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Instituto Cervantes de Manila hails Rizal at 150

No disrespect but Jose Rizal at 150 would have been the perfect costume party if he was here. Kidding aside, one could only imagine what kind of spectacle it would have been, ostentatious ternos, los guapo politicos in barong and lyrical recitals to honor the Great. Now that it is drawing near, Instituto Cervantes de Manila in part of its El Día del Español (Spanish Language Day) celebration will honor the Philippine national hero with its first ever choral reading of “Mi Ultimo Adios (The Last Farewell)” on June 18. With projected Spanish readers of 150 , the endeavor will recite all 70 verses of the infamous deathbed poem at the ICM veranda.

“This is our tribute to José Rizal. Many of the great works in Philippine literature were written in the Spanish language during the Spanish period and the first half of the 20th century. And Rizal’s immortal masterpieces are, definitely, no exception,” says Instituto Cervantes director José Rodríguez.

In line with this, the institute plans a Spanish reissue of two of Rizal’s famous works Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo this year. Interested parties may visit the ICM website for more information.

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Active Child’s Playing House (Review)

Active Child has been walking around the circle for a couple of months now. Curtis Lane has enough material that produced strong, hymnal tunes like “I’m in Your Church at Night” and a favorite “When Your Love is Safe.” Pat Grossi’s indicative avant-garde mix of falsetto, electronic beats and harp (!) made him one of the most promising artists last year together with How To Dress Well, which incidentally lends him a hand in his first single out of his formal debut You Are All I See out in August.

“Playing House” harmonizes with its series of melodic swirls along HTDW humming before Grossi breaks into “this is getting tough sitting here waiting for you.” Active Child’s greatest strength is his voice, the pulse it creates and the mood it leaves the listener. In here though, it is quite a disappointment to find those qualities layered over, and at times, overpowered by the synths sprawling all over the chorus including HTDW’s R&B cooing. Grossi’s voice has never fizzled but you kind of wish you hear more of him without much of those. On the other hand, the interplay of 80’s electronics plus the mounting beats suit the cat and mouse base of the song. In hope of better tunes in the record, this single is perfect for blasting speakers and nocturnal drives but not for the easily dazed.

Take a listen:

Active Child’s Playing House (with How To Dress Well)

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