‘Sarap Di Ba?’ Mother’s Day Special

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By Crispia M. Belen 

‘Sarap Di Ba?’ Mother’s Day Special

This Saturday, May 8, two Kapuso hot moms join the weekend bonding along with the Legaspi family in a special Mothers’ day weekend in “Sarap ‘Di Ba!”

Max Collins shares her personal space with baby Skye. She takes the viewers to a tour of her bedroom which she re-decorated when she shares it with her son Skye. She also shares her personal workout in the makeshift gym that she set up in baby Skye’s nursery room.

Meanwhile, another hot mom, Chariz Solomon shares her yummy weekend recipe for her family, the “Baked Chicken Thigh Fillet with Marble Potatoes.”

Cassy joins the fun from her lock in taping while the rest of the Legaspi family celebrate Carmina’s special day at home.

All these plus the most awaited P5k giveaway are in store this Mother’s Day weekend in “Sarap Di Ba?”

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‘Guitarras del mundo’ online concert today

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By Crispina M. Belen

‘Guitarras del mundo’ online concert today

In celebration of the quincentennial anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world and as part of our cultural program, the Spanish Embassy has organized “Guitarras del mundo” (World Guitars), an online concert.

It will be broadcasted on Friday, May  7, at 17:00, through different social media channels, namely, the Facebook accounts of Embassy of Spain and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

“Guitarras del Mundo” will be performed by the guitarists Francisco Bernier and Antonio Duro, from Seville Guitar Duo, and the Filipino classical guitarist, Adrik Cristobal.

The first circumnavigation of the world not only resulted in a trade and maritime connection between Asia, America and Europe through the Galleon of Manila but also in the creation of a profound cultural bridge between the three continents.

Music is perhaps one of the best example of the new world of sounds that this connection brought.

Starting from Spain, with two Spanish composers, Granados and Rodrigo, we will travel musically to the Americas to hear some tunes of Milonga and Tango on our way to the Philippines where we will finally arrive to enjoy some pieces of Kundiman.

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RIP dear friend Ricky Lo!

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By Crispina M. Belen

RIP dear friend Ricky Lo!

You could just imagine my shock when Facebook friends started texting me up early morning today (Wednesday, May 5) telling me and/or asking me if it’s true Ricky Lo, esteemed Entertainment Editor of Philippine Star, has died! 

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Being used to sleeping early (usually at 9pm I’m down on my bed!), and waking early too (at 5:30am, I’m already on my praying routine) and would only listen to the news while I’m having my breakfast at 7am). So I didn’t catch the news about Ricky’s death from the early broadcasts.

I was deeply saddened when Pelita Uy informed me of Ricky’s passing. Pelita said “I know that Tito Ricky is one of your closest friends. Thank you for introducing a respectable and honorable man to Stan and I.” Stanley is Pelita’s husband. They own the Telenovela Channel.

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During the pandemic, Ricky and I kept in touch through Facebook/Messenger and we became closer as friends. We texted each other about news tidbits and called each other (once a week, usually on Saturdays) about bigger news or “tsismis” which were usually better off spoken. I am even more saddened by the fact that I didn’t initiate our last Saturday “kumustahan” on the phone. But I told myself I’d call him up Wednesday – a day too late!

During our Saturday “kumustahan,” we ask each other what’s new in our families, what we’re doing aside from writing (I’m retired but I still write my Celebrity World Ph column on Facebook, Instagram and WordPress). And I was surprised to know that, like me, Ricky also had interest in gardening, sending me photos of his potted plants – turmeric (luyang dilaw) and some veggies. He said “Cris, lapit na ako magkarun ng store named By Gulay! Anti-viral pala yang ginger, kaya alagaan mo turmeric tanim mo. Yan na iniinom ko everyday.” 

img_20210505_1359478108620962027297814.jpgRicky was very health-conscious. Every time we talked, he always shared me helpful things to do to control or manage our diabetes, like avoiding sweets in our diets, and the need to exercise daily, even for just 10 or 30 minutes only. “Walking is a good exercise,” he told me, “and if  we don’t have enough space, we can walk around our room while watching TV.” That’s what I’ve been doing every day, thanks to Ricky’s suggestion.

