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Our Lost Culture in 3 Stars And A Sun

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center: Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik) tells them about their unknown history, Rizal & the Philippines. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Mang Okik (Bodjie Pascua): Basta alam ko. Pinalaya tayo ni Rizal kaya siya pinatay. Dianne (Giannina Ocampo): Sino si Rizal? Mang Okik [sobs]: Yan ang pinaka malungkot na tanong na na rinig ko sa araw na to!!! Dianne: What is the big deal it’s just a scarf? Mang Okik: Scaaaaarf? Scaaaarf? Watawat ito ng Pilipinas! Sol (Nicco Manalo): Watawat? Pinipilinas? Mang Okik: Dati Pilipinas, bayan natin. Pangalan nanggaling sa dating hari ng Espanya. Nung unang panahon bago nagtayo ang lecheng stormdome nato. Anung klase kayong Pilipino? Nazty (Anna Luna): Ano yon? Mang Okik: Pilipino mga nakatira sa Pilipinas sa mahal nating bansa diyan sa labas!

from left: Giannina Ocampo (Dianne), Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik) and Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Giannina Ocampo (Dianne), Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik) and Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sol: Sa labas ng dome? Dianne: You’re hallucinating, poison gas nasa labas ng dome. Mang Okik: There was a time, wala na kasi kayong history. Nung nagka nuclear war at kinulong natin ang sarili sa storm dome. Pumigil ang kasaysayan at ito na walan ng saysay. Ginagalang ito at di pinapasayad sa lupa. Hawakan ng mabuti at tutupiin, dahan dahan, tatsulok tatsulok. Dianne: What is that? Sino si Rizal? Mang Okik: Rizaaaaal! Ipapakita ko sa inyo!

Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 STARS AND THE SUN the PETA musical based on the music of Francis Magallona has opened to rave reviews. The megahit musical is running from February 5 to March 2016. This early on though with previews and press nights of the musical, some dates have been sold out due to the enthusiasm and reception of show buyers. So go to ticketworld and official PETA website to ensure that you will be able to watch this very special musical event. RAK F AEGIS was a tough act to follow for PETA as a monster hit. But this early stage 3 STARS has already exceeded it creatively, especially with its relevance in the upcoming elections.

Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bodjie Pascua could not be more perfect as the old hermit Mang Okik. Sometimes, I guess in my mind, he would revert to Kuya Bodjie mode and talk about lost Philippine history. At the end of that dialogue above he astounds the audiences with his rapid-fire rap Gloc 9 would be proud of. He may have been the most applauded cast member of the night. And the role needed someone like him, someone to eloquently explain our past not to the imagined futuristic youth but for all of us today.

foreground: Diliman residents go through trash while Lumino people rule. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Diliman residents go through trash while Lumino people rule. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The ignorance of history, the loss of appreciation and love for our traditions and culture that make us distinctly Filipino is happening here and now. Just last September PNoy was shocked to find out that young students were completely unaware that Apolinario Mabini was a paralytic. Social media was abuzz with students wondering why ‘The Sublime Paralytic’ in the film HENERAL LUNA did not stand up.

Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Our language, traditional forms of music, dance and theater even cinema are all taken for granted, not just by the youth but Filipinos in general. That’s why yearly events such as the PASINAYA where these activities come together are so important. Include Cinemalaya, Cinema One, Virgin Labfest even the controversial MMFF. Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Dance Troupe, the Madrigal Singers should be as commercially successful as One Direction, Madonna or androgynous K-POP stars. Keyword is should be, they’re not any less talented that’s for sure.

from left: Musical Director Myke Salomon, Playwright Mixkaela Villalon & Director Nor Domingo. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Musical Director Myke Salomon, Playwright Mixkaela Villalon & Director Nor Domingo. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Stars Playwright Mixkaela Villalon admitted as much, “Activism has fallen out of fashion among my peers. It’s not completely our fault—it’s been a global trend in the past few decades. Massive materialism coupled with the technological boom to broadcast our consumerist lifestyles have made us more uninvolved and isolated from each other.”

from left: Jeff Flores (Winston), Gab Pangilinan (Chelsea) & Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jeff Flores (Winston), Gab Pangilinan (Chelsea) & Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

To be fair it’s not isolated with this generation. She was talking about the global trend in technology rather than the colonial mentality that existed during my or past generations. It is this APATHY that Francis Magallona fought against his whole life through his music. Bringing back national identity, pride, if not our language was something that Francis believed in. For him it wasn’t enough to remember but we have to be inspired by it.

foreground: Diliman residents go through trash while Lumino people rule. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Diliman residents go through trash while Lumino people rule. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Science Fiction On Stage

From the many patriotic and socially conscious songs of Francis Magallona (MGA KABABAYAN KO, 3 STARS AND THE SUN, KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD) young playwright Mixkaela Villalon, co-writer Rody Vera, director Nor Domingo were able to conceptualize an apocalyptic, science fiction version of the Philippines. Also based on Francis M’s music was a film called KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD. It was produced with Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman for the 2013 MMFF. It had the expected hip-hop theme and even had the Phil ALL STARS, Manoeuvres, The Crew and singers JayR, Johnoy Danao, D-Coy.

Bottom Row: Raflesia Bravo (Yaya), Ian Segarra (Ensemble), Anna Luna (Nazty)-seated, Nica Santiago (Ensemble), Director Nor Domingo, Pia Magallona, Musical Dir Myke Salomon-seated, Paolo Valenciano (Chino), Playwright Mixkaela Villalon, EJ Pepito (Kat), Gab Pangilinan (Chelsea)-seated, Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik), Sound designer Teresa Barrozo, Top Row: Nar Cabico (Poy), Giannina Ocampo (Dianne), Che Ramos Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky), Jeff Flores (Winston), Nicco Manalo (Sol) and Jason Barcial (Bogs). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bottom Row: Raflesia Bravo (Yaya), Ian Segarra (Ensemble), Anna Luna (Nazty)-seated, Nica Santiago (Ensemble), Director Nor Domingo, Pia Magallona, Musical Dir Myke Salomon-seated, Paolo Valenciano (Chino), Playwright Mixkaela Villalon, EJ Pepito (Kat), Gab Pangilinan (Chelsea)-seated, Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik), Sound designer Teresa Barrozo, Top Row: Nar Cabico (Poy), Giannina Ocampo (Dianne), Che Ramos Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky), Jeff Flores (Winston), Nicco Manalo (Sol) and Jason Barcial (Bogs). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Stars playwright Mix, Rody & longtime PETA actor Nor Domingo deserve a lot of credit for having a novel but riskier approach especially with a genre that speaks to the youth of today. With the success of the HUNGER GAMES, STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS, MAZE RUNNER, THE GIVER it’s a genre that young people are familiar with.

Lumino rulers from left: Paolo Valenciano (Chino), Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky) & Giannina Ocampo (Dianne). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Lumino rulers from left: Paolo Valenciano (Chino), Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky) & Giannina Ocampo (Dianne). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

But local theater has almost never seen the genre. The closest from recent memory is HARING LEAR directed by Nonon Padilla and translated by National Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera. The simple but very effective set and production design of also a post-nuclear King Lear was by Gino Gonzalez. This time Gonzalez was more elaborate in his set design for 3 STARS.

Gino Gonzales’ production design is more elaborate in 3 STARS than HARING LEAR both set in a post nuclear war Philippines. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gino Gonzales’ production design is more elaborate in 3 STARS than HARING LEAR both set in a post nuclear war Philippines. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Totalitarianism & Duterte

Korean film SNOW PIERCER is an acknowledged influence for Mix and Rody for 3 STARS. In it there was inequality between 2 groups. Here we have the Lumino vs the Diliman residents. Apart from the inequality there is that constant use of violence to keep people in line. The overriding need to keep the peace and order is always greater than individual human rights. There were several scenes torturing and ‘reconditioning’ rebels captured. This almost seems like a direct statement against the platform of peace and order from current presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte.

3 Stars Director Nor Domingo; Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Stars Director Nor Domingo; Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director Nor Domingo explicitly stated during the press con that 3 STARS is not specifically against ANY particular candidate. “Personally I am not endorsing for or against anyone. It’s to urge the youth to think very well about our country and hopefully inspire them to make the right choice whatever it is for them. You just have to hope that the way we teach them when they grow up they will make the right choice. But we cannot just stop educating inspiring. We’re hoping the music of Francis M and this play will do that. Especially for the coming elections and for the first time voters sana maraming manood.”

from left: Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky), Anna Luna (Nazty), Jason Barcial (Bogs) & Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky), Anna Luna (Nazty), Jason Barcial (Bogs) & Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mix also added that almost every sci-fi story deals with some form of Totalitarianism, “Sir Rody he mentioned a loophole of a lot of science fiction is that they almost always lean toward a Totalitarian transit. I asked is there a story where the state was always right? And it almost never happens. Either it’s a leftist dystopia or a rightist dystopia. The state is always wrong. It falls to the characters to fight whatever system is there. For everyone in PETA we agreed on the ending. It’s all up to us. Let’s leave that to the audience. Just make a choice.”

Jason Barcial (Bogs) is tortured during interrogation. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jason Barcial (Bogs) is tortured during interrogation. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The danger, however, of electing someone like Digong Duterte can be clearly seen in 3 STARS & THE SUN. In reality once elected as president how do we know he would respect other rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of expression when he so easily tramples on other basic human rights? When and where does it end? How can he possibly tolerate open and honest criticism when his platform is repression? Personally I don’t even want to find out. When he repeatedly goes over the line, how will we stop him as president?

Nar Cabico (Poy) on top of Jeff Flores (Winston); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nar Cabico (Poy) on top of Jeff Flores (Winston); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Another candidate Jejomar Binay on the surface is supportive of the poor. He identifies himself with the masses and yet in actual fact has several cases of corruption against him and his son Jun jun Binay. He exploits the poor for their votes in the same way that Lumino rulers abuse Diliman residents.

