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LABOR OF LOVE: Taboan Poetry Festival

14 February 2011

8pm onwards

Tomato Bomb HQ, Xavierville Ave., QC


Featured Readers:

1. Diego Abad
2. Mikael De Lara Co
3. Gian Lao
4. Andrea Teran
5. Mia Tijam
6. Conchitina Cruz
7. Rafael San Diego
8. Corin Arenas
9. Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta
10. Noelle Leslie Dela Cruz
11. Marne Kilates
12. Carlomar Daoana
13. Chris Mooney-Singh
14. Lourd De Veyra
15. Mike Coroza
16. Gemino Abad
17. Kris Lacaba
18. Khavn Dela Cruz
19. Krip Yuson
20. Jacob Walse Dominguez
21. Dave Buenviaje
22. Andrea Duerme
23. Keith Cortez
24. Allan Pastrana
25. Donal O’Flynn
26. and National Artist Virgilio Almario

Featured Performers

1. Jeff Pagaduan
2. Diwa De Leon
3. Las Bungageras
4. Actor’s Pleygrawnd

Organizers: NCCA and UP Institute of Creative Writing


Sue and Dakila @ NCCA - Phil International Arts Festival 2010 (Trinoma)

Hosted by:

Dakila Cutab and Sue Prado (URIAN Best Supporting Actress 2010) >>> pang TV5 na tayo, teh!


Special thanks to Prof. Joel Toledo


Dako Cutab - GP Abrajano - Siege Malvar


“The Batutes would not have become The Batutes without Dako Cutab.

We have accomplished more in almost a year with Dako, than we have in four years without him. Way more.”

– GP “Hingst” Abrajano a.k.a. Bitchera Guerrero (Jan. 1, 2010)




Noun: One who completes an action or makes a statement in such a way as to be as disrespectful and egotistical as possible in an effort to undermine and demoralize anyone else involved while raising themselves up on a pedestal.




January 13, 2011


Dubbed the biggest one day performance arts festival of the country, PASINAYA 2011 opens National Arts Month festivities with a blast. On Sunday, February 6, from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening the public has the chance to see a plethora of over 120 performances from the nation’s different performing arts groups – all for the price of nearly nothing. At PASINAYA 2011, each of us can “pay what you can, see all you can.”


Some of the countries’ most outstanding artists and groups will be taking part in the festivities. They are led by the CCP’s resident companies – the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Tanghalang Pilipino, Bayanihan Philippines National Folk Dance Company, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater and the winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists.


In a day filled with wonderful performances, the highlight would be a tribute to our national hero and a himself a great artist – Jose P. Rizal at the People’s Gala in the evening. A one thousand voice choir will be Rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios which was set to music by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. Among the featured choirs are award winners Imusicapella, Tarlac State University, Our Lady of Fatima University Chorale, Hiyas ng Pilipinas CHildren’s Choir, Sta. teresita PArish Chorale, Woodrose Chorale and the Quezon City Performing Arts Dev’t FOundation, Inc. (QCPADFI) Choir. Teo, Antonio, Mike Coroza, Vim Nadera, and the Batutes will separately do Balagtasan in the Literature Zone.


Every single venue at the CCP will be used – the theaters, the lobbys, the hallways and even the little street beside the Production Design Center will be filled with over 2000 artists, there to show us what 2011 has to offer. Each venue will have a particular form as its’ theme. Thus the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) will be the Resident Company Zone, the Main Theater Lobby and Bulwagang Francisca Reyes Aquino (rehearsal hall) are the Dance Zones, Tanghalang Huseng Batute and Bulwagang Amado Hernandez are the Theater Zones, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino is the Music zone, the Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining is the Kid’s Zone, the Dream Theater is the Film Zone, the Bulwagang Juan Luna is the Literature Zone while the Eskinita and North Promenade are the Variety Zones and all the galleries and the CCP Library will be open on this very special date.


On this date, tickets for various performances will be sold at very special discounted rates. In addition, there will be a tyangge and food stalls for those who want to sit down, relax and perhaps do a little shopping.


Come and join the rest of the crowds for a day of fun and excitement. For more information, please check the CCP website or call the Performing Arts Department at 8321125 local 1600 – 1607.

