Monday, January 12, 2009

SECOND LIFE (November 03, 2008)

If Orlando R. Nadres were alive, he'd be celebrating his 70th birthday today!
Instead, TAYABASIN or TAgapagtaguyod ng YAmang-kultural ng BAyan para sa Salinlahi did it for him yesterday at Ryan Palad's ATAGAN Center in Tayabas City where he was born in 1938.
Before his untimely death on 14 July in 1991, Nadres started in komiks with Mars Ravelo, worked for the G. Miranda and Sons Publishing Co. that inspired him to write Paraisong Parisukat, edited Sixteen Magazine, until he got involved with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) through National Artist Lino Brocka.
In the late 80s, this ex-seminarian deemed it necessary to come home and help his kababayans via his theater group SUSI or Sanayan at Ugnayan sa Sining, noted for reviving the tradition of carillo, santacruzan and sarsuwela. Not to mention, Mukha ng Tayabas, a beauty pageant where we were tapped to co-emcee with the then upcoming actress Cherry Pie Picache.
Dandy to many, he was an accomplished stage, film, television writer, director and actor with the following titles to his credit:
  1. "Magdusa Ka" (1986 & 2008)
  2. Imortal (1989)
  3. Beloved (1985)
  4. Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (1974) (segment "Bukas, Madilim, Bukas")
  5. Stardoom (1971)

But, one thing he could never forgive and we could never forget was the violation of his intellectual property right committed by a popular television executive/actress/producer/host who after picking his brain dumped him, though he had great track record for directing Balintataw (1970-72), Hilda (1972), Babae (1974), Atin ang Daigdig (1974), Tanghalan (1975), and Lino Brocka Presents (1977), among others.

As if adding insult to injury, a dramarama was born without him in the early 90s on May 15, the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, which Tayabas is known for, with Pahiyas!

Last All Souls' Day, after offering prayers and flowers for him at the cemetery, more popularly known as “Paalam, Mahal Ko,” they presented Hanggang Dito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat and Huling Hagbong, and their future plans such as nominating him for the National Artist award!

Related to this is the celebration of the Philippine Book Development Month by way of a marathon reading of Rio Alma's translation of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere from 9 a.m. of November 8 up to the following day at the Filipinas Heritage Library fronting Manila Pen in Makati City.

Also, on November 9, at the FHL Tower, at 9 a.m. National Book Store consultant and novelist Abdon Balde Jr. will deliver a paper entitled Panitikan bilang Produktong Komersiyal as part of the lecture series of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo.

LIRA, by the way, had been on a campus tour with its National Commission for Culture and the Arts-funded Sining ng Tugma at Sukat since its launch last September 14 at the Parish Hall of Saint Francis de Malabon in General Trias, Cavite.

For its fourth leg, we were assigned to conduct such workshop for teachers last October 25 but we took a sidetrip with president Beverly Siy and her diving partner George Ang Dy Pay, who owns and operates the Boardwalk Dive Center at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in USS Essex-crazy Olongapo.

The STS Team of Ynna Abuan, Philip Kimpo, and Deborah Nieto got there the day before for our D-Day in Coral Garden with Dante Lagac and our savior Jason Obien who gave us our second life!

At the Subic Central School, we were treated like Born-Agains by its superintendent Amelia Hebron Mojica and principal Lilia Rosete and their court: Bienvenido Apdal, Christopher Angeles, Mary Anne Angeles, Artemio Aquino, Ester Ching, Jacqueline Concepcion, Venus Fabeliña, Laureto Jimenez, and consultant Clarita A. Lagrama who is proposing a region-wide version.

Meanwhile, if you are more of a scientist than an artist looking for some sem break class -- there is KLASRUM ADARNA: SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES at U.P. Balay Internasyonal, University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, Quezon City on November 8.

All in a day's workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., they will talk about Play Science: Toys, Experiments, Field Trips; Storytelling and Science; Teach and Advocate; and Be Involved! which will handled by the likes of Dr. C.P. David and other experts from the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and Institute of Environmental Sciences, UP Integrated School, and The Raya School. Greenpeace South East Asia will be present to cap the lecture series. For details, you may reach us through 372-35-48 loc 110 or through vanessa@adarna.

And, if you are both scientist/artist, the November Issue (No.13) of Ctril+P Journal is now ready for downloading at this link: papers presented at the 2008 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).

As always we ask that you help disseminate this journal to your friends and e-groups. To be part of mailing list, please email its editor, artist Judy Freya Sibayan, at

Shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death.

All the water in the ocean can never sink a ship unless they get inside.
Likewise all the pressures of life can never hurt you unless you let them in.

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