Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Simply uplifting

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) mount flash mob at NAIA 3

Most of us netizens slept last night worrying over the implementation of the RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Or the majority were kept awake by rains and fear of floods due to Typhoon Marce. These, on top of other concerns we each have.

Thus to wake up today might have felt a struggle, and you simply wanted to see, hear some good news. And good news only.

And now, I stumbled upon video clips of PPO (led by its chief conductor and music director Olivier Ochanine) mounting a flash mob at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 this morning, October 3. They delighted passengers with their playing of William Tell Overture, Ryan Cayabyab's Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika (where CCP officials and employees---mostly with no musical background---sang with gusto), and according to reports, a finale number from the quintessentially loved The Sound of Music.

Indeed, this is my good, uplifting news for today.  

Simply watching this video sent shivers. Our resident orchestra is truly talented. The way they play music is invigorating. I had the privilege to see them perform live a couple of times before, and even wrote about them and the state of CCP and the Filipino arts and culture. Their effort this morning---"to bring art to the masses"---has been CCP's thrust for years (and further emphasized in line with their 43rd anniversary), and is truly commendable.

What they did today is timely, uplifting. Arts and culture deserve our appreciation and support.

When you see and hear them next time---reaching out to you in a place unexpected---listen, and surely, you will feel good after.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Sunday Matinee

When it was decided that September was a difficult one, I capped it by escaping and dressing up.

Yesterday, September 30, I escaped to the magical world of The Phantom of the Opera. And boy, it was truly worth an escape. I also missed going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where I covered events and also wrote about the center's woes and why arts is also a worthy cause to support.

Part of the escape was dressing up. I did not want to attend the matinee fully dolled up, but at the same time, I still wanted to come decently chic. Thus, my ensemble:

I wore the rust and black boyfriend blazer from Tomato; round neck, short-sleeved black top from Forever 21; grey jeans from W & Co.; square toe, black flats from SM Department Store. The mocha sling bag I used was the only bag I have which width perfectly matches the length of my umbrella. I first thought to not bring an umbrella because I was toying to use a clutch, but in this crazy weather we have, it is a must.

So that was my end of September. How's yours?