Monday, August 22, 2011

Kaninong Salita Ka?

Sa hinaba-haba ng mga panahon ko ay ngayon lang ako makakapagsulat ng isang Tagalog na blog post. Yeah.

Ngayong araw na ito ay nakabili ako sa National Bookstore (sa wakas) ng "This is a Crazy Planets" ni Lourd de Veyra. Para sa mga hindi siya kilala, si sir Lourd ay isang essayist, TV personality, at bokalista ng bandang Radioactive Sago Project. Malupit siya ngunit nakakabilib - yung tipong maiinis ka pero matatawa ka. Yun bang sa sobrang congested na ng Pilipinas ay saka mo lang malalaman ang mga tunay na ibig sabihin ng mga bagay-bagay dito sa mundo, na madalas ay deadma lang.

Ito ang tanong ko: ano ang pinagkaiba ni Lourd sa isang batikan (at underground scene) na awtor na may pen name na Bob Ong?

Narito ang aking personal na opinyon.

Hindi ako masyadong nakabasa ng mga aklat ni Bob Ong pero nakakabasa naman ako kahit kaunti sa Internet at mga pahapyaw sa mga nakikita at nahahawakan kong Bob Ong books tulad ng Stainless Longganisa na pag-aari ng kapatid ng boyfriend ko (Salamat Carisa at happy birthday ulet). Para sa akin, ang napansin kong pamamaraan ng awtor na iyon ay gumagamit siya ng "simpleng" linggwahe - yung tipong mga low IQ ay pwedeng magbasa. Samakatwid, maaaring ang iniisip ng mga matataas ang pinag-aralan kay Bob Ong ay "ang manunulat na nagsusulat ng mga librong para sa mga tanga ang pag-iisip".

Pero may malalim na kahulugan ang pagsusulat ni Bob Ong ng "nonsense" Filipino. Maaaring ipinapamukha sa atin ng awtor ang unti-unting pagbaba ng ating karunungan sa pagbasa at pagsulat. Alam din niyang sobrang tamad na ng mga Pinoy ngayon (lalo na ang mga kabataang Facebook, gimik, at magpaka-OMG lang ang alam) na magbuklat ng mga aklat, at minsan ay tamang E-books na lang sila (pero okay narin ang E-books kaso para sa akin nakakasakit ng mata). Kaya ang ginawa niyang istilo ay ang "pang-masa" o yung maiintindihan ng mga makikitid ang utak na "mainstream people". Yung mga dumedepende sa uso at trend. Kasi nga naman, sa paglago ng teknolohiya, nababawasan na ang IQ level ng mga kabataan. Tapos idagdag pa ang pagka-OA ng ilang mga "professional" at "high and mighty people". Yung mga taong hindi open-minded, alam mo na yun.

Maganda rin naman ang istilo ni Bob Ong - kumbaga sa music ay Lito Camo or Yeng Constantino. Kumbaga sa channel ay ABS-CBN or GMA.

Pero iba si Lourd de Veyra.

Biglang pumasok sa isip ko na baka mayroon mga taong makikitid ang utak na sinasabing "sino ba yang si Lourd? Papogi effect? Basta Bob Ong parin ako. Hindi ko maintindihan ang professionalism ni Lourd." Ngayon kung may ganito mang tao, humanda ka sa aking sasabihin. Hahaha.

Si Lourd de Veyra ay graduate ng Journalism sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas, bokalista ng Radioactive Sago Project, at nanalo ng madaming mga parangal tulad ng Palanca awards. Madami na rin siyang mga literary works, at syempre ang mga blog posts nya sa Spot.ph. Isali narin natin ang kanyang mga segments sa TV5 (dating ABC 5 para sa mga hindi nakakaalam at walang cable) tulad ng Lupet (dati) at Word of the Lourd, kung saan isa siyang mapangahas na kritiko ng kultura at lipunan ng ating bansang Pilipinas.

Kung magbabasa ka sa Spot.ph blog niya o bibili ka ng kopya mo ng This is a Crazy Planets, hindi ko alam kung matatawa ka, maaaliw, o magagalit, maiinis, at iba pa. Ito lang ang sigurado ko: kung natuwa ka, ibig sabihin pareho tayo ng pananaw. Ngunit kung nainis ka, sigurado akong kasama ka dun sa mga fanatic ng Azkals at isa sa mga Jejemons na pakalat-kalat sa tabi-tabi.

