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Experiencing Avant Garde Sounds with Meltdown 3.0

Music as an art form  is created or composed by various reasons; it may be for aesthetic pleasure or expression. Different kinds of genre have emerged through the years and surely enough, here in Cebu, music has evolved into something more. Noise/Experimental Music has made a kick around the music scene with Meltdown 3.0.

Sound has always been a part of human interaction. We produce sound whenever we want to express something but how does something as simple as sound become music? Music as an art form  is created or composed by various reasons; it may be for aesthetic pleasure or expression. Different kinds of genre have emerged through the years and surely enough, here in Cebu, music has evolved into something more. Noise/Experimental Music has made a kick around the music scene with Meltdown 3.0.

“Meltdown is a collaborative platform and series of concerts conceptualized by Cebu-based MELT Records showcasing the most prolific sound practitioners who dabble in noise, experimental and sound art,” says Pj Ong, Co-Founder of MELT Records & Creative Director.

Together with these genres, they also add visual aesthetic videos projected behind the artists to complement the sound they produce. Melt Records, an independent record label based in Cebu, also aims to produce and release music from both up-and coming and more established independent artists from Cebu. They created this event to determine and explore unlimited possibilities of multi-genre music.

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“[It’s] A good balance between good indie music and more progressive forms to further art,” adds Dexter Sy, Co-Founder of MELT Records.

We can’t deny that mainstream music in Cebu has made progress this year, so Pj thought that there was a need to create an outlet for Art and Rebellion.

“Manila has been doing this since the 80’s, and we believe it’s time to bring it to Cebu on a bigger scale.” He says. He adds that although experimental music has been around in Cebu since the 90’s, it has never been formally recognized or documented. It was when he participated in a dialogue with Souther Asian Artist through the WSK Music Festival in Manila last year that he realized there was a need to establish an avenue for the avant-garde, exploratory sound scene here in Cebu.

“Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the discipline of sound art has definitely earned it’s reputation as an artform.” This specific genre has been applied in other fields too. 

Existing in a hybrid form, it can be combined with other elements too, such as visual art and performance art.  And as how MELT really wants to push the boundaries of the music scene, Meltdown 3.0 and the combination of artforms challenges Cebu’s music audience in terms of their audiovisual and live event experience. Dexter also notes that “As diverse as our local music is, there’s still a “comfort zone”, hoping that these kind of events opens up Cebu to other new forms of music and art.

Kazehito Seki

In terms of opening up Cebu for more exciting form of music, MELT also paved way for local artists that for most people, didn’t know that they created these kinds of sound. They were linkage that MELT already had. Some of the local artist that played where Future Teenager, Budoy, Chris Murillo, John Caing & Sam PipeBomb. They also had artist from Manila from their partnership with WSK and Noisebath PH—Joee & I, Lush Death, Sigalot.PJx and Small Town Press.

“Each artist brings something new to the table. Art is very personal and highly-subjective, and this unique sense of individuality is reflected in each of their sets,” says Pj.

Les Belles Noiseuses

Even if the scene has its ups and downs compare to bigger cities, Cebu’s music scene still progresses and continue to innovate; sub communities offer something for everyone, supporting music venues and artists too.

“There’s a lot to be improved on with regards to how we generate interest and income for our independent artist, but at the moment, things have been decently sustainable and people are enjoying themselves, which is an essential factor to keep the music scene alive.” Dexter states.

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The Uncommon Traditions that Mexicans and Filipinos share when celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos

By Allain Dumon Fonte

The 2nd of November is All Soul’s Day, a holiday that is very important to many Filipinos to remember our loved ones who passed on. This is also widely celebrated in Mexico as “Dia De los Muertos” or in English, “The Day of the Dead”. And Mexicans celebrate the 2nd of November grander than they celebrate Christmas. Well, you can witness it from the Disney movie, “Coco”.

As All Soul’s Day or Dia de los Muertos is about to end, here are some interesting traditions and superstitions that Filipinos and Mexicans share:

1. IT IS NOT ON THE 31st OF OCTOBER

Dia de los Muertos or All Soul’s Day is not practiced on October 31st or on the Hallow’s Eve as many other western cultures practice; but we celebrate it on the 2nd of November. We celebrate November 1st as All Saint’s Day or the Day of the Holy, while in Mexico they call it Dia de los Innocentes or Dia de los Angelitos to commemorate the children who died too early in life.

2. THE RITUAL

Both in Mexico and in the Philippines, we visit the grave of our loved ones and we clean it well. This is a ritual to honour their resting places and to let them know that they are never forgotten.

3. FLOWERS INVITE SPIRITS

In Mexico, they believe that the scent of flowers attract spirits. So the flower offerings are invitation to their dead loved ones to visit the living families. While in the Philippines, we believe that flowers offered to the dead exalt the souls and somehow fill in the sadness that we feel when missing our dead loved ones.

