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The Graceful Grandmaster

Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

My Angel, my own love for you has forever been unrequited.

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Jude Bautista

During a thunderstorm in a dark alley one man with a white hat named Ye Wen (Tony Leung) stares down more than a dozen men. They are armed with chains, hooks and clubs. They attack him in different directions. In a flash he kicks punches and throws all of them. It doesn’t take long but the dozen or so men are subdued. A more skillful attacker: Iron Shoes (Cung Le) watches from above. Soon he crashes out a second floor window and confronts Ye Wen. Iron Shoes throws a powerful kick, which Ye fortunately sidesteps. The kick lands on a concrete wall and smashes a portion of it to pieces.

from left: Confucian Inst. Dir Liu Xiao Fang, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Confucius Inst Dir Dr Ellen Palanca, Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres George Uy and ADMU Chinese Painting Prof. Ceasar Cheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Confucian Inst. Dir Liu Xiao Fang, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Confucius Inst Dir Dr Ellen Palanca, Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres George Uy and ADMU Chinese Painting Prof. Ceasar Cheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) disposes of more than a dozen combatants. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) disposes of more than a dozen combatants. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

THE GRANDMASTER starring Zhang Zhi Yi of CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and Tony Leung of IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE can be seen for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza until February 22, 2015. It is only one title among many that is part of the Spring Film Festival.

UFC Fighter Cung Le’s kick goes through concrete. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC Fighter Cung Le’s kick goes through concrete. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director Wong Kar Wai has been a multi-awarded filmmaker having earned Cannes Best director for HAPPY TOGETHER and nominations for IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, 2046 and MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS (starring Norah Jones) also from Cannes. He’s known for his romance and dramas more than action. But then neither was Taiwanese director Ang Lee but met tremendous critical and commercial success with CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. The same can be said for the extremely successful THE GRANDMASTER earning 10 major nods in 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards. Zhang Zhi Yi earned Best Actress from the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film Critics as well.

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) & Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) meet in the notorious Jin Luo Opera House. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) & Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) meet in the notorious Jin Luo Opera House. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Wong Kar Wai has a more recognizable visual style than Ang Lee. Wong has a penchant for the film noir look, which dominates a lot of the scenes here. This approach highlights the philosophical, conceptual even religious aspects of Kung Fu that is the theme of the film. Kung Fu here transcends movements and the display of strength and is more a way of thinking. The extreme close ups, moody images were shot excellently by French cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd who was nominated in the Oscars along with Costume Designer William Chang Suk Ping.

left: Song Hye Kyo, right the two women in Ye Wen’s life: from left: Song Hye Kyo (Zhang Yongcheng) and Zhang ZHi Yi (Gong Er). Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Song Hye Kyo, right the two women in Ye Wen’s life: from left: Song Hye Kyo (Zhang Yongcheng) and Zhang ZHi Yi (Gong Er). Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

UFC Fighter Cung Le. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC Fighter Cung Le. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

This isn’t to say that action fans won’t be satisfied. The opening scene above includes UFC fighter Cung Le as Iron Shoes who has Vietnamese roots but grew up in the U.S. His real world martial arts abilities are in full force. Chang Chen who played Dark Cloud in CROUCHING TIGER has another cool moniker here as The Razor.

Chang Chen is The Razor. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Chang Chen is The Razor. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Fans who crave for complex ultra fast action sequences will get their fill. The way that Wong Kar Wai directed them however, emphasizes the grace of movement rather than the violence. There’s also a conscious decision to inject political history as opposed to fantasy or hyperrealism/comedy such as KUNGFU HUSTLE.

from left: Tony Leung as Ye Wen, Zhang Zhi Yi as Gong Er and Chang Chen as The Razor. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Tony Leung as Ye Wen, Zhang Zhi Yi as Gong Er and Chang Chen as The Razor. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Normally as a film reviewer I would be more conscious of spoilers, or not revealing elements that may ruin one’s cinematic experience. But in this case a more detailed background on the story will help viewers. Sometimes reading subtitles can either slow down or change one’s understanding of dialogue. And I suspect that even if one is completely fluent in Mandarin it’s still not going to be easy to understand, as there is very liberal use of metaphor and poetry in the script. In this film the main character is addressed Ye Wen the Mandarin version but is pronounced Ip Man in his native dialect of Cantonese and is the title of other more action oriented versions. THE GRANDMASTER is far more sophisticated and refined in terms of storytelling and visual treatment.

Photo shows young Bruce Lee beside Ye Wen. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Photo shows young Bruce Lee beside Ye Wen. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

The story is about how Ye Wen a humble student of Wing Chun kung fu became one of China’s Grandmasters. Played by Tony Leung it traces the time when he is forced to confront other challengers to represent Southern kung fu to the northern masters. Early in the 20th century there were a lot of competing martial arts academies and clans in China. After the Second World War he lives in Hong Kong and establishes his own Kung Fu academy. One of his many renowned students is Bruce Lee.  Here we find out that Bruce Lee’s generosity in teaching Kung Fu and sharing knowledge originally came from his life long mentor Ye Wen.

Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Unrequited Love

Again, this is where THE GRANDMASTER departs from IP MAN starring Donnie Yen. While there have been a number of titles featuring the same real life character, this is where Wong Kar Wai’s treatment distinguishes itself as showing Ye Wen as more human. Perhaps this is the most real as well revealing an emotional side.

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) & Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) instead of hating each other they fall in love in the midst of battle. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) & Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) instead of hating each other they fall in love in the midst of battle. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Zhang Zhi Yi plays Gong Er, the daughter of kung fu grandmaster Gong Yutian (Qingxiang Wang). Gong Er meets Ye Wen in a demonstration of martial arts skills. Their battle is graceful almost like a dance. In one moment both are in mid air their faces nearly touching, lips kissing. Instead of inspiring hate in the match it sparks a flame of admiration in Gong Er’s heart. There is this unspoken bond that is shared between them since then.

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Zhang has that perfect balance of beauty and even physical strength. Her roots as part of a famous Beijing Dance troupe was the perfect training for the monumental Kung Fu films she has made. She has recently been engaged to musician Wang Feng who famously proposed by sending the 9-carat diamond ring via a drone. In one scene in this film, elders trying to placate her wrathful vengeance said, “Some things are not in the hands of men but of fate.” She replies, “Well, maybe I am fate.”

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Tony Leung ( Ye Wen) was a devoted husband  to Song Hye Kyo (Zhang Yong Cheng). Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung ( Ye Wen) was a devoted husband to Song Hye Kyo (Zhang Yong Cheng). Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Unrequited love seems to be a constant theme in the films of Wong Kar Wai. He specializes in little moments, displays of affection that are not necessarily erotic but becomes so in his films. Ye Wen is a devoted husband and father. When Ye comes home his wife wipes him off with moist towel. In turn He would wash her legs and feet.

: Korea Novella star Song Hye Kyo is Ye Wen’s wife Zhang Yongcheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

: Korea Novella star Song Hye Kyo is Ye Wen’s wife Zhang Yongcheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Korean superstar Hye-kyo Song plays his wife Zhang Yongcheng. Song is famous for Koreanovelas: Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), Full House (2004), and That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013). She has gained such a reputation for beauty that she has graced the cover of VOGUE in China.

Costume Designer William Chang Suk Ping was nominated for Best Costume at the Oscars along with French Cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Costume Designer William Chang Suk Ping was nominated for Best Costume at the Oscars along with French Cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Tony Leung is Kung Fu Grandmaster Ye Wen/ Ip Man teacher of Bruce Lee. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung is Kung Fu Grandmaster Ye Wen/ Ip Man teacher of Bruce Lee. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

THE GRANDMASTER has taken director Wong Kar Wai who is also screenwriter almost a decade to finish. As a result several versions of the story have come out ahead of it. In spite of this the product speaks for itself. We have a greater understanding of Ye Wen, his culture, and environs, how he came to be. In a matching of wits he responds. “You see this biscuit as the realm of martial arts, I see it as the world. There is no reason to hide knowledge we must all share what we know.”

