1 Millions of people, Counting our children, Are dying everywhere. Millions of others, Brothers and sisters, Their lives like living hell. Life doesn’t have to be this way We’ve come a long, long way, we say. There are so many other ways Why can’t we start the change today?
Refrain: And so I make this call to all nations - Children of the world, folks of all colours. From east to west, to north and south, From me to you and you to all. Here’s my call to all humanity - Let us rid of poverty, Try to set all people free And afford them dignity - The life deserving you and me.
2 Where is our future And where is the concord Our hearts our longing for? Where is the solace And where is the peace We all try to achieve? Life doesn’t have to be this way We’ve come a long, long way, we say There are so many other ways Why can't we start the change today?
Bridge: Build a bridge of harmony Friendship, peace and unity; Make a room for one another In your mind and heart and soul.
... Grandpas and Papas were once "binatilyos" (young guns) whose world was uniquely their own. Then a bunch of happy and carefree spirited young individuals who once roamed and ruled the streets of Maria Clara and beyond - a kingdom not their own but a playground where knights and dukes once trolled in search of the King's princess and bahalinas!
FOR SCORE AND MANY YEARS AGO...
We're back where we left off... as time stood still.
Families, friends - puppies and dogs included - have taken off in perpetuity. Now, we're not alone anymore - we never were - but bloodlines interchanged and crossed directions along the way. We've got families - wife and kids, and grands for some - proudly we say. Ours are simply stories to tell - or reminisce at most - music and foods to share, photos of both old and new. Time might have stood still... but it did pass away. The journey that was once ours... are now our children's to continue or talk about.
The following are my most viewed videos on YouTube
There's always a sense of accomplishment accompanying some of the things that we do in life, whether one realizes or not, especially when people give you some sort of a pat in the back or a nod at what you do - a little affirmation here and there - that bring colors to dull moments that we seem to face everyday. Again, whether we like it or not.
Friends - in fact, people in general - visiting and enjoying some of the things you enjoy doing almost on a daily basis - in my case, putting together photos and videos, editing and uploading small feature films using the most common and less complicated programs that usually came with one's PC - is one heck of an entertainment itself - and joy as well - that bring a sense of purpose in your otherwise less meaningful activity, knowing that someone, somewhere around the world, has been affected, visually or artistically, by the thing that you do.
The number of song videos posted on YouTube as well as in the different music communities all over the IT has made it very difficult, if not impossible, for Roro Music to monitor the movements of our intellectual properties across the virtual universe. Might as well call it the "Road To Nowhere" - like one of our songs tries project - if left untended. Needless to say, putting them together in one big playlist would not only solve the problem outright but would also give us an additional venue to publicize and give exposure to our continuing saga in music (".).
On this playlist you will hear - and see - all the versions of the songs we've created together from their earlier versions to the most recent ones. In fact, not one song on this selection is ready for release yet as they are continually being processed in "post-production experiments" 'til we get the right sound as we have envisioned them.
It is our hope that someday soon we will be able to come up with a product on "fixed form" that will immortalize our humble dream, and efforts, in order to leave some sort of artistic legacy for our families, children, relative, friends and who-knows-who to listen to down the line. For that we cross our fingers, and we need all your prayers!!!
THE MARK OF PRIESTLY BLISS is my fourth official music album to date and my first since 1996. After almost 10 years of hiatus from songwriting, and music in general, I was inspired to come up with yet another self-published initiative... to mark the 25th year of my priesthood. Interestingly, the album title, THE MARK OF PRIESTLY BLISS, was originally written to mark another priest's milestone, a contemporary, who is 5 years younger. But Pope Benedict XVI's declaration of 2009 as "Year of the Priest" had ignited a once "dead-as-a-dodo" musical enterprise that hit the sack in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The misfortune of having thyroid cancer on the same year (and went in for radiation) and the fact that I lost my voice for quite sometime did not help my cause in the musical recovery. The thinking then - and the attitude prevailing - was... I had more important things to do other than music.
Like I said many times, "Who would have thought I'd be in this position again... doing what I love the most (i.e., songwriting) and the excitement of going to the studio again and come up with something concrete (a musical product in fixed form). I wouldn't trade this blessing for any other, artistically, and musically. I can only marvel at the goodness of God for this humbling experience.
As a collaborator of the Tigum Bol-anon theme song I'm proud to present here a video series of said music. What an honor and privilege it is to be asked to write something about which I hope portrays the pride and dream of every uprooted-Boholano... and that is, the pure excitement and rare opportunity to visit our home province together with our fellow expatriates... experiencing and renewing acquaintances with long-lost friends and relatives... meeting new ones along the way and enjoying every "little bit" that Bohol has to offer - from food to history, from small family gatherings to little barrio fiestas, from re-aquainting the old neighborhood to anything that the eyes can behold for the time being spent at home: Bohol that is! (Fro 3/3/10)
A collection of video about the worldwide gathering of Boholanos, otherwise known as TBTK, Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan.
As the third official gathering of our fellow Boholanos con paisanos from all over the world is nearing its designated time come July 14-26, 2009, I would like to take this opportuned moment to extend to ALL OF YOU the invitation to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event and see-for-yourself how good it is to be home once more to see our beloved BOHOL, your loved ones & friends, and the many developments that may have transpired during the time when we were away, but more so the thought that we are "coming home" in great numbers to create this festive mood & atmosphere and thus relive this uniquely Bol-anon penchants for "fiestas," "tapok-tapok," "kaon-kaon," "inum-inom" and "chika-chika" as well as join our brothers & sisters back home in their yearly remembrances and reenactment of Bohol's rich cultural history of being a most-friendly-province-in-all-of-Pinoylandia that dates back to the mid-1500s. Come July 26, 2009, Bohol will be celebrating this yearly festivity we call SANDUGO, highlighted by the drumbeats and colourful revelry of a dancing street-parade, the re-enactment of the Blood Compact, the highly touted Boholana beauty pageants that have come a long way since its inception, and so much more. Lest you missed the many wonders Bohol is known for - now tagged as the Numero Uno tourists destination in all of the Philippines - I bid all of you to take this prospect and wonderful opportunity to ... "pauli sa Bohol, pinangga tang Bohol!" (Fro)