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#WonderfulMindaNow

August 5, 2014 Leave a comment

 If there is one thing that I’m proud, it’s being the kagay-anon and mindanaoan. For one, I have spent all my life here in Cagayan de Oro City. But what I really love about being in Mindanao is the rich culture that we have preserved, the exciting adventure experiences, the majestic tourist spots, and of course, the friendliness of the Mindanaoans. 

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I am so glad that Globe is recognizing Mindanao as a wonderful place to be. With it’s advocacy #WonderfulMindaNOW, Mindanao is being showcased as something that is beyond its negative impressions.  Mindanao is not about crimes and wars. It’s about a wonderful island that is gifted with “beauty and madness”. 

To celebrate this advocacy, Globe is doing a very simple contest for everybody who are proud to be in Mindanao. It’s a MEET and GREET with no less than Philippine Pop Princess, Sarah Geronimo. Mechanics are as follows:

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Winners will be announced at #WonderfulMindaNOW Facebook Page on August 6 and will be notified through Twitter or Instagram direct message by @enjoyglobe.

Join now!!!!!!

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 Some of my #WonderfulMindaNow experiences:

 

 

 

 

 

SITTI Live!

September 11, 2011 2 comments

 

ONE NOTE SAMBA (Cafe Bossa 2006)

WAG MO NA MUNANG SABIHIN (Sitti Sessions 2011)

 

 

 

 

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Sitti explains onstage.

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Aside from my blog and my backstage video of Sitti, here are my videos of Sitti onstage as she explains what really happened during her CDOC show last August 19, 2011.

For copyright purposes, I posted these videos as private. If you wish to gain access, let me know by posting a comment on this blog.

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Sitti explains her side.

August 20, 2011 1 comment

What really happened at Julio and Sitti’s concert last night?

August 19, 2011 145 comments

I arrived at the venue at6:30 pmthinking that the show would start at7pm.Few minutes after, people began coming in but we were not still allowed to enter Rodelsa Hall. We waited until one of the concert-goers complained about the time. Just the same, we were not allowed to enter yet but were only given chairs to settle down. After 1 hour and 30 minutes, (yes, we waited that long) another person complained and went upstairs to talk to the organizer. That was the time we were ushered inside the hall.

 

Undoubtedly, the venue was not fully-packed because the show was not publicized well. In fact, many of my friends and other people from the media did not know about it. Before this concert, I was trying to search for the name of the production company “Catch Entertainment” and the main artist “Julio” but was not able to get some information. In all honesty, I (and the other audience based from what I heard from them) went there because Sitti was guesting. I only even bought the cheapest ticket (which was {P300) because I knew Sitti will be performing few songs only. When I entered the concert hall, I was actually ushered to the P1000 area perhaps because I think the ushers were not really oriented properly. How lucky I was, I thought.

The show started at almost 9pm. That’s almost 2 hours delayed. The main artist “Julio” came in singing an unfamiliar song (an old song perhaps) with contemporary dancers. This time, I was thinking “this would be a great show probably”, not boring with the dancers around. Julio ended his first song and sang another one. I wasn’t able to focus because as I said I was just there for Sitti. Before Julio started his 3rd song, I was disappointed to hear from him a bad news. He said “Sitti is not feeling well tonight. We’ll try to ask her to sing with me later”. You could just imagine how worried I was when I heard that. I immediately texted Sitti’s PA who was not with her that time and he called me. I explained to him it was announced that Sitti was actually sick. He denied it. He said Sitti was there just ready to go onstage. That was the time I knew something was wrong.

After a few songs from Julio, he went out of the stage and the band just kept on playing for about 10 minutes. It was a dull moment. Such a waste of time. People began to doubt if Sitti was really there. They began calling Sitti’s name, some shouted “Refund! Refund!” and some just complained about how crappy the show was. I knew Sitti was just around but something went wrong.

Ate Irene (Sittizen fromManila) texted me and inquired what was happening in CDO? According to her, Sitti posted something on facebook and twitter and it was something bad. Something was wrong with the show indeed.

I was in the middle of talking to her when Sitti went onstage.

Sitti did not perform right away but explained to everybody what really happened. The reason she did not come onstage right away because the production (which was headed by the main artist Julio himself) did not follow the contract. Supposedly as stipulated in the contract, she needs to receive the 50% balance first before performing. She was also disappointed when Julio announced that she was not feeling well when in fact, she’s in perfect condition and was already at the venue at5pmready to perform. She did not want to be the bad girl of the show, so she went onstage to explain everything. Being a good performer that she is, she still performed 4 songs to please the audience. I knew the sympathy of the audience was with her right away. After that, she announced that she would be doing autograph signing backstage.

Then, Julio came in and told everybody that he was the one who paid Sitti’s airfare, accommodation, food, etc. and that the show was his show. Sitti lost her patience perhaps that she went onstage again and confronted Julio right in front of the audience. Sitti blatantly said Sir Julius Pacana (Julio) lied and she did not like it. The audience was booing to Julio now. Sitti announced again that she will be having autograph signing backstage. Julio, on the other hand, reiterated that it was his show and that the show must go on.

