Traveling with Pinoy Pride: A Blog Giveaway
When traveling, you are not your name. You are your country.
I’ve had countless encounters with fellow travelers or locals while on my 2.5-month solo trip around Asia, wherein they ask me where I’m from (and I do likewise), we engage in a brief conversation, and part ways without ever knowing each other’s actual names. We then resort to referring to each other as the Dutch couple I met in Laos, or the Filipina that I met in Sri Lanka, or the tuk-tuk driver in Battambang, Cambodia. And that is the truth of some single-serving friends you meet while traveling.
As such, I feel that whenever we travel or interact with foreigners in our own country, we are really ambassadors for our country.
Vincent Moon: La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows
I first encountered the Take Away Shows a few years ago when my friend Jane forwarded me the video of Phoenix’s. Not sure if it was 1901 or Lisztomania, but either way, I thought it was really fun and I wished I could find such bands randomly performing on the streets of Manila too. :P
I also love the rawness of the film and how it was able to capture the emotion of the moment, without necessarily being too concerned about the pursuit of aesthetic perfection.
While bands like Phoenix, Bon Iver, The National, Sigur Ros or Arcade Fire won’t have pop-up gigs here anytime soon, Vincent Moon, the filmmaker behind these Take Away Shows will be in the Philippines for 3 weeks to film, explore and discover the Philippine music scene/culture, all genres of it, from indigenous music to contemporary gig music.
On Feb. 23, Vincent will be holding a screening at Big Bad Wolf in Taguig City, Philippines.
He will be showcasing mostly new works, “shot from Brazil to Indonesia, from Colombia to Singapore, from an old ritual to a new one, from traditional untouched music to new experiments in local folklores”.