Saturday, August 17, 2013

5 Years and 1 Month!

My blog turned five years and a month old last Thursday. That is to say, I totally forgot to celebrate last month. I read somewhere (I really did) that the average life span of a blog is six months. Beyond that, most blog owners tend to just abandon their sites, drop everything like nothing ever existed. That's somehow equivalent to orphaning a child. I can still remember that distinct pounding of excitement at the tips of my fingers as I set up this blog and typed my first entry. And now here we are, five years later, still running and very much alive.

From the balcony of a room at the Century Park Hotel: Lucio Tan, arriving via helicopter.

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Thursday night, we saw Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo in concert at the CCP, her first solo venture since her stage debut in 1978's Fiddler on the Roof. We decided to get the programme after the show, so it was fun guessing what the next song would be. 

What she expectedly sang: Meadowlark (The Baker's Wife), I Dreamed a Dream (Les Mis), Don't Cry for Me Argentina (Evita), Loving You (Passion). 

Photo taken during "Meadowlark."

What I correctly guessed she would sing: The Ladies Who Lunch (Company), Everything's Coming Up Roses (Gypsy).

What she surprisingly sang: Stars and the Moon (Songs for a New World), The Wizard and I (Wicked), Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music). 

What she disappointingly did not sing, which means the concert must have a part two: Move On (Sunday in the Park with George), something from Into the Woods (preferably No One Is Alone or Children Will Listen, or in my fantasies, a mash-up of the two), Still Hurting (didn't she 'celebrate' her 25th year in the theater with The Last Five Years?), either of Norma Desmond's big songs in Sunset Boulevard (With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye).  

Nevertheless, this night was most definitely nirvana for any theater freak. But more of this in next Saturday's Inquirer.

Photo taken just before "The Ladies Who Lunch."

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On a drunken Tuesday night, in between shots of Jagermeister and tequila, with Christmas carols steaming vis-a-vis "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and Spice Girls out of the blindedly abused karaoke set, Janet Lim-Napoles inadvertently entered the conversation. And I wondered how incredibly morally compromised, or sinfully forgetful, one has to be to have the gall to swindle one's own people. And what in heaven's name would one do with 28 houses? And the 192 congressmen allegedly involved with the filth of Napoles? It's times like this that really make you think about the afterlife.  

 The Intarmeds of UPCM 2016 Block 8, representing Philippine Science HS (Main), UP Rural HS (Los Banos), Iloilo Central Commercial HS, Palawan Hope Christian HS, and Muntinlupa Science HS.

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