Friday, September 28, 2012

Oppa Gangnam Style - the Saudi Edition

Finally, I was able to finish the "Oppa Gangnam Style" that I was working on for a week.

The video was participated by employees in the company where I currently work for. It is just amazing how people are willing to share their time and talent for projects like this.

Initially, I planned to direct the video as close to the original. But I realized that the spontaneity of the people in the video actually made it more interesting. 

To date, "Oppa Gangnam Style" has acquired more than 300,000,000 since its upload in July 2012. Guinness Book of Records has declared the video as the most number of likes in Youtube's history. Quite a feat for a Korean artist. 



I hope to make more videos that would showcase the Filipino spirit.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

75th UAAP Cheerdance Competiton Results and Rants

Okay. I'm no expert when it comes to cheering competitions. I don't do stunts, though I do standard dances. I am not a choreographer, but I am very keen on aesthetics. That is to say, all I can critic on this year's 75th UAAP Cheerdance Competition is solely from the perspective of a distant audience. So let's begin:



University of the Philippines Pep Squad - 2012 CHAMPION :
Simplicity and Innovation



They are amazing. Their concept is beyond great and they live up to the challenge of "reinventing"  themselves everytime they perform. It's interesting to note that last year, they used Madonna as their theme dying their hair blonde.

This year we witnessed how from vogue to underground style UP has undergone. And I think it's safe to say that nobody, not among the other participants would ever shave their heads. But it's not about the shaved heads per se- it's about how UP Pep Squad has been able to set an unmatched standard.

The other teams tried to compete with UP but sad to say, UP has never had a competition. Not even with Salinggawi of UST (which I think should start re-thinking about their concepts because people get tired of the same old routine they show year after year after...

Another good thing about UP is that it tries to be very MINIMAL. As the saying goes- the simpler, the better. I guess this is something that other schools can't pick up from UP. Others try to fool the judges with grand costume and props, but fact of the matter is that- we are smarter than what they think we are.

We, the audience can see through the deception. The costumes can't hide flaws. The props can't take away the blunders.

UP just try to be UP. Nothing else. Acrobatics. Gymnastics. Stunts. Perfection execution. That's it.


FEU Cheering Squad - SECOND PLACE :
The Gruesome and Deranged Concept



When I first saw FEU, I was like "Eww, what are they wearing." Honestly, I thought their costume was hideous. I get goosebumps not because of their performance was anything, but because the costume resembles like "psoriasis" in its advanced stage. Again, I told myself- "What on Earth was FEU thinking."

In terms of the routine, it's actually fine. Nothing spectacular. Actually, it almost bordered on the boring side of the meter. We have seen most of what FEU has done. I mean come on, can't you think of anything else. The girls are looking like wasted circus freaks contorting with no purpose.

I hope FEU realizes that what they are lacking is a unified theme. They perform like they're just doing it for the sake of performing. Nothing more.

If they want to beat UP again (which I highly doubt) they should start concentrating on something unified. What I mean is, their routine should be according to their theme. Never mind the costume. I see that they tried to be some kind of a jaguar that turned to a tamarraw. Crazy!


National University Cheer Squadron - THIRD PLACE:
Epitome of Anomaly




Folks, this is the biggest anomaly in the history of UAAP Cheerdance. Did the judges think that because NU is the host, they can just give the third place to them as some kind of "pa-consuelo de bobo?" 

First of all, they look like a bunch of majorettes and band players ready to perform for a fiesta extravaganza. Second, their music choice best fits kindergarten students. Lastly, their stunts was- can't even think of a lower term.

This is just not right. I just think that DLSU deserved to win more than this crap. Or was there some kind of arrangement with Henry Sy like- "If NU doesn't place, you'll have to pay the rent for this effin' arena!"

That is just so cheap. 

Anyhow, everything's been done. What can we do? Even if we rant and curse the heavens for social injustice the results will still remain the same.


Videos from:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ANCalerts/videos?view=0




Friday, September 21, 2012

Oppa Gangnam Style 3.0


This is the third teaser for the Oppa Gangnam Style that I am making with the help of the Filipinos I work with here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It's really interesting to know how people would find time to share their talent and time to work on these videos so for that I am thankful to them. That despite our busy schedules, we found a way to shoot these.

Oppa Seder Style is the third part of the teasers that I am working on. This covers the elevator scene, which due to lack of; we had to improvise. 



Tell us what you think about the video. Especially the elevator scene.

Oppa Gangnam Style 2.0


This second video is a good one I think, utilizing the natural afternoon light. It made the production look a little sophisticated, if I may say. I am actually using a Sony camera to make all these videos so it's really an achievement for me and rest of the talents in the video to come up with something like this. 

Oppa Gangnam Style 2.0 is the beginning of the complete video I am making. 


  

You may comment and react on this video so I know how I can improve more on my works. I appreciate all your suggestions and donations. :)





Oppa Gangnam Style 1.0

I'm officially jumping into the bandwagon of the "Oppa Gangnam Style" world. It's actually a fun video and catchy enough to attract hundreds of viewers around the world. I really don't know what's up with this song but people seem to respond well when they hear it. The song is simple enough, and the dance move is equally crazy. It's difficult not to get caught in the craziness.