Defense lawyer says illness could have triggered death of some Ampatuan victims

Can you imagine having so many deaths all in one place? Even if these victims had pre-existing illness, how could they possibly die all at once?

Other causes, such as illness, could have triggered the death of some of the victims in the gruesome Ampatuan massacre in 2009, a defense lawyer said on Thursday.

Defense lawyer Andres Manuel raised this argument while cross examining prosecution expert witness Chief Inspector Dean Cabrera of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory.

In his series of testimonies since December last year, Cabrera, a medico-legal expert who autopsied the bodies of 12 of the 57 massacre victims, had repeatedly said the victims suffered fatal gunshot wounds all over their bodies that could have caused their deaths.

However, Manuel, on Thursday, asked Cabrera if the latter was aware if the victims he autopsied were suffering from illnesses before their death.

Cabrera said he learned from the relatives that some of the victims were suffering from illnesess but could not exactly remember what they were.

Asked during a break in the hearing what he was trying to drive at, Manuel told reporters that health problems like cardiac arrest, seizure, or even epilepsy could have been triggered shortly before they were shot, while they were being rounded up on a hilly portion of Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao.

“In that kind of situation, these illnesses could have been triggered and could have been the cause of death,” Manuel said.

But private prosecutor Harry Roque, who represents families of some of the slain journalists, described Manuel’s insinuations as “ridiculous.”

“Each of the victims sustained at least nine gunshot wounds. How else could you explain those contusions (on their bodies). They could not have inflicted them upon themselves,” Roque said.

Manuel also doubted indications pointed out by Cabrera that three of the victims he examined could have been sexually abused prior to their deaths, as evidenced by the seminal fluid found in their genitals.

The lawyer suggested the possibility that the “sexual abuse” could have happened “post mortem” of after the victims’ death and done by someone “who probably had necrophilia.”



12/31/2010 | 06:56 PM

Since Christmas Day, dolphins Tutti and Frutti have been performing five times a day in a small pool for an audience that pays to be entertained.

Supposedly entertainment for the holidays, Angels of the Sea at the Araneta Center features the dolphins, and the sea lions Jello and Jelli, performing tricks to the beat of deafening music, in a 12×18 foot pool.

According to Jose Avelino, spokesman of Indofil Seawonders Co. Ltd, the show’s organizer, the show is meant to create awareness to save the dolphins from the harmful conditions of their natural habitat.

“While these angels of the sea entertain the audience, their performance is also expected to translate into a human understanding that caring more about marine life is essential as both worlds (marine and human) are interconnected,” Avelino was quoted in a report published by Malaya.


The dolphins go through their routine as the crowd looks on. GMANews.TV

Data from ‘magician’s hat’?

But several groups strongly disagree — and they have been actively campaigning against the show since they learned of preparations in the Telus parking lot in Araneta Center, where the show was eventually held.

“No marine mammal expert would agree with the data they came up with. Perhaps they pulled their data from a from magician’s hat. Nagiimbento sila kasi they need to protect their business,” said A.G. Sano of the advocacy group Dolphins Love Freedom Network.

But Indofil Seawonders Co. Ltd claims that it wants the entire nation to witness how much it values dolphins and how it firmly believes that marine life complements human life and balances the ecology.

The company also insists that dolphins have a right to live any place where they are most secure.

In the wild, dolphins travel in family groups called pods and are used to swimming distances of up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day.

Blaring music ‘deafening’ for dolphins

Their hearing is extremely sensitive, and any kind of noise causes them stress, according to animal welfare activists.

Clearly, performing dolphins in a traveling show do not have the space they need and would have in the wild. Apart from that, the loud music and applause during a show is harmful to their hearing.

Anna Cabrera, program director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), explains that dolphins are echolocators, and locate objects by emitting sounds and detecting the reflections given back. This is how they “see,” she explained.

When they are in a small pool, they cannot use echo-location., Cabrera said.

“It’s like putting a person in a small drum and shouting loudly. Nakakabingi na echo ng mga sigaw ng mga tao, ng music na pinapatugtog nila The loud applause and the blaring music is deafening [for them],” she says.

Requests to ban dolphin show

The Dolphins Love Freedom Network, PAWS, Earth Island Institute (EII) Philippines and the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) have written to both the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala and to the Araneta Center management, asking that the show be stopped—but to no avail.

