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Mama Mia, Manila, WYD, etc.

Posted on July 16, 2008 by jimparedes

Saw Mama Mia last night! GREAT! I haven’t enjoyed myself this much in quite awhile. Meryll Streep, one of my all-time favorite actresses really delivered another superb performance. It’s so refreshing to see talented people take on roles fearlessly and do something amazing with it. And her singing was not bad at all.

Mama Mia is a must-see again and again.  I saw it as a theater musical and as a movie. I enjoyed both, but the movie was even much more fun. Pierce Brosnan was so game doing his bit. Do not miss it!

*       *       *

I leave for Manila today to resume my career of gigs with APO, workshops,etc. I am not excited at all to go home. I really am liking Sydney more and more and I feel sad about leaving. I had many students during this last trip here and many of them are very talented. I feel sad to leave them even for awhile because their attitude towards their music lessons is so inspiring.

I also took a lot of fotos of young, beautiful Filos in my studio here in Glenwood. I just love photography, and I am happy to have taken so many good shots of them.

I know I will feel better once I get to Manila since I am actualy able to adjust to any place almost all the time. But still, if I had a choice right now whether to stay put here or go back to the Philippines at this time, I would opt to remain for a few uninterrupted months. But it is not to be since I have gigs waiting including APO’s 40th anniversary concert at he Araneta Coliseum this September 20.

That’s life. Once we start rehearsing and all that, I should feel better.

*      *      *

It was a thrill to see Aus Prime Minister Kevin Rudd welcome young people from all over the world to Sydney for World YOuth Day. Amid a record-breaking crowd, he greeted people in different languages including Tagalog. He said, ‘Malugod ko kayong tinatanggap sa Australia’ followed by loud applause from the happy and sizeable Philippine delegation.

Kevin Rudd is a fantastic guy who speaks fluent Chinese so he is quite comfortable with people of different cultures. It’s a good feeling to be in a country with inspiring and dynamic politicians. I wish I could say that about the Philippines at this time.

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The city is awash with the enthusiasm of young people from all over the world. Their zeal for the Catholic faith is infectious. An American girl was interviewed on TV and she expressed how mind-boggling it was that hundreds of thousands of young people from all over are gathered as one to receive ‘the body of Christ”.

I have not gone anywhere near where the delegates are but people ae saying that traaffic is bad, the trains are full but festive and there are flags and banners everywhere. Tomorrow, Lydia is going to the city with Reggie, a cousin of mine to be among hundreds of thousands who wish to see the Pope as he parades about town.

Sayang. Wala na ako dito.

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I am rather embarrassed to put this. I have almost 1000 pending applicants who wish to connect to me on my multiply site. Obviously, I cannot say yes to everyone and I feel sorry about that. It helps though  if you do have a photo, and a message in helping me decide.  I prune my list once in a while since sometimes, I get too many entries I am not interested in reading.

Also, I  block any user who tries to sell me something. So please take note. About commenters, I WILL delete comments that insult, degrade or belittle anyone. I also will not tolerate people who wish to just use my page for their own interests. If you want people to read your rant or vitriol, make your own site, build equity and influence so that people will visit it,  and post it there.

16 to “Mama Mia, Manila, WYD, etc.”

  1. Mon says:

    Spammers. Yeah they eat away the fun from blogging. Thank goodness to my akismet, now I don’t need to manually moderate my blog’s comments anymore.

  2. benign0 says:

    This is benign0, reporting live smack from his office in the city! :)

    It’s not as crowded as most people think. I think it’s also because a lot of office workers opted out of work this week or just for today (Thu) and tomorrow (Fri).

    Be careful about distributing condoms or wearing t-shirts depicting inverted crucifixes this week though. There is some legislation to temporarily curtail freedom of speech within WYD-designated areas while the pope is here…

  3. my dear wife had the chance to get a view of the advanced screening of Mama Mia at Gateway Mall in Cubao. And the first sms message that I received from her was “the movie is so great!!! you have to watch it :)

    sadly though, until now, time does not allow me to watch it. well, anyway, i believe it’s a must see movie-especially for those who love ABBA. Stunning performance by Meryll Streep!!!