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) pays respect to ancestors with incense. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tony Leung (Ye Wen) pays respect to ancestors with incense. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

from left: Joe and Linda Bautista; Filipinos of today with Chinese descent also have a similar ceremony in the Philippines of honoring their Chinese ancestors. Photo was taken at St. Peter the Apostle Parish Chinese New Year’s Celebration last February 22, 15 by Jude Bautista

from left: Joe and Linda Bautista; Filipinos of today with Chinese descent also have a similar ceremony in the Philippines of honoring their Chinese ancestors. Photo was taken at St. Peter the Apostle Parish Chinese New Year’s Celebration last February 22, 15 by Jude Bautista

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Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Uncle Jiang was a former executioner hired by Gong Er’s father to be her yaya. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Zhi Yi (Gong Er) endured negative -20 degrees Celcius weather during shooting and never complained. Watch THE GRANDMASTER, animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

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FRINGE MANILA’s Diversity

Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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The biggest multi art festival is here: FRINGE MANILA. This is brings together so many different genres and performers: Theater, dance, literature, documentary filmmaking and music. More than these are newer types of performances that don’t necessarily fall into categories that we are familiar with. For example Christopher Aronson is able to create a theatrical/music performance entitled Songs of an Electric Soul just using his i-phone and a distortion app. Curiously enough he is able to weave an interesting tale combined with live performance.

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

From new interesting performers there are also more established names. Breaking news is Radioactive Sago Project will also be involved with MANHID the superhero musical produced by Ballet Philippines.

Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

There are over 90 events, more than 200 performances by hundreds of local and foreign artists in 20 different venues. FRINGE Manila runs from February 12 to March 1, 2015. There are different venues across the city of Manila but has a high concentration on the stretch of Vito Cruz from De La Salle College of St. Benilde to the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

from left: FRINGE MANILA’s Executive Producer Brett McCallum, FRINGE Univ Prog Dir. Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz & Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: FRINGE MANILA’s Executive Producer Brett McCallum, FRINGE Univ Prog Dir. Eric Villanueva Dela Cruz & Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Executive Producer Brett McCallum explained how artists could join FRINGE MANILA: “We do an open call to artists during a registration period. Any artist is welcome to register with us. What our role is we sit there and ask what’s the nature of their show. What sort of venue do they need? It’s not for us to decide what work we like or what genres we like. We support all genres and all the types of work. Its more about going just tell us what you need. Do you need a studio black box? Do you need and outdoor space? What sort of tech requirements do you need? Then we sit there and negotiate with venues. We’ve got some amazing partners in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, the CCP, who offered up their spaces that we can then put artists into. We can then look at the availability of artists to do their shows. What time are they free? We try to match that.”

Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

FRINGE originally had its roots in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has now grown in over 200 cities around the world. A few of the names that have performed in FRINGE especially early in their careers include: Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Allan Cumming, Hugh Grant and Mike Myers. Richard Grant of Downtown Abbey described FRINGE: “To go to Edinburgh and hopefully find stuff you know nothing about that’s the great adventure and I love that.”

Opa Santos & Gino Ramirez in Black Canvas’ KYEMESTRY. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Opa Santos & Gino Ramirez in Black Canvas’ KYEMESTRY. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

The original target was about 20- 30 artists, “Because it’s our first year we’re just responding to the artists that have registered. When we first started talking about FRINGE we had no expectation of how many events we would have. We thought maybe if we had 20 or 30 events that would be amazing. We have 90. SO all we can do is try to work as many partners as possible to help get the word out. There are all these artists who are all taking a risk and they’re all showcasing their work alongside each other to promote their work and promote their ideas. With the right partners, we’re working with Ticketworld to make tickets as accessible as possible. So people can buy them online. They can buy them over the phone. They can buy them at National Bookstore. It’s about trying to create these opportunities that artists can focus on marketing their shows and get audiences interested. We provide an opportunity to make it easy as possible for audiences to find those tickets and shows.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Lambert De Jesus (Kent) and Salvador Caramat (Goneril) during the rehearsals of Studio Connections’ production of HARING LEAR. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Lambert De Jesus (Kent) and Salvador Caramat (Goneril) during the rehearsals of Studio Connections’ production of HARING LEAR. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

There’s so much artistic talent in the Philippines, “We’re extremely proud of the 90 events for us that’s a huge number. The more we spoke to others the more we were referred to other artists. Suddenly you realize there’s so much creativity out here. SO many individuals start up companies as well as the established organizations. There’s so much out there THEN it’s not so surprising.”

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

STAR of Flow Art performing QUANTO  SALTO. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

STAR of Flow Art performing QUANTO SALTO. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Next FRINGE MANILA will have even more diverse programming, “In future years we also have a lot of work to make sure were reaching out to all the genres, all the types of work. In some ways this is like a pilot year. We tried to reach out and have as diverse a program and have all styles of work on offer. There’s still a lot more that we can do. We know the program can be even more diverse. Not necessarily bigger but more representative.”

Scenius Pro’s MAIKLING DASAL, MAHABANG GABI. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Scenius Pro’s MAIKLING DASAL, MAHABANG GABI. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bro Rey Mejias, FRINGE MLA Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan, Bro Sathiya Raj and Bro Don Roshan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bro Rey Mejias, FRINGE MLA Festival Dir. Andrei Pamintuan, Bro Sathiya Raj and Bro Don Roshan. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Venues according to him also influences which audiences get to watch, “In reality the venues that we have not just the CCP and the St Benilde, we got the Mabuhay Temple. Its fantastic but that brings an entirely different demographic. That’s really exciting for us. SO that’s what FRINGE actually does. It brings in different demographics. We anticipate there will be a good representation of that 18-30 market. But we know that with organizations like Mabuhay Temple, events Transitio that happen in Santiago they bring in very diverse audiences. What we want to do is try to get those audiences to look at the rest of the program and go, “Actually maybe I’ll take a risk maybe I’ve never seen this show before. I never thought of seeing this show before. I’ve enjoyed my experience at FRINGE so far lets push that boundary further.”

Gabriela Pangilinan of FRICTION: A NEW MUSICAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Gabriela Pangilinan of FRICTION: A NEW MUSICAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Opening art to those who don’t necessarily seek out art, “That’s where we do have quite a broad appeal and something that FRINGE festival often do, they bring in a non-arts market. People who don’t go to the arts market all year around. They don’t go to the theater 12 months a year. During FRINGE this is their opportunity to go I’ll take a risk I’ll watch that show. Hopefully that person will realize that there’s something exciting they’ve been missing out on. Maybe they’ll reengage with that company throughout the year. What we want to see is those artists supported year round. FRINGE is just one platform for one part of the year. There are artists that perform year round.”

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christopher Aaronson uses his i-phone for the performance SONGS OF AN ELECTRIC SOUL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Daloy Dance Company’s RECONFIGURE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Christopher Chan in NGAA, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Christine Crame; FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

from left: Bernardo Bernardo (Haring Lear), Lambert De Jesus (Kent) and Salvador Caramat (Goneril) during the rehearsals of Studio Connections’ production of HARING LEAR. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Mia Cabalfin (w not in photo Rhosam Prudenciado Jr) in AGAW EKSENA (Scene Stealer), which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Sweet faced Mara Marasigan in Egg Thater’s MANIACAL. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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From right: Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor Awardee Nico Manalo, Bea Garcia, Kakki Teodoro and Nar Cabico. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

From right: Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actor Awardee Nico Manalo, Bea Garcia, Kakki Teodoro and Nar Cabico. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

Airdance: Dina Magat and Angela Sebastian in A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN, which is part of AIRDANCE INSTALLMENT. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater with ABSOLUTE BEAUTY- TAIWAN IMAGE. FRINGE multi arts festival will run from February 12–March 1, 2015 in CCP, College of St Benilde and many other venues. Photo was taken at the CSB SDA Theater by Jude Bautista.