Giannina Ocampo (Dianne); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Giannina Ocampo (Dianne); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mar Roxas is branded with the ruling class, not just because of his family background but also as the designated candidate of the administration. Worse is his terrible performance as NDRRMC Chair post Yolanda where hundreds of thousands of families suffered the mismanagement of national government. Added to this was his lack of knowledge in the SAF 44 incident as DILG Secretary. Roxas has been proven as an ineffective leader time and again.

Nicco Manalo (Sol); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nicco Manalo (Sol); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

These are the issues that every Filipino should face and think about, now while we have the chance to choose our leader. Those who are educated, who know better cannot and should not sit idly by while candidates intentionally mislead our people. Francis M spoke the truth in his music; we should listen and put them into action.

from left: Giannina Ocampo (Dianne) & Raflesia Bravo (Yaya). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pia Magallona; Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jeff Flores (Winston), Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky), Giannina Ocampo (Dianne), Nicco Manalo (Sol), Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik) & Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jeff Flores (Winston), Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky), Giannina Ocampo (Dianne), Nicco Manalo (Sol), Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik) & Paolo Valenciano (Chino). Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nar Cabico (Poy) & EJ Pepito (Kat); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Raflesia Bravo (Yaya); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Nicco Manalo (Sol) & Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Che Ramos-Cosio (Grand Vidame Inky) & TANDEM producer Alemberg Ang. Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Bodjie Pascua (Mang Okik); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jason Barcial (Bogs); Watch 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center from February to March 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Power of Writing in Spring Fest Film

from left: Chen Daoming (Lu) & Gong Li (Yu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

from left: Chen Daoming (Lu) & Gong Li (Yu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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Yu (Gong Li) could not contain her excitement. The box was heavy almost like a treasure chest. What they saw inside was even more precious. They were tattered pages, different colors and sizes, cardboards and so on all with words carefully written down. They were letters from her husband Lu (Chen Daoming) she had not seen for 20 years. She asked why are they different papers and tattered? Perhaps he looked for whatever he could find to write on. Why were the letters so small and illegible? Perhaps it was dark and tried to write with difficulty. She treasured each one of them. The stories of his daily struggles putting together her own tattered memories of her husband she still hopes to see.

from left: Ricardo Leong, Shang Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio–Dualan, Dr. Rosita Leong, Jill Kuok-Friedman and Fr. Jet Villarin. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ricardo Leong, Shang Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio–Dualan, Dr. Rosita Leong, Jill Kuok-Friedman and Fr. Jet Villarin. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Audiences can watch the film COMING HOME by director Zhang Yi Mou for free at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. It is one of ten titles you can choose from at the 10th Spring Film Festival.

Watch COMING HOME by Zhang Yimou for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Watch COMING HOME by Zhang Yimou for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

from left: ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) founding Chair Teresita Ang See, ADMU VP for Univ.& Global Relations Fr. Joey Cruz, Gawad Kalinga (GK) Board Member Fr. Ben Nebres, Dr. Rosita Leong, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Confucius Inst. Chinese Director Cynthia Liang and Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres. George Uy. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.  Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata, Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) founding Chair Teresita Ang See, ADMU VP for Univ.& Global Relations Fr. Joey Cruz, Gawad Kalinga (GK) Board Member Fr. Ben Nebres, Dr. Rosita Leong, Ricardo Leong founder of Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, ADMU Pres. Fr. Jett Villarin, Confucius Inst. Chinese Director Cynthia Liang and Intl Studies for Chinese Arts Pres. George Uy. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Yi Mou is one of China’s most well-known and celebrated directors having won awards at the Cannes, Venice and the Berlin International Film Festival. He based the film COMING HOME on a novel by Geling Yan entitled The Criminal Lu Yanshi. In an interview, he revealed that he took dramatic license and chose certain portions of the novel, even switching the ending to start the movie.

Director Zhang Yimou is China’s most celebrated filmmaker. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Director Zhang Yimou is China’s most celebrated filmmaker. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Mao’s poster was one of the symbols that sparked the Cultural Revolution. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Mao’s poster was one of the symbols that sparked the Cultural Revolution. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Cultural Revolution

Lu Yanshi is a professor sent to a labor camp during a tumultuous period in Chinese history: Cultural Revolution. When he returns to his wife and daughter he discovers that wife Feng Wanyu played by Gong Li is suffering from ‘psychogenic amnesia’ or what may be commonly be perceived these days as Alzheimer’s disease. She could no longer recognize her husband Lu and often has short-term memory lapses. It’s basically a love story set in a very painful time in Chinese history.

Chen Daoming (Lu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Chen Daoming (Lu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Lu as an intellectual was sent to a labor camp by virtue of his profession. Anyone who was capable of questioning Maoist ideals was arrested: academics, educational leaders, doctors and lawyers etc. After the failure of the economic programs by Mao Tse Tung he felt his prestige and hold in the Communist party was diminished. In order to purge his ‘perceived’ enemies he spoke against the bourgeoisie in government and later on widened this to a class of people. Officials like Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiao Ping “kept their seats on the Politburo Standing Committee but were in fact sidelined from day-to-day party affairs.” This led to the destruction of Confucian temples, religious sites and conflict within families themselves children turning in their parents.

Ballet performance entitled The Red Detachment of Women; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.  Ballet performance entitled The Red Detachment of Women; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Ballet performance entitled The Red Detachment of Women; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Ballet performance entitled The Red Detachment of Women; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

The Cultural Revolution lasted from 1966-76. The film focuses on how it affected one family. Mao is a dominant figure his face on pins on their lapels and even a bust in their living room. While Lu survived the ordeal, the emotional scars are greater on his family.

from left: Chen Daoming (Lu) & Gong Li (Yu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

from left: Chen Daoming (Lu) & Gong Li (Yu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Gong Li leads cast

Gong Li has shot to fame from Raise the Red Lantern in 1991 and has gone to Hollywood projects, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005), MIAMI VICE (2006) and HANNIBAL RISING (2007). We always see her as a glamorous, hot seductress having been part of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful. Her work in FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE is considered as one of the greatest performances of all time by Premiere magazine. This is quite a turnaround for her. Li is able to show her emotional range in this role. From the joy of good news of seeing her long husband to the subtle facial expressions of disappointment in finding someone else, Li’s touching performance is what carries this film.

Gong Li (Feng Wanyu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Gong Li (Feng Wanyu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Playing her husband is Chen Daoming. For Filipinos, Chen Daoming’s features will remind them of a young Joonee Gamboa who has had numerous critically acclaimed roles and a much sought after voice talent. Gamboa was most recently cast in TV5’s Baker King as Master Javier. Chen Daoming had a herculean task of personifying a husband trying to overcome great tragedies in his life. The moments where he breaks down were not overdone. His love for Yu was exhibited in the everyday actions such as watching over her from a distance. This is where he shines convincing us of his love.

Chen Daoming (Lu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Chen Daoming (Lu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Dan dan, daughter of Lu and Yu is played by newcomer Zhang Huiwen. Director Zhang Yimou admits that among the characters Dan dan is the one he most identifies with. He was the same age as her during the Cultural Revolution. The filmmaker is famous for discovering new talents, something he prefers to do in almost every film.

Zhang Huiwen plays Dandan; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Zhang Huiwen plays Dandan; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Just like Zhang Zhi Yi and Gong Li, the director discovered another talent in the young Zhang Huiwen. She was also recruited from a dance troupe just like Zhang Zhi Yi although Huiwen has had to learn ballet for the role of Dan dan. In the novel, Dan dan is obsessed with ballet in particular their recital entitled The Red Detachment for Women. Huiwen had to train for a year in ballet to perfect the complex and difficult choreography.

Note to remind Yu; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Note to remind Yu; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

The power of writing is something that we take for granted in this multimedia world. The story of this film started from a successful novel by Geling Yan. And Yu when she lost her short term memory started writing notes on walls reminding her to ‘close the lights’ and other menial tasks. Though she could no longer recognize her husband’s face she knew his voice in his writings. This was the only way Lu could communicate with her. The written word in essence becomes our memory, our thoughts and aspirations.

from left: Zhang Huiwen (Dan dan) & Gong Li (Feng Wanyu). Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

from left: Zhang Huiwen (Dan dan) & Gong Li (Feng Wanyu). Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Watch COMING HOME by Zhang Yimou for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Watch COMING HOME by Zhang Yimou for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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from left: Gyeong-min Bae, Jimmy Chao, Joe Bautista and ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.  Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Gyeong-min Bae, Jimmy Chao, Joe Bautista and ADMU Ricardo Leong Center Dir. Sidney Christopher Bata. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Postscript: I was able to bring my father Joe Bautista and my Ninong Jimmy Chao to the 10th Spring film fest who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Joe was able to correctly name the music played by Lu for his wife: “The Fisherman’s Song”. Director Zhang Yimou originally wanted a popular European 1930’s song a sophisticated professor of the time would be familiar with. He later changed his mind to a 1930s song all Chinese fans would be familiar with.

from left: Chen Daoming (Lu) & Gong Li (Yu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

from left: Chen Daoming (Lu) & Gong Li (Yu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Lion Dancers amuse kids at Shang Plaza. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.  Photo by Jude Bautista

Lion Dancers amuse kids at Shang Plaza. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

My brother Noel Bautista is our amateur Sinologist having studied in Beijing for a year. He currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand and he was able to visit us over the holidays with his young, pretty wife Rachelle Hazel. He had to go back to NZ and was not able to attend the fest. Noel often talked about how Deng Xiao Ping was able to open up China to economic reforms and policies that have led to the financial juggernaut we see today.

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Overpass at train station; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Overpass at train station; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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from left: Gong Li (Feng Wanyu) & Zhang Huiwen (Dan dan). Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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from left: Sandford Friedman, Jill Kuok-Friedman, Dr. Rosita Leong and Ricardo Leong. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ballerinas rehearse the Red Detachment of Women. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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from left: Carlyn Lizo of Zuellig Phil, MPTC Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Christopher Lizo, amateur Sinologist Noel Bautista & Rachelle Hazel Bautista. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.  Photo by Jude Bautista

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Gong Li (Feng Wanyu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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Ballet performance entitled The Red Detachment of Women; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Ballet performance entitled The Red Detachment of Women; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

Gong Li (Feng Wanyu); Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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left: COMELEC Chairman Andy Bautista declares Noel Bautista a winner in his married life. Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Zhang Huiwen plays Dandan; Watch COMING HOME for free during the 10th Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall from January 29-February 7, 2016.