Ricky regularly hears mass online too. But usually he prefers to hear masses at the Vatican. One time, I sent him a copy of the Jan. 3, 2020 homily of Pope Francis, which goes in the beginning: “You can have flaws, be anxious and even angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments. To be happy is find in forgiveness, hopes in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness, it is not only to celebrate the successes, but also to learn lessons from the failures…”

That’s just part of Pope Francis’ homily and I liked it so much so I shared it with Ricky. Only for him to tell me, he used the entire homily in his column!

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Ricky and I have so much to remember and reminisce. Being the entertainment editors of two of the biggest newspapers in the country, we were invited together to join worldwide junkets. We were together in Los Angeles, California several times  for media conferences for big stars like Angelina Jolie (for “Tomb Raiders”), in Taiwan and Hong Kong for Jackie Chan’s movies, and in Japan and other countries for Tom Cruise and other famous actors’ films, among others. 

Indeed, we will never lack topics for conversations in our lifetime.

A graduate of AB English from UE, Ricky started out as editorial assistant for Variety magazine (the Sunday supplement of the old Manila Times), from 1969 to 1972. From 1986 to 2021, he was entertainment editor of Philippine Star. 

In 1995, Ricky released “Star-Studded,” a compilation of his articles about showbiz stars. In 2001, he released “Conversations,” a compilation of his exclusive interviews. 

Ricky also had a TV hosting career, albeit short. He co-hosted “The Buzz” of ABS-CBN in 1999, and was co-host of “Startalk” from 2008 to 2015.

Ricky was born Ricardo F. Lo on April 21, 1946 in Las Navas, Northern Samar.

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Pauline Mendoza’s intense scenes  in ‘Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat’ 

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By Crispina M. Belen

Pauline Mendoza’s intense scenes  in ‘Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat’ 

Pauline MendozaThe forthcoming intense scenes in the GMA Afternoon Prime series “Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat” shouldn’t be missed.

In a recent episode, Victor (John Estrada) has found out that the kidnapping of Iris (Pauline Mendoza) and Trina (Liezel Lopez) was planned and this is why he is so angry at Dulce (Carmina Villarroel) who was involved in the kidnapping plan. 

The scenes will be more intense because Dulce planned to get Victor into an accident which caused his comatose state. 

Pauline said this will just  be the start of more exciting scenes between Iris against the tandem of Dulce and  Trina. “Doon na mag-i-start ‘yung labanan ng characters nina Iris, Trina, at Dulce. Doon na talaga iikot ‘yung istorya kung paano nila makukuha si Victor. I’m very excited na mapanood ng mga viewers natin yan,” the actress added. 

Watch out for Iris’ next moves so she can get back everything that was taken from her in “Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat,” weekdays, after “Karelasyon” on GMA-7. 

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Instituto Cervantes shows the diversity of Spanish-speaking cinema with a series of documentaries

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By Crispina M. Belen

Instituto Cervantes shows the diversity of Spanish-speaking cinema with a series of documentaries

This May, to highlight the rich diversity of viewpoints and narratives, Instituto Cervantes de Manila is presenting the online film cycle “Zonazine,” a showcase of Spanish and Latin American documentaries. The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform (vimeo.com/institutocervantes) and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time.

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The series, which comprises of four films, will kick off on May 8, Saturday, with the online screening of “El cuarto reino (The Fourth Kingdom),” available for 48 hours through the folllowing link: https://vimeo.com/536445310. Directed by Adán Aliaga and Àlex Lora in 2019, this documentary has received several awards worldwide –-the 2020 Gaudí Award for Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Award at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival, among them. It portrays the daily life of a can collection and recycling center in a New York neighborhood. Through René, an illegal worker from Mexico, and the relationships he establishes with his peers, the film explores the lie of the “American dream.” In the face of disappointment, the escape is usually alcohol, but René also discovers beauty and art in the world around him.