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The Gift of the 9th Spring Film Fest

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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For 9 consecutive years a mix of educational institutions and organizations like the Ateneo De manila University, Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese studies, the Cultural division of the People’s Republic of China, the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo De Manila, Ateneo Celadon and Shangri La Plaza have come together to hold the Spring Film festival.

from left: ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Confucian Inst. Dir Liu Xiao Fang, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Confucius Inst Dir Dr Ellen Palanca, Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres. George Uy and ADMU Chinese Painting Prof. Ceasar Cheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Confucian Inst. Dir Liu Xiao Fang, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Confucius Inst Dir Dr Ellen Palanca, Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres. George Uy and ADMU Chinese Painting Prof. Ceasar Cheng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Zhi Yi is lead actress in THE GRANDMASTER, a film about Kung Fu legend Ip Man who was the teacher of Bruce Lee. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Zhang Zhi Yi is lead actress in THE GRANDMASTER, a film about Kung Fu legend Ip Man who was the teacher of Bruce Lee. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

This year, THE GRANDMASTER starring Zhang Zhi Yi and Tony Leung, CAUGHT IN THE WEB (Gao Yuan Yuan and Mark Chao), children’s animation hit LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT are just a few of the titles that can be seen for free at the Shang Cineplex as part of the fest running from Feb 13-22, 2015

Kids and grown ups will love THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Kids and grown ups will love THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

The event has grown to having a Chinese Painting Exhibit, which will run from Feb 12-20. Workshops by renowned teachers such as Ceasar Cheng will be open to the public for free on Feb 14 & 20. A Lion / Dragon Dance exhibition will also be held on Feb 21 all activities will be held at the Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

from left: Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam ¬¬¬Perez, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin and P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Dr. Rosita Leong benefactor- Leong Initiative for Ateneo Internationalization, Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam Perez, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin and P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

In his speech, Ateneo De Manila University President Fr. Jett Villarin praised the fest as more than just a collection of screenings and activities, “9 years these are significant opportunities for Filipinos especially the youth to understand the rich culture and language and heritage of China. It is our hope that understanding and appreciation will lead to greater peace and harmony among our peoples. It is only when we learn to look at the world with each other’s eyes that we can understand each other and discover our shared humanity. It is so important that we look at the world with each other’s eyes. This is what we’re trying to do even within our own Philippines. That is the gift that these films, these paintings and other exhibits give us.”

Living By the Lake 1 by Nei Nei Hui Chun 13.5 x 17 inches. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

Living By the Lake 1 by Nei Nei Hui Chun 13.5 x 17 inches. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas reminded attendees of the opening, “Tonight is truly a night of new beginnings in more ways than one. At the Shang Cineplex the Spring Film Festival will kick off our highly anticipated line up of premiere international film festivals for the year. We thank our festival partners who have become good friends throughout the years.” Among the international film fests held at Shang Cineplex are the Silent Film Festival, Cine Europa and Eiga Sai.

A fan takes a selfie with the dragon dancers. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with the dragon dancers. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

l-r: Dr. Rosita Leong & Ricardo Leong founders of the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Master Juan Guang, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam ¬¬¬Perez, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng and Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

l-r: Dr. Rosita Leong & Ricardo Leong founders of the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Master Juan Guang, Shangri La Plaza Deputy GM Pam Perez, P.R.O.C Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng and Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

P.R.O.C. Emb. Counselor for Political Affairs Pan Feng credited ADMU & the Ricardo Leong Center for helping promote Chinese culture; “The Chinese film industry has made rapid development & improvement in recent years. China is now the third largest film producer in the world after India and the U.S. By watching these movies it will open a window to a rich and colorful Chinese culture. With the effort of the Ateneo De Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, the Spring film festival has been successfully held the past 9 years with an increasingly positive and important interest from Philippine society.”

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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from left: Shangri La (Yangon, Myanmar) Dir of Sales & Mktg Yinn Mar Nyo, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan and ADMU VP for Univ.&Global Relations Fr. Joey Cruz. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Shangri La (Yangon, Myanmar) Dir of Sales & Mktg Yinn Mar Nyo, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan and ADMU VP for Univ.&Global Relations Fr. Joey Cruz. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Confucius Institute Coordinator Diana Dee; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Confucius Institute Coordinator Diana Dee; Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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At the Break of Dawn by Ceasar Cheng 27”x18”. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

At the Break of Dawn by Ceasar Cheng 27”x18”. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015.

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Participants in the Chinese Painting Exhibit. Visit the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants in the Chinese Painting Exhibit. Visit the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There will be a Dragon dance exhibition in Shangri La Plaza mall on February 21, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

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Dr. Rosita Leong poses by the work of Fidel Sarmiento who has a new approach to Chinese painting. This is one of many works you can see at the Chinese painting Exhibit in Shang Plaza mall from February 12-20, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sun Diao plays the Chinese fiddle called ERHU at the opening of the Spring Film fest. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sun Diao plays the Chinese fiddle called ERHU at the opening of the Spring Film fest. Watch THE GRANDMASTER (starring Zhang Zhi Yi&Tony Leung), animation film THE LEGEND OF KUNG FU RABBIT and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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There were long queues for the Spring film festival opening movie THE GRANDMASTER. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There were long queues for the Spring film festival opening movie THE GRANDMASTER. Watch this and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Caught In The Web (of Judgment)

Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

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The manager of the recruitment agency recognized her immediately and refused to assign her a maid. Ye Lanqiu’s face (Yuan Yuan Gao) had been all over the TV news, papers, everywhere. Although what she did was hardly a crime she was being treated worse than a criminal. The woman screamed at Ye loud enough for people to hear. Soon a small mob formed by the door. Suddenly dozens of them had their cellphones and tablets out shooting pictures of her wanting to capture this ‘internet star’. Yang Shoucheng (Mark Chao) tries to save her pulling her away from the mob. They get to the car and drive away, but not before dozens of photos are taken of them together in the vehicle starting yet another wave of Internet posts and speculation.

Yang Jiaqi (Luodan Wang) ussie w Yang Shoucheng (Mark Chao). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Yang Jiaqi (Luodan Wang) ussie w Yang Shoucheng (Mark Chao). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

CAUGHT IN THE WEB is only one of the titles you can watch for free in the 9th Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. It will run from February 13-22, 2015. Aimed to promote Chinese language and culture in mainstream Filipino society the line up is composed of works from great Chinese directors along with other flicks across the genres.

from left: Shen Liushu (Xueqi Wang), director Chen Kaige & Mo Xiaoyu (Chen Hong). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

from left: Shen Liushu (Xueqi Wang), director Chen Kaige & Mo Xiaoyu (Chen Hong). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Directed by Chen Kaige, CAUGHT IN THE WEB shows a very modern China that has out grown its traditional past. The latest work is a departure from the Cannes award winning work FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE (1993) and even FOREVER ENTHRALLED both of which are period pieces. FOREVER ENTHRALLED starring Leon Lai and Zhang Zhi Yi was also shown in Spring Film fest in 2011. Zhang likewise stars in THE GRANDMASTER with Tony Leung directed by Wong Kar Wai and is part of the fest as well.

Zhang Zhi Yi and Leon Lai are in THE GRANDMASTER by Wong Kar Wai. Watch THE GRANDMASTER and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Zhang Zhi Yi and Leon Lai are in THE GRANDMASTER by Wong Kar Wai. Watch THE GRANDMASTER and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

This latest film however still has that trademark of complex human relationships. Love that is true more often than not in Chen’s work is doomed to fail in tragedy. The real power of Chen Kaige’s work is being able to eloquently visualize these complex relationships through film. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is no exception.

Shen Liushu (Xueqi Wang) & Mo Xiaoyu (Chen Hong). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Shen Liushu (Xueqi Wang) & Mo Xiaoyu (Chen Hong). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

More than any in the past Spring Film Fests this showcases how China has progressed economically. With it are morphing and changing values. We see the billionaire in Shen Liushu played by the veteran actor Xueqi Wang. Successful businessmen (dare we say capitalists) like him are the new emerging face of China. Gone are the days when Mao praised the farmers of the fields and the laborers of the factories. Xueqi Wang is one of the more able character actors that director Chen Kaige relies on. Wang played the grand old opera master Shi Sanyan in FOREVER ENTHRALLED.

Shen Liushu (Xueqi Wang) shows his android to wife. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Shen Liushu (Xueqi Wang) shows his android to wife. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

The story very clearly also dispels the long held image of media in China as being safe and as state controlled propaganda machine. There seems to be a more emboldened and enterprising breed of broadcasts journalists, which have a lot of power in deciding which stories to feature on air. Although no one was openly criticizing the Communist Party, still this is light years ahead of anything anyone outside of China could have ever imagined.

Chao Yen plays the aggressive TV producer Chen Ruoxi. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Chao Yen plays the aggressive TV producer Chen Ruoxi. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Chen Ruoxi is the aggressive, sometimes manipulative TV News producer willing to do anything to get the meaty story she wants. She is played by the stunning Chen Yao.

Ye Lanqiu (Yuan Yuan Gao) refuses to give her seat to old man (Bao Hua Chang). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Ye Lanqiu (Yuan Yuan Gao) refuses to give her seat to old man (Bao Hua Chang). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

The trouble begins when Ye Lanqiu refuses to give up her seat in bus to an old man, after a particularly difficult and traumatic day. Out of sheer frustration she tells off the old man when the ticket inspector yells at her to give up the seat. Unfortunately the whole thing is shot on video with a cellphone. When Ruoxi gets a hold of the video she immediately airs it on the evening news. A whole wave of Internet users demonizes Ye for not giving up her seat

commuters stare down Ye Lanqiu in bus. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

commuters stare down Ye Lanqiu in bus. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

As film audiences are aware of the background stresses of Ye’s life, one could easily understand how and why she reacted that way. We can see how China’s 800 million strong internet users can just be as vicious and judgmental as any ‘democratic’ society.