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Glittering Bituing Walang Ningning

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

Bituing Walang Ningning has reaped rewards even before its second run extending to January 31, 2016. They earned a total of 6 Aliw awards last December. In a report from Inquirer.net : “Best Actor in a Musical for Mark Bautista, Best Actress in a Musical for Cris Villonco, Best Actor in a Featured Role for Ronnie Liang, Best Actress in a Featured Role for Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, and Best New Female Artist for Monica Cuenco who plays the lead role of Dorina Pineda in the critically acclaimed play”.

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The newer version has a tighter dialogue, faster pace and an improved production design. The over the top scenes such as climactic night sky/ starry simulation were made even grander. This time the Monica Cuenco’s (Dorina) dress was incorporated with the effects with the largest LED screen in the world. Director / Scriptwriter Freddie Santos was able to orchestrate many different talents including lighting designer Shakira Villa Symes, Costume designer Aksana Sidarava and LED animation producers Carlos Manere and Ivan Sakantsau to create a spectacular whole.

A Philippine Airlines 787 Dreamliner flies overhead during the airport scene complete with jet engines roaring. The enormous LED screen allows for effects that create a more realistic setting. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

A Philippine Airlines 787 Dreamliner flies overhead during the airport scene complete with jet engines roaring. The enormous LED screen allows for effects that create a more realistic setting. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The story of a rising star coming from humble circumstances is familiar to a lot of Filipinos who were moved by the original film version. Who could forget the stellar cast of Sharon Cuneta and Cherie Gil? But for the current lead star of the musical, the story is more than just fiction.

Director/Scriptwriter Freddie Santos worked with different artists such as lighting designer Shakira Villa Symes, Costume designer Aksana Sidarava and LED animation producers Carlos Manere and Ivan Sakantsau to create a spectacular whole. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director/Scriptwriter Freddie Santos worked with different artists such as lighting designer Shakira Villa Symes, Costume designer Aksana Sidarava and LED animation producers Carlos Manere and Ivan Sakantsau to create a spectacular whole. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ronnie Liang (Garrie Diaz) and Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ronnie Liang (Garrie Diaz) and Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

In a report aired by CNN’s Andrew Stevens, Monica Cuenco had to overcome similar circumstances. “At just eight years old, she lost both parents to cancer and moved in with her aunty. She tried to forge a career in music, propelled by a mother’s love and belief. But singing alone did not pay the bills. She was forced to put her career on hold and took a steady job. But that all changed when her nephew fell seriously ill and her family needed extra money to pay the doctors. She looked for a way of getting back into singing, and finally she got her big break.” The ‘break’ was a singing contest in Cebu that earned her generous prize money. This also led to other opportunities including getting cast in Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical.

from right: Monica Cuenco (Dorina) & Cris Villonco (Lavinia); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Monica Cuenco (Dorina) & Cris Villonco (Lavinia); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica also made the clear distinction between luck, correcting Hala Gorani, she said it was a blessing. More recently she was able to share with me, how she was able to give an even more powerful performance. This is from confidence she has gained, “Every time nagpeperform ako dito, throwback experience ko in real life. Dati kasi pag nagshoshow ako sobrang mabigat. Ngayon sa 2nd– 3rd run naglilight na raramdaman ko kasi iniisip ko blessing nangyayari sakin ngayon. Mas nagkaroon ng confidence, strength dahil sa mga kasamahan ko sila Ate Cris (Villonco) sila kuya Mark (Bautista) especially kuya Aunty (Jon Santos) ko.”

Jon Santos (Auntie) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jon Santos (Auntie) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Actor in a Musical Mark Bautista was grateful and happy with his first acting award. Mark has played President Ferdinand Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE at London’s West End. According to him local productions especially the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila is more posh than abroad, “Mas ok yung seats dito ang gaganda. Iba yung theater doon, malawak pa nga ito, maluwag. Kanya kanyang style di mo ma compare. Di mo masasabing behind yung Philippines na theater.” When asked about future plans for the production he said he hoped the show will go on tour. Resort’s World Sentosa is a possible venue abroad since dimensions of the stage is similar.

from left: Ronnie Liang (Garrie), Cris Villonco (Lavinia), Monica Cuenco (Dorina) and Mark Bautista (Nico). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Ronnie Liang (Garrie), Cris Villonco (Lavinia), Monica Cuenco (Dorina) and Mark Bautista (Nico). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Manila / VIVA

The commitment to Philippine theater has been proven time and again over the years by Resort’s World Manila, with PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, CINDERELLA. RWM Pres. & CEO Kingson Sian explained why Bituing is special for them, “The staging of Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical was a labor of love. This is why the overwhelming appreciation during its first run was truly heartwarming for us, who poured our heart and soul into it. But the best thing about Bituin Walang Ningning, I believe is its story. Based on Nerissa Cabral’s original komiks serial. It’s not just a Cinderella story about a kind-hearted provinciana lass who rises from idolizing a famous pop star, to becoming a star in her own right. At its heart, it’s a narrative that engages us to reflect on what truly matters in life: family or fame: love or the limelight: serenity or success.”

from left: RWM Pres & CEO Kingson Sian, VIVA Communications Chairman & CEO Vic Del Rosario. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016.

from left: RWM Pres & CEO Kingson Sian, VIVA Communications Chairman & CEO Vic Del Rosario. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016.

The successful musical is the first collaboration with another iconic media outfit in VIVA Communications. Their Chairman of the Board and CEO Vic Del Rosario related the significance of the project, “Bituing Walang Ningning is one of the most memorable movies produced by VIVA Films. Its tale of success against great odds and the triumph of true love easily captivated audiences and lives on in the hearts of many. It was also a huge hit at the box office. The iconic characters and some of the most beautiful Filipino songs ever written have now brought the timeless story to life again on the stage.”

BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BAR 360 regulars- PRIMO from left: James Uy, Floyd Tena, & Laurence Mossman. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BAR 360 regulars- PRIMO from left: James Uy, Floyd Tena, & Laurence Mossman. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Full House Theater

Full House Theater Company is the resident group producing the much-loved musicals in RWM. Managing Director Collin Kerr said, “As the production outfit of Resorts World Manila, Full house Theater Company was born out of a passion for the performing arts and a commitment to elevate Filipino talent. It is the same passion and commitment that inspired the creation of the world –class Newport Performing Arts Theater and the staging of one major musical production within its vast and stately hall every year since 2010.”

from left: FULL HOUSE Theater Company Managing Dir. Collin Kerr and BWN Director/Scriptwriter Freddie Santos. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016.

from left: FULL HOUSE Theater Company Managing Dir. Collin Kerr and BWN Director/Scriptwriter Freddie Santos. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016.

The source of inspiration are the many performers and possible discoveries here in our country. Kerr goes on, “The Philippines is blessed with an abundance of world-class talents. There are many more Dorinas out there just waiting for their opportunity to sparkle. We hope tha Bitun Walang Ningning: The Musical gets more of the loves and support that it enjoyed the first time around, so that we and other fellow advocates of performing arts in the country will find even more inspiration to continue hitching our proverbial wagon to this star.”

Monica Cuenco poses with young fans. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco poses with young fans. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPPA Foundation

The commitment to develop and find talent does not end with productions. Megaworld Realty Corp founder Dr. Andrew L. Tan, (the conglomerate behind RWM) has also put up the ORIGINAL PILIPINO PERFORMING ARTS (OPPA) Foundation. The foundation is separate from Full House, but is part of Tan’s belief in developing Filipino artists/ performers through education.

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

OPPA official statement, “aims to institutionalize efforts to advance the country’s performing arts through initiatives built around three major pillars: supporting local artists through grants and scholarships, nurturing the industry through more opportunities for development and elevating its standards and capabilities by providing global expertise and resources.”

Mark Bautista (Nico) giant cellphone from 80s; BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mark Bautista (Nico) giant cellphone from 80s; BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Among the illustrious names associated with OPPA is Founding Chairman Dr. Andrew L Tan, Kingson Sian (Chairman), Maria Carmen L. Yulo (President), Michael Stuart Williams (Board of Trustee member) and many more.

from left: Menchu L Yulo (Edith), Mark Bautista (Nico) & Cris Villonco (Lavinia). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pres. Menchu L Yulo explained, “OPPA is a foundation we set up to send scholars to college. Those interested in the performing arts, whether it be the artistic side or technical Side. We have 5 partner schools, College of St. Benilde (la Salle), UST, UP, St Scholastica’s and MINT. If they qualify we OPPA will fund their entire college course whether in theater arts, creative writing or music. Usually when the student gets accepted and can’t afford it they come to us.”

