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18 years of Gloc-9

Gloc-9 hit the ground running on his 18th year on Sept. 1. The day of his anniversary, he released a self-produced single entitled “Payag”.

The timing could not be more perfect for this song.


This year, September signals the real start of election season in the country when, after the ghost month of August, candidates begin to earnestly do the rounds, gather support, test public pulse. It is the perspective of this public that Gloc-9 takes on in “Payag”, where the persona in the song – necessarily Gloc-9, but also not him – asks why he allows the current state of affairs to continue, why anyone allows him or herself to get carried away by the sugar-coated words and manufactured appearances of politicians?

 “Payag” is a song that we expect from Gloc-9 when his icon has been created by a history of songwriting that is not only grounded in social realism but more importantly critical of the status quo.

This year though, Gloc-9’s anniversary is filled with changes. Not only is “Payag” self-produced, he is also looking at producing an EP entitled Sukli with five songs within the year.

Gloc-9’s regular guests: Migz Haleco; Maya; Reese; Rochelle Pangilinan

In October, Gloc-9 will venture into something new yet again. Ang Kwento Ng Makata: Gloc-9 Live! is his first concert series at the Music Museum, Saturdays – Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Produced by PPL Entertainment Inc., each night will have him and his band Glocnine performing with different guest artist. on Oct. 10, Aiza Seguerra, Bamboo, Jay Durias, Jennylyn Mercado, Kylie Padilla and Marc Abaya perform with him.

 On Oct. 17, it will be  Chito Miranda, Ebe Dancel, Janno Gibbs, Jonalyn Viray and Rico Blanco’s turn.

Ebe Dancel returns on Oct. 24 with, Jolina Magdangal, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Yeng Constantino.

And on Oct. 31, Dancel and Durias reappear with Julie Ann San Jose and Kz Tandingan.

Regular guests are Maya, Migz Haleco, Reese and Rochelle Pangilinan.

For tickets, call ticket world. 891.9999 and Music Museum, 721.0635/721.6726.


Advance ticket selling for ‘Felix Manalo’

VIVA Films and its partner cinemas make another unprecedented move for a local film as it offers advance ticket selling for the monumental epic bioflick, Felix Manalo” starting last Monday.

Directed by multi-award-winning director Joel Lamangan with versatile actor Dennis Trillo in the lead role of Iglesia ni Cristo founder and first executive minister Ka Felix Manalo, the much talked-about movie now joins the illustrious ranks of such foreign blockbuster behemoths as The Avengers, Twilight and the Hunger Games series.

The advance ticket selling will be made available at over 300 theaters nationwide so that moviegoers raring to watch the highly-anticipated movie may avoid the long queue and mad rush on opening day, Oct. 7.

 Premiere night is set on Oct. 4 at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, with an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 guests in attendance.

The number includes over a hundred stars in special roles in the film.

The gigantic event, which will be viewed on a five-story high (120 meters by 40 meters) screen, will vie for two Guinness Book of World Records for the largest audience attendance in a film premiere and film screening. 


First Filipino Forensic Pathologist on ‘Leading Women’

This week on Leading Women, host Angel Jacob looks into the life of Dr. Raquel Fortun, the first Filipino forensic pathologist.

It takes a special kind of person to find fulfillment in a career that involves dissecting dead bodies, and Dr. Fortun is exactly that, an unapologetic, witty, and passionate scientist. Her role as a forensic pathologist has landed her on the headlines over the last 20 years.

 The outspoken doctor teaches at the UP College of Medicine, but she often gets called in as an expert in high-profile deaths and national tragedies. The first large-scale disaster she handled was the Ozone Disco fire in 1996, which involved more than 160 deaths.

Despite Dr. Fortun’s success in her breakthrough role, she has her share of detractors. Because the discipline of forensic science in the Philippines still lags behind other countries, many doubt her skills and authority. However, the challenge of improving the system of forensic science in this country also keeps her fired up.

Dr. Fortun is waiting for things to change, and she’s certainly doing all she can to initiate it. She longs for the day when, should another disaster or natural catastrophe occur, the dead will be taken into consideration. She looks forward to the time when scientific method will be standard practice for people dealing with crime scenes, and when forensic science in general will be taken seriously.

Know more about Dr. Fortun’s fascinating story on Leading Women on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. on CNN Philippines.

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