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The film cycle will continue on May 15 with the second documentary of the series, “Para la guerra (Francisco Marise, 2018).” In this war film there are no gun shots, but there is a wound: that of the lonely and tenacious Cuban ex-combatant, Mandarria, who is looking for the comrades who survived in his last mission 30 years ago, in the Nicaragua of the Sandinista revolution, in a quest to give meaning to his life. The film will be available only on May 15 & 16 through this link: https://vimeo.com/536463619

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On May 22 & 23, enjoy the weekend watching “Baracoa (2019)” by Argentinean filmmaker Pablo Briones. This documentary portrays the daily life of two children on the outskirts of Havana, offering us their superb and natural performances with an exceptional touch and formal beauty and a humor that provokes admiration and smiles from each of its viewers. The film, which bagged the Audience Award in the 2019 Malaga Film Festival, will be available only on May 22 & 23 through this link: https://vimeo.com/536453084

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Finally, the series will close on May 29 & 30 with the online screening of the Mexican documentary “Una corriente salvaje (Nuria Ibáñez, 2018).” With a self-contained approach, Nuria Ibáñez depicts an exceptional portrait of the human condition in this her third feature film in which she presents us with a story of friendship and distrust between two fishermen who live isolated between the desert and the sea, in a nameless and apparently unpopulated place on the Mexican Pacific coast. Catch the movie at this link: https://vimeo.com/536452168

All the documentaries, presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Malaga Film Festival and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information on this film series, please check out Instituto Cervantes’ website (https://cultura.cervantes.es/manila/en/zonazine-documental-en-español/142806) or its Facebook site (www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila).

For further information about the cultural program of Instituto Cervantes please visit Instituto Cervantes’ website (http://manila.cervantes.es), or Instituto Cervantes Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.  

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Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Jr. takes viewers on a journey to protect the environment

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By Crispina M. Belen 

Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Jr. takes viewers on a journey to protect the environment

Sen Ramon Bong Revilla Jr 11JPG_editedBeginning on May 1, exciting adventures await Kapuso viewers as the bearer of the powers of an enchanted eagle sets off on a journey to protect the environment and to battle evil forces on GMA Network’s action-packed fantasy drama series,  “Agimat ng Agila.”

The original series marks the television comeback of versatile actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. as Major Gabriel Labrador, the valiant head of Task Force Kalikasan who is wrongfully accused of his family’s death and is chosen as the bearer of the Agimat ng Agila. 

With the recent celebration of Earth Day, “Agimat ng Agila”  heralds on every Filipino’s guardianship of the environment and promotes how pivotal it is when a man embraces his love for his one and only planet.  

Following his five-year-long hiatus from acting, Bong shares that he is both glad and blessed to be doing what he loves again, “Acting is an integral part of my life, and I owe who I am today to the industry. Hindi ko talaga maiiwan ang industriya. Na-miss ko rin ‘yung camaraderie and ‘yung collective creativity with my co-workers – from co-actors to the writers, the directors, the crew, and the staff. All in all, na-miss ko ‘yung buong experience, and I am blessed to be doing it again.” 

In addition, Bong also wishes to instill environmental awareness to the viewers and encourage them to be proactive stewards of nature, “Napakaganda ng Pilipinas at punong-puno ito ng likas na yaman. Agimat ng Agila shows this – the rich ecosystem and biodiversity in the country. Ipinakita rin namin dito ang epekto nito sa mga tao – the good and bad. Kung maipapaalala lang namin sa mga tao ang kagandahan ng ating kalikasan at ang mga simpleng pwedeng gawin para huwag nang lalo pa masira ito, then we have imparted a meaningful message.” 

