This Is War!!!

No, not really... It's just that our new little doggie's name sounds like the Filipino word for "War." He he.

Meet Gera!

Gera first week at home 2

Full name: Gera z Herodesova Domu

We named her Gera after her grandfather, Gero, who is famous among working-line German Shepherds. He holds many working titles (represented in red letters). He and Gera hail from a line of Czechoslovakian frontier-police dogs (border patrol). These dogs were originally bred to help stop people from illegally crossing the border. Nowadays, the line continues as there is a demand for excellent police and sporting dogs all over the world.

Gera at 5 weeks, back in Czech Republic:

Gera in Czech at five weeks
"When I grow up, I wanna be a police dog!" - Gera
("No, you will be a pet dog."- Daddy Dex)

Here is Gera's mom, and her pedigree (the red letters stand for working titles):
And here is her dad and his pedigree.

Dex hasn't started training with her yet. We will wait till she is a bit older.

Gera with me, at nearly 3 months:



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FILharmoniKa's Kumpas is out on the market! Go get yourselves a copy, and support Philippine orchestral music.


For only P285, you get all these cool tracks:
(side comments regarding the arrangements are mine)

1. Laki Sa Layaw - arranged by JD Villanueva
- elegant orchestration. Stravinsky meets Copland meets San Mig Light.

2. 214 - arranged by Ria Osorio
- with a hint of electronica.

3. Kanlungan - arranged by Marvin Querido. Featuring Noel Cabangon on vocals
- sentimental, very moving

4. Muntik Nang Maabot ang Langit - arranged by Marvin Querido

5. Tao - arranged by Marvin Querido. Featuring Sampaguita on vocals.
- one of my favorite tracks

6. Banal na Aso, Santong Kabayo (by Dong Abay)- arranged by Ria Osorio
- I really enjoyed making this arrangement because this song is one of my favorites. It's sure to become a classic Pinoy Rock song.

7. Ang Huling El Bimbo - arranged by Ria Osorio. Featuring Ely Buendia on vocals.
- Had a hard time with this one because the original is so deeply etched in my mind, as I've been a fan of Eraserheads way back, but I needed to make a new version. I tried to make the arrangement sentimental/nostalgic.

8. Paglisan - arranged by Marvin Querido

9. Salamat - arranged by Dennis Catli/Sharon Feliciano
- lively, good vibes

10. Himig Natin - arranged by Gerard Salonga. Featuring Wally Gonzales on guitar.

11. Next In Line - arranged by JD Villanueva

all tracks conducted and produced by Gerard Salonga

I really enjoyed working on this album. The songs which were assigned to me were songs which I already liked, and knew by heart, back in high school. So it was real challenge to get the original versions out of my head and try to make new ones.

Buy, buy, buy it! Happy

Here's a clip from IMEEM. You can also hear it played in NU 107.

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Ten Years Ago etc.

Tagged by Jaja, one of my friends from FILharmoniKa.

The rules are simple.
At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was in the first semester of my freshman year at the UP College of Music. Thanks to my journals, this much I know:

- Around August 1998, I was worrying about my composition for my major, because I was running out of ideas and the deadline was getting nearer each day
- An “it’s complicated” relationship was in its initial stages.
- I was busy practicing with my band Rewind, for a nationwide amateur band competition. We won first place in that competition, and here are some photos:


(L-R front: Cia, Ria, Yosha. L-R back: Alan, Marlon, Paolo)

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?
I only have 3. 1) Call the bank to verify an account, 2) bid for the MOTU Ultralite on eBay (I actually delegated this to Dex), 3) and finish an arrangement for rhythm section.

3. Snacks I enjoy:
Sweets, anything creamy or cheesy

4. Place where I live:
BF Paranaque, Manila, Philippines

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire
Invest part of it so I won’t have to work for my remaining days, put up a music institute for the underprivileged, travel a whole lot, and write music to my heart’s content.

Tagging: Hmm, currently I only know of 3 people who read this blog, other than my mom and husband. So can I be excused from this part? He he.

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