Archive for March, 2011
Six—– the ideal number for dances like this. Seven may be luckier but it may also cramp a smaller stage. More than seven creates an optical mess on the eyes. Besides, it is easiest to train and practice with six in a group.
This group manages to make its moves generally smooth and clean and synchronized. There are some points of jerkiness, though.
What makes the Jabbawockeez a better and more exciting group than Filogram? The former makes its moves slower and more distinct for the eyes to follow, And the Jabbawockeez dance tell a story. Filogram vaguely has one to tell.
After the ooohs and the ahhhs we exclaim looking at a baby picture, we then settle down to ponder why we did so, and look at the baby’s expression with much scrutiny.What we see is ourselves going through similar throes of growth. We look at the baby as if we are looking at a mirror. We see ourselves at the point of forming a consciousness of the world. In simpler terms, we were at that point when we are becoming conscious of the world around us.
It was amazing, and quite amusing, that big folks can make a big fuss about us when we were babies, so much so that their world appears to be centered on us.
And then at a later stage, much later after consciousness of the world around us, comes cognizance. That was the time we begin to learn about ourselves, and we see it in baby pictures. We begin to see our shortcomings, limitations, ineptitude.
We test ourselves against the world, and we discover what we cannot do….
And what we can do….
Baby pictures put a smile on us mainly because we can now watch what we could not have watched before—-our growing up.
The Senator surfaces after the air is cleared of any pending cases against him that would get him to sleep in jail.
I am not saying that he is not guilty of the Dacer-Corbito murder case. But there has been no evidence to prove otherwise.
What they have against him is sourced from one witness whose statements were refuted by another witness..
All those who may file cases against him may be merely seeking the pecuniary benefits that such endeavors may produce.
The new Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Eduardo Oban, impresses me to be of the scholarly type; and as such, would tend to be an armchair general. No matter, George C. Marshall was an armchair general, and so was Eisenhower. This is for the better, perhaps, because, and I repeat, the country is not at war with the Milf, nor with the NPA. These conflicts I daresay require mere police action which the army has always done.
A full scale management of the Army assets and the efficient utilization thereof should be the order of the day. This plan of action would not require something like McNamara’s whiz kids to undertake. All it needs is one determined, unerring, unforgiving hand to accomplish. General Oban might have this hand.
He advocates letting the local governments to shoulder most of the work with the army backing them up with its weaponry and support. This, I believe, would require more than his command and authority to initiate. He is going to step on a lot of toes to do this.
The rest of the public watching this show, Talk With Tina Palma, suggested some good points for the General to ponder over. These, however, fail to put up one very, very good thing to do.
I would suggest forming something like a USO Troupe which goes about cheering the troops during wartime with Bob Hope. There is but one twist in this troupe though,—there would be no Bob Hope.
Think about it—–a modern moro-moro outfit complete with good-looking army soldiers and exceptionally lovely women soldiers doing a skit on stage, fiesta or no fiesta. Surely there would be some soldiers in this vast army who would have terpsichorean abilities. And then some with singing or dancing talents. Entertainment is needed, a song and dance approach. But what am I actually hinting at? A policy of attraction, that’s what, a policy of attraction. Take it from me, barrio people are not liable to approach soldiers who come armed to the hilt. They will most probably approach guitar-strumming soldiers who may have brought with them a karaoke set. When people come down from the mountains, communicating with them will be as easy as suman sa ibos. And communicating with them is the main thing, yes?
Music— Filipinos have yet to acquire the will to resist its charms.