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Filipino Band Dazzles in Brazil, Earns Rave from Popular Brazilian Band Vocalist

 

A Filipino band is creating online buzz as videos spread of their live performances at a frequented Filipino-Brazilian restaurant in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Milan (not the Italian city you are thinking of) is a rock band that has had four record labels in the Philippines. The band moved to Brazil in early 2016 and now regularly performs at Salut, a restaurant that serves Filipino and Brazilian cuisine.

Aside from the food that keep locals coming back, the band’s unique music covers and the energetic interpretation of its frontman, Hammilan “Milan” Pavoreal magnets especially music-loving customers. His out-of-the-box and almost spontaneous acts not only attracted and impressed ordinary customers, but even artists like Zeca Petry, lead vocal of Expresso, a famous Brazilian rock band of the 80’s.

Petry uploaded videos of Milan’s performances on Facebook. In one of the videos, he described how captivated he and the rest of the audience were, saying “I confess that I’ve never seen anything like this in restaurants in the city, and [it] deserves to be seen.” (See Zeca Petry’s upload here.)

The videos are fast spreading on Facebook. This one below had over 15,000 views.

 

Speaking as a Filipino myself, it gives me pride and joy to hear about fellow Filipinos being admired in the international and/or online community. Artists like Milan, prove to me that the Filipino has become a brand of talent across the globe, producing generations of music icons like rapper Apl D’Ap and Journey’s new lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.

In the video below, also uploaded by Zeca Petry, I can see why people are just blown away by the energy of their live performance.

 

I believe Filipinos make it big because Filipinos are something else. More power, Milan!

 

 

 

 

(cover: allchoosy.com)

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No Longer Colony

To my fellow Filipinos who, on various social media including youtube and twitter, ceaselessly beg that our country be colonized by the USA…

Don’t be stupid, the US government has their own problems to take care of too. It’s just a good thing they’re no longer shut down for one matter.

As for whether or not ANY country colonizes us, don’t beg for it. Especially don’t beg the West who are too busy teaching their students that the west was superior to east civilization, involving themselves in wars where they should have absolutely nothing to do with, and making too much liberty the downfall of their own society.

It’s one thing to go visit their countries, but to want to be them, look up to them and just give up on ours…? Such is idiocy.

I’ve said before, despite how I prefer to speak and how I point out the failures of our own government, I’m proud to be Filipino, to have this nation that was once advanced in culture and civilization, had systems, had leaders, had CULTURAL STANDARDS  that could still be in effect today.

We THINK we are greatly influenced by the west, so we succumb to that and continue to feel inferior to them. But don’t forget that they have nothing to be proud of–those great colonizers of the west who took away people and civilization, some of which were killed before being able to sprout or blossom.

We had a system of writing, of counting.

It wasn’t “isang milyon” but “isang libong libo.”

Not “eskwelahan” but “pamantasan.”

We learned to speak their languages, and as Filipinos, we aced in that aspect compared to our neighboring Asian countries.

We were number 1 in Asia once.

But we lack some things. Patriotism. An initiative. Pride. Willingness to Sacrifice.

Our farmers should have been the rich ones.

Our countrymen shouldn’t be aiming to buy iPhones and Chanel bags. Neither should we be proud of having those.

But we pit against our own economy those of other countries.

We succumb to the oppression that is more psychological than physical.

We endeavor to uphold our nation’s pride, but in acts, we deny it.

It’s time to cease this endless rants of how better off we would be under US reign.

If we were under US since long ago, I wouldn’t have opposed.

But when one nation achieves liberty as a country, and wish to restore its being a colony, it’s as shameful as having a potty-trained 6 year old wanting to wear diapers again because he saw his younger siblings in them and was jealous of the attention.

Our nation is more than potty-trained. At least acknowledge that much.

And let’s start helping our economy more and more, support home-grown fruits and products, and be ashamed of posting about imports.

Have you seen how South Korea has grown because of this?

It’s okay to like other country’s products and government and lifestyle, but rather than individually achieveing what they have for your own, why not bring those ideas, those examples to be applied and improved here as well.

I don’t think it’s easy. I’m not exactly sure.

But I know it’s possible.

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