The Art of Originality

10:00:00 PM

Originality plays an important role in everything. Thus, it is the way in becoming a successful artist and somebody. However, conflicts may start because of some unintentionally copied masterpieces and the act of forgery. In the society, there are people who lived artistically, we may wounder how he/she come up with those ideas without repeating it from time to time. From the very known definition of art, which is the language of soul and everything, some can’t rely on their own artistic instinct but to be a ridiculous copycat.

Upon starting your own work, dilemmas like mind blackout, doubts and out of the blue are few reasons why people imitates. There are actually exercises for you to enhance more your abilities in making art. To distinguish various techniques, there are actually 2 useful tools that will help you to create your art work freely without copying from others. The first useful tool is the “sampling technique”, there is no such wrong reason in setting an example from other artists, hence, it is a tool for you to let your vivid imagination work and come up with a nice outcome, intended that you will have your own design and arrangement. The second useful tool is the “borrowing technique”, we can always borrow ideas from other artists, but we must be sure to apply the ideas that we borrowed with different version and revised ideas. The 2 useful techniques is a basic foundation to all of us in creating our own art work for it also creates a new innovation for our creativity and competence.

The art of being original wouldn't be measured of how your art work is presentable and beautiful but, it matters about originality and the different ways of how you simplify your ideas. Originality is a gift for everyone that will help you to answer your ideas and the questions about your art. We must bear in mind that forging and imitating others work is uneducated acts that will even imprisoned and give us cases.   

The Art of Rocking Chair

1:41:00 PM

One of my most admired arts in furniture is the rocking chair. Rocking chair is quite famous in the Philippines because of its relaxing sway and balance though it originates in the states if I am not mistaken. Most of the people who use rocking chairs are the old ones or the senior citizens. I always look up to this kind of art, when I was a child I keep on watching American movies and rocking chair always captivates my attention.  I was thinking of those people who create products like rocking chairs, thinking that it isn't that easy to curve those two bands and design the chair. To tell you frankly, I admired the kind of art but, I am not really into it. I simply don’t really like if I am already sitting on the rocking chair, it’s kind of weird somehow to me or maybe I just don’t feel it. One misconception about the art and beauty of rocking chairs is that they use it mostly in horror movies, which I also hate because there are people like me who got nervous every time they see horror stuff’s. I am hoping one day that I will conquer my fear to sit in the rocking chair. 

The Gantungan Falls in Bukidnon

4:34:00 AM

It was known as the Center for Environmental Development and Recreation (CEDAR) located at Brgy. Impalutao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. The place features 3 magnificent falls namely the Gantungan, Natigbasan, Dila and a spacious park that will challenge you to explore. In going to Barangay Impalutao, it will take you 30-40 minutes going north to reach the place.

I'm a native of Bukidnon. As far as I recall, my first visit in Gantungan Falls back when I was about 5 years old. I can no longer remember the details on that visitation, if I’m not mistaken; I think it was a family outing. One day, I was eager to visit Brgy. Impalutao, thinking that I can capture beautiful spots there and I can also feature it through my blog. Thank God my father escorted me to visit the place and there, I saw again the falls and the opulence of Mother Nature. I was so fascinated at all, seeing all God’s creation and the nature’s beauty.

I admit that I’m an amateur photographer, I sought that blogging is always associated with photos. I only had the chance to visit Gantungan Falls, it’s because my father and I was warned by the guards to stay only above the falls for the reason of bad weather and also to avoid accidents.  Hopefully next time I could share to you photos of the 2 remaining falls. So I will share some of my captured scenes in the fall and my journey in traversing the way to Gantungan. 


3:12:00 AM

“Lageng” is the Bukidnon word for “voice”. To with, this collection of traditional songs handed down for generations, embodies the collective voices of an entire nation, its culture transcending time and the advances the modern civilization echoing the spirit of a people. This anthology is the immortal “lageng” of the 7 tribes of Bukidnon. 

The  cover of the CD.