Most of the time, Filipinos choose all-white flowers to offer because white is the absence of colour, which means the absence of Joy and happiness. White also symbolises purity of soul which we hope our dead loved ones will attain as they journey to heaven. While in Mexico, they have the yellow Mexican marigolds as the official flowers of the dead that will guide them in their journey to the afterlife.

4. THE LEGEND OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

Both cultures believe that monarch butterflies are dead loved ones who visit us and show their appreciation that we have not forgotten them. A presence of monarch butterflies also means that our dead loved ones are always there guiding us and looking after us.

5. A PICNIC IN THE GRAVEYARD

Spending a night at the graveyard and picnicking with the rest of the family may sound very creepy to many; but to both Filipino and Mexican cultures, picnicking and spending a night at the cemetery is a must to show our love to our dearly departed. It is the only time in the year that families gather and tell stories of the dead loved ones and how colourful or how great their lives were.

6. FOOD FOR THE DEAD

In Mexico, they have what they call “ofrendas” or an altar where the pictures of their dead loved ones are displayed and offered with flowers, candles, and their favourite food. Very similar to the Filipino culture of cooking the favourite food of our dead loved ones and everyone in the family enjoys the food for dinner.

My family tradition involves me driving all the way to Colon street and buy that famous Snow Sheen’s “pancit canton”. This is my granddad’s favourite snack. Sadly, the old Visayan Restaurant is no longer there. My late uncle and my late grandpa love their sweet ad and sour fish. We also set up an “ofrenda” on their graveyard and eat their favourite food while picnicking in the cemetery. We do not spend a night in the cemetery; but while we are picnicking there, we usually play the songs of Pilita Corrales and Susan Fuentes that my late grandpa used to listen every afternoon while enjoying his coffee, pan de sal, and pancit canton.

What about your family traditions? Share your thoughts by commenting to this article.

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Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

 

Rating: *****/ *****

The multi award–winning comedy series airing on Apple TV+ is one of my favorite shows.  Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis is about a fun good-natured American football coached hired by a British soccer club (AFC Richmond in London) to become their new coach.  In spite of the fact that Ted has no experience or knowledge about British football/soccer, his positive demeanor and charm helps him overcome the animosity of the team’s players, staff and fans.  Eventually Ted wins over the team and the locals as they fight for position in the English Premier League.

The show won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and 7 Emmy Awards in its 2 seasons and Season 3 is just around the corner.  You can catch Seasons 1 & 2 of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

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PANDEMIC DIARIES: Twelve Months Later

Photos taken by Pablo Quiza around Cebu City during the months of March, April and May 202

AS WE APPROACH ONE YEAR under pandemic times, we look back at March 2020 with fascination. And awe. We had 12 months of lockdown and survived the so called new normal. We lived with masks and alcohol even today. Carless roads and dark malls. Those were the early days of March, April and May.
It stretched to October and past Christmas. No Sinulog. Virtual parties on Zoom and virtual mass on You Tube and FB Live. We debated on the best meds to take if we get sick and whether to wear masks (please do!). We scampered for face shields and anti-viral sprays. Vitamins C and D and zinc. Later, we survived being swabbed and we learned the difference between a PCR and an anti-gene test. The latter cost less.

We dreaded the declarations of IATF mandated from Manila. And we got mad at the police chief who had a birthday party while his people were busy locking up everyone violating the lockdown. Most horrifying of all, we needed to produce IDs! Are you a resident of Barangay Lahug or Banilad? Are you employed and why are you still working? Everyone suffered thru endless checkpoints. Most sad of all are those using motorbikes, they seem to get the raw end of the deal since those with cars are not as scrutinized. We managed to trick the system by putting a big handwritten note in front of the car: COMPANY CAR, and zipped tru the police desks in the middle of the road. Don’t even think of travelling, by plane, boat or bus. The collection of the required documents is enough for one to get exposed to Covid.

We learned to shop online, order groceries and necessities thru delivery. We slowly moved towards cashless payments. Gcash and banks like Union Bank and China Bank with friendly apps are heroes for making life easy for most of us to spend what little cash we have to spend on Lazada or pay the VECO bill. Oh and we binged on K dramas on Netflix and You Tube, kamsaminada.
As 2021 enters, there are some good news. For those obsessed with news, you already know that 7,000 vaccines arrived last March 2 in Cebu, with more expected in the next few weeks. The death rate is not as high among those who caught this pesky virus, which tells us that doctors in the hospitals have some proven expertise in dealing with Covid. More cures should be in the horizon.

Meanwhile, lets continue dreaming of the day when we can cross borders again, even if its just Bohol or Boracay, Bangkok or Hong Kong. Ready those luggages and bags bought during the 3/3 sale in Shopee in preparation for the day when we can take the ferry or the plane for new adventures.

 

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