Anyhow, below is my first video teaser for the dance craze of the town. I will be completing the whole video in a day or two so you better check it out here and in youtube. :)






Monday, September 17, 2012

Reading List


I am currently reading Spencer Johnson's second book, The Present. My boss told me that I should also read this one after reading Who Moved My Cheese.

Just like the first book, it is also an easy read. Big fonts and few pages. Wouldn't take you long before you finish it. I'm just finding time to finish this book which I hope I can do at the fastest time.





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There are still some other books pending in my reading list. All of these books were lent to me by my boss. I wonder if they are serious in expecting me to read all of them.

Well, I am an avid reader for sure. But I take time when reading. Just not my nature to rush things. So I guess I'll be able to finish all of these before I go back to the Philippines.




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Speaking of books, there are several authors that I need to read (before I die). And these books are authored by:

1. Graham Greene
2. Andre Malraux
3. Joseph Conrad
4. Han Suyin
5. Yukio Mishima
6. Italo Svevo

If you have old copies of these books or even e-books, I'll appreciate your donations.




Who Moved My Cheese?

My boss once talked to me and told me to read this book, Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson. It was an easy to read book. It was almost like a children's story book with it's big font and small size.


One of the most unforgettable lessons I got from this book is asking that question- What would you do if you were not afraid?

Surely, there are hundreds of things that I would love to do. But due to fear of the unknown, I always find myself not doing what I really would have wanted to do.

It is this fear that hinders us to get out of our comfort zones. We are afraid of change, not because of the change but because we're afraid that changing would make it difficult for us.

So I guess in the end I will try to do what I would have done if I was not afraid.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Body Type - Ectomorph

I'm planning to go back to the gym.
I really need to do some exercise, otherwise I'll end up in the hospital with high blood pressure.
Plus I also need some diversion with all the things that are keeping me from doing fun things.
Since I am about to do some work out, I fund this nice infograph on human body types.



I am an ectomorph. Skinny, small frame and lean muscle mass. I try so hard to develop muscles but I realized that I won't become the body builder type. I wasn't cut for that. But maybe I can just develop what I currently have.



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ISO 9000



I'm staring at this book for two days already. This is one of those books that I feel would give some cerebral exercise. It's a good thing really. 

But you know what happens when you go to a gym for the first time, you try all those equipment and feel so enthusiastic. After the work out your body feels like it's going to disengage from it's entirety. 

That's what I'm thinking about starting to read this book. I feel that I would have to adjust/re-adjust my present mental state.

This is an academic training all over again. And tonight I'm really serious not to sleep just to work on what I should have done long ago- fixing our company contracts.

Okay. So I'm not a perfect writer. My boss said that help will be given in case I tumble. Well, I'm really looking forward to that.

But overall, I think this will be a good opportunity for me to redeem myself and prove to everybody else what I am capable of.

I am capable of being somebody and I will have to show them just that by fulfilling my task. That's why tonight, I'll have to sacrifice sleep. 




Saturday, September 1, 2012

Social Revolution

The Philippines.
It's really interesting to hear how foreign people see this small country. 


The way they see it is totally different from what I know.

They can easily spot the dark patches in the green field, which for some reason we already know but just refuse to accept it as a fact.

Social Class



The Philippines has been so divided- the rich vs. the poor. The rich remains to be rich and the poor don't get any chance to climb the ladder. 


This is what we have received from our ancestors- a society of stratified people. 

What makes this worse is the fact that rich people tend to abuse the poor. Justice system is not even fair, for justice in the Philippines is synonymous to money. Medical care is only available to those who can pay. If you're poor, then you are assured of a very difficult suffering from illness. Shelter is not a basic need for poor people can just sleep anywhere.


Opportunity in the Philippines is lopsided. Rich people can get good jobs because they know people in their industry and they don't need to be that smart to get a good job. It's the connection that rich people have rolled up their sleeves which unfortunately, poor people are lacking of.


In the words of my German friend, this is the product of a post-colonial rule. The values and culture are passed on to the present thus resulting to corruption.



Corruption leads to poverty.
Poverty leads to crime.
Crime leads to chaos.

The Answer

But the real challenge is what people have done to change this landscape.

I told my German friend that Filipinos are naturally passive.
We try to avoid conflict as much as we can.

But the question is WHY? Why are we allowing this to happen?



If there is something wrong, we need to speak up and not let it happen.

Otherwise, it will continue and probably be reinforced.

In Germany, people are sanctioned if they commit an offense.

If we want change in our society, then we have to start it. Initiate it. The leaders are supposed to do this. But as we can see, Philippines leaders have been so caught up with their arguments for the sake of arguing.

The real essence of leadership has been clouded. The real objective has been set aside. Politicians are not elected to effect reforms anymore. They have been reduced to public figures. Nothing more.

If we'd like to see change, then light the fire and set ablaze the field. What we need now is a revolution. Only then can we achieve true social reforms. 


My German friend would half-heartedly suggest killing the rich people since they are the ones who're monopolozing the wealth of the country.


He even said that it is necessary to step out of the line of violence if that is needed to curb corruption. Well, he's probably right. We just have to execute people who have been proven guilty of oppression.




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