When he started singing, I stood up and began walking towards exit. I noticed people were also doing the same thing. Yes, we were heading backstage.

I was the first one to arrive there and went inside right away.

I was just so happy when Sitti knew me and my name. I told her how brave she was and how unfortunate she became a victim of this scam. While she was signing my CD, she explained everything. She said that some of her friends based here in CDO gave her warning already but she still went on the show as advised by her management. Facts began pouring in and we learned that even the band, the sound system (the reason the show was delayed), the venue were not paid yet. The production did not even provide food for her. It was only the staff from Rodelsa who accommodated her.  Even the issue on how Karylle was not paid before also came out. We then realized the show was just a big joke.

Sitti and I backstage

Sitti and the band who were not paid as well

Sitti showed how she is as professional singer and how she values her fans and followers so much. I don’t know if there were remaining audience watching Julio perform but undoubtedly, many have expressed they were on Sitti’s side.

 

She then had autograph signing onstage while Julio stayed at the sides. True enough, people watched the show because of Sitti.

 

The Bossa Nova Queen backstage

Overall, it was not bad after all. Julio got his reward and now, he should be banned from the business and entertainment industry.

 

 

FYI, just in case you don’t know who Julius Pacana is, this is how he looks like:

Categories: OPM Artists in CDOC

Sitti is coming to CDO once again! :) :)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Just 2 weeks ago, I received a query from an online friend about Sitti’s show in CDO. I did not know about it ‘coz The Sittizens in Manila usually post Sitti’s schedule a week before the beginning of the next month. Because I was also intrigued with my friend’s query, I immediately ask Sitti through her personal  facebook account about her CDO visit. She confirmed it!

Though she was not sure if the event is for a show or a function, the moment I read her response, I felt excited right away! My favorite Queen of Bossa Nova is coming to CDO once again! I was just praying that it would be a show.

I became more excited when I saw the following poster last Saturday:

You could just imagine how I happy I was when I saw this poster. I was supposed to watch her gig last Friday at The Fort in Makati but because of heavy rain in Manila, I wasn’t able to go. Fortunately, it was replaced with this good news! Though it’s not really her own show, just the thought of being able to watch her sing live again makes me look forward to that day.

Hopefully, this would really push through. I’m keeping my fingers crossed with this one. 🙂

See yah!

Spread the bossa love,

The Sittizen of Cagayan de Oro,

The Kagay-anon,

Roxanne 😉

The Crooner and The Comedienne Concert

January 22, 2011 1 comment

It was night of music and humor! Richard Poon’s singing prowess + Pokwang’s comedic acts made the audience go WOW!

At 6:30 pm on December 19, 2010, I was already at LimKetKai Mall for the much-awaited concert of my ultimate love, the big band crooner, Richard Poon. A little while, the gates opened at the atrium and I went inside the venue. I bought a ticket worth P1000.00 so I seated near the stage. Luckily, at almost 7:30 pm, the ushers told us (the people at the P1000 area) to transfer at the P1,500.00 area since there were only few people seated there. This time, I was nearer the stage.

When an opening act was made by a fellow Kagayanon, my excitement grew higher! I knew in a short while, my love will be out! True indeed, Mr. Poon went to the stage first. I could not help but be amazed with him…once again! I was starstrucked… again! I was not even able to take lots of photos and videos because I was just in awe the whole time. Kilig to the bones really! Especially when he started singing some of the standards I so love. RP’s just so natural when it comes to these classics. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Marrki Stroem (Pilipinas Got Talent contestant and Richard’s classmate at the Cornerstone Talent Management Center) went out the stage and began to mesmerize the audience with his classical ala Josh Groban voice.The guy’s got the looks, the wit, and the talent to excel in the business. He’ll go a long, long way for sure. After awhile, Richard went onstage again and they had a duet.

Pokwang was the last to went onstage but I knew most of the audience were waiting for her. True indeed,  Pokwang has a natural ability to make us laugh… real hard. The lines were spontaneous and the body movements were well crafted. Pokwang can even sing too.  She also joined Richard and Marrki in the singing at the finale. She’s just great! 🙂

Again, it was a night of wonderful music and humor! Even though I went there alone, I had a great time! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Song list (with some of the videos I took during the concert)

By Richard Poon

1. Moon River

2. Portrait of My Love – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dwzBfcn2-E

3. Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdyioAzUHSE

4. L-O-V-E – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM3y6uXtikQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkRfkMpcuRg

5. We’ll always be together (Electric Dreams)

6. Just Got Lucky

7. Always something there to remind me

8. OPM medley (Kung Liligaya Ka, Isang Linggong Pag-ibig, Sayang, Tukso)

9. All The Way – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW9b4AiDZcA

By Marrki Stroem

1. Broken Vow – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQlPwA8uGQo

2. Oh Holy Night

By Richard Poon and Marrki Stroem

1. What A Wonderful World – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JegYqhuaO0

By Pokwang

1. Bad Romance

2. Luha

Finale

1. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBIZukZN8VI

Richard Poon

He came near us. The pics are blurry because I was shaking. 🙂 🙂 🙂

–The Kagayanon!–

Categories: OPM Artists in CDOC