Barely a week after the finalists in theÂ SandugoÂ song festival were selected from many participants, the finalists are now getting ready for festival on July 21.
Unlike the previous song festival, the organizers have decided to include something new- original novelty, upbeat and love songs.
Fifteen original Boholano compositions have already been selected as finalists: (Novelty)-NalingawÂ ko sa BoholÂ by Raul Saletrero;Â Dear TatayÂ by Rudy Tutor;Â Kaniadto ug KarunÂ by John Rey Fuertes;Â Naay ForeverÂ by Marvin Russel Elaba andÂ Ang Gusto KoÂ by Maria Luza Brua; (Love)-Barotong PapelÂ by Dr. Nandie Maniwan;Â Dili NaÂ by Humprey Mark Nicasio;Â Balik na Pinangga KoÂ by Sergie Peter Balaba,Â HagitÂ by Engr. Soc Saletrero; andÂ Bahandi O Kadungganan– by Analiza (Glee) Orcullo; Â and (Upbeat)-Â PahimangnoÂ by Nice Tumulak;Â Bagyo ug LinogÂ by Arnel MascariÃ±as;Â Kupido by Charlven Remolador;Â TambayanÂ by Clyde Ebojo andÂ Ikaw ug AkoÂ by Ralph Maligro.
Not only will they be competing for a chance to have their song be the signature song for this yearâ€™s song festival, but also for the P50,000 prize (one winner in each category; P5,000 for the best interpreter and P10,000 for consolation prize).
â€œIâ€™m really happy that Iâ€™m a finalist,â€ gushed Glee.
Glee recalled that it was a case of self-discovery as to how she got into singing.
â€œIt was more of an informal training. Iâ€™d love to sing at home during family gathering,â€ she said.
She said she was nervous when she performed her entry in last yearâ€™sÂ SandugoÂ song festival.
â€œAlthough I didnâ€™t win but still I performed and did my best,â€ she reminisced.
She said herÂ Bahandi o KadunggananÂ is based on her personal struggle on life and love.
Glee tried tempering her much-vaunted belting prowess to achieve an easy-listening vibe, and to make the song more â€œsingable.â€ But, as it turned out, itâ€™s still the blistering high notes that her listeners crave.
â€œI tried hard not to cry when Iâ€™m singing,â€ said Glee. â€œI will sing it in all sincerity and honesty.â€
A newsreader of dyRDâ€™s 7 oâ€™ clock News, Glee said she will write more songs.
I guess Glee is also busy for an upcoming album in collaboration with another singer Feby Ingking. Better still, they love to sing together. The Curls!
Keep your kidneys healthy
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. â€” John Donne from Meditation 17 (better known as No Man Is An Island)
Yes, Mary Anne Michelle Porticos and I had â€œchikaâ€ moments when we bumped into each other somewhere in Tagbilaran City.
OurÂ chikaÂ covered many things- from beauty pageant (she was the committee chairman of Miss Tagbilaran for many years), to travel (she was an Oceanjet loyalist), food, business and health.
Yes, health. Many times she advised me to take care of my kidneys.
She said high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure put one in three Filipinos at an increased risk of developing kidney disease (when the kidneys canâ€™t properly do their job of cleaning toxins and wastes from theÂ blood).
But even if you donâ€™t fit in any of those risk categories, itâ€™s important to take care of these critically important organs.
â€œKidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect our quality of life,â€ she reminded me.
She shared the eight golden rules on how to take care of our kidneys: Keep fit and active, keep regularÂ control of your blood sugar level, monitor your blood pressure, eat healthy and keep your weight in check, maintain a healthy fluid intake, do not smokeÂ and do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis.
As Michelle said, â€œThe most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys. Healthy kidneys like a healthy body.â€
And last week, Michelleâ€™sÂ friends got what may be one of the saddest text messages ever â€” Michelle has joined the Lord â€” followed a day later by another one â€” Michelleâ€™s remains will be cremated today (June 12).
That fast. How fleeting life is, how ephemeral, how temporary!
Thank you Maâ€™am Michelleâ€¦you are â€œsafely home.â€
Whoâ€™s rich, whoâ€™s poor?
Hereâ€™s a great story about a rich dad who wants to show his son the difference between rich people and poor people. But in the end, itâ€™s the rich dad who learns the lesson. Read on and see how lucky we all are, rich or poor.
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
When they returned home, the father asked the son, â€œHow was the trip?â€
â€œIt was great, Dad.â€
â€œDid you see how poor people live?â€ the father asked.
â€œOh yeah,â€ said the son.
â€œSo, tell me,â€ the father added. â€œWhat did you learn from the trip?â€
The son answered:
â€œI saw that we have one dog and they have four.
â€œWe have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
â€œWe have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
â€œOur patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
â€œWe have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
â€œWe have servants who serve us but they serve others.
â€œWe buy our food but they grow theirs.
â€œWe have walls around our property to protect us and they have friends to protect them.â€
The father was speechless.
Then the son added, â€œThanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.â€
Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your family and friends.
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