Lead actress Yuan yuan Gao has achieved fame for her TV series HEAVENLY SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE (2003), TIAN XIA DI YI (2005) and the more recent ZAN MEN JIE HUN BA (2013). But she has become one of Chinese Cinema’s hot actresses with a role in ROBIN B HOOD with Jackie Chan and the romantic hit BUT ALWAYS with Nicholas Tse shot in China and New York

Lead actress Yuan Yuan Gao plays the tragic Ye Lanqiu. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Lead actress Yuan Yuan Gao plays the tragic Ye Lanqiu. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Yuan yuan has a sweet face and a body not necessarily of a vixen, rather girl next door. Which makes her even more sympathetic when all the disparaging comments on line and on air are heaped upon her.

Ye Lanqiu (Yuan Yuan Gao) & Yang Shoucheng (Mark Chao) go bungee jumping. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Ye Lanqiu (Yuan Yuan Gao) & Yang Shoucheng (Mark Chao) go bungee jumping. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

One of the major cast members here is Mark Chao, who Yuan yuan recently tied the knot with in 2014. There does seem to be this weird chemistry between them, a romance that is not explicitly dealt with in the film. Hong Chen the actress who plays the wife of billionaire Shen Liushu is also the wife of director Chen Kaige in real life.

Chen Hong plays the billionaire’s wife Mo Xiaoyu. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

Chen Hong plays the billionaire’s wife Mo Xiaoyu. Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

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Ye Lanqiu (Yuan Yuan Gao) refuses to give her seat to old man (Bao Hua Chang). Watch CAUGHT IN THE WEB and other Chinese films for free in Spring Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from Feb 13-22, 2015.

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Songs for SAF 44

6CycleMind’s Tutti Caringal w lead guitarist Herbert Hernandez. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

6CycleMind’s Tutti Caringal w lead guitarist Herbert Hernandez. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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On January 25, 2015 members of the Special Action Force (PNP) initiated an operation to arrest and capture Zulkifli Abdhir (aka Marwan). A Malaysian national, Marwan is said to be one of the leaders of the Jemaah Islamiyah or JI. The organization is responsible for 2002 Bali bombings and many other attacks in South Eastern Asia. SAF officers engaged and neutralized Marwan in a hut at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Top row l-r: Sr. Insp Ryan Ballesteros Pabalinas, Sr Insp John Garry Alcantara Erana, Sr Insp Max Jim Ramirez Tria, Sr Insp Cyrus Paleyan Anniban, Sr Insp Gednat G Tabdi, Insp Joey Sacristan Gamutan, Insp Rennie Tayrus, Bottom Row L-R: PO3 Victoriano Nacion Acain, PO3 Rodrigo F. Acob Jr., PO3 Robert Dommolog Aliaga, PO3 Jed-in Abubakar Asjali, PO3 Andres Viernes Duque Jr., PO3 Noel Onangey Golocan, PO3 Junrey Narvas Kibete, PO3 John Lloyd Rebammonte Sumbilla, PO3 Virgel S. Villanueva http://www.wikiwand.com/en/2015_Mamasapano_clash

Top row l-r: Sr. Insp Ryan Ballesteros Pabalinas, Sr Insp John Garry Alcantara Erana, Sr Insp Max Jim Ramirez Tria, Sr Insp Cyrus Paleyan Anniban, Sr Insp Gednat G Tabdi, Insp Joey Sacristan Gamutan, Insp Rennie Tayrus, Bottom Row L-R: PO3 Victoriano Nacion Acain, PO3 Rodrigo F. Acob Jr., PO3 Robert Dommolog Aliaga, PO3 Jed-in Abubakar Asjali, PO3 Andres Viernes Duque Jr., PO3 Noel Onangey Golocan, PO3 Junrey Narvas Kibete, PO3 John Lloyd Rebammonte Sumbilla, PO3 Virgel S. Villanueva http://www.wikiwand.com/en/2015_Mamasapano_clash

While the firefight ensued, it attracted the attention of MILF (Moro Islamic and Liberation Force) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Unable to bring the whole body of Marwan, SAF cut off his finger for DNA testing in order to verify the identity. SAF were then attacked by MILF and BIFF armed groups. This resulted in the 44 deaths and 16 on the side of the MILF and BIFF. 14 members of the SAF sustained injuries and all of them who returned suffered the trauma of seeing their comrades killed in battle. Civilians were also reported to have been part of the casualties with 7 killed. An outcry for those who passed away in the incident followed.

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Top Row l-r: PO2 Chum Goc-ong Agabon, PO2 Noel Nebrida Balaca, PO2 Richelle Salangan Baluga, PO2 Glenn Berecio Badua, PO2 Godofredo Basak Cabanlet, PO2 Peterson I. Carap, PO2 Roger C. Cordero, PO2 Frankiln Cadap Danao, PO2 Walner Faustino Danao, PO2 Joel Bimidang Dulnuan Middle row l-r: PO2 Amman Misuari Esmulla, PO2 Jerry Dailay Kayob, PO2 Noble Sungay Kiangan, PO2 Ephraim G. Mejia, PO2 Nicky DC Nacino Jr., PO2 Omar Agacer Nacionales, PO2 Rodel Eva Ramacula, PO2 Romeo Valles Senin II Bottom row l-r: PO1 Russel Bawaan Bilog, PO1 Windell Llano Candano, PO1 Loreto Guyab Capinding, PO1 Gringo Charag Cayang-o, PO1 Romeo Cumanoy Cempron, PO1 Mark Lory Orloque Clemencio, PO1 Angel C. Kodiamat, PO1 Joseph Gumatay Sagonoy, PO1 Oliebeth Ligutan Viernes http://www.wikiwand.com/en/2015_Mamasapano_clash

Five days after on January 30, 2015 was FUSION, the First Philippine Music Festival at the MOA concert grounds. A great number of musicians paid tribute to the #Fallen44 through their performances. The touching tribute for the SAF 44 was very timely and relevant showing the power of music in highlighting the loss and suffering of our men in uniform.

Sarah Geronimo shows off her Rexona white underarms w Bamboo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sarah Geronimo shows off her Rexona white underarms w Bamboo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Instead of it merely being a powwow for OPM (Original Pilipino Music/ Organisasyon Ng Pilipinong Mangaawit), they were able to deal with a burning issue of our time that exploded just days before the concert. The script, effects, choreography were all prepared for months in advance and yet artists were more than willing to adapt their performances to honor those who have fallen.

spot light from left: Basti Artadi, Yeng Constantino and Joey Ayala. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

spot light from left: Basti Artadi, Yeng Constantino and Joey Ayala. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The SAF44 were honored as heroes upon their return.

The SAF44 were honored as heroes upon their return.

An actual song written and composed for the heroism of our Filipino soldiers in the future should be produced. Another event with that concept in mind where artists record the music could perform it live. Proceeds from ticket sales and CDs sold could benefit the families of those who lost loved ones and the SAF members who survived. This is a call not just for our artists and musicians but also our Recoding companies and concert producers who can get together for this cause. MORE importantly our young people should get behind it buying Filipino music, singing for something we all believe in.

Gary Valenciano dedicated his hit IPAGPATULOY MO, GALING NG PINOY for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gary Valenciano dedicated his hit IPAGPATULOY MO, GALING NG PINOY for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Voice coach Sarah Geronimo shows off her Rexona white underarms. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Voice coach Sarah Geronimo shows off her Rexona white underarms. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

This is the transformative power of music, where it can positively influence lives and bring to light issues that are important to us. Who can forget BAYAN KO by Freddie Aguilar and how it unified our people’s struggle for democracy

6CycleMind had a rousing tribute to SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

6CycleMind had a rousing tribute to SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

For FUSION 6CycleMind came in with black armbands. Vocalist Tuti Caringal had camouflage pants and dog tags. He dedicated SANDALAN to those who fell in Mamasapano. Although the song is a fast paced rock song it speaks of a painful time in one’s life to the point of crying. There are no hard and fast solutions it’s only us being there for one another that will ease the pain of loss. Thinking about it the song was perfect in this context especially with the lyrics.