Completing the powerhouse cast are Sanya Lopez as Maya Lagman, the headstrong but compassionate adopted daughter of Nanay Berta; Elizabeth Oropesa as Nanay Berta, the reclusive and mysterious elderly woman who will assist Gabriel on his journey as the tagapagligtas; Roi Vinzon as Alejandro Dominguez, a respected and feared businessman and crime lord; Benjie Paras as Sgt. Wesley Dimanahan, Gabriel’s trusted confidant and right-hand man; Allen Dizon as Capt. Gerry Flores, second-in-command of the task force; Michelle Dee as Serpenta, an evil shadow creature who acts as an oracle for Alejandro; EA Guzman as Julian, an earnest man who secretly fancies his childhood friend Maya; Miggs Cuaderno as Bidoy, a smart-aleck who eventually becomes close to Gabriel; Ian Ignacio as Malvar, deputy henchman of Alejandro. 

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Playing equally vital roles in the series are King Gutierrez as Timon, acting head of Alejandro’s henchmen; Jhong Cuenca as Mulong, the enchanted eagle that is actually an engkanto cursed to be a bird; Mike Lloren as Lt. Col. Roman Abdilla, the unsupportive commander of Task Force Kalikasan who heavily dislikes Gabriel.

Also starring in the series are Althea Ablan as young Maya, Dentrix Ponce as young Julian, Yuan Francisco as Wacky Labrador, Seth Dela Cruz as Buknoy. 

After accepting a military assignment in Task Force Kalikasan, Major Gabriel Labrador (Bong) and his wife, Myrna (Sheryl), decide to settle down in the idyllic town of San Jacinta where they plan to raise their son Wacky (Yuan). Together with his faithful sergeant Wes (Benjie) and deputy Capt. Gerry (Allen), Gabriel eventually becomes an integral part of the community for his commendable actions to protect the forest and wildlife. 

Unbeknownst to Gabriel, his efforts have incurred the ire of Alejandro Dominguez (Roi Vinzon), a local crime lord who maintains the persona of a well-respected and philanthropic businessman.

Fortunately for Gabriel, an enchanted eagle has witnessed his heroism and has chosen him as the new ‘tagapagligtas’ to help save and protect the environment. The eagle sets him off on a journey aided by the mysterious but motherly Nanay Berta (Elizabeth), and her headstrong adopted daughter Maya (Sanya).

When Alejandro puts a hit on Gabriel and his family, the eagle swoops in to save his life which leads to him being the recipient of its ‘bertud.’ Gabriel has now been granted the abilities of the enchanted eagle. However, his arch-nemesis Alejandro is also allied with a wicked shadow whisperer named Serpenta (Michelle). 

Now armed with the “Agimat ng Agila,”  will Gabriel be able to balance his thirst for revenge with his sense of righteousness in battling the evil forces of Alejandro? 

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Based on the film concept by Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., the series is a product of the visionary minds of GMA’s award-winning creative team – Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Creative Consultant Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan; Head Writer Jojo Tawasil Nones; Senior Writer John Roque; and developed for television by Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan and Jojo Tawasil Nones. Joining them is Genaro Nerdie Cruz, script consultant of Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. 

Catch the world premiere of “Agimat ng Agila” – under the helm of acclaimed director Rico Gutierrez – beginning May 1, Saturdays, 7:15pm, on GMA-7. 

 Viewers abroad can also watch the series via GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com

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H.E.R. returns with a brand new single

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By Crispina M. Belen 

H.E.R. returns with a brand new single

Filipino-American H.E.R. made history for bagging “Song of the Year” at the 63rd Grammy Awards and “Best Original Song”  at the 93rd Academy Awards, and now she returns with a brand new single “Come Through,” featuring multi-platinum, Grammy Award winner Chris Brown.

H.E.R_editedWritten by H.E.R., Chris Brown, Cardiak and Tiara Thomas, and produced by Cardiak, the smoldering R&B track will be part of H.E.R.’s highly anticipated new album, “Back Of My Mind,” to be released this summer via MBK Entertainment/RCA Records.

The release of “Come Through” kicks off an exciting weekend for the young singer-songwriter/musician, further cementing her music versatility across multiple genres – from scoring her #1 hit single “Damage” to winning the Song of the Year nod for “I Can’t Breathe” at the 63rd Grammy Awards held last month.

