He Knows About Angela

Not many people know about her.

As a matter of fact, very few people seldom remember. It was one night of good brew and great camaraderie among people who are rarely together but when they do, it seems like they know each other pretty well. It was something I treasure every time I went. There are quite a few times, and I mean really few times I went to the gathering of people who have cameras for eyes and art for hearts. Heck, I don’t even see myself as a photographer, but these guys accepted a stray, so that makes these gatherings worthy of their own stories.

And he knows about Angela.

With Jojo, it was pure wit and humor, with Darrell, it was profundity, Mike, Buboy et al, a learning session about stuff I don;t know about lenses, and most of them I still don’t know shit. Tony, the wide variety storylines one can delve into with just one topic.

But he knows Angela.

Okay, time to stop being all cryptic. Angela is a song from Vitamin Z that we hit off on at one time. An obscure 80s album with a couple of radio hits and some great music  in the roster. I made a quip about it, firing a slew of  high points for a song that practically no one heard of, unless you bought the tape, or vinyl, and listened to the album in its entire glory. I remember singing a few lines that made him remember the song  . . . .

AND I REALLY LOVE HER,
SHE’S MORE THAN THE WORLD TO ME,
AND I REALLY WANT HER,
WOULD SHE GIVE ALL HER LOVE TO ME.

ANGELA DON’T GO AND LEAVE ME TONIGHT (LEAVE ME TONIGHT),
ANGELA PLEASE BE WITH ME (ANGELA),
ANGELA DON’T EVER WALK THROUGH MY LIFE (WALK THROUGH MY LIFE),
ANGELA PLEASE BE WITH ME, CAUSE I LOVE YOU.

He pointed out something about the intro, being all too techno but with a touch of good old pop rock. I said it was one of the best songs in the album, even though Burning flame was the more popular one.

And we both agreed Hi Hi Friend is the best song in that particular album.

From then on, it was music all the way, the nuances, the stuff I regret never following up with my guitar playing, and the envy we had for Tony’s Fender.

Photo by Darrell Sicam

From left – Jojo, Tirong and me. (Photo by Darrell Sicam)

As I sit here, still sleepy from the lack of it. A two-hour bus trip back this morning from Sucat, Paranaque, was worth the several hours staying with Tirong’s bro, singing some songs, and joking about stuff Tirong might have something to say  to. Turns out I hardly know the man, there were stories I need to hear, adventures I had to take in, and  Momma Orbase just felt like she was glad Tyrone had more friends than she ever knew. She took some much-needed rest at about 2am this morning, and I wish I could have picked her mind about Tirong. But the fretwork of long-haired bro Orbase made it worthwhile to shoot some musical topics and what little bit of history I could glean from him, even while gin was being passed around and I tipped the jigger like cacti thirsty for water.

I hardly know the man.

But he knows Angela.

The interment is tomorrow. I can hardly bring myself to go there and bear witness. I have issues with death and goodbyes. I just like to think he just went off somewhere.

And he knows about Angela.

That makes him one of the few friends worth keeping.

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Pusong Indio Outreach Program 2011

Saturday, March 12 · 9:00am – 12:00pm

Selecta Compound Deparo II Caloocan, City

The Flickristasindios Annual Evebt

Photo and Image Design by Rico Ibarra

Yes.

A screaming mango indeed has a heart. Just don’t tell anybody, ok? Just between you and me.

So this event is  something that we started years ago. Sort of giving something back to the community. An event we have come to look forward every year, along with the photowalks, and the weekly mamam sessions. Ei, we could still have fun and be socially aware at the same time. And believe me, there’s no better way to describe the whole flickristasindios  than you coming and joining any of these events. It doesn’t matter whether you own a camera or not. doesn’t matter if you are any good, like me , for instance, because what we do, we do because we love it.

Visit flickristasindios on Flickr.

Or, why not get in with the program?

 

February Ebb

Rustle, rustle.

Rush, rush.

It’s all about getting there on time and learning the ropes. Can’t believe I just bumped into this. Well, bumped isn’t exactly right. My bro Rico Ibarra asked me to try for a slot at the News Graphics for Radyo Singko, of which I did. And here I am, trying to keep up with the really competitive and very talented art crew of Tv5. I also got the chance to speak freely with Martin, and Terry and Dale,  from Metra , dudes from New Zealand, and it feels like a hobbit chatting with Elves. Cool. They have this really drool-on-your-shirt software that will blow you away. Too bad they’ll be leaving soon to teach other people what they know.

So, what is the mango into these days? Remember Caustic Creations as my own firm? Still is. But the chance to work with a different breed of artists, and the challenge of creating artworks on a different level, is as refreshing as a steaming mug of java – you will enjoy it but you will have to deal with the heat.

And I like it.

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