6CycleMind’s Tutti Caringal. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

6CycleMind’s Tutti Caringal. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

FROM: SANDALAN by 6CycleMind

Sige lang

Sandal ka lang

At wag mong pipigilan

Iiyak mo na ang lahat sa langit

Iiyak mo lang ang lahat sa akin

 

Andito lang ako naghihintay

Lagi mong tatandaan

Di ka naman nag-iisa

Kyla dedicated her hit SALBABIDA for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kyla dedicated her hit SALBABIDA for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kyla dedicated her hit SALBABIDA. Our fallen heroes were the rock that sustained their families both emotionally and financially. The title translates to Lifesaver.

Gloc 9; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gloc 9; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gloc 9 in his spiel talked about the equality of people prior to his song SIRENA: “Kristyano, Muslim, sundalo, sibilyan mayaman o mahirap, bakla o tomboy, parepereho lang tayo.”

Bamboo dedicated TATSULOK for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo dedicated TATSULOK for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Song choice is crucial but almost exactly to the word Bamboo’s hit since a decade ago was very descriptive of what happened in the Mamapasano clash. It generally speaks of the oppression of the poor but the verse where fields/rural areas Bamboo’s TATSULOK almost predicted exactly what happened in the clash.

Bamboo sprouts wings in apocalyptic world on video wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo sprouts wings in apocalyptic world on video wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

From: TATSULOK originally by Rivermaya

Totoy bilisan mo, bilisan mo ang takbo

Ilagan ang mga bangag nakatutok sa ulo mo

Totoy tumalon ka, dumapa kung kailangan

At baka tamaan ka ng mga balang ligaw

 

Totoy makinig ka, wag kang magpa-gabi

Baka mapagkamalan ka’t humandusay diyan sa tabi

Totoy alam mo ba kung ano ang puno’t dulo

Ng di matapos-tapos na kaguluhang ito

 

Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban

Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan

Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan

At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman 

Bamboo dedicated TATSULOK for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo dedicated TATSULOK for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok

Di matatapos itong gulo

 

Iligtas ang hininga ng kay raming mga tao

At ang dating munting bukid, ngayo’y sementeryo

Totoy kumilos ka, baliktarin ang tatsulok

Tulad ng dukha, nailagay mo sa tuktok

Gary Valenciano dedicated his hit IPAGPATULOY MO, GALING NG PINOY for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gary Valenciano dedicated his hit IPAGPATULOY MO, GALING NG PINOY for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gary Valenciano has always been known for his faith inspired songs. But his hit IPAGPATULOY MO GALING NG PILIPINO featuring Gabby Valenciano, originally written for OFWs also fits nicely dedicated to the soldiers. The theme of self-sacrifice and excellence is applicable to the SAF members who were chosen from the cream of the crop of the police force. While Gary sang the vocals, his son Gabby performed the rap portions of the original.

FROM: IPAGPATULOY MO GALING NG PILIPINO by Gary Valenciano featuring Gabby Valenciano

Mula pa man Noon saksi ang kasaysayan

Galing di maitatangging taglay

Lungkot at hinagpis, patuloy mong tiniis

Sa ibang bansa’y iyong pinaghusayan

 

Ano man ang pagdaan

Kahit na anong hidwaan

Tatapusin nang panalo ang lahat ng laban

(Iyan ang Pilipino)

Gary Valenciano dedicated his hit IPAGPATULOY MO, GALING NG PINOY for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gary Valenciano dedicated his hit IPAGPATULOY MO, GALING NG PINOY for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ipagpatuloy mo, galing ng Pilipino

Galing ng ating lahi, nasa palad mo

Ipagpatuloy mo galing ng Pilipino

Galing mong natatangi, pagyamanin mo

Angking galling ipagpatuloy mo

 

ABRA jams with Sandwich. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

ABRA jams with Sandwich. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

SANDWICH dedicated their song SUGOD “para sa mga kapatid nating matapang na sumugod.” It was also the first time I had heard The Dawn backed up by a whole choir: The U.P. Singing Ambassadors. Vocalist and sought after actor Jett Pangan was belting out a medley of their hits. IISANG BANGKA TAYO was particularly meaningful with the message of brotherhood and even peace. The Dawn was the grand finale in a night of the biggest stars in Filipino music. Jett by dedicating their song SALAMAT, “Higit sa lahat maraming salamat sa lahat ng bayani na nag buwis ng buhay nila para sa atin!”

The Dawn was the grand finale: actor/vocalist Jett Pangan. The Dawn dedicated their medley of IISANG BANGKA, SALAMAT and TULAD NG DATI for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn was the grand finale: actor/vocalist Jett Pangan. The Dawn dedicated their medley of IISANG BANGKA, SALAMAT and TULAD NG DATI for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

FROM: IISANG BANGKA by The Dawn

Kay dilim at kay ginaw sa kalawakan ng dagat

Ubod lakas kung humiyaw ang galit na hanging habagat

Ngunit buo ang puso mo’ng ang daluyong ay susugurin

Magkasama tayong katahimika’y hahanapin

 

Saan ang tungo mo mahal ko’ng kaibigan

Saan sasadyain hanap mo’ng katahimikan

Basta’t tayo’y magkasama laging sasabayan kita

Pinagsamaha’y nasa puso kaibigan kabarkada

Iharap natin ang layag sa umaawit na hangin

Kapit-bisig tayong ang gabi ay hahawiin

The Dawn was the grand finale: actor/vocalist Jett Pangan. The Dawn dedicated their medley of IISANG BANGKA, SALAMAT and TULAD NG DATI for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn was the grand finale: actor/vocalist Jett Pangan. The Dawn dedicated their medley of IISANG BANGKA, SALAMAT and TULAD NG DATI for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dahon ng damo, tangay ng hangin

At di mo matanaw kung saan ka dadalhin

Ngunit kasama mo ako, nakabigkis sa puso mo

Daluyong ng dagat ang tatawirin natin

 

Saan ang tungo mo mahal ko’ng kaibigan

Saan sasadyain hanap mo’ng katahimikan

Basta’t tayo’y magkasama laging sasabayan kita

Pinagsamaha’y nasa puso kaibigan kabarkada

Iharap natin ang layag sa umaawit na hangin

Kapit-bisig tayong ang gabi ay hahawiin

 

Ating liliparin, may harang mang sibat

Ating tatawirin, daluyong ng dagat

Basta’t kasama mo ako, iisang bangka tayo

Anuman ang mithiin ay makakamtan natin

The Dawn was the grand finale: actor/vocalist Jett Pangan. The Dawn dedicated their medley of IISANG BANGKA, SALAMAT and TULAD NG DATI for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Dawn was the grand finale: actor/vocalist Jett Pangan. The Dawn dedicated their medley of IISANG BANGKA, SALAMAT and TULAD NG DATI for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

MTV Pinoy VJ’s from left: Josh Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Aryanna Epperson and Kito Romualdez. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

MTV Pinoy VJ’s from left: Josh Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Kito Romualdez and Aryanna Epperson. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Other artists in FUSION include:

Julianne Taroja, Abby Asistio, FRANCO, Jason Farol, Thyro & Yumi, Anja Aguilar, Mark Mabasa, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, The Dawn, Wolfgang, Bamboo, Rico Blanco, Gloc 9, Sarah Geronimo, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Andrew E, Sandwich, 6cyclemind, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, Joey Ayala, Tres Marias, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion, DJ Ace Ramos, UP Singing Ambassadors, The Maneuvers and U.P. Singing Ambassadors.