Hindi lang si Willie Revillame o lahat ng mga batikang artista sa TV5 ang nagpapalakas ng istasyon nila. Pag-isipan ninyong mabuti. Ano ang makukuha natin sa sobrang showbiz talk shows? Uunlad ba ang bansa kapag mas dumami ang mga romance movies na pasimuno ng Star Cinema or Viva Films? Basta, marami pang iba na hindi ko na kailangang pang banggitin katulad ni Justin Bieber at ang Super Junior (at madami pang mga "popstars" at "rockstars"). Malamang mapapaisip ka kapag nanood ka ng ilang mga episode ng Word of the Lourd. Mararamdaman mo na para ka nang nanood ng Discovery Channel pero classic Pinoy flavor and dating.

Pero sa dulo ng kompetisyon, nasa atin kung sino ang tunay na panalo. Tayo lang ang makakapagsabi kung ano para sa atin ang maganda at pangit. Walang sino man o ano mang mainstream trend, radio station, TV network, at kung sino pang mga tao o grupo na maaaring magdikta sa atin ng tama at mali pagdating sa panitikan. Kanya-kanyang kape lang yan. Kanya-kanyang beer. Siguro gusto ni Bob Ong na magpaka-underground scene kasi naiisip din niya yung naiisip ni Lourd - yun bang tinatawag kong "Stardom Depression" o pagkabagot at pagiging maniac sa pagiging sikat, yung tipong Britney Spears na nag-self-weirdo-hairdo. Pero iba ang istilo ni Bob Ong sa istilo ni Lourd. Parang ganito yun:

Bob Ong: Progressive and Experimental Rock (think Urbandub and Faspitch)
Lourd: Post-Hardcore (yung may mga sigawan at moshpit tulad ng sa samahan ng mga HG sa Lucena)

Pero wala akong kinikilingan. Patas lang kasi magkaiba sila ng genre, parang music. Huwag ikumpara ang Reggae sa Metal dahil magkaiba sila ng lifestyle. Huwag mong ikukumpara si Manny Pacquiao kay Phil Younghusband dahil self-explanatory na yun.

Para wakasan ang aking blog post, ito lang ang masasabi ko:

Paano kung nalaman natin na si Lourd de Veyra at si Bob Ong ay iisang tao lang pala?

The World of Fishes.

It is so titled because a lot of my topics for this entry has to do with fishes. Seriously.

First of all, I would like to show you my current interest.
This beautiful type of food.

It's Ligo Sardines, a 50-year-old sardine company in the Philippines, which has been pretty much in the underground scene because it's been there and the only sardine company - until many ones appeared. And that's why TV5 host Willie Revillame saved the poor little fishes - in the form of a Wiltime Bigtime endorsement. Personally, I really like their new (and first time after many years) commercials. Ligo is truly the saint of all sardines when it comes to both taste and quality. Have a Ligo!






It's so awesome that I even added it to a Pepper Dennis specialty.












Speaking of food, I also thought of a random (and brutal) story slightly based from my Diary of Broken series when we went to a Monterey meat shop at La Suerte Mega Warehouse (Pagbilao) some days earlier. I still don't know if it should be a short story or a concept music work. Let's just say it has something to do with meat and blood. Hahaha.

Another thing today is that I finally got a copy of this pretty book.

It's called "This is a Crazy Planets", written by Filipino musician/essayist/TV personality/critic/awesome guy Lourd de Veyra. His commentaries and point of views are definitely some kick-ass material, especially when you're that much of a mainstream critic (like me). Filipinos will definitely realize their mistakes when this man speaks for his ideals. The book is a collection of his witty essays from Spot.ph and is really worth buying for. It's already out since August 20, 2011, so you can grab your copy at any bookstore nationwide (I got mine at National Bookstore in SM City Lucena with a price of Php 195.00).

 And the third thing I want to share is this little teaser.

It's a new album I'm working on right now - the third part of the Lost Utopia series. From what I can tell you right now, it's going to be more "matured" than the first two albums, and is going to incorporate some of my new original languages like Viaalara, Bellueroian and Sphereian. I'll keep you updated when my album is launched and when my website is fully launched!








Well, that's pretty much the updates of my life for now. I hope everything will turn out okay for the next few days as I approach more craziness and yeah. See ya! =D

Saturday, August 6, 2011

International Forgiveness Day

Before I subconsciously post anything stupid here, I want you to know that everyone, like me, has their own personal opinions. And my opinion is that if you find someone's idea offensive, just ignore it.

I found out from Willie Revillame on the TV5 program Wiltime Bigtime that tomorrow, August 7, 2011, is International Forgiveness Day. Now I realized something: I should finally post everything of my best knowledge and belief here.

Okay, let's start with some ancient issues. In this example, I'm going to discuss about a famous (well, sort of) biblical figure whom people (especially Catholics, even myself back then) judge too much. His name is Judas Iscariot.