Cast members foreground seated from left: Ronnie Liang, Mark Bautista, Jon Santos & Monica Cuenco. Standing from left: George, Kimberley, Hannah, Hazel Bautista, Mara Miranda & Benilda Lee. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members foreground seated from left: Ronnie Liang, Mark Bautista, Jon Santos & Monica Cuenco. Standing from left: George, Kimberley, Hannah, Hazel Bautista, Mara Miranda & Benilda Lee. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Ronnie Liang (Garrie), & John Nite (German Moreno). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila from October 8, 2015 to January 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Musical Director Rodel Colmenares. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Musical Director Rodel Colmenares. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco (Lavinia) guests in German Moreno’s show Germspecial. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco (Lavinia) guests in German Moreno’s show Germspecial. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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left: Mark Bautista (Nico) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Raymund Concepcion II (Larry) on giant cell phone. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Raymund Concepcion II (Larry) on giant cell phone. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jon Santos (Auntie) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jon Santos (Auntie) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Monica Cuenco (Dorina) & Cris Villonco (Lavinia); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Monica Cuenco (Dorina) & Cris Villonco (Lavinia); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Playboy Philippines publisher Sam Cu, Kimberley Bautista, Mya Cu, Hannah, Hazel & George Bautista. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Playboy Philippines publisher Sam Cu, Kimberley Bautista, Mya Cu, Hannah, Hazel & George Bautista. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Mark Bautista (Nico), Menchu L. Yulo (Edith) & Raymund Concepcion II (Larry). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Mark Bautista (Nico), Menchu L. Yulo (Edith) & Raymund Concepcion II (Larry). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jon Santos (Auntie) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jon Santos (Auntie) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ronnie Liang & Mark Bautista pose with fans. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mark Bautista (Nico); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Quiapo Church is the backdrop to Cris Villonco’s concert (as Lavinia). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Quiapo Church is the backdrop to Cris Villonco’s concert (as Lavinia). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

After the show Benilda Lee treated us to a sumptuous meal at Mr. Kurosawa in the Newport Plaza Mall. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

After the show Benilda Lee treated us to a sumptuous meal at Mr. Kurosawa in the Newport Plaza Mall. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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I had a perfect vegetable ramen at Mr. Kurosawa in the Newport Plaza Mall. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

I had a perfect vegetable ramen at Mr. Kurosawa in the Newport Plaza Mall. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

We had crunchy Tempura at Mr. Kurosawa in the Newport Plaza Mall. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

We had crunchy Tempura at Mr. Kurosawa in the Newport Plaza Mall. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ronnie Liang and Benilda Lee; BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ronnie Liang and Benilda Lee; BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Even Cris Villoco’s TV interview with Menchu L Yulo was shown on the LED screen making her seem larger than life. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Even Cris Villoco’s TV interview with Menchu L Yulo was shown on the LED screen making her seem larger than life. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Irene Delarmente (Vocal Coach) & Monica Cuenco (Dorina). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Mark Bautista (Nico Escobar) & Jay Roa (Zosimo Blanco). BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ronnie Liang (Garrie); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ronnie Liang (Garrie); BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Cris Villonco, Monica Cuenco, Mark Bautista, Jon Santos and Jill Peña. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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fans waited in line to meet & greet the cast, get autographs and pics. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Cuenco (Dorina Pineda)- for the second run her dress was incorporated with the light show in the starry scene. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until Janury 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Director/Scriptwriter Freddie Santos worked with different artists such as lighting designer Shakira Villa Symes, Costume designer Aksana Sidarava and LED animation producers Carlos Manere and Ivan Sakantsau to create a spectacular whole. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Director/Scriptwriter Freddie Santos worked with different artists such as lighting designer Shakira Villa Symes, Costume designer Aksana Sidarava and LED animation producers Carlos Manere and Ivan Sakantsau to create a spectacular whole. BITUING WALANG NINGNING is running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila until January 31, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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David Bowie: Rock Theater (Part3)

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Written by

Jude Bautista

With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Elvis and Lennon were certainly more popular but creatively, culturally, politically no one has had a bigger impact than David Bowie. He has created music genres-Plastic Soul, New Wave and indirectly influenced Heavy Metal, Punk and even Grunge. He has expanded his creativity to acting, film, and most definitely fashion. His hair, style, and stage presence brought on the phrase Rock Theater, influencing almost every successful artist we see today. Every time words such as otherworldly, unique, bold, crop up Bowie comes to mind.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

ACTOR

 In 1980 Bowie made his Broadway Debut in THE ELEPHANT MAN. In an interview he said, “The Elephant Man appealed to me because I have this eclectic thing about freaks, isolationists and alienated people. I gather information on people like that.”

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

Bowie relied on his slurred speech and disfigured stance to bring Elephant Man to life on stage, which earned raves from critics in 1981.

He performed without use of heavy make up. The performance was based solely on his movement, disfigured legs, manipulating his voice and misshapen stance every night. His earlier training as mime helped him achieve desired effect. Critics praised Bowie for his acting abilities in this role.

David Bowie Sound and Vision, Narrated by Jonathan Pryce

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” ---from director David Mallet.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” —from director David Mallet.

Ashes to ashes music video director David Mallet said, “David’s influence on early music videos was the most important. He wasn’t afraid to be surreal, to go back to French silent surrealist movies. He wasn’t afraid to do anything.”

Ashes to Ashes

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

By 1986 Bowie starred as the enigmatic Jareth the Goblin King in LABYRINTH with the young Jennifer Connelly. Again as a kid I was hooked by the involvement of Jim Henson doing a lot of the puppetry work. Henson by then was a star having produced SESAME STREET & THE MUPPET SHOW. Of course Bowie had long hair and had that mysterious flair about him. Although not a commercial success it later became a cult classic especially with Bowie fans. Character designer Brian Froud gave Jareth a swagger stick with a crystal, which from a distance looked like a mic. The tight pants was also intentional, the look was supposed to be the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

LABYRINTH was (right) Jim Henson’s last film before his death. Left: Bowie with a 14-year-old Jennifer Connelly.

LABYRINTH was (right) Jim Henson’s last film before his death. Left: Bowie with a 14-year-old Jennifer Connelly.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

His acting career started way before Labyrinth, and was cast in WWII epic MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983). In between he’s had dozens of TV appearances as well. His film roles as an actor vary from Pontius Pilate in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988) to Nikola Tesla in THE PRESTIGE (2006) with lead actors Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Cain. Bowie had a cameo in ZOOLANDER in 2000 as a judge of the Walk off battle between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. ZOOLANDER2 will be released in February 2016. Although the role was short it was an indication of Bowie’s influence that extended to fashion.

David Bowie judges Zoolander walk off battle

left: Bowie with designer Kansai Yamamoto, right: images from the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit which has toured the most prestigious museums around the world since 2013.

left: Bowie with designer Kansai Yamamoto, right: images from the DAVID BOWIE IS exhibit which has toured the most prestigious museums around the world since 2013.

FASHION

It was a symbiotic relationship that he had with designers. Their creations were a visual of his music. Bowie’s music and flamboyance gave life to designers’ creations. Characters Ziggy Stardust, Alladin Sane, The Thin White Duke came alive and changed our world. Later on Bowie added so much of his flair and panache to colored suits. Whatever he was wearing, whenever it was a reflection of his identity and enduring style.

In 2013 VOGUE Japan featured Kansai Yamamoto’s designs that David Bowie made famous (modeled by women of course - as they were intended). They still look as fresh, radical & eye catching as it did when Bowie first wore them as Ziggy Stardust more than 40 years before.

In 2013 VOGUE Japan featured Kansai Yamamoto’s designs that David Bowie made famous (modeled by women of course – as they were intended). They still look as fresh, radical & eye catching as it did when Bowie first wore them as Ziggy Stardust more than 40 years before. 

In 1971 Bowie’s over the top black jumpsuit for Ziggy Stardust and other costumes were by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Based on the kimono it was originally intended for women. In an interview with ELLE Yamamoto said, “When he (Bowie) visited Tokyo, I took him to a market and he was delighted to find an over-the-shoulder bag, which he bought. But actually it was of a type made for Japanese bus drivers! How would I describe him? Sensitive, bold, and dynamic. I was impressed at the way he totally connected with his audience.” Yamamoto was the first designer to hold a fashion show in Moscow’s Red Square post cold war in 1993. Considered as a Super show it included fashion, dancing and fireworks.

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie worked with designers such as Freddie Buretti, Natasha Korniloff Pierrot, and Michael Fish. His rule with all of them was simple, “it has to look the way the music sounds.” Bowie has influenced countless other designers since then with his otherworldly style. Italian designers Ennio Capasa, Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas, Donatella Versace have recently paid tribute to Bowie with their fashion shows just a week after his passing.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Photos have been collated by mirror.uk. ; In 2003 Kate Moss recreated the famous Duffy photograph of David Bowie with a lightning slashed cover.

In 2011 Kate Moss was convincingly transformed into David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust from the mullet hair to the outfit to her anchor tattoo (Bowie once sported a fake anchor tattoo) for the iconic cover.

Supermodel Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust on Vogue cover

Supermodel Kate Moss as Ziggy Stardust on Vogue cover

Lady Gaga copied the lightning bolt concept on the face but also used Bowie’s SCARY MONSTERS album as inspiration for the artwork on her APPLAUSE single.

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.

Lady Gaga’s distinctive blue bolt actually came from David Bowie’s Alladin Sane character he created 40 years ago.

A day before Bowie’s passing she was reported to have credited him as an influence, “When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls. He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”

right: Even Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover from 1980 has been a source of inspiration for Lady Gaga.

right: Even Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album cover from 1980 has been a source of inspiration for Lady Gaga.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

BBC History Magazine, in a poll of readers determined that David Bowie as the best-dressed Briton in history. Bowie won the title with 48.5 per cent of the votes. Designer Wayne Hemingway explained, “Here was a creative genius who understood art and design, looked cool, inspired us and upset the establishment. All these attributes lead to things that drive humankind forward… change”. Bowie beat out other nominees that included ‘Queen Elizabeth I; Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and original dandy Beau Brummell, a fashion icon who reputedly spent six hours a day getting ready. The trio received 13.6 per cent, 9.5 per cent and 8.4 per cent of the votes respectively.’

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

DAVID BOWIE IS EXHIBIT

In 2013 an exhibit entitled DAVID BOWIE IS was organized at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London- ‘the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design housing a permanent collection of 4.5million objects’ (Wikipedia). From the V&A site: ‘They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The exhibition explored the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display were more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these were more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.’

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

Special screenings of the accompanying film DAVID BOWIE IS HAPPENING NOW are scheduled on January 17, 2016. The film combines a tour of the exhibition with the curators, archive footage and interviews with special guests including Kansai Yamamoto, Jarvis Cocker, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and Jeremy Deller.

from left: Tilda Swinton, Lorde and David, the reception was for pal Tilly.

from left: Tilda Swinton, Lorde and David, the reception was for pal Tilly.