KAMIKAZEE’s usie (pronounced as uss-ie) A group selfie; a picture one takes with themselves and many others in the photo. One takes an usie to be silly with friends and have fun taking random pictures of themselves. Jay he wanted his usie to be with the crowd and asks: “tag niyo kami sa facebook ha?” Photo by Jude Bautista

KAMIKAZEE’s usie (pronounced as uss-ie) A group selfie; a picture one takes with themselves and many others in the photo. One takes an usie to be silly with friends and have fun taking random pictures of themselves. Jay he wanted his usie to be with the crowd and asks: “tag niyo kami sa facebook ha?” Photo by Jude Bautista

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KAMIKAZEE’s usie (pronounced as uss-ie) A group selfie; a picture one takes with themselves and many others in the photo. One takes an usie to be silly with friends and have fun taking random pictures of themselves. Jay he wanted his usie to be with the crowd and asks: “tag niyo kami sa facebook ha?” Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Voice coaches Bamboo & Sarah Geronimo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Voice coaches Bamboo & Sarah Geronimo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo in apocalyptic world on video wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo in apocalyptic world on video wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yeng Constantino; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yeng Constantino; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sandwich front man Raymond Marasigan wore a Michael Jackson jacket from Thriller. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sandwich front man Raymond Marasigan wore a Michael Jackson jacket from Thriller. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Christian Bautista; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Christian Bautista; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Andrew E works the crowd. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Andrew E works the crowd. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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MTV Pinoy VJ’s from left: Josh Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Aryanna Epperson and Kito Romualdez. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

MTV Pinoy VJ’s from left: Josh Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Kito Romualdez and Aryanna Epperson. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sam Concepcion; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sam Concepcion; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Other artists in FUSION include:

Julianne Taroja, Abby Asistio, FRANCO, Jason Farol, Thyro & Yumi, Anja Aguilar, Mark Mabasa, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, The Dawn, Wolfgang, Bamboo, Rico Blanco, Gloc 9, Sarah Geronimo, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Andrew E, Sandwich, 6cyclemind, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, Joey Ayala, Tres Marias, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion, DJ Ace Ramos, UP Singing Ambassadors, The Maneuvers and U.P. Singing Ambassadors.

Ebe Dabcel; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ebe Dabcel; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Wolfgang from left: Basti Artadi and Manuel Legarda. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Wolfgang from left: Basti Artadi and Manuel Legarda. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Voice coach Sarah Geronimo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Voice coach Sarah Geronimo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parokya Ni Edgar vocalist Chito Miranda poses for fans’ pic. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parokya Ni Edgar vocalist Chito Miranda poses for fans’ pic. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Yeng Constantino has virtual dancer on vid wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yeng Constantino has virtual dancer on vid wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yeng Constantino’s dance partner comes to life. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yeng Constantino’s dance partner comes to life. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

KAMIKAZEE’s Jay Contreras. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

KAMIKAZEE’s Jay Contreras. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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DJ Coki spins for Andrew E. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

DJ Coki spins for Andrew E. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Andrew E; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Andrew E; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Other artists in FUSION include:

Julianne Taroja, Abby Asistio, FRANCO, Jason Farol, Thyro & Yumi, Anja Aguilar, Mark Mabasa, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, The Dawn, Wolfgang, Bamboo, Rico Blanco, Gloc 9, Sarah Geronimo, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Andrew E, Sandwich, 6cyclemind, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, Joey Ayala, Tres Marias, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion, DJ Ace Ramos, UP Singing Ambassadors, The Maneuvers and U.P. Singing Ambassadors.

Sandwich front man Raymond Marasigan wore a Michael Jackson jacket from Thriller. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sandwich front man Raymond Marasigan wore a Michael Jackson jacket from Thriller. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Voice coach Sarah Geronimo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Voice coach Sarah Geronimo. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: rapper Abra, singer songwriter Thyro and rapper Apex. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: rapper Abra, singer songwriter Thyro and rapper Apex. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kyla dedicated her hit SALBABIDA for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kyla dedicated her hit SALBABIDA for SAF 44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Paolo Valenciano; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Paolo Valenciano; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Andrew E works the crowd. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Andrew E works the crowd. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbie Almalbis displays her guitar skills. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbie Almalbis displays her guitar skills. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Bamboo dedicated TATSULOK for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo dedicated TATSULOK for SAF44. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Wolfgang guitarist Manuel Legarda. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Wolfgang guitarist Manuel Legarda. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Kitchie Nadal; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kitchie Nadal; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parokya Ni Edgar vocalist Chito Miranda poses for fans’ pic. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parokya Ni Edgar vocalist Chito Miranda poses for fans’ pic. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

6CycleMind from left: Manager/songwriter Darwin Hernandez, (bass) Bob Cañamo, (rhythm Guitars) Rye Sarmiento, (drummer) Vic Aquino and vocalist Tutti Caringal. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

6CycleMind wearing RayBans from left: Manager/songwriter Darwin Hernandez, (bass) Bob Cañamo, (rhythm Guitars) Rye Sarmiento, (drummer) Vic Aquino and vocalist Tutti Caringal. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: rapper Abra, singer songwriter Thyro and rapper Apex. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: rapper Abra, singer songwriter Thyro and rapper Apex. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yeng Constantino; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Yeng Constantino; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo in apocalyptic world on video wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bamboo in apocalyptic world on video wall. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sam Concepcion; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sam Concepcion; FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

URBANDUB from left: bass Russell Manaloto and vocalist Gabby Alipe. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

URBANDUB from left: bass Russell Manaloto and vocalist Gabby Alipe. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

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jumpy URBANDUB from left: bass Russell Manaloto, vocalist Gabby Alipe, drums Janjan Mendoza and guitarist John Dinopol. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

jumpy URBANDUB from left: bass Russell Manaloto, vocalist Gabby Alipe, drums Janjan Mendoza and guitarist John Dinopol. FUSION the 1st Phil. Music Festival was held January 30, 2015 just 5 days after the Mamasapano Clash. Photo by Jude Bautista

Other artists in FUSION include:

Julianne Taroja, Abby Asistio, FRANCO, Jason Farol, Thyro & Yumi, Anja Aguilar, Mark Mabasa, Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, The Dawn, Wolfgang, Bamboo, Rico Blanco, Gloc 9, Sarah Geronimo, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Andrew E, Sandwich, 6cyclemind, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, Joey Ayala, Tres Marias, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, Christian Bautista, Sam Concepcion, DJ Ace Ramos, UP Singing Ambassadors, The Maneuvers and U.P. Singing Ambassadors.

Pope Francis’ Smile and Two Very Different Speeches

Pope turns to his right for close up then a perfect ray of light falls on his holiness’ face, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pope turns to his right for close up then a perfect ray of light falls on his holiness’ face, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Yesterday (January 15,2015), I made the mistake of trying to shoot Pope Francis (with a camera) just 2 hours before his scheduled arrival. The throngs on Quirino corner Taft Avenue near the Papal Nuncio (his official residence) were telecast on TV5. I then decided to proceed to Vito Cruz corner Roxas Boulevard instead. I was thinking maybe the crowds would be fewer; the spaces more wide open to give me a better chance to photograph him.

Upon Pope Francis’s arrival January 15, 2015, I belatedly decided to shoot him passing by on the Roxas Blvd and Vito Cruz. Because of the crowds all I could shoot well is the Video wall in front of CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Upon Pope Francis’s arrival January 15, 2015, I belatedly decided to shoot him passing by on the Roxas Blvd and Vito Cruz. Because of the crowds all I could shoot well is the Video wall in front of CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

When I got there I was astounded by the swells of crowds. Families, people trying to position themselves in every space trying to get a glimpse of the Pope, filled Roxas Boulevard. I tried to look for a break in the line along the island. It took me an hour to finally decide the angle and the thickness of the crowd was just too much for me to get a decent shot. The best shot I got was of the video screen outside CCP announcing the arrival.

Upon Pope Francis’s arrival January 15, 2015, I belatedly decided to shoot him passing by on the Roxas Blvd and Vito Cruz. Because of the crowds all I could shoot well is the Video wall in front of CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Upon Pope Francis’s arrival January 15, 2015, I belatedly decided to shoot him passing by on the Roxas Blvd and Vito Cruz. Because of the crowds all I could shoot well is the Video wall in front of CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

I felt like Matthew climbing up a tree trying to get a glimpse of the Lord in this case his Vicar. Emphasis on the disciple being a tax collector, for I’ve been remiss of my own duties as a Catholic and thought maybe I’m not worthy of the chance. For Catholics, for anyone of any faith or lack thereof, seeing the Pope is a once in a lifetime experience, even for a sinner like me. I regretted not being able to plan my shoot or make preparations for his visit here.

Jan 16, 2015 fans shoot the scene with their cell phones before Pope Francis passes by across Plaza Dilao, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jan 16, 2015 fans shoot the scene with their cell phones before Pope Francis passes by across Plaza Dilao, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Then we got a phone call from my brother Tim Bautista at around 5am (January 16). He was urging us, me and my parents to go to Philippine Columbian Association, where the Pope’s vehicle would pass through en route to Malacañang. I was skeptical at first because of my experience with the crowds but still hoped we would be able to see him.