“We had to coordinate with DA and BFAR [Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources] and all they said was, ‘Wala, wala namang permit’,” Sano said.

“The last time Earth Island talked to BFAR was the day before the (show’s) launch. So I don’t know kung ‘di talaga nila alam (So I don’t know if they really did not know [about the moves to ban the show],” he said.

Sano has been doing marine mammal research for the past eleven years.

“It’s either they’re incompetent, na hindi na nakakalusot sa ‘radar’ nila (that it went below their ‘radar’)or they were lying to Earth Island,” Sano said, adding that they were caught by surprise when they saw the show featured on morning shows of GMA7 and ABS-CBN.


Members of Dolphins Love Freedom protest the use of dolphins in live entertainment shows.GMANews.TV

Dolphin show permit ‘violated laws’?

It turns out that the Bureau of Animal Industry, which is an agency under the agriculture department, granted the organizers a permit to run the Angels of the Sea show from December 25 to January 2.

In their position paper sent to DA’s Alcala, the advocacy groups said that it “believe(d) that the BAI erred in its issuance of the permit as this violated the following laws: the Animal Welfare Act (Republic Act 8485) and the spirit behind the DA Administrative Order (AO) No. 8, which sets out the rules for the importation and release into the wild of plants and plant products derived from the use of modern biotechnology.

The show also violated the basic principle of allowing animals their freedom, a standard that should be part of BAI’s mission.

By granting the permit, the BAI also violated the dolphins’ freedom from pain and physical discomfort, from injury and disease, from fear and distress, and the animal’s freedom to conform to essential behavioral patterns, the groups said.

Profit for dolphin show organizers

Claiming that performing animals are cruelly exploited, the groups continued to hold protest actions — both outside and inside the show.

The groups pointed out that proceeds of the show are not intended to fund the dolphins’ interests, but only go to profit the event organizers.

“I’ve given some talks to some kids who’ve gone there and they don’t even know the body parts (of dolphins),” says Sano.

“So, aliw lang siya (It’s just entertainment), just for profit,” he said.

According to the animal welfare advocate, the trend in marine parks is to put up some money for research.

Even Seaworld —the huge American chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums and animal theme parks— is known for giving out research grants to institutions all over the world, Sano said.

It needs to reinforce its claims that its shows are held for conservation, says Sano.

Sano’s research into marine mammals bagan after he watched The Cove, a 2009 documentary film that describes the annual killing of dolphins in a Park at Taiji, Wakayama, Japan.

Sano thought it was something people couldn’t just watch sitting down. “Mass slaughteryung ginagawa nila [The film depicted the mass slaughter of dophins]. I saw the connection between the slaughter and dolphin shows in general,” he said.

Kasi if you allow these types of businesses, it’s teaching the whole generation of Filipinos that it’s okay to take something from the wild and make money out of it,” said Sano, who along with other members of the Dolphins Love Freedom network has painted over 23,000 dolphins over 120 walls all over the Philippines.


Fervent protesters take their cause to the streets. GMANews.TV

Dolphin show protest placards, tarps, t-shirts

On Christmas Day, Sano, together with two other members of the Dolphins Love Freedom, May-i Fabros and Dakila Cutab, biked around the Araneta Center parking lot with fake dolphins headgears, carrying placards that read “Dolphins are dying to amuse you…”; “5 years in chlorinated pools, 50 years in the open seas”; “Don’t watch intelligent dolphins perform stupid human tricks”; and “Watch MMFF2010 not Dolphin Shows.”

They also distributed to curious passers-by some fliers, which contained info about dolphins and the question, “Do you think they’re happy performing here?”

They were stopped by the Araneta Center security, but were later permitted to campaign after they explained their cause.

On Thursday, the groups took the protest a bit further—enough to provoke slightly aggressive response from security officers at the show.

They displayed large tarpaulins by the pool area, while the dolphins were performing. The tarpaulins read: “This is animal cruelty”, “Captivity kills!” and “Conservation or Exploitation?”

They were able to remain at the center of the tent for a few minutes before security officers escorted them out of the show area.