It also coincides with the Filipino-American artist’s game-changing win at the Oscars, where her song “Fight For You,” from the movie “Judas and the Black Messiah” bested co-nominees from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (“Hear My Voice”), Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (“Husavik”), The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se) (“Io Sì (Seen)”), and One Night in Miami (“Speak Now”).

Amid news of anti-Asian racist incidents, H.E.R. joins South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung, who won “Best Supporting Actress” for Minari and Beijing-born Chloe Zhao, who took home the award for “Best Director,” as this year’s biggest winners with Asian heritage and descent. In an after-show press con, the award-winning act stressed the importance of visibility and diversity in pop culture, and how proud she is to represent the Asian and Black community. “Me just being up there is a message. It’s a message to all the young Black and Filipino girls. Black or Filipino—that you can be up here too. What you say matters. What you sing matters, what you play what you write, it matters. It’s a reflection of who we are.”

Another Brown-H.E.R. collab

This is not the first time this chart-topping pair has collaborated. In 2018, H.E.R. joined Brown on his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” tour and displayed her musicianship to sold-out audiences.  

In 2019, H.E.R. collaborated with Brown on “Come Together” from his platinum-selling, ninth studio album Indigo, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured the #1 hit single “No Guidance” with Drake. Additional collaboration also includes the “Slide Remix” featuring Brown, Pop Smoke & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.  

H.E.R.’s “Come Through” featuring Chris Brown is now available on digital and streaming platforms worldwide via RCA Records/Sony Music.

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Online discussion tackles the place of the Spanish language in international relations 

CELEBRITY WORLD PH 

By Crispina M. Belen 

Online discussion tackles the place of the Spanish language in international relations 

add_webinar_Spanish-in-the-worldOn Thursday, April 29, at 6pm, Instituto Cervantes de Manila will hold an online panel discussion about the role of the Spanish language in international institutions and relations.  Titled “La importancia del español en las relaciones internacionales,” this event will bring together four ambassadors to discuss the importance of Spanish in global institutions and its weight in international relations.  

Last April 23 was not only the International Book Day but also the day of the Spanish Language, a commemoration declared by the United Nations in 2010 to highlight the global relevance of Spanish, which even Google celebrated with a special doodle featuring the characteristic Spanish letter “ñ”.  

In line with this, Instituto Cervantes de Manila has invited H.E. Carlos Rojas, Ambassador of Chile in the Philippines; H.E. Marcela Ordóñez, Ambassador of Colombia in the Philippines; and H.E. Jorge Moragas, Ambassador of Spain in the Philippines, who will join H.E. Celia Anna Feria, Ambassador of the Philippines in Portugal, to measure the importance of the Spanish language in the international context and address commonly asked questions, such as the reasons for a Filipino aspiring to be a diplomat to learn Spanish. 

The discussion will be conducted in Spanish but simultaneous English interpretation will be available. Admission is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.  The link to access the event is https://zoom.us/j/96951246678.  

This event is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in collaboration with the Embassy of Chile in the Philippines, the Embassy of Colombia in the Philippines, and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.  

For further information about the webinar, please visit Instituto Cervantes’ website (http://manila.cervantes.es), or Instituto Cervantes Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.  

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Sanya’s beach body, #1 trending in YouTube! 

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By Crispina M. Belen 

Sanya’s beach body, #1 trending in YouTube! 

Sanya Lopez (1)The recent episode of the primetime series “First Yaya” showcasing Sanya Lopez’s jaw-dropping beach body had viewers and netizens approving intensely.

The episode reached 2.1 million views and became Number 1 trending on YouTube Philippines after just a few days. 

The show also earned admiration from netizens for its interesting story and exciting cinematography. A netizen said “I really love this show. Sobrang ganda ng story, light lang and sobrang good vibes. Love the cinematography too. Sobrang galing ng cast! Congrats to the whole team of First Yaya!” 

Netizens also referred to Sanya as one of the “next big stars” of the Kapuso Network, saying “Sanya’s beauty and charm is different! Grabe lakas talaga ng dating at karisma niya! And she’s acting naturally. I can say that she is one of the next big stars of GMA.” 