Philippine Columbian Association was where we played a lot of sports growing up in Paco. Photo taken last January 16, 2015 by Jude Bautista

Philippine Columbian Association was where we played a lot of sports growing up in Paco. Photo taken last January 16, 2015 by Jude Bautista

We had a very early breakfast in Philippine Columbian where our family played badminton in late 80s and 90s. Just across from Plaza Dilao was the stretch of Quirino Avenue leading to Malacañang. By the time I arrived there were people already waiting on the sidewalk although not as thick as yesterday. Cops, PNP officers, Barangay Officials were set up directing the human barricade.

from left: Joe Bautista, Domingo our fave Head waiter in PCA, John Chan, Tim Bautista, Erlinda Bautista and Joy Bautista. Photo taken at Phil Columbian Association last January 16, 2015 by Jude Bautista

from left: Joe Bautista, Domingo our fave Head waiter in PCA, John Chan, Tim Bautista, Erlinda Bautista and Joy Bautista. Photo taken at Phil Columbian Association last January 16, 2015 by Jude Bautista

GMA Network Reporter Sherrie Ann Torres w TV crew were there at the crack of dawn on Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

GMA Network Reporter Sherrie Ann Torres w TV crew were there at the crack of dawn on Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

GMA network’s cameraman was already there by 6pm staking out the best angles for the oncoming vehicle of the Pope. A little later on TV5 news crew followed. I was able to shoot Sherie Anne Torres the news reporter for GMA. We saw diplomatic vehicle after diplomatic vehicle pass by on their way to the Presidential reception. Bus after bus of police, and on motorcycles sped by in both directions. I was just praying to myself: Lord please let me get a good head and shoulder shot of him.

Spanish diplomatic car speeds through for Pope’s reception in Malacañang Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spanish diplomatic car speeds through for Pope’s reception in Malacañang Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PNP Sniper on roof (left photo) checks out other elevated areas w Binoculars (right close up pic); Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PNP Sniper on roof (left photo) checks out other elevated areas w Binoculars (right close up pic); Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

From a very cloudy dawn it opened up to blue skies. The TV5 crew was kind enough to share that he was in a vehicle but that he was waving to the crowds through an open window. Minutes before 9am his scheduled departure from the Apostolic Nunciature, we saw a military sniper assigned to one of the rooftops. A chopper or two flew above us.

Chopper flies overhead, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Chopper flies overhead, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Then we saw the motorcycle escorts, his vehicle was in the middle of it all surrounded by police jeeps and a truck with a camera crane behind it. I saw a hand out of the window with a white sleeve waving, one of the police jeeps blocked our view.

Pope’s police motorcycle escorts Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pope’s police motorcycle escorts Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A hand waves outside the window.

A hand waves outside the window.

Then for less than 10 seconds I saw him. You could see how happy he was with the throngs of faithful that have lined the streets everywhere he went. A perfect ray of sunlight went in through the window and illuminated his kind face. I didn’t realize that I would be so affected by it. The TV5 cameraman had enough sense to jog with the entourage and get more footage. I was so overwhelmed that I wasn’t able to follow him.

Pope Francis turns to his left on Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pope Francis turns to his left on Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

When we got home we watched on TV how the crowds were even INSIDE the presidential palace. All along the way after greeting government officials and the ceremony he was kissing and blessing children. One little girl even hugged him. The act was a powerful symbol of the church’s emphasis on preserving the sacredness of the family. Even though it is quite natural for him to bless and kiss babies.

Pope turns to his right for close up then a perfect ray of light falls on his holiness’ face, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pope turns to his right for close up then a perfect ray of light falls on his holiness’ face, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PNoy’s Forgettable Speech

Like millions of Filipinos, I want our President to do well especially in representing us as a head of state our leader in his meeting with Pope Francis. I don’t think anyone sets out to deliberately discredit him during this important visit. But the content of PNoy’s speech was very disappointing on several levels. He does a remarkable job of discrediting himself. First he mentioned the corruption and lack of transparency of the previous administration and then chided local prelates, priests for being silent about it and then being more vocal of their criticism of him. He even cited one instance where a priest criticized him for his hair.

At 2015 he still manages to harp on the previous administration’s follies, the tail end, the final stretch of HIS own term. What may I ask happened to the former President? She’s ALREADY in jail in spite of a serious medical condition. PNoy’s vindictiveness knows no bounds, that he felt he still needed to mention this for his speech beside the Pope. His pettiness is such that he felt compelled to mention the criticism on his hair by a priest at this pivotal international visit not just for our country but also for the millions of faithful in Asia and around the world.

from left: Pope Francis poses with President Noynoy Aquino in Malacañang Palace January 16, 2015.

from left: Pope Francis poses with President Noynoy Aquino in Malacañang Palace January 16, 2015.

Speeches have weight because they reveal how we express ourselves and what’s important to us, for us. I was personally embarrassed for him and our country that he was representing. It’s very unbecoming for a head of state, making him sound superficial even narrow minded. Will the Pope and dignitaries wonder if PNoy is able to go beyond his own petty squabbles and act on urgent issues that need to be addressed? Fr. Nono Alfonso told TJ Manotoc of ANC that he was personally surprised and didn’t think it was the right venue for the President to mention those things in a speech.

Babies line up waiting for Pope Francis along Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Babies line up waiting for Pope Francis along Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pope Speaks for Poor Against Corruption

In stark contrast Pope Francis spoke of the values that the Christian faith holds dear. The message is both currently relevant and is respectful of historical significance of his visit. The speech describes his visit as ‘pastoral’ and gives importance to the role of the family. “The highlight of my visit will be my meetings with families and with young people here in Manila. Families have an indispensable mission in society. It is in the family that children are trained in some values, ideals and a genuine concern for others. But the whole world sees the family can also be severed and destroyed. It needs our support.”

Father and daughter wait for Pope Francis to pass by across Plaza Dilao, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Father and daughter wait for Pope Francis to pass by across Plaza Dilao, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

He made mention of the role of the family in aid of difficult times such as those experienced during Yolanda, “This visit is meant to express my closeness to our brothers and sisters who endured suffering loss and devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda. With many people though out the world I admire the heroic strength, faith and resilience demonstrated by so many Filipinos in the face of natural disasters and so many others… At great sacrifice they tapped on their time and resources creating networks of mutual help and working for the common good. This example of solidarity in the work of rebuilding teach us an important lesson. In the family every society draws the deepest resources in order to face new challenges.

Volunteer directs human barricade, Plaza Dilao, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Volunteer directs human barricade, Plaza Dilao, Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Pontiff took the opportunity to remind our politicians and leaders of prioritizing the poor. This is very fundamental and at the very core of biblical tradition, “As many voices in your nation have pointed out it is now more than ever necessary that political leaders be outstanding for their honesty, integrity and commitment to the common goal. In this way they will help preserve the rich human and natural resources with which the Lord has blessed this country. Thus will they be able to marshal the moral resources needed to face the demands of the present and to pass on the coming generations a society of authentic justice, solidarity and peace. Essential to the attainment of these national goals is a moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. Great biblical tradition enjoins on our peoples the duty to help the voice of the poor… I hope that these prophetic psalms will challenge everyone at all levels of society to reject every form of corruption, which divert resources from the poor.”

PCA Headwaiter Domingo behind human barricade Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PCA Headwaiter Domingo behind human barricade Quirino Ave, Paco Manila last January 16, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Maybe we should all pray that everyone heeds the words of Pope Francis. The Filipino people want and need PNoy to do well and have ‘a commitment to the common goal’. He still has time to mend whatever broken fences he has caused with his thoughtless words and vindictiveness. Both his father and mother recognized heroes and icons of democracy preached forgiveness and reconciliation along with justice. This is one day that I will cherish; neglectful of my own faith as I had been the Lord blessed me with being able to capture the Pope’s smile.

Upon Pope Francis’s arrival January 15, 2015, I belatedly decided to shoot him passing by on the Roxas Blvd and Vito Cruz. Because of the crowds all I could shoot well is the Video wall in front of CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PARIS Unites the World

from right: French Pres. Francois Hollande, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

from right: French Pres. Francois Hollande, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

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There were no speeches amidst all the dozens of world leaders, even the President of France Francoise Hollande made sure of that during the Unity rally in Paris. Sunday, January 10, 2015 days after the Hebdo and Kosher supermarket attack the world showed an unprecedented show of unity in Paris.

Top row L-R: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, EU parliament president Martin Schulz, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, bottom row L-R European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, French President Francois Hollande, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte,--Political leaders who expressed support for the Paris Unity rally last January 11, 2015.