Tilda Swinton- her speech for the opening of the exhibit in 2013:

Dear Dave

When I asked you if you wanted me to say anything here tonight

You said ‘Only three words, one of them testicular..’

So I’ll pass that on

Here I am at surely the most eclectic of all the London branches of Bowie Anonymous
All the nicest possible freaks are here

We’re in the Victoria and Albert Museum preparing to rifle through your drawers
It’s truly an amazing thing

This was my favourite playground as a child
Medieval armour : my fantasy space wear

And, alongside, when I was 12 – and a square sort of kid in a Round Pond sort of childhood, not far from here – I carried a copy of Aladdin Sane around with me – a full 2 years before i had the wherewithal to play it

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

The image of that gingery boney pinky whitey person on the cover with the liquid mercury collar bone was – for one particular young moonage daydreamer – the image of planetary kin, of a close imaginary cousin and companion of choice

It’s taken me a long time to admit, even to myself, let alone you, that it was the vision and not yet the sound that
hooked me up – but if i can’t confess that here and now, then when and where?

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

We all have our own roots
And routes
To this room

Some of us – the enviable – found the fellowship early in the funfests of

Billy’s Bowie Nights
or equivalent lodges from San Francisco to Auckland to Heidelberg

and all points in between

For others, it was a more lonesome affair, paced out in a sort of private morse code like following bread crumbs through a forest

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

I’m not saying that if you hadn’t pitched up I would have worn a pie crust collar and pearls like some of those I went to school with
I’m not saying that if you hadn’t weighed in, Princess Julia would have been less inventive with the pink blusher
Simply that, you provided the sideways like us with such rare and out-there company
Such fellowship
You pulled us in and left your arm dangling over our necks
And kept us warm – as you have for – isn’t it ? – centuries now

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

You were
You are
One of us

And you have remained the reliable mortal in amongst all the immortal shapes you have thrown

Nothing more certain than changes

Always with a weather eye out
Always awake and clocking the fallout

Those Mayans must have known something when they set their calendar down before January 2013

Because, of course, now all bets are off

I know, because you told me, how tickled you were to knock Elvis – for once! – out of the headlines on your shared birthday this year

There’s so much for all of us to be happy about since then

Yet, I think the thing I’m loving the most about the last few weeks
is how clear it now is – how undeniable – that the freak becomes the great unifier
The alien is the best company after all
For so many more than the few

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

They wanted a Bowie fan to speak tonight. They could have thrown a paper napkin and hit a hundred.
I’m the lucky one, standing up to speak for all my fellow freaks anxious to win

the pub quiz and
claim their number one most super-fan t-shirt

I want to give thanks to the Victoria and Albert Museum for indulging us so
For laying on our dream show

For showing us – look at their advance ticket sales – that , as is
written along the bottom of this months Q magazine,
‘why we all live in David’s world now’

To Gucci and Sennheiser for putting up the cash, laying on the sound and vision
To Geoffrey and Victoria for curating an entire universe so beautifully, on behalf of us all

left: Bowie wears aqua blue suit by Freddi Buretti copied by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton

left: Bowie wears aqua blue suit by Freddi Buretti copied by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton

When I think of what it used to feel like once
To be a freak who liked you
To feel like a freak like you
– a freak who even looked a little like you

And then I think of the countless people of every size and feather who are going to walk through this trace of your journey here and pick up the breadcrumbs
in the great hub of this mothership over these Spring and Summer months..

And how familiar and stamped you are into ALL of our our collective DNA

I’m just plain proud

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

So

Where are we now?

Well
I know you aren’t here tonight, but
Somehow, no matter

We are –
And you brought us out of the wainscotting like so many
Freaky old bastards
Like so many fan boys and girls
Like so many loners and pretty things and dandies and dudes and dukes and duckies and testicular types
And pulled us together

Together
By you
Dave Jones
Our not so absent, not so invisible, friend

Every alien’s favourite cousin
Certainly mine

We have a nice life

Yours aye

Tilly

Tilda Swinton was cast in David Bowie’s music video The Stars Are Out Tonight (2013

Tilda Swinton was cast in David Bowie’s music video The Stars Are Out Tonight (2013

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

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David with son Duncan Jones who was his best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David with son Duncan Jones who was his best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (1983)- Bowie’s character was going through feelings of guilt of not having been there for his brother; which happened to him with his real life brother during time of production.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita

Style icons David Bowie & Cher

Style icons David Bowie & Cher

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Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

Bowie wears a Freddie Buretti creation

albums from left: Alladin Sane (April 1973), The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 1972), Hunky Dory (Dec 1971) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Alladin Sane (April 1973), The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 1972), Hunky Dory (Dec 1971) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

Bowie wears Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto’s creation.

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from left: Peter Cook Bowie and Dudley Moore (May 1973) backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair's show 'Behind The Fridge'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

from left: Peter Cook Bowie and Dudley Moore (May 1973) backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair’s show ‘Behind The Fridge’. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

Bowie’s Jareth The Goblin King in Labyrinth was based on the idealized fantasy version of a pop star.

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Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” ---from director David Mallet.

“Bowie was not afraid to harken to French surrealist filmmakers for his Ashes To Ashes music video” —from director David Mallet.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

Bowie wore a Natasha Korniloff Pierrot design for his monumental Ashes To Ashes music video.

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David receives walk of fame star with love of his life, Iman (1997).

David receives walk of fame star with love of his life, Iman (1997).

albums from left: Let’s Dance (Apr 1983), Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (Sept 1980), Lodger (May 1979) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Let’s Dance (Apr 1983), Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (Sept 1980), Lodger (May 1979) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

from left: Keith Richards and David Bowie.

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Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

Bowie’s style over the past decades has been honored by designers and can be seen in countless catwalks from around the world.

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left: 1993 Herb Ritts portrait of Bowie. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

left: 1993 Herb Ritts portrait of Bowie. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

from left: Michael Caine and David Bowie were cast mates in THE PRESTIGE (2006).

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world

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Bowie wears aqua blue suits by Freddi Buretti

Bowie wears aqua blue suits by Freddi Buretti

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

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Bowie produced Iggy Pop’s first solo album way back 1976 in Berlin.

Bowie produced Iggy Pop’s first solo album way back 1976 in Berlin.

from left: Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bowie and Johnny Depp.

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Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

Bowie was voted as the Best Dressed Briton in History by a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine, beating out a list of royals from the past 500 years or so.

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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David Bowie: Sexual Mystique (part2)

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

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With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Changing Attitudes

Attributing the current climate of political correctness and tolerance towards alternative lifestyles to artists like David Bowie is not an exaggeration. He influenced artists not just with his music but the sheer power of who he was on stage. Even without the mask of costumes and make up, his message of tolerance was made clearer.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

Again I go back to my youth in the most touching example of Bowie’s message. He collaborated with Queen for the song UNDER PRESSURE providing lyrics and a duet with Freddie Mercury. It was a monumental hit in 1981. While Brian May thought of the guitar rift and John Deacon the now iconic repetitive bass note, Bowie was the one who insisted on creating the message and title ‘took over’ the song as detailed by May in his memoriam. The song has become an anthem for the LGBT community, the lyrics speaking about society’s suppression of their identities, sexuality.

Proper context has to be provided as to the success of the song and other related events. UNDER PRESSURE had a revival of sorts after being sampled, included in the rap song ICE ICE BABY which also became no.1 in 1990.

Freddie Mercury – Streets of Philadelphia 1991

In November 24, 1991 Freddie Mercury passed away. Before his death he admitted to being HIV positive, in order to create more awareness about AIDS and eventually inspire research to cure the disease. QUEEN with the help of countless artists then organized The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness. It attracted 72,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992. Performers include Metallica, Extreme, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant and even Liza Minelli.

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

Bowie sang an emotional UNDER PRESSURE with Annie Lennox in honor of their late friend Freddie Mercury. The words of the song he wrote a decade before had rung true even more:

Queen & Annie Lennox & David Bowie – Under Pressure – HD

It’s the terror of knowing

What this world is about

Watching some good friends

Screaming, “Let me out!”

Tomorrow gets me higher, higher, higher…

Pressure on people – people on streets

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to UNDER PRESSURE and performed the famous duet with Freddie Mercury back in 1981. It was one of QUEEN’s most memorable hits speaking about society’s judgment on LGBT.

Turned away from it all like a blind man

Sat on a fence but it don’t work

Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn

Why, why, why?

Love

Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking

Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?

Why can’t we give love that one more chance?

Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

David Bowie & Annie Lennox had an unforgettable duet UNDER PRESSURE. This was the highlight of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992.

‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word

And love dares you to care for

The people on the edge of the night

And love dares you to change our way of

Caring about ourselves

This is our last dance

This is our last dance

This is ourselves

Under pressure

Under pressure

Pressure

Bowie & Lennox rehearse UNDER PRESSURE- watch Bowie joke around, George Michael watch them in awe.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent. ( July 1969)

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent. ( July 1969)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Sexuality was part of his mystique even before his creation of Ziggy Stardust. As a youngster trying to make it in the music business he had to share a flat with manager Kenneth Pitt. “Sometimes loping around the flat naked, his long weighty penis swaying from side to side like a pendulum in a grandfather clock” from Wendy Leigh’s BOWIE: THE BIOGRAPHY.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

He was more than just physically well endowed. He was gentlemanly, respectful, charming and intelligent. If he was already sexually magnetic to both men and women as a teenager, imagine how attractive he’d be as a successful musician. Bowie’s open marriage with wife Angie Barnett, has been well documented especially in her tell all autobiography. They had a son Duncan Jones who later on became a filmmaker.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones. Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones. Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

There are also many different accounts of his affair with Mick Jagger. Whether or not they’re true, personally as a fan I wouldn’t expect anything less. If he were to sleep with another man shouldn’t it be with someone of the same stature? Bowie may have experimented with other men, agents and male models. But the most persistent rumor of an actual affair is with Jagger.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair

By the time Bowie got to America, the legend of his sexual conquests only grew including Liz Taylor, a 3-year affair with Susan Sarandon, Tina Turner, Lulu, Playboy centerfold Bebe Buell, Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes, Nina Simone, Ava Cherry, dancer Melissa Hurley (20 years younger) even Oona Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s widow) Elvis’s ex Monique van Vooren both of whom were 20 years older. Decades before the film AMERICAN PIE, popularizing the term/acronym MILF (Moms I’d like to F***), Bowie was already at it with women 20 years his senior.

