(Belated) Happy 150th Birth Anniversary Jose Rizal, Love Pinoy Artists

Pepe Smith and Ely Buendia - Rock Rizal

Joey “Pepe” Smith and Ely Buendia

Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday became more meaningful as Pinoy musicians made songs about him and his works through a downloadable album called  Rock Rizal. You can download the songs for free and share it to everyone who know and wants to know Jose Rizal.

Listening to the tracks made me remember my PI 100 (Philippine Institutions 100) in UP. It is mandated by law that educational institutions has to add Rizal’s life and works in the curricula of public and private schools  (please see Republic Act 1425 or Rizal Law). My PI100 class was unforgettable (under Prof. Nilo Ocampo) because I had the chance to visit the Rizalistas in Mt. Banahaw. I found an old blog post about it but didn’t exactly elaborate on what I did there but all the things that I experienced are kept in my mind. At that time, I realized that Jose Rizal’s life and works are timeless and it crosses all social classes (although many say that his philosophies reflects elitism and conservatism). Could this mean that nothing has really changed since the 1800’s? Hmm. Continue reading “(Belated) Happy 150th Birth Anniversary Jose Rizal, Love Pinoy Artists”

Be a Catalyst for Change with Colgate Fresh U Project and Rock Ed

fresh u

(photo by Gerhard Bandiola)

Colgate, together with Rock Ed, has joined forces to allow the youth to pursue their dream projects for their own community. P50,000 will be given to 4 groups that can give fresh ideas that will spark change. There’s nothing wrong in dreaming big and it can be made possible through this partnership. Continue reading “Be a Catalyst for Change with Colgate Fresh U Project and Rock Ed”

I Played Pharmacist for a Night at Rock Med

No More Excuses, Philippines

I know it’s a cliche but thank God, I survived the recent typhoons. An ordinary employee like me can only do as much. Thanks to Gang for allowing me to help in my own little way in some fund raising drives that Rock Ed has organized. Continue reading “I Played Pharmacist for a Night at Rock Med”

ROCK MED: A Medicine Drive Concert for the Typhoon Survivors

It’s never too late to help for the survivors of the recent typhoons. Rock Ed will be having its ROCK MED: A Medicine Drive Concert for the Recent Typhoon Survivors. This will be a free concert and all you have to do is to donate medicines such for cold, cough, fever, anti-fungal creams, medical supplies, first aid kits to enter the concert premises. You may also opt to buy medicines from Unilab at the venue.


October 25, 2009, Sunday,6pm
CCP Main Ramp/Driveway Continue reading “ROCK MED: A Medicine Drive Concert for the Typhoon Survivors”

Rock Ed’s Response to the Book Blockade: Bookbigayan 2009

The Great Philippine Book Blockade of 2009 is one of the most sought after issues that we, as a society, faced in the recent month. Bureau of Customs are hoarding imported “uneducational ” books from January to March because of the refusal of book importers and sellers to pay the custom’s taxes. “Uneducational” books, according to the Bureau of Customs, are novels such as “Twilight”, “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” which according to them again do not bring educational value to the readers. Apparently, the BOC is confined to the realm of hard science as the only legitimate education and making the arts and culture.

Many people were raged against this issue and felt that taxing imported books only hinder us from knowing things that are outside our boundaries. We know that the internet is already existing however most of us (including me) would still prefer to read printed materials. The quest for knowledge shouldn’t only be through one medium, the reader has the right to choose in which format he or she prefers to get information from. The BOC is being too greedy to Philippine society and they have the gall to be arrogant that they know the law. In fact, they have already been violating the Florence Agreement (United Nations Treaty) which was signed by the Philippines in 1952, stating that all nations have the right to imported information and books and other printed documents should not be taxed at all. Continue reading “Rock Ed’s Response to the Book Blockade: Bookbigayan 2009”

Launch of Havainas’ Original Campaign and The Rock Ed Original Grant

Last week, we were invited to attend the Havaianas event held at Rockwell. Summer is here and so flip flops are now very much in demand. And so this is the right time to promote originality, not only in buying original Havaianas slippers but to also be original in the things that we do.

The event was hosted by Iya Villania and Mo Twister (by the way, they’re wearing their Havaianas flip flops then 🙂 ). Noel Cabangon set the mood before the start of the show by playing beach jams ;). Bloggers, mainstream media and other guests flocked the event. After the registration, we were asked to pose at the Havaianas wall. At the middle of the event, printed photos of the guests were distributed. We were asked to write on the photo provided to answer “What makes you orgininal?”. Our photos were posted on the wall for everyone to see. Continue reading “Launch of Havainas’ Original Campaign and The Rock Ed Original Grant”

Rock Ed’s “The Girl Code” Project and the Launch of Duster’s Sweetheart Snackbar

with Gasulina playing in the background

Growing up as a young girl in our society is not that easy. Culturally, there are expected behaviors a little girl should know but sometimes (or most of the time), these expected behaviors become controlling factors in our decisions in life. As we all know, different socialization agents influence us and mold us to who we are now. Socialization agents are significant people in our lives (or most likely the first individuals who we encounter as a child) such as parents, teachers and peers. Not all the time they are saying the ‘right thing’, but because of normative conditions, sometimes adolescent girls are misinformed and would think that it is the ‘absolute truth’ with no room for change. Continue reading “Rock Ed’s “The Girl Code” Project and the Launch of Duster’s Sweetheart Snackbar”

Duster’s “Sweetheart Snackbar” Album Launch: Better Wear Your Duster and Curlers!

Yes that is correct, wear your duster and curlers too so that you can get a special prize! This is according to Rock Ed’s Founder and Executive Director, Gang Badoy. I don’t know if I will come like a homie momma, haha. I’ll probably wear the curlers then I need to gain enough courage to wear the duster. Hehe. Well anyway, I haven’t watched them perform live yet but I have heard their songs already. Now this is my chance to see them live! This is a Rock Ed event so please support. Continue reading “Duster’s “Sweetheart Snackbar” Album Launch: Better Wear Your Duster and Curlers!”