Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

AMIDST THE PANDEMIC, A FILIPINO MUSICAL IS BORN

Remember the 1975 Bienvenido Noriega, Jr. play, Bayan Bayanan? The play is being revived as a musical with a new title, Bayan Bayanan: Letters from Home. With OFWs very much…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

EVENING OF SPANISH MASTERPIECES

The musical landscape of Spain will be revisited when two classical guitarists mount a concert called Spanish Serenade (Serenata Española) at the Yuchengco Museum, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 6…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

VIOLIN PRODIGY IS JUILLIARD BOUND

What do Filipino violin prodigy Jeanne Marquez have in common with piano superstar Yuja Wang and Tchaikovsky competition gold medalist Viktoria Mullova? Well, they were all of soloists of various…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

NOTES OF A PALACE WATCHER 1980-2022

As I write this, it is just a few hours before a new president is sworn in. A couple of days earlier, I had tea with the pianist who will…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

A FILIPINA IN NEW JERSEY BALLET

As Ballet Philippines (BP) launches its 53rd season, one Filipina dancer of the company is bound to miss it. Denise Parungao, last seen in Swan lake and Giselle, passed auditions…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

PORTRAIT OF NORA AUNOR AS STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS

A new chapter in the life of Nora Aunor unfolded last week when she was named National Artist for Film and Broadcast. While she skipped the awarding rites and was…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

MY DAUGHTER’S LAST BOOK LAUNCHED

My late daughter Kerima turned 43 last May 29 We observed it with the online  launching of her last book poetry, “Sa Aking Henerasyon: Mga Tula at Saling-Tula” by Kerima…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

FILIPINO-FINNISH CONDUCTOR MAKES WAVES IN EUROPE

Last-minute engagements always do wonders to 22-year old Filipino-Finnish conducting sensation Tarmo Peltokoski. Late last week, he replaced the Russian conducting great Valeri Gergiev who was given the marching order…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

JULIO NAKPIL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE 2ND HUSBAND OF GREGORIA DE JESUS

On his 155th birth anniversary May 22, a composer-patriot was honored with a documentary called “The Music of Julio Nakpil” courtesy of musicians of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

GUESS WHO CAME TO EARLY DINNER

It was a spur of the moment thing. We were all depressed and had to hang on to each other for comfort and relief. It seemed everyone was headed for…