David with (left) Liz Taylor and (right) Tina Turner

David with (left) Liz Taylor and (right) Tina Turner

David had an affair with back up singer Ava Cherry (seated)

David had an affair with back up singer Ava Cherry (seated)

He appreciated the beauty of African American women (jazz singer Nina Simone and back up vocalists Ava Cherry). He even had a brief affair with Chinese blooded Kiwi Geeling Ching from his CHINA GIRL video. Ching told the New Zealand Herald ‘her life was forever changed’ by her experience with Bowie. She’s now a successful restaurateur.

China Girl

Bowie had a brief affair with Geeling Ching cast in his China Girl music video.

Bowie had a brief affair with Geeling Ching cast in his China Girl music video.

He was one of the first singers to openly admit, “I’m gay” which became a famous, landmark story for MELODY MAKER in 1971. He would later amend this to ‘bisexual’ and as he fell in love with Iman finally shared that he was straight. Regardless of his subsequent statements he was the among the first if not the most high profile to admit having any kind of sexual preference other than heterosexuality.

New wave progenitors Lou Reed & David Bowie kiss right on the lips.

New wave progenitors Lou Reed & David Bowie kiss right on the lips.

This was at a time when homosexuality was deemed a criminal act until 1967. Not surprisingly his tastes transformed. He fell madly in love with Somalian super model Iman after meeting her in a party in 1990. They got married in1992 and had daughter Alexandria in 2000.

from left: Bono Vox, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Iman and Brian Eno

from left: Bono Vox, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Iman and Brian Eno

He has had struggles with cocaine and alcohol abuse in the 1970s and has attempted to completely rid himself of his addictions since the 80s. His cocaine abuse got so bad he feared going insane (was convinced he was possessed by Satan) and woke up literally in the gutter.

from left: Keith Richards, Tina Turner and David Bowie

from left: Keith Richards, Tina Turner and David Bowie

The stable family life with Iman has finally helped him kick his cocaine and alcohol abuse. Also in the BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman: “I don’t drink, it would kill me. I’m an alcoholic. It would mean death for me to start drinking again. My relationships with my friends and family, everybody has been so good for so many years now. I wouldn’t do anything to destroy that again. It’s very hard to have relationships when you’re doing drugs and drinking I found for me personally. You become closed off, unreceptive, insensitive, all the dreadful things you’ve heard pop singers ever sang. I was very lucky I found my way out of that.”

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

sculpture by David Bowie.

sculpture by David Bowie.

PAINTER, ART CRITIC & PUBLISHER

Even in the world of art Bowie was subversive and multifaceted. He graduated Bromley Technical High School, briefly going to Croydon School of Art. He painted, drew and sculpted throughout his life. He confessed to turning to drawing or painting when stuck in his musical compositions or lyric writing. ‘But it was only in 1995 when he had his first one man exhibition of paintings in The Gallery on Cork Street’.- THEART NEWSPAPER.com

Bowie’s artworks includes prints (left) Iman, 1998 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 24 x 20 cm (right) Self Portrait (Mustique), 2002 Lithograph on Fabriano paper, 24 x 19 cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Bowie’s artworks includes prints (left) Iman, 1998 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 24 x 20 cm (right) Self Portrait (Mustique), 2002 Lithograph on Fabriano paper, 24 x 19 cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

The subversive part was in his art criticism. He was part of the editorial board of MODERN PAINTER, interviewing and writing about artists of note in the mid to late 90s. He wanted to put up ‘21’ a publishing house that would help make art accessible to the masses. In a 1998 interview with ARTnews he said, “Everything was either art at an academic level or so dense with art-talk that it excluded 90 percent of the reading market. We thought it might be a good thing to go at least halfway to changing that. I say halfway because some of us are maybe more populist than others.”

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

William Boyd, a colleague from the MODERN PAINTER editorial board approached Bowie with an idea to create a fictional artist and sell him off as the real thing. The idea was to illicit reactions from so called art experts and aficionados and expose them for who they were. While Boyd’s idea was only a feature in a magazine, Bowie insisted that it had to be a book to create a more convincing illusion. In 1998 Bowie’s company 21 published NAT TATE: AN AMERICAN ARTIST 1928-1960.

Bowie designed his REALITY album cover. This is the original print on which it was based- Reality, 2003 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 30½ x 30½ cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Bowie designed his REALITY album cover. This is the original print on which it was based- Reality, 2003 Lithograph on Somerset paper, 30½ x 30½ cm photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Boyd writes, “I invented a dead American ‘artist’ I called Nat Tate and wrote his biography. Then the team at Modern Painters and 21 transformed the text into a small, beautifully made and copiously illustrated artist’s monograph. However, there’s absolutely no denying the fact that it was Bowie’s participation in the eventual hoax that gave it media heft. He published the book, he organized the launch party (on April Fool’s Day, 1998) in Jeff Koons’s studio in Manhattan – Koons was a friend of Bowie – and it was Bowie who read out extracts of the book, absolutely deadpan, to the assembled New York glitterati. The clincher was his statement in the blurb that he was convinced that, ‘The small oil I picked up on Prince Street, New York, must indeed be one of the lost Third Panel Triptychs. The great sadness of this quiet and moving monograph is that the artist’s most profound dread – that God will make you an artist but only a mediocre artist – did not in retrospect apply to Nat Tate.’ Who wouldn’t be swayed by that eloquent testimonial?”

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

The book and Bowie’s performance was so convincing that, “A surprising number seemed to have attended one of his rare retrospectives in the late 60s and everyone lamented how sad they were he had died so young.”-Theguardian.

Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

When asked about the phrase Cool Britannia by BBC’s Paxman, Bowie said, “Its so cliché and silly and ineffective I think. I don’t think it’s really changed. I think it helps the media get a handle on things. I don’t think anywhere else anyone believes it. There’s good and bad in everything we do. We have brilliant architects, got some wonderful visual artists and some rubbish artists as well. We’ve always been good at music. We’re not a rock and roll nation. Everything we do in rock and roll has a sense of irony attached to it. We know we’re not Americans, we know it didn’t spring from our souls. What the British do they do something with it to make them feel smug. That’s what we’re good at doing.”

David Bowie with left: Kate Moss, right: Tina Turner

David Bowie with left: Kate Moss, right: Tina Turner

It was never out of vanity or judgment that he refused the knighthood in 2000 (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and in 2003. He just eschewed awards of that nature with pomp and ceremony more out of humility. Madonna had to receive Bowie’s award during his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. He also refused to attend an awarding ceremony from the French government, The Order of Arts and Letters, which was sent to him by mail. Bowie showed it off to talk show host Conan O’Brien in an interview in 2002.

David Bowie – Late Night With Conan O’Brien 18 June 2002

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

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albums from left: Young America (March 1975), Diamond Dogs (May 1974), Pin Ups (Oct 1973) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Young America (March 1975), Diamond Dogs (May 1974), Pin Ups (Oct 1973) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Liz Taylor fell for the sexy and charming David Bowie

Liz Taylor fell for the sexy and charming David Bowie

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Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Self Portrait Postcards 1997 A set of four postcards 21 x 15 cms photo from http://www.bowieart.com/

Bowie had a 3 year affair with Susan Sarandon after co starring with her in THE HUNGER (1983)

Bowie had a 3 year affair with Susan Sarandon after co starring with her in THE HUNGER (1983)

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Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

Bowie with Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto

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David and son Duncan Jones who became best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David and son Duncan Jones who became best man at the wedding with Iman 1992

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

David Bowie was arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester New York, March 21, 1976.

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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

from left: Keith Richards, Tina Turner and David Bowie

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David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

David Bowie was not just physically well endowed but was very charming and intelligent.

Bowie fell in love with dancer and costume designer Hermione Farthingale—while training under Lindsay Kemp (who was also his lover).

Bowie fell in love with dancer and costume designer Hermione Farthingale—while training under Lindsay Kemp (who was also his lover).

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The Diamond Dogs album (1984) was designed by Guy Peellaert - Cover illustration with reference to Bowie photograph by Terry O'Neill

The Diamond Dogs album (1984) was designed by Guy Peellaert – Cover illustration with reference to Bowie photograph by Terry O’Neill

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

Bowie and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

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David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

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David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie. She encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

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Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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David Bowie: Its Ok to be Different (part1)

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

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With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

Hearing of David Bowie’s death from liver cancer last Sunday January 10, 2016 was a complete shock. In the Philippines we were reeling from the loss of PDI founder Letty Jimenez Magsanoc (December 25) and just a few days before Bowie – Kuya Germs (January 8).

Bowie dressed to kill at LIVE AID 1985

Bowie dressed to kill at LIVE AID 1985

While there have been no details of his cancer from the family producer (and former band mate) Tony Visconti shared with Rolling Stone that Bowie still wanted to make another album after his current release Black Star. Visconti was aware that Bowie had been undergoing chemotherapy.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

The New York Times reported that a memorial concert in his honor is scheduled on March 31st at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Artists include. The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan. There may be even more artists participating who want to honor this creative genius.

Bowie was one of the first artists to embrace the new medium of music videos in 1981 and Mtv. He was also an advocate of the Internet before it was fashionable.

Bowie was one of the first artists to embrace the new medium of music videos in 1981 and Mtv. He was also an advocate of the Internet before it was fashionable.

The first time I had seen or heard of David Bowie was as an 11 year old watching Betamax tapes of MTV brought from the U.S. in the early eighties. We didn’t even know the concept of the music video until we saw those shaky video images to Bowie’s MODERN LOVE, LET’S DANCE and CHINA GIRL. His look for that time was a blonde pompadour, as a cool 50s icon. I had no idea of who he was before that. We were just mesmerized with his look and music.