Don’t miss the full of good vibes story of “First Yaya,” aired from Monday to Friday before “24 Oras” on GMA Telebabad.

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Star-studded ‘Bagani’ music video now out

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By Crispina M. Belen

Star-studded ‘Bagani’ music video now out

 

The “Bagani” music video, featuring over 50 acclaimed Filipino musical artists, is now out. “Bagani” is the official theme song to celebrate the 500th year anniversary of Victory of Mactan and the Philippines’ role in the first circumnavigation of the world.

The music video features an all-star performance from an ensemble put together by PhilPop and the National Quincentennial Committee, with the help of Jude Gitamondoc of Kadasig and Jeremy Sarmiento of MinPop.

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Lending their participation to the special project are award-winning singers, acclaimed musicians, Warner Music Philippines artists, and PhilPop finalists: Noel Cabangon, Bayang Barrios, Catriona Gray, Juris, Adelle Yu, Joemark Tumala, Jetz Tacsanan, Archie Udaundo, Chud Festejo, Ferdinand Aragon, Anthony Paeldo, Paul Pablo, Reanne Borela, Noah Alejandre, Ian Dumaplin, Angelic Mateo, Abegail Esteban, Kurt Fick, Jewel Villaflores, Kulas Basilonia, Jacky Chang, Kenneth Corvera, Nicole Asensio, Kier Franco, Nino Mas, Fernando Silva, Ava Canaceli, Giarell Apolona, Michael Cadoy, Enrique Gallardo, Novie Grace Jayme, Kenneth Reodica, Ed Miraflor Jr., Roel Rostata, Pio Dumayas, Mikhail Cansicio, Mark Armas, Michael Catarina, Juliet Bahala, Paolo Campos, Keiko Necesario, Rox Omilda, Zsaris, Dulce, Leanne Mamonong, Naara Acueza, JJ Pimpinio, Anthony Castillo, Sud Ballacer, Bayang Barrios and Nyoy Volante.

Aside from the appearances of more than 50 artists, who took their time recording and filming themselves in makeshift studios remotely or at home, the music video helmed by Josh Olasiman, also includes various footage from Medical City c/o Kevin Tristan A. Espiritu, and documentary films such as Jose Rizal sa Landas ng Paglaya and May Pagasa ang Bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio.

Commissioned by The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) to give its audience a feeling of hope and optimism, the song was written and composed by Roel Rostata, arranged and produced by Jungee Marcelo, with Visayan lyrics in the chorus by Jude Gitamondoc.

Honoring solidarity and bayanihan spirit during tough times

According to its chief songwriter, Roel Rostata the track was written as a response to the growing challenges that the Filipino people are experiencing during the time of the pandemic, and how important it is repurpose music as a vessel to champion resiliency and bayanihan spirit. “There’s no other way to rise above and make it through this pandemic other than working together,” Rostata shares in a statement. “Bagani encourages the listeners to turn fears and doubts to hope and healing, to manifest dreams into reality and to embrace victory. The song also encourages listeners to be part of the solution despite all the negativity and problems.”

“Bagani” is a by-product of PhilPop Bootcamp 2019, an initiative that aims to empower the next generations of contemporary Filipino singer-songwriters. PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio shares that the song was recorded for the Quincentennial celebration, but its inherent meaning has expanded into honoring our collective optimism and teamwork to rebuild the nation, and bring to light stories of optimism and resilience. “Eventually, the song became larger than what it was originally intended for,” Remolacio shares. “It triggers a strong commitment to the past and our future. It evokes strength and at the same time— solidarity.”

As part of the multiple virtual celebrations commemorating an important milestone in Philippine and global history, the music video marks the partnership between NQC and PhilPop to mark the 500th anniversary of Victory of Mactan in 2021.

Under the partnership agreement, the country’s premier songwriting competition serves as the screening committee responsible for picking the official theme song, as well as co-producing its official music video with Warner Music Philippines.

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