Four protesters stood on the bleachers wearing shirts that read “No to dolphin shows.”.GMANews.TV

In the meantime, four protesters stood on the bleachers wearing shirts that read “No to dolphin shows.” But soon after the protesters holding the tarpaulins left, those in t-shirts were also brusquely instructed to leave.

“You bought tickets to watch, not to disrupt our show!” a security officer shouted when the protesters argued that they were just wearing shirts.

As the protesters left, they distributed fliers to those watching the show. However, security officers escorting them grabbed the fliers and crumpled them before throwing them away.

Not discouraged, the animal rights activists continued their protest action outside the show areas for over an hour, passing out flyers to passers-by and speaking with them about dolphins.

Educating audiences on marine conservation

Meanwhile, Angels of the Sea OIC Amando Inocentes defended the show.

Mga bata, they get to experience seeing close up yung ating mga mammals, ang dolphins natin, ang sea lions. (Children get to experience seeing mammals, dolphins and sea lions, close up), he said.

“And may mga portion kami rito with trivia questions educating our young children on how to conserve our environment,” said Inocentes in a report on QTV’s Balitanghali. (There’s a portion of the show where children are asked to answer trivia questions, and this helps educate the audience on how to conserve our environment.)

“Tutti and Frutti now are 18 and 20 years old, respectively — which belies the statement saying that pag in captivity (when in captivity)mga ganyan, five years lang ang lifespan nila (the [dolphin’s] lifespan is only five years. This is proof, and they’re still very strong,” said Inocentes.

As with any production, the show must go on, despite the protests.

Previous dolphin shows won’t be done again

For Sano, he has no hopes that the show will actually be stopped. He cites previous instances of dolphin shows which were allowed their full run by the SM Mall of Asia and Metrowalk in 2006 and 2007.

The managements of both malls did not cancel the shows, but instead pledged to never sponsor similar shows again, after they were met with picketing.

“The only objective is to appeal to them to not do it again,’ Sano said—noting however that his top appeal was for fireworks to be banned in Araneta Center. “It’s damaging to the dolphins,” he said. The New Year’s Eve would be particularly hard on the dolphins because of the noise would reverberate in the pool and the pollution would inevitably contaminate it.

The fact that they’re (Angels of the Sea) here in Manila shows that they’re not concerned about the welfare of the dolphins,” said Sano. If the organizers truly understood the behavior and the physiology of dolphins, they would know that their hearing is extremely sensitive.

Tapos isu-subject nila sa ganyan, yung maingay na (Then they will subject [the dolphins] to Metro Manila noise and pollution. Imagine that,” he said in disgust.

Nakakainis eh. (It’s infuriating) I don’t think (the) DA can do anything about it, because they’ve been hands off. Mahirap na asahan,” he said.

“So the best way is to appeal to them or Araneta (Center management) if they could do something about it,” he said.

So far, neither Indofil Seawonders Ltd. nor the Araneta Center has responded to the poignant appeals.

Commercial dolphin shows are prohibited in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Latin American countries such as Brazil and Nicaragua.

Even dolphin broker Chris Porter, who once sold 25 dolphins to Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa, has had a change of heart and is now an animal rights activist. — MRT/TJD/DM GMANews.TV

by Lope Cui

Richard Gutierrez... you're NEXT!

What can anyone possibly learn from Dolphinariums and Animal Theme Parks?  Punta ka dun, picture-picture, magre-reklamo na mabaho ang amoy, magrereklamo na walang parking, magre-reklamo na masikip ang CR, magrereklamo sa hindi masarap na pagkain, at papayamanin ang mga abusadong hampas-lupa na may-ari.

Dolphinarium and animal theme park operators claim that a visit to their establishment is educational.  Describe “educational”: you’ll see a lot of (poorly lit) posters about the animals, watch a video or two about the animals on their natural habitat (on mute), and listen to a (barely audible) tour guide talk about the wonders of the animal kingdom (who has a memorized script and won’t take any questions from the audience until after the tour – at which point they suddenly disapper).

We fondly refer to our immediate environment as the “concrete jungle”.  Natural jungles don’t have dolphinariums or animal theme parks.  Concrete jungles do – it’s called a “MALL”.  Think about it, of all the things mentioned in the previous two paragraphs, is there any difference?

A dolphinarium or an animal theme park is bad business.  High costs, low profit margin, and the t(h)reat of eco-terrorism (wink-wink).