Modern Love

Even then his music resonated with a young adolescent like me. On the same tapes we’d see Boy George of CULTURE CLUB in complete drag and debate amongst ourselves if he really were a woman or man. And shake our heads in disbelief. Because the music was so catchy, so fun, like KARMA CHAMELEON, we didn’t really care if he was in a dress or not. As kids we just loved the music, the band, the whole show. Our minds were blown by the fact there were these 3-minute movies that accompanied, songs we were singing to. And there was a channel in the U.S. that showed nothing but music videos.

Culture Club Karma Chameleon

It was little later on that I found out that David Bowie was already in a dress and costumes creating androgynous characters a decade before Boy George did it. Back in 1971 he was famous for Ziggy Stardust. He had orange hair, shaved eyebrows, gaunt face, kabuki make up, the very definition of androgyny. One of his hits from that era STARMAN was recently revived in the film The MARTIAN with Matt Damon in 2015.

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Music Transcends

I distinctly remember one of my older brother’s barkada say he didn’t like Bowie saying “Bakla yan” (He’s gay). In my young mind it was the first time I had even heard of the term or knew what it meant. None of it mattered because as kids we just loved his music.

Bowie wears Michael Fish design (1971)

Bowie wears Michael Fish design (1971)

I didn’t realize it back then. But that’s what music does it transcends prejudice or race or sexual orientation. Bowie was such a big deal because before him rock stars were this male heterosexual figure, from Elvis, The Beatles, Beach Boys and so on. Born David Jones he changed his last name to Bowie to distinguish himself from another iconic band The Monkees whose star was Davey Jones.

Teenaged Bowie poses for his early band the Kon-rads

Teenaged Bowie poses for his early band the Kon-rads

Musically he’s done it all- his career spanned 6 decades with 111 singles, 5 UK no1.s, 2 Brit awards and 2 Grammys. Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to Skynews said, “Genius is an overused word but musically, creatively, artistically David Bowie was a genius. For someone of my age he provided a lot of the soundtrack of our lives. From the first time I heard Space Oddity to watching our athletes appear in the wonderful Olympics to the strings of Heroes.”

Changes

With Ziggy Stardust, androgynous look from the 1970s through out, Bowie didn’t just influence Boy George but a whole generation of musicians. Ziggy was just the most famous but his transformation began with the album Space Oddity, then Hunky Dory which had the hit “Changes” whose cover already had Bowie in Blonde wig and drag. But Ziggy was only the most famous of his characters, ‘that changed what it meant to be a rock star’. (Skynews)

Bowie has permanently dilated left pupil after being punched by his schoolmate over a girl.

Bowie has permanently dilated left pupil after being punched by his schoolmate over a girl.

Ziggy farewell

Bowie killed off the character early even if it was the most popular and successful incarnation to date. Rolling Stone describes the significance, “They dressed like Bowie, in daring and glamorous outfits; they cut and dyed their hair to duplicate his shock-red mane; they made their faces pallid, and painted their eyes with radiant shimmer. These were the people, the outcasts, whom Bowie spoke to in “Changes,” when he sang, “And these children that you spit on/As they try to change their worlds/Are immune to your consultations/They’re quite aware what they’re going through…When he left the Odeon that night, he intended to leave Ziggy Stardust behind, but he would also leave behind the most important deed of his life: He had provided a model of courage to millions who had never been embraced by a popular culture hero before. He helped set others free in unexpected ways, even if he couldn’t do the same for himself.”

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

According to documentary David Bowie Sound and Vision (narrated by Jonathan Pryce), Bowie was himself influenced by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and mime Lindsay Kemp. He combined all these and made it his own performance. 1972 Bowie fused everything he had learned in mime and theater created Ziggy Stardust. He said U.S. rock singer Vince Taylor was one of one of the essential ingredients. Taylor said there’s a connection between himself, UFOs and Jesus Christ. Photographer Mick Rock said, “There was Lindsay Kemp, Andy Warhol and a whole lot of David Bowie in Ziggy” Bowie found out that creating fictional characters gave him more freedom to express himself through music.

Starman

He made it cool. Its ok if you’re a guy and you want to wear a dress, put a wig on, put make up on. He predated the whole glam rock generation with long hair and eyeliners in the 1980s. It’s OK to be different because that is who we he was. Everyone from Duran Duran, The Smiths to Bon Jovi followed suit if not in look with the boldness of lyrics dealing with deeper issues of homosexuality, depression, social issues. Lady Gaga & Madonna have in a way patterned their own transformations to Bowie’s evolution.

Rebel Rebel

Madonna said, “He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century, and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was OK to be different. And he’s the first Rebel Heart that I laid eyes on.”

From left: Billy Idol, Sam Kinison, Madonna and David Bowie.

From left: Billy Idol, Sam Kinison, Madonna and David Bowie.

He created these characters not to fit in but to stand out. He had a very revealing BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman in 1999, “I’ve always been a curious and enthusiastic person, from when I was a teenager. It wasn’t up to me to identify what that meant. I just had to accept that I was a person who had a very short attention span move from one thing to another quite rapidly when I got bored with the other. I became comfortable with that. I didn’t try to identify myself or didn’t try to ask myself who I was. The less questioning I did about myself as to who I was the more comfortable I felt. So now I have no knowledge of who I am. I’m extremely happy.”

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie with Iman and daughter Alexandria who was born in 2000.

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

LOW, LODGER, HEROES

As the consummate artist Bowie did not allow himself to stagnate. 1976 he moved to an apartment in Berlin to kick his cocaine habit. He produced Iggy Pop’s album THE IDIOT and did a majority of the instruments himself. Along with his own album STATION TO STATION, he created another persona: The Thin White Duke.

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Legendary producer Brian Eno described that time in Berlin, “It was a kind of experiment of what emotions what Pop music can cope with. Could it deal with Despair, hysteria and idiot glee as well as the things pop dealt with up until then”

albums from left: Heroes (Oct 1977), Low (Jan 1977), Station to Station (Jan 1976) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

albums from left: Heroes (Oct 1977), Low (Jan 1977), Station to Station (Jan 1976) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

Although LOW was not a commercial success, it was a landmark work in music which influenced countless other artists. The sound was too Avant-garde for the casual fan but resonated with musicians. Music critic David Wild explains, “It was the album that found the soul in the machine. It found something haunting and human out of electronic music.” David made 2 more LPs intended to break the pop music mold. LODGER & HEROES, title track Heroes was a hit for David. Interviews excerpted from the documentary David Bowie Sound and Vision (narrated by Jonathan Pryce).

Heroes

Rolling Stone feature agrees: “At first Bowie’s label, RCA, did not want to release LOW; however, along with Heroes from that same year, the album went on to inspire a generation — or more — of new artists, from Joy Division to Trent Reznor, and proved Bowie’s most sonically influential work.”

from left: David with Billy Idol and Bono’s David Bowie Playlist.

from left: David with Billy Idol and Bono’s David Bowie Playlist.

Bands Talking Heads, R.E.M, U2, have cited David’s body of work as an influence. Later on artists such as Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Robert Smith (the Cure), The Foo Fighters, MOBY also credited Bowie as instrumental in shaping their work. Nirvana (THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD), Jakob Dylan (HEROES) are among those who’ve remade Bowie’s work.

U2’s Bono Vox kisses his hero.

U2’s Bono Vox kisses his hero.

From U2.com: “As a teenager, Bowie was our Elvis,” Bono said. “They shared the same birthday and they both took music somewhere no one thought it could go. It was his otherworldliness that took us all away.” Edge added, “Next to the Beatles he stands as the most influential artist of all time. He truly altered the course of music history.”

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Bowie was also one of the progenitors of the New Wave movement; Producing Lou Reed’s WALK ON THE WILD SIDE and then writing and performing his albums LOW and then HEROES.

from left: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), David Bowie, Lou Reed and Robert Ian Smith (The Cure) at the tribute concert for David at the Madison Square Garden 1997.

from left: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), David Bowie, Lou Reed and Robert Ian Smith (The Cure) at the tribute concert for David at the Madison Square Garden 1997.

In the Wikipedia definition of New Wave, “Beginning at ‘Bowie and Roxy Music’ themed nights at these clubs, the scene was spearheaded by Steve Strange of Visage, with other soon-to-be pop acts also as regular fixtures such as Boy George of Culture Club, and Spandau Ballet. Around the same time, Duran Duran emerged from a similar scene in Birmingham’s clubs. Many of the acts that arose from the New Romantic club scene adopted synthpop in their own music, though all would credit Bowie and Roxy Music as primary influences to some extent, both musically and visually.”

David jams during U2’s Rattle and Hum tour 1988.

David jams during U2’s Rattle and Hum tour 1988.

David Bowie was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in way back in 1996. Madonna who accepted the award on his behalf shared how watching his concert at 15 changed her life. Bowie practically created the look and sound of glam rock. Not a lot of people are aware that he was one of the originators of the New Wave genre from his experimental work during his years in Berlin.

Madonna thanks Bowie for inspiring her and changing her life- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996)

Germany tweeted its thanks to Bowie. They credited him as helping bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989. As former resident of Berlin he staged a concert in 1987 and started a series of events that led to the fall. His song HEROES was an anthem that united both East and West Berliners. Almost immediately after the concert then U.S. President Ronald Reagan said in a speech “tear down this wall.”

Bowie’s concert in 1989 started a series of events that contributed to the Fall of the Berlin Wall—according to an official German Government Tweet.

Bowie’s concert in 1989 started a series of events that contributed to the Fall of the Berlin Wall—according to an official German Government Tweet.

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left: young Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols-creator of PUNK) shows off his David Bowie t-shirt. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

left: young Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols-creator of PUNK) shows off his David Bowie t-shirt. Right: Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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Bowie’s Let’s Dance single was his first worldwide hit (1982).

Bowie’s Let’s Dance single was his first worldwide hit (1982).

Friend, producer and former band mate Tony Visconti.