  4. Willa says:

    i feel for you about spammers, they are like cockroach that u just can’t get rid off!

  5. Miles says:

    We waited for the Popemobile parade at Martin Place pero ang bilis at saglit lang namin nakita ang pope.

    Goodluck sa gigs.

  6. Kenjebz says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. I have many anonymous commenters, some nasty, some plainly insulting, and some even uses foul languages. I feel sad every time I receive something like this, it dampens my enthusiasm in making a difference, but I persevere out of the inspiration of those who commented positively and knowing we touched someone’s lives out there, for good through blogging.

    We thank you also for commenting to our blog about our 3 month old baby, Heavenne. It’s a great honor. My wife wrote a follow-up comment saying “it is such an honor that one of the best Filipino artists visit and comment in our blog.”

  7. louie says:

    Nakakainggit naman that the Pope is there. Wish we could be there.

  8. Obet Dionisio says:

    I missed talking and seeing you the last time you were in Sydney. Re WYD 2008, the most spiritually uplifting experience is being a volunteer in this once in a lifetime event. Me and my wife are both Liturgical Volunteers assigned as Eucharistic Ministers who gave the communion to the pilgrims, and I would say this is the pinnacle of our ministry in serving God, the Church and the Community. If attending a mass with the Pontiff as Celebrant is a wonderful experience, the spiritual awareness and fulfillment is immeasurable if you are picked to be a part of the mass servers in the Liturgical Mass being celebrated by the Holy Pope.

  9. Finally, I found your blog. It’s a very interesting blog but sorry to say that I really hate reading. But anyhow, you’ve got a fantastic talent of writing. And more, a good singer, composer, name it, you have it all. Mabuhay and I’m very proud of you. You are my idol from the beginning.

  10. Emilie says:

    I’ve haven’t seen Mama Mia yet but I will this weekend. I saw the trailer clips and I think it’s a good movie.

    I’ve been visiting your multiply site too from time to time to check if there’s something new as well as Ala’s. It has a very very good collection of photos. I never attempted to add you as a contact since your site is for public viewing :D .

  11. jimparedes says:

    Obet, miles– Happy for you that you experienced a high with the Pope.

    Emilie–Enjoy it and write to tell us how much you did.

    Rolly Marcial–Visit apojim.multiply,com. If you don’t like reading, there are lots of photos, videos and music there.

    kenjebz–keep blogging
    benign)–Yes, I felt bad about that rule that anyone who was ‘annoying’ could be arrested. Am glad the higher court struck that down.

  12. Mark Arienda-Jose says:

    Kevin Rudd is a globalist, 2008 Bilderberg Group Meeting attendee. Anything he does and says is neither inspiring nor dynamic but suspect. I have nothing against catholics but always be cautious of your leaders and their decisions.

  13. Emilie says:

    Yeah I enjoy it much and I left some comments :D

  14. Aldrin says:

    My girlfriend and I were volunteers at WYD SYD 2008. It was one of our best experiences as a couple and as Catholics. Sydney was really great and everyone was in good vibes.

    It’s like Divine Intervention in the house. Winter but the sun was shining for the event. As the policeman has told us…He’d rather watch over 500,000 pilgrims than 5,000 footy fans.

  15. you know what would be great? having a local version based on apo hiking society’s songs. now that would be great

    your songs span generations and will still do so for years to come. imagine the memories your songs will evoke.

    your songs depict the transition you guys encountered from being young adults, parents, and now as grandparents. how’s that for an idea. I hope someone snaps it up becuase I would pay for a movie ticket just to see this idea on the big screen. :)

    • romwell arambulo says:

      it seems i foretold the future… I doo bidooo bidooo… :) could have been better but as it is its awesome na din :)

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