Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Dejado was formed in 2005-a Manila-based rock group with members: Nojo Gamara (vocals) Domeng Dalisay (guitar) Migs Gamara (bass) with line-up changes on drums, finally came Marlon Caacbay. Their strong and progressive song writing style has a feel from local rock artists such as The Jerks, The Brew and other 90's Pinoy rock icons along with foreign acts such as Incubus, Redhot Chili Peppers and other known blues and jazz players as their influences. They started out with heavy inclination for funk melodic style which in the latter years had been remarkably fused with soulful rhythm of blues and jazz.

Each member then gave new distinct approaches on their recent songs like "From Within", "Falling Pieces" and "Away We Go,"  adding their  growing appreciation for rawness as well- with Domeng's gritty texture on overdrive defined by lingering delays, Marlon's creative drum patterns and Migs's steady funk bass lines shaped by Nojo's powerful lyrics and  vocal character. The band has been featured on several musical events including scenes from Northern and Southern regions and has also entered internet radio guesting at UR Faceradio. With an increasing interest from various listeners, we expect to see and hear more of this band giving us a new taste of blues, jazz, funk and rock fused and continuously evolving as they are now preparing to record their songs.....soon!

Photos taken at Ayuyang Resto Bar, Baguio City

Monday, 21 November 2011


At this point, I can't really say I'm living life to the fullest. 'Cause if I do, I wouldn't be coming home to my parents every weekend and they wouldn't let me either. But most of the days in the past years that I come to recognize the joy of doing things that I like and doing some of those with some people completely in shadows was indeed a hell of an amazing adventure. I realized that I can't make everyone understand some of the ideals I carry with me, but I can't put myself to stop just because they don't like a thing or two of those ideals- otherwise, I'm just fooling myself. Now that I'm 24 and still playing a fair trade of the game, I'm glad to have learned new ways in life and somehow gradually making people understand what I do. 

My first portraits as a 24 year old woman. 

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Anne Sexton

Oh yes, she fell in love with depression. 'Cause it's the only pill life has ever given her. And in the remote workings of the mind of a normal person, she devised something that would make her passion more evident.

Her Kind
by Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.

Resist. Progress.

A couple of weeks ago, I have met with an academic official and she and the institution she was part of apathetically blew my whole composure. I was measured and through their means, I was evaluated to be scholarly incompetent. Doubt came in like a Greek God, signaling perils and misfortunes that are yet to come. I started to become doubtful of my investments that made me come this far. Far enough to realize that I have reached the margins of what I can only do- and yes for a time, they were able to put walls on it. But concretes also go old and feeble...I cried for an uplift. 

A good friend told me that as long as I am confident in my work around in life, there's nothing to worry. I didn't think of that. Ulysses had already proven likewise and I didn't consider it. I was dragging myself to a free dive on a sink hole. Something's wrong...there is something to notice on what's happening; I was provoking myself to become miserable, to shift the rudder of my ship and to head towards a starless horizon. I simply wanted to become their casualty and succumb to my defeat.

But the battle has no ending yet. Much as I was provoking destruction and stupidity, I still managed not to succumb to the toil of this quasi Quixotic experience. Because I wanted to see more of what I do and what I will become in my resistance against the abysmal refusal of scholar absolutists. 

Funny, now I just thought of a line from one X-Ray Spex song that's not entirely relative, "Oh bondage, up yours!"

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Introducing... Mister Cameraman!

If there's another thing to be prepared for a photo-walk...that would be you being ready if one from the team goes unexpectedly crazy about taking terminologies- literally. Meet our guy here, Mister Cameraman as the Creative Director/Photographer himself.  (Thanks for cracking us up) :))))

Pao: Alright, that's enough.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Silhouette Love. Skies of Ember's Album Launch: Last Train of Thought

I always like taking photos using external flash. I can play with the bounce of lights it gives my photo, not until I attended the album launch of Skies of Ember's Last Train of Thought @ B-Side Makati with an incomplete gear. The venue's lighting was very low key.I didn't want to use my built in flash and I knew I was gonna have problems with my ISO but it was worth a try. Dim lights are special :)

Stealing someone else's flash. :)

Kudos to Skies of Ember for a successful album launch. I left the venue with striking guitar riffs and melodic vocals playing in my ears. :)