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

BangBang Dos Update

by Ryan Macalandag

Here is the final list of the participating bands and their original song included in the compilation.

1. The Lookout - Okay Lang
2. Leprechaun - A Puppet’s Cry
3. Mate Since Kinder - Untold Fairytale
4. Mange - My Senseless Song
5. Nico Franco - Gulong
6. K’Band - Tara Na
7. Pzyche - Sacrifice
8. Yordaddy - Sinelas

BANGBANG DOS Compilation Album Launching PosterThis album is self-produced by the bands in partnership with Angelstar Music, SoundGarage Recording Studio and DesignDepot Graphics. Recorded and mixed by Roy Tutor and album design and photos by Ryan Macalandag.

BangBang Dos also would like to thank Martin's Resto Bar for the album launch venue and KISS 102.3 FM as the official media partner.

You may buy your tickets from the bands participating in the album or from Martin's and SoundGarage.

More updates soon. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Notes from the underground: So what if FrancisM died?

by Terence Krishna V. Lopez


So what if Francis M died? So what if he died at a very young age of 44? Aren’t there too many people dying who are so much younger than he is?

But he is Francis M and that is the thing, exactly.

He is larger than life. He is the king of Philippine Rap. From him, hip-hop became cool. His youthful energy is contagious even from the small screen.

So what if he died?

It is a loss not only to the industry that has limited supply of genuine talents, especially those that go on to become superstars, with their feet remaining firmly on the ground, at all times.

FrancisM’s death is a loss to this generation, my generation that has limited supply of genuine inspiration.

Francis M is a nationalist who is not afraid to shout out loud about his rebellions against this establishment and the world’s. Or if that is an exaggeration, Francis M at the very least bravely showed through his lyrics the social realities, the class contradictions, the real situation.

So what if he died in the time of GMA, global crisis and a generation losing itself into the fantasies of the superficial world of television, internet and all other media?

Along with him dies some levels of hope and inspiration.

Because he is FrancisM. He is an icon of youth, if not fully of art and peace and nationalism.

Then again, his death now puts him into the ranks of gods.
Think jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.

(Photos by Eric Fernandez and Ken Tamayo)

Monday, March 09, 2009

BangBang Dos! Finally!

by Ryan Macalandag

Finally! It's out. In a couple weeks time, BangBang Dos the second compilation album of all-original songs by eight (8) Boholano bands will be launched. The album launching will be held at Martin's Music Bar on March 21, 2009. Show starts 8pm.

Score your tickets now before they're all sold out. Tickets at P50.

BANGBANG DOS Compilation Album Launching Poster

Keept posted for news and updates.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Francis Magalona, Freeman

by Ryan Macalandag

Without doubt, Francis "Kiko" Magalona is one of the country's most influential artists in the music industry. A multi-talented visionary, Kiko dabbled and excelled not only in rap music but also in rap-infused rock songs as well. Not limited by archetypal boundaries, he wrote Kaleidescope World, Girl Be Mine and other masterpieces that a lot of generations have listened to.

He also painted, did amazing photography, wrote poetry, hosted shows, directed and acted in films, kept good friends and adored his family.

Francis M. helped new bands and rap groups with their projects, too.

He loved his country more than anyone else in the biz by a mile. His culture-induced, deeply-nationalistic songs about our Pinas will leave future generations singing Mga Kababayan Ko, Man From Manila or Tayo'y Mga Pinoy among others.

During his battle with cancer (acute myeloid leukemia), Kiko never wavered. Instead, he called it "The Happy Battle" posting photos of his condition in the hospital, calling/hosting Eat Bulaga while bed-ridden and even making music with his project band (Sickos w/ Ely Buendia) in between chemo rounds. He always made it a point that his illness will not bring about depression for his friends and family. Of course it helps that he has a very supportive family and circle of friends.

Last Friday, March 6, the Master Rapper finally succumbed to multiple-organ failure after having been rushed to the hospital and incubated the night before. His body did not make it to his scheduled bone-marrow transplant.

In his passing, Francis D. Magalona has left a grieving nation. But not for long I suppose, for even in death, his songs, art and memory will forever remain.