A veritable host of local reggae's who's who, have been gathered to perform at the "High Noon on the Road to Zion," as tribute to the man who brought reggae to the worldwide stage.
The 12th annual Bob Marley tribute concert will be happening on March 24, 2007, at the Paseo Mall in Mabolo, Cebu City. According to Sked Besa, Sigbin Haus, Inc. band coordinator, Urbal, Island Joe, Bambu Spliff, Skunky Muggles, among others, have pledged their support. Furthermore, Sigbin Haus has invited Reggae Mistress and Milagros Dancehall Collective, from Manila, and Dumaguete-based reggae phenom, Enchi, to grace the event.
This year's tribute also featured a series of preliminary pocket concerts. These pocket events began with Junior Kilat, last February 6, at the Handuraw Events Café, followed by, "Peek Through the Eyes of a Dreadlock," with notable locals Urbal, Island Joe, Peace 4:20, Pitch Melba and DJ Black Chiny, performing at Club Vudu. The last stop on the road to "High Noon...," was at The Outpost Restaurant and Bar, last February 24, 2007.
"High Noon...," will begin with a multimedia show to raise awareness about reggae music, rastafarianism, and the "ital" way of life. A bazaar featuring locally made products will be among the features of the event.
The proceeds of the 12th tribute concert will be donated to the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. The tribute event will open at 12noon. Tickets will be available at the gates of Paseo Mall, at P100. (BR)
Gerard Pareja is the Poet of the Month in the June installment of the “Bantawan sa Bathalad,” a monthly poetry reading initiated by the Bathalad, or Bathalad-ong Halad sa Dagang (Divine Gift of the Quill). “Bantawan sa Bathalad” is a monthly poetry reading session that features the Cebuano poems and prose works by Bathalad members. Pareja, is a noted poet and a professional photographer. He is also a former teacher at the University of the Philippines Cebu campus, and is a fellow of numerous writing workshops. His column, “Salin sa Hulbot” is primarily written in colloquial urban Cebuano.
Nearing its third year of existence, “Bantawan sa Bathalad” is a venue for the expression of the Cebuano language, and aims to usher renaissance of Cebuano literature. According to Bathalad president, Michael Obenieta, the activity aims to nurture appreciation of Cebuano language. Local writers and people in the audience are also invited to read their original poetry during the session. The poetry reading activity has only recently begun to feature the Poet of the Month. It broke ground beginning with Cebuano poets Bambi Beltran, Vince Cinches and Kaira Alburo.
“Bantawan sa Bathalad” will be featured at the TAPAS LOUNGE, at the Crossroads, in Banilad, this Wednesday, June 20, 2007, and is sponsored by ArtCebu. For inquiries, one may call or text Mitch Tedor (0917.396.4099) of ArtCebu.