Michael Ysalina
Jewel Yen Pocol – Higaonon, Talakag, Bukidnon
Waway Saway – Talaandig, Lantapan, Bukidnon
Lucella Nacua – Higaonon. Impasug-ong, Bukidnon
Bukidnon State University Chorale – Premier Cultural Group of Bukidnon
Madelyn Palasol, Bae Makailaw – Higaonon, Malaybalay, Bukidnon
Estrella Venus, Bae Kasigihan – Higaonon, Malaybalay, Bukidnon 


The Project Worship Concert 2013

2:47:00 AM

It has been years since I wasn't able to join Project Worship Concerts. Project Worship Concert is an annual concert created by the Youth for Christ Music Ministry of Bukidnon and usually happens on the last week month of May. It is a gathering of the different Youth for Christ all over Bukidnon.  I always remember that when I was still in high school, I always watch this concert and never ever forget it. The concert is a form of worship and prayer where everyone can reflect through spiritual songs and various inspirational videos. Fortunately, I was able to attend the said concert because of marking it as "Important Event" on my timeline plus with follow up invitations from my friends.

The Project Worship Concert Poster. 
The beautiful back drop of the concert. 
The Youth for Christ worshiping and singing with the band. 

The genuine happiness of the Youth for Christ after the concert. 
A photo with my dear friends and catching up latest news from them. 

Yours truly, BukidnonVoice at the stage of the CAP Auditorium in Valencia, Bukidnon. 
A photo with my self at the back drop of the stage. 
Ate Josille Sabsal with my cousin Marian Cid.

Together with the Youth for Christ musicians: Lee (wearing the blue 3/4 shirt) and Reji (wearing the checkered vest). 

With my ultimate and best guitarist friend in the group, Reji Obedencio. 

Keeping a Secret Makes You Anxious

1:37:00 AM

Its no secret, every one of us have secrets and the attitude of being a clam shell.  We lived in this world with triumphs and the highs and lows in life. Secrets are one of the most highlighting aspects in our lives, we hide behind our smiles and we pretend okay even if we’re not. Why do people have secrets? Are their people who live without it?

There are actually two kinds of secrets in ones life, the good secret and the bad secret. Each of us has the right to remain silent or keep it with our self as we respect others. But there is this unanswerable question that why do people keep secrets. To make the long story short, we keep secrets because we don’t want others to judge us and we don’t want others to feel that we are pretending. As part of the human nature, we all know that we are not perfect. We commit mistakes, we fail, and we stumble because we are not perfect.

There are reasons why keeping a secret makes you anxious. The first reason, you cheated your self. Your normal attitude won’t work because you manipulate your own doings. Second reason, you feel anxieties  You feel it because you are predicting unpredictable matters even though they don’t exist. Third reason, you pretend. Pretending to someone else is a horrifying act, you may able to make them believe, but there is always a possibility that those people you tricked may know. Fourth reason, you feel degraded  Being degraded by someone else is painful and will sometimes lead you to hurt your self. And the last reason is acceptance. We are afraid to reveal our secrets because we are afraid that people may not go to accept us or even mock us.

The answer to the title keeping a secret makes you feel anxious is to tell it first to your family, a misconception now a days is that people are more vocal to their friends than their parents. We must bare in mind that even we have this secret, the first and the last person who will accept is no other than our parents. Dealing with our secrets to others is a difficult matter. We need to be careful to those people whom we revealed our secrets, we must be sure that our secrets is safe with that person, and we must be ready to face the consequences no matter what. Personally, as the writer of this article, I advice you to pray and seek God’s help. There is no bigger armor or a tool for you but to pray. After all, everyone deserves a chance and to live happily ever after.

The Deeda Barretto of Bukidnon

3:57:00 PM

It's my pleasure to introduce to you an Internationally renowned Classical Singer from the Province of Bukidnon who happened to be the person who influence me to live and love the world of classical music.

Marya Eliza Deeda Barretto received her Diploma in the Creative and Performing Musical Arts with a Major in Voice from the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music. She is a recipient of the Grand Prize in the "Kundiman Fiesta;" both the "Mary Garden International Prize" and the "Dorothy Hately Audience Prize" in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1997; and the Outstanding Student Artist for achievement in the international scene in 1998. She performed as a soloist in recitals, concerts, productions of opera, Filipino Zarsuela, special shows, and masses around the Philippines, Korea, China, Japan, the USA and Europe. 

A photo of Deeda Barretto during the pictorial of "Harana" concert produced by the Philippine Opera Company. 
Deeda Barretto during a concert in Las Pinas church, Manila.

