Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Former RCBC Securities President Jerome Tan Dies in Subic


Subic accident

Former RCBC Securities president Jerome Tan passed away last weekend after he drowned in Zambales.

According to word that reached Biz Buzz, Tan and his friend were trying out a new yacht last Saturday in Subic and decided to visit Grande Island, just at the mouth of the bay. They anchored the boat off the island and jumped into the water to swim to the shore but soon found themselves overpowered by the strong undertow that waters off Zambales are known for.

Despite being “very fit” and a “good swimmer”—as attested to by his good friends, who invariably described him as a “nice guy”—Tan was apparently overcome by the current. Only his friend made it to the island, and the banker was later found with a very weak pulse. Tan expired soon after.

Tan resigned from the brokerage firm about two months ago amid troubles concerning the supposedly rogue trades executed by the firm’s rainmaker (who has since made herself scarce). According to his friends, Tan was advised early this year by a geomancer to “stay away from salt water.”—Daxim L. Lucas

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

King of Comedy Dolphy... Going Any Time

I sure hope it isn't true that Dolphy is near deaths door.

For the last couple of days, Dolphy "The King of Comedy" Quizon had fallen ill and was reportedly in critical condition.

There was word coming from his son Eric Quizon that the Dolphy's health was improving.

But just now, friends in movie and entertainment circles say that Dolphy is nearing death and may go any time soon.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What This Country Needs...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Baihana: Proudly Filipina, Singing for Global Harmony

After Manny Pacquiao's loss to Timothy Bradley and Jessica Sanchez' loss to Philip Philips and then hearing her sing the Start Spangled Banner, suddenly I get word of a Filipina vocal trio making waves on the global scene.

Fast rising vocal trio Baihana interprets the official score of Emirates’ Harmony in the country and serves as the nation’s primary campaign representative. The three ladies used pure vocals to interpret Emirate's score or jingle because the Filipino voice is what is known worldwide in contrast to other musicians representing their countries who used traditional instruments.

The fantastic Baihana trio of Krina Cayabyab, Mel Torre, and Anna Achacoso combines three part vocal harmonies with feminine humor, era jazz music and wit.  Baihana is a derivative of the Cebuano word which means babae in Tagalog and girl in English. The ladies’ musical influences are the Andrew Sisters, the Chordettes, and many other famous 1950s and 1960s jazz vocal groups. The trio is managed by The Thirdline Inc.

Here's Krina, Mel, and Anna singing the Emirate's score.

The three women are lending their voices to Emirate's global brand platform "Hello Tomorrow".

In a write up, Emirates country manager describes Baihana:

Gigie Baroa, Emirates Philippines Country Manager noted that with Baihana’s exceptional vocal prowess, outstanding showmanship, charming wit and enchanting choral harmonies, the group is a living testament to the reputation of Filipinos as world class artists.
“Filipinos are renowned all over the world for their fabulous contributions to the music industry,” Baroa said. “World-class talents such as Miss Saigon star Lea Salonga, Black Eyed Peas member Apl D Ap, Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, international singer Charice, ‘Asia’s Queen of Songs’ Pilita Corrales, ‘Anak’ singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar, ‘Asia’s Nightingale’ Lani Misalucha, to name a few, had given prestige to the Philippines because of their heartfelt songs and excellent skills.”
“Dubbed as ‘The Future of Original Pilipino Music,’ Baihana truly embodies Emirates latest brand campaign – Global Harmony,” Baroa added. “A perfect fit for Emirates Airline as a lifestyle brand; the group is fresh, unified, enjoyable, youthful, vibrant, talented, and world-class.

The airline company invites the world to interact with its brand platform through and  the carrier aims to strike a chord with music fans around the world by asking them to help create the ultimate musical mash up.  Music fans and followers of the carrier can contribute their own versions of the Emirate's jingle, possibly snagging some global attention when it is featured on the site.

The airline’s Harmony campaign invites participants to interact with a specially-commissioned musical composition, which has been recorded by professional musicians playing traditional instruments from around the world, such as the harp, Taiko drum, bass guitar, saxophone, Shekere, Oudht and Indian Flute.

Those who go on the Emirates Harmony site can choose to either upload pre-recorded video or record their contribution via webcam.

More about the girls...

Krina is the daughter of “The Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab and is the creative force behind Baihana. She does most of the group’s vocal and musical arrangements. She composes the music of their original songs, while her group mates, Mel and Anna, usually provide the lyrics. Her composition “Isaw,” won first place in the novelty category of the 2010 FILSCAP Song Writing Festival; a shimmering testimony to Krina’s musical lineage.

Funny girl Mel Torre’s voice is the group’s cornerstone of Baihana’s intricate vocal harmonies. As the group’s alto (Anna and Krina are sopranos), it’s easy to differentiate Mel’s low-husky voice even within the three-part harmonies of Baihana’s vocal arrangements. Her stunningly versatile vocal solos are sturdy and soulful; it is easy to think that she can hold her own against the country’s best soloists. She also sings alto in her choir group, Anima and then shifts to the blues with remarkable ease - as the substitute vocalist for the Blue Rats.

Cute and witty Anna Achacoso, is the granddaughter of the illustrious singer-actress Armida Siguion-Reyna. Anna sings most of the tough second voice parts in the melodies of the group’s songs. Her voice unites Mel's low range vocals and Krina's high range parts to form Baihana’s trademark sound.

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