Friend, producer and former band mate Tony Visconti.

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left: John Lennon advised David Bowie to have more control over his finances. Bowie was later devastated when John was shot in 1980.

left: John Lennon advised David Bowie to have more control over his finances. Bowie was later devastated when John was shot in 1980.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones (1974). Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

David with first wife Angie Barnett Bowie and son Duncan Jones (1974). Angie encouraged David to wear women’s clothing to stand out as a musician.

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails described how Bowie influenced generations of musicians.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails described how Bowie influenced generations of musicians.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

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Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Album BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE was inspired by wife Iman.

Album BLACK TIE WHITE NOISE was inspired by wife Iman.

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from left David, his mom Peggy Jones and Angie on their wedding day 1970

from left David, his mom Peggy Jones and Angie on their wedding day 1970

The Cure’s Robert Ian Smith chats with his idol David Bowie.

The Cure’s Robert Ian Smith chats with his idol David Bowie.

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The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

The DAVID BOWIE IS exhibition- has 300 different pieces of costumes, objects, photos has toured the most prestigious museums from around the world.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger, were rumored to have an affair.

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Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

Bowie wears a Michael Fish design

albums from left: Tin Machine (May 1989), Never Let Me Down (April 1987), Tonight (Sept 1984) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

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David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

David Bowie’s latest album BLACK STAR shot to no.1 even before he passed away.

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita (1977)

HEROES album cover/contact prints by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita (1977)

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Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton idolized David Bowie and touted that they look alike.

Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

Bowie as Alladin Sane—indication of his state of mind A-LAD-IN-SANE

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Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

Bowie and Iman- “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” The quote is from Conan O’Brien’s skit, but aptly describes their relationship.

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Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

Bowie redefined what it was to be a rock star.

albums from left: The Man Who Sold The World (Nov 1970), Man Of Words/Man Of Music (Nov 1969), Self titled album (1967) http://www.davidbowie.com/sound

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Bowie as the Thin White Duke

Bowie as the Thin White Duke

With the recent passing of David Bowie last January 10, 2016, a look back at the achievements of a true artist and icon spanning six decades, in several art forms is a must. Read Part 1Its Ok to be Different, Part 2 – Sexual Mystique, Part 3 –Rock Theater.

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Turo Turo’s Message of Hope

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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AJ Dee (Maryo): Patawarin mo ko sa lahat ng ito. Hindi mo naman dapat na raranasan ito e. Pero bakit di ko mabago ang lahat? Bakit di ko mabago ang kapalaran natin? Kasalanan ko to anak. Napaka mangmang ko kasi e. Napaka wala kong kwentang ama.

Albert Silos (Nilo): Tay mabait po ba kong anak? Maryo: Oo naman anak. Ikaw ang pinaka mabait na anak sa buong mundo. Nilo: Alam niyo po ba kung bakit itay? Kayo nagturo sakin maging mabuti itay. Kayo po ang ginagaya ko. Kaya nagkakamali po kayo sa sinasabi niyo.

from left: Albert Silos (Nilo) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Albert Silos (Nilo) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

TURO TURO directed by Ray An Dulay starring AJ Dee, Enchong Dee, Albert Silos, Janna Dominguez and Marife Necesito is an official entry in the MMFF New Wave section. You can catch it from December 18-24, 2015.

left: Albert Silos (Nilo) helps out AJ Dee (Maryo) carrying sick Bunso. TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

left: Albert Silos (Nilo) helps out AJ Dee (Maryo) carrying sick Bunso. TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

The story is one we are all familiar with; Maryo is a loving father trying to make ends meet. He makes a humble living selling fish balls and kikiam on the street. He has a lively, smart, endearing 10-year-old son Nilo who helps him out dancing and singing to attract customers. The problem is he hardly earns money enough to support his wife and 3 kids. Illiterate and facing few prospects, poverty threatens to tear his family apart.

Enchong Dee (Andong); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Enchong Dee (Andong); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

AJ & Enchong Dee

The project is a labor of love for brothers AJ & Enchong Dee. AJ plays the lead role in Maryo and brother Enchong is one of the antagonists. Here Enchong Dee has shown his versatility as an actor playing Andong, the leech feeding off the hard work of Maryo. Enchong has exhibited growth and easily portrays a despicable lecherous character taking advantage of Maryo’s illiteracy.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Enchong’s approach to Andong isn’t caricature. His motivation is he just wants to make a buck, even off poor souls like Maryo. In this sense we’ve seen Andong before, there’s a lot of him going around. The character is only too real.

Marife Necesito (Aling Miling) & Rey Pumaloy (Lusyo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Marife Necesito (Aling Miling) & Rey Pumaloy (Lusyo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

The story is something a lot of us can relate to and is especially relevant this season of excess. Trying to make ends meet, trying to survive is something millions of our kababayan experience. Now that typhoon Nona has wrought so much destruction this Christmas season we should keep their needs in mind. This film in a way reminds us to be grateful of the blessings we have and especially the need to help out the less fortunate.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

In an interview with Boy Abunda, Enchong Dee said that the film was a labor of love. Sharing the silver screen with brother AJ was one of the motivations and a dream come true for both of them. AJ has given his character Maryo a very sympathetic, likable quality in spite of being down on his luck. Yes, he is illiterate but he has that very Filipino quality of persistence. There may be so many challenges and trials but with hard work, willingness to learn and love of family there is always hope. AJ’s real life relationship with brother Enchong reflects this message.

Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Albert Silos

A revelation in acting at such a young age is Albert Silos playing Nilo. He is the good son and sibling does everything to take care of his younger brother and sister. He even cheers up his own father when he gets depressed. His emotional quotient has reached superhuman proportions. There should have been at least one scene where he breaks down. As a testament to his performance viewers tend to overlook the technical or production gaffes. Sometimes he has kilometric lines that no child should be burdened with, which also makes it seem contrived. All in all Albert pulls it off. The kid is so talented you can’t help but cheer for him.

from left: Janna Dominguez (Lena) w Psyche Margaux (Ningning) & Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Janna Dominguez (Lena) w Psyche Margaux (Ningning) & Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Janna Domingo & Mosang

The mother Lena is played by Janna Domingo, hers is one of the better more thought out characters. Her reaction to their poverty and desperation is one of a need to do something. While others may perceive her as abandoning her family, it was borne out of a desire to provide for them as an OFW. Domingo along with Mosang are more popularly known for their roles in GMA Network’s PEPITO MANALOTO. Both Domingo and Mosang get to show their range in drama here in spite of being more known for comedic roles.

Mosang (Ginang Salve) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Mosang (Ginang Salve) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Mosang is in the role of Ginang Salve who represents a lot of our public school teachers. There are so many of them in the public school system who go above and beyond their call of duty to help out kids in need. Here we see Ginang Salve take the time to tutor Nilo, guide him, not in school but in her own private time, visiting his barong barong (shanty). Or welcome him in her home feeding him. Nilo was so grateful and happy after she gave him used textbooks to study on his own and share with his siblings. With that scene one realizes that even the simplest donations of old books can mean so much to young hungry mind such as Nilo’s. He’s not the only beneficiary as he teaches his younger siblings to read, there’s a multiplier effect to something so simple as used books.

Marife Necesito (Aling Miring) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Marife Necesito (Aling Miring) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Marife Necesito & Sigfreid Barros Sanchez

Marife Necesito is Aling Miring a vegetable dealer who gives Maryo a much-needed job. Marife is an actress who has worked in international films like MAMMOTH by Lukas Moodyson and LILET NEVER HAPPENED by Jacco Groen. Here the role is able to deliver another important message. This time it deals with diet. The job she provides helps Maryo find a more nutritious and cost effective way of feeding his family. Vegetables especially when eaten raw are affordable and nutritious.

Sigfreid Barros Sanchez (foreigner); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Sigfreid Barros Sanchez (foreigner); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Sigfreid Barros Sanchez is another name known in the indie circles. Sig as he is more popularly known is a filmmaker in his own right. He’s also usually cast in big burly scary roles. This one is no different. His appearance is short but very intense so watch out for it.

from left: AJ Dee (Maryo) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: AJ Dee (Maryo) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Technical weaknesses should be pointed out so director Ray An Dulay could avoid them in the future. For example different audio levels in one scene or lapel mics getting squished creates needless distractions for viewers. Sometimes lighting can look artificial. Other than a few technical polishing, story wise and performances were enough to carry the film through. TURO TURO is highly recommended especially for families wanting to learn the values of gratitude, hard work and most of all hope.

 

family from right: AJ Dee (Maryo), Albert Silos (Nilo), Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso), Janna Dominguez (Lena) & Psyche Margaux (Ningning). TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

family from right: AJ Dee (Maryo), Albert Silos (Nilo), Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso), Janna Dominguez (Lena) & Psyche Margaux (Ningning). TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Cast

AJ Dee – Maryo

Albert Silos – Nilo

Enchong Dee – Andong

Janna Dominguez – Lena

Mosang – Ginang Salve

Rey Pumaloy – Lusyo

Marife Necesito – Aling Miling

Psyche Margaux – Ningning

Junar Labrador – Nanding

Ray An Reel Dulay – Bunso

Paolo Paraiso – Doc Garry

Sigfreid Barros Sanchez- foreigner

Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso) & Psyche Margaux (Ningning); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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Mosang (Ginang Salve) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Mosang (Ginang Salve) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from right: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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Marife Necesito (Aling Miring) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Marife Necesito (Aling Miring) & Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from right: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Albert Silos (Nilo) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

Albert Silos (Nilo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

from left: Enchong Dee (Andong) & AJ Dee (Maryo); TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

family from right: AJ Dee (Maryo), Albert Silos (Nilo), Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso), Janna Dominguez (Lena) & Psyche Margaux (Ningning). TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

family from right: AJ Dee (Maryo), Albert Silos (Nilo), Ray An Reel Dulay (Bunso), Janna Dominguez (Lena) & Psyche Margaux (Ningning). TURO TURO is part of the MMFF New Wave competition showing from Dec 18-24, 2015.

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