I know personally Deeda Barretto because she is the older sister of my painting mentor and her parents are also my friends. I first met her in 2005 during her Christmas concert in Balay Malay Center (their family's mini museum in Malaybalay) and I recall I was invited by my painting mentor (Chico Barretto) to watch her because my mentor knew I was also into singing. I remembered that she sounded like a bird when she performed the allegro version of the Philipppine folk song "Sa Kabukiran" and her breathtaking and dramatic interpretations of the inspirational song "The Light of a Million Mornings". The last time I met her was in 2008 when she again performed in the anniversary of the Monastery of Transfiguration together with the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Deeda is a great influence to me, her techniques in singing and her personality. 

The Mt. Kitanglad of Bukidnon

9:52:00 PM

Okay, here's what happen, I woke up one day and all I want to do is to take photo of the beautiful spots in Bukidnon. It was a travel blogger mode for me that day. Well, am proud to say I took this amateur photo of Mt. Kitanglad.

What can you say? Is it okay? Well, then you comment. :)  

The Internationally Acclaimed Bukidnon State University Chorale

8:45:00 PM

A brief history of the Bukidnon State University Chorale grabbed from the Bukidnon State University Website. 

The Bukidnon State University Chorale is the premier cultural group of Malaybalay academic istitution. It is a mixed choir composed of students and employees of the University. The choir is a two-time champion, in 2006 and 2008, of the Mindano-Wide choral competition of the Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation. The choir has also been a two-time consecutive first runner-up in the National Competition for Choirs of the Phillipines Asociation of Universities and Colleges, in 2006 in Malolos, Bulacan and in 2008 in the Philippine Normal University, Manila.

The group is the resident performer at the Cultural Night “Piniliyapan” of the Annual Kaamulan Festival of the Province of Bukidnon. They had performed in various high profile government functions. These invitations include a serenade for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the ASEAN Farmer’s Week Celebration, a mini-concert for the French Ambassador during his visit to Bukidnon, Department of Foreign Affairs-Manila, Cebu Normal University for the inauguration of the President, Dr. Lopez, Kalahi Cultural Caregiving and WOW! Philippines “Pasundayag sa Northern Mindanao” at Intramuros, Manila. The group had a concert performance at Silliman University, Luce Auditorium Silliman, Dumaguete City. They also performed at Clark Expo, Pampanga during the ASEAN Festival for Culture and Arts participated by the performers from the ASEAN countries together with their Ministers for Culture and Arts. This was sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Under the tutelage of Mercibelle Barroso-Abejuela, the group has specialized in Bukidnon ethnic music. Recently, they represented the Philippines for the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in Prague, Czech Republic on June 2011. They also performed at the inauguration of the exhibition of traditional Philippine garments at the Blumentritt-Rizal Bastion in Litomerice, Czech Republic. They also participated in two celebrations marking the Philippines 113th Independence Day in Prague, with a diplomatic reception at the Hotel Hilton Celnice and at the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus. The chorale unleashed its boundless gifts of talents and brought Philippines to the world stage through music and dance for the 150th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal at Námestí Republiky in Prague.

Recently, they performed in Baguio City last February 2012 during the Grand Alumni Homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy, sponsored by the Class of 1982.

The Bukidnon State University Chorale of Bukidnon. 
An informal shot of Bukidnon State University Chorale performing in Manado, Indonesia during the Philippines' Independence Day 2012. 
At Hilton Hotel, Prague.
The Bukidnon State University Chorale performing at the Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon: A journey of dances and songs of Bukidnon 2011. 
The Bukidnon State University Chorale performing at Baler, Aurora during the Celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. 
The Bukidnon State University Chorale performing the Bukidnon ethnic songs in Prague, Czech Republic. 
Madam Chebing Barosso - Abejuela, conductor of the Bukidnon State University Chorale talking to a Czech woman. 
The Bukidnon State University Chorale performing during a PASUNDAYAG  held at SM Mall of Asia. 
The Bukidnon State University Chorale in Vienna, Austria. 
The Bukidnon State University Chorale performing at the famous Luce Auditorium, Silliman University, Dumaguete City.

The magnificent photos above were taken by the BSU Chorale's official photographer, the late Rick Benigno of Malaybalay City.

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Yours truly,

Yours truly,