So you'd think, "Oh look, Kazaki has been under the control of Lady Gaga again". Jeez, no. This though came to my head even before Gaga's single - way back when I got a copy of Manga Messiah. I realized something.

If we look at biblical records and teachings of the scriptures, we would know that God is an all-forgiving God. In fact, Jesus Himself said that "You must forgive your neighbor not seven times, but seventy-seven times. You must forgive him the same way God forgives you."

Here's my question: If God forgives everyone, why not Judas? Is he not a human being? Or is it because he committed suicide? And why do you think he committed such? Think about it. Judas hanged himself because he could not bear to witness the results of what he has done. OR if you search "The Gospel of Judas" on Google, you would find out that there is a forbidden scripture that tells of a "secret pact" between Judas and Jesus. In that pact, it is said that everything is planned by God and Jesus Christ, and Judas is part of the plan. He was the one to take the blame.

Okay, so if you don't believe that story, you might stick to my first theory: God's ultimate forgiveness. Here's the thing: if you read about Peter's three-time denial of Jesus, you might think of the same thing, except of course, Peter asked for forgiveness and was "officially" forgiven by Christ. But how about the other person who asked for forgiveness by killing himself? You know why he did that? He feels like there is absolutely nothing he can do to undo what he did.

Theory one or two, for me, it's God's plan. And at the same time, God sets us up so that we may learn how to forgive people. I mean, did Jesus said "Damn you Judas" when he was crucified? No. He said "God why have you abandoned me?" Clearly, it was not Judas' fault - he was only an instrument of God. In short, what I'm trying to say is, there can't be a story without an antagonist.

And that's why there's nothing wrong with Lady Gaga's "Judas". It's just a song of romance being compared to some biblical story. She isn't attacking religion, she's putting it to art.

But of course, the CCP exhibit thingy WAS kind of...creepy.

So to summarize my first part of this post, I strongly believe that "God forgives everyone, even the worst of humans." And besides, we are all like Judas too sometimes - we commit sins so grave that sometimes we just want to die to make up for them. Well, don't we? But of course, we'll never stop asking for forgiveness if so. And in the same way, we should also never stop giving forgiveness to others. Nobody is perfect - so all that we can do is accept the imperfectness of each other.

Now, onto the second part of my post: the 21st century internet wars.

If you're a frequent internet user on "mainstream" sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, blah blah blah, you have probably experienced having a fight with someone on the net. This is called "internet flame" - meaning someone is starting a "flame" or a "war" with someone, especially to one whom the poster thinks is a dumb or stupid person. Sometimes, conflicts go from ideologies to even personal attacks. This is very shameful and disgusting.

When I watch videos that are in the current trends or are just too controversial, I usually see a lot of posters / users fighting each other with trash words that are simply idiotic and pointless. As a precaution, just don't "saw-saw" with them or butt in to their conversation - you'll just mess things up. They'll realize soon what they did was wrong.

Here's one "netiquette" advice that I am strongly supporting right now: "Learn to respect others". Don't attack someone just because he or she's different, his answer was dumb or stupid, or anything like that. Imagine if you're the dumb one who would get attacked like that. Seriously, from celebrities, singers, politicians, and even to other famous people like athletes - a lot of them do cat and dog fights on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. But believe me - I have never seen (in all my life) anything as brutal, stupid, and jerk-like as YouTube posters.

Just one reminder: if you find a person completely violent, offensive, or doing excessive spams, you can always use the Report or Flag buttons. But then again, users like that will ALWAYS create another account, so flaming and spamming couldn't really be abolished that easily. We should just give up and accept that God allowed the existence of such people.

So here's the summary for my second post: "Accept other people's opinions and shut up when you need to." A peaceful and children-friendly World-Wide-Web is not really impossible if we take the responsibility to clean it from absurdness and stupidity.

To summarize the whole post, we should all learn something. Forgiveness is a gift from God, so we should use it wisely. Sinners are also humans. Idiots are also humans. And all human beings deserve forgiveness, because that's how God want it to be - a world giving each other respect, peace, and love.

How about you, are you ready to forgive your "Judases" in life? Just a random thought.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Faura yerwe mufran anw firanzia.

I just realized I haven't posted in a while, so yeah. I think this will be my 100th post. Yay! :D

Okay, so first thing's first. Here's the latest addition to my music stuff:



It's an original UTAUloid, Kazaki Seine, using my own voice samples. When my personal site is 100% finished, it will be distributed as well.

Lately, I have been looking back at my previous journal entries, both in deviantART and here, and I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

Anyway, I couldn't really think of anything else to post so I'm ending it here. God bless to all! :)