Top row L-R: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, EU parliament president Martin Schulz, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, bottom row L-R European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, French President Francois Hollande, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte,–Political leaders who expressed support for the Paris Unity rally last January 11, 2015.

The day was for symbols, which became stronger than long-winded words and rhetoric. The whole world watched and saw something change for the better. The silent majority of French people who believe in peace, solidarity came out at least 1 million strong in support of CHARLIE HEBDO, in support of the Jewish victims; Je Sui Juif and Muslim victim and slain police officer Ahmed Merabet: Je Sui Ahmed.

French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d'Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/13/europe/charlie-hebdo-france-attacks/

French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d’Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/13/europe/charlie-hebdo-france-attacks/

The display of unity among the French people was desperately needed. Without it, the whole city and country could have been plunged into chaos and greater internal strife. Fears of a backlash against Muslims are rampant. Hours after the Hebdo attack gunshots were fired and a grenade blast was already heard on a Mosque on the outskirts of Paris. The French Jewish community is on the edge fearing more attacks after the one in the Kosher supermarket. The French were making a statement through action: we are one, we are united against these terrorists attacks, we uphold our freedom of speech and expression whether Jew, Christian, Muslim or Agnostic.

1.3 Million attended the Unity rally in Paris last January 11, 2015.

1.3 Million attended the Unity rally in Paris last January 11, 2015.

Over and over again during the telecast we hear the phrase strength or tradition of secular society. It’s this nonspiritual form of government in the Republic of France that upholds the rights and freedoms of these different faiths and freedom to not have a religion.

French Ambassador to the Phil. Gilles Garachon during the candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack held at Alliance Francaise de Manille last Januarry 14, 2015.

French Ambassador to the Phil. Gilles Garachon during the candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack held at Alliance Francaise de Manille last Januarry 14, 2015.

Amb Garachon on Georges Wolinski

The French Embassy along with French nationals and friends in the Philippines also had their own candle lighting ceremony in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The solemn event was held at the Alliance Francaise de Manille last January 14, 2015.

List of fallen from Charlie Hebdo attack.

List of fallen from Charlie Hebdo attack.

French Amb Gilles Garachon had a personal take on one of the victims, “The terrorists have tried to hit France in the heart. By killing some people who are iconic in France who represent Freedom of Speech. Those people are very well known. Georges Wolinski for example one of the cartoonists was 80 years old. He has been a cartoonist for 60 years. I remember when I was a child flipping through his cartoons I was raised with him in a way. Many French people loved those cartoonists. We have a lot of respect and sympathy for them. By killing them it was hitting France at the heart. It was a real shock when we heard about this we couldn’t believe it. Of course any assassination is very tragic. In this case it was even worse. They tried to hit our soul, which was different.”

The French Community and friends in the Philippines attended the candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The ceremony was held at Alliance Francaise de Manille, last January 14, 2015. Photo by Martin Macalintal

The French Community and friends in the Philippines attended the candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The ceremony was held at Alliance Francaise de Manille, last January 14, 2015. Photo by Martin Macalintal

According to Wikipedia: Wolinski co-founded the satirical magazine L’Enragé with Jean-Jacques Pauvert and Siné. He served as the editor-in-chief of Hara-Kiri from 1961 to 1970. Wolinski collaborated with the comics artist Georges Pichard to create Paulette, which appeared in Charlie Mensuel and provoked reactions in France during its publication. Wolinski’s work appeared in the daily newspaper Libération, the weekly Paris-Match, L’Écho des savanes and Charlie Hebdo

L-R French Pres. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Pres. Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

L-R French Pres. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Pres. Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

1.3 Million attended the Unity rally in Paris last January 11, 2015.

1.3 Million attended the Unity rally in Paris last January 11, 2015.

People Led Unity Rally

Garachon went on to describe the unity rally as being a response coming from the French people, “I’m very proud and grateful because the response was a huge mobilization very simple French people and very simple people worldwide standing up to say ‘No we don’t want this to happen. Killing cartoonists is reprehensible it’s the absolute intolerance. So we want to stand against this.’ This response was beautiful and was the only appropriate response to this kind of act. The right response is not to use the same violence. The right response is to stand you want us to not remain silent. We still want to fight for Freedom of speech. This is part of our soul and you will not take it away from us.”

Top row L-R: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, US Attorney General Eric Holder, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council president Donald Tusk, Bottom row L-R:  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija, Political leaders who expressed support for the Paris Unity rally last January 11, 2015.

Top row L-R: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, US Attorney General Eric Holder, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council president Donald Tusk, Bottom row L-R: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija, Political leaders who expressed support for the Paris Unity rally last January 11, 2015.

The Paris Unity Rally is of such historical significance similar to the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991 and the first EDSA revolution here in the Philippines, 1986. All events showed how millions of people through peaceful means could unite and usher a new era in their countries and even the world. All three events also represented the people’s clamor for freedom and democracy.

from L-R: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French Pres. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Pres. Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

from L-R: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French Pres. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Pres. Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

The unity rally in Paris however is unprecedented because of the number of warring nations that were represented and were arm in arm during the march. Before this event no one could have imagined or predicted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could link arms with Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. King Abdullah II is a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed as noted by CNN’s Fareed Zakariah. Although political rivals former Pres. Sarkozy was one of the first to be at Hollande’s side during the tragedy.

French Pres. Francois Hollande thanks Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko w beso. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

French Pres. Francois Hollande thanks Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko w beso. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

Manly Beso beso

On the lighter side, as the march wound up Pres. Francoise Hollande in a show of deep gratitude for the presence of the leaders gave a very sincere beso beso, (kiss on the cheek) even to his male counterparts. The practice is very French and is also common to European / Mediterranean countries. Filipinos have also adopted this customary greeting from the Spanish. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, EU parliament president Martin Schulz, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker readily returned the greeting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as former military man not used to open display of intimacy as an alternative gave a firm handshake instead.

French Pres. Francois Hollande thanks European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker w beso. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

French Pres. Francois Hollande thanks European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker w beso. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

Unifying force

There is no denying that there is a long road for France in preventing future attacks. French society must also look at how the young, unemployed, Muslim immigrants can be better integrated. There’s also no denying that there is still a very deep chasm between the Israelis, Palestinans and the rest of the Muslim world. But at the very least the two sides have come together to condemn these attacks against France. Whether it leads to real peace in the Middle East region only time will tell. Without the unity rally the situation could only get worse.

Top L-R: Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Bottom L-R: Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Gabonese President Ali Bongo. Political leaders who expressed support for the Paris Unity rally last January 11, 2015.

Top L-R: Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Bottom L-R: Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Gabonese President Ali Bongo. Political leaders who expressed support for the Paris Unity rally last January 11, 2015.

Worldwide statements of support

Amb Garachon was thankful for the show of warmth and support form the Philippine side: “It’s a very good response. All the people I have met including your President Benigno Aquino III, including your Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima. All the people I’ve met told me about their support and their condolences. Some of them told me even in French language Je Sui Charlie! The response has been tremendous and wonderful. It’s a great support, comfort and pleasure to hear this because when this happened the last thing you want is to feel lonely. We had a wonderful response from all our friends world wide and especially the Philippines. I’m very grateful for that.”

2nd from right: Amb Gilles Garachon from right: French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, AF Pres. Bernardo Sim, AF Board Member Cecile Mauricio, AF Exec Dir Patrick Deyvant and French Emb Press Attache Camille Conde. A candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack was held at Alliance Francaise de Manille last Januarry 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Amb Gilles Garachon from right: French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Macalintal, AF Pres. Bernardo Sim, AF Board Member Cecile Mauricio, AF Exec Dir Patrick Deyvant and French Emb Press Attache Camille Conde. A candle lighting ceremony for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack was held at Alliance Francaise de Manille last Januarry 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d'Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/13/europe/charlie-hebdo-france-attacks/

French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d’Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/13/europe/charlie-hebdo-france-attacks/

French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d'Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/13/europe/charlie-hebdo-france-attacks/

French President François Hollande posthumously gave the Legion d’Honneur to Ahmed Merabet, Jean-Philippe and Franck Brinsolaro, laying medals on the coffins of all three slain police officers. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/13/europe/charlie-hebdo-france-attacks/

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French Pres. Francois Hollande thanks World Leaders who were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

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From left: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

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L-R Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French Pres. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Pres. Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

L-R Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French Pres. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU Pres. Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015. 

L-R: British Prime Minister David Cameron, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French Pre. Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. World Leaders were arm in arm during the PARIS UNITY RALLY last January 11, 2015.

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