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Maria Aragon now sings with Canadian PM

6 Apr

Fil-Canadian YouTube sensation Maria Aragon sings “Imagine” with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Screen grab from YouTube)

YouTube singing sensation Maria Aragon’s luck continues to blossom,  with her recently performing with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper, who is seeking federal re-election in May, surprised the Aragons with a visit to their Winnipeg residence Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) with his wife, Laureen. The visit drew a lot of paparazzi, who prodded Harper to sing with the eleven-year-old celebrity. The PM acquiesced by performing John Lennon’s “Imagine” on the piano together with Aragon. Read Alex Valentin Brosas\’s Manila Bulletin article. Thanks to Mr. Exequiel Sabarillo for the alert.

Barcelona speaks up on April 10

1 Apr

REFERENDUM

ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE OF CATALONIA

VOTE!

 

WHO CAN VOTE?

Anyone over 16 who resides in Barcelona, regardless of their origin.

 

QUESTION POSED

“Do you agree that Catalonia becomes a democratic and independent state where law and social justice prevail, integrated in the European Union?”

You may vote YES, NO or BLANK.

 

DATE OF THE REFERENDUM

April 10th 2011 (9:00AM – 8:00PM)

 

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

− National Identity Card (DNI) for nationals.

− Certificate of citizenship of the European Union for EU citizens.

− Foreign Resident Identification Number (NIE) for legally residing non-EU citizens.

− Town Hall Registration Certificate (Padró) and identification document for people in an irregular administrative situation.

 

Important:

If you reside in Barcelona but your address in the city does not figure on your documents, you will need to present your Town Hall Registration certificate (Padró). This certificate can be obtained at any Citizen Attention Office (OAC), by phone (010) or on the Internet at the following address:

http://www.bcn.cat/sac/compromisos-ca.html

 

WHERE TO VOTE?

On April 10th at the polling stations, information of which may be found at Barcelona Decideix’s webpage.  Before April 10th at the collection points of early voting, everywhere in the city. You may consult the collection points in your district at the following webpage: http://www.barcelonadecideix.cat/

Through attestors legally nominated by Barcelona Decideix

 

Barcelona Decideix is a citizens’ initiative that organizes a referendum in the city of Barcelona on Catalonia’s independence from Spain. Barcelona Decideix calls associations, organizations and institutions of all kinds, as well as all citizens of Barcelona to make this initiative their own and to actively participate in this democratic referendum organized by citizens.

¿Cómo suena Chavacano?

28 Mar

Daniel Infante Tuaño

A veces me preguntan los españoles si nosotros los filipinos aún sabemos hablar español, dado que Filipinas fue colonia española durante trescientos treinta y tres años.  Siempre les contesto que sí, que hay muchisimas palabras que aún están presentes en el vocabulario filipino. Sin embargo, ya no hablamos el idioma porque el español dejó de ser un requisito en la universidad y otros colonizadores nuestros, los estadounidenses, impusieron el inglés como lengua oficial durante los años de ‘asimilación benevolente’.  El inglés es ahora la segunda lengua oficial de Filipinas, y todos los filipinos pueden comunicarse, es decir, pueden entender y conversar, en inglés, aunque sólo hayan estudiado educación primaria o no tengan estudios.

Sin embargo, algunos filipinos, sobretodo los que habitan en Zamboanga y en algunas zonas de Mindanao y de Luzon (tales como Cavite y Manila), hablan una especie de criollo español conocido por el nombre de Chavacano. Al contar esto, siempre recibo una mirada extraña o incluso algunas risas, ya que la palabra Chavacano (escrita Chabacano en español) tiene un significado peyorativo, a saber, dícese de algo o alguien de mal gusto, vulgar o grosero. De hecho, el Chavacano es fruto del contacto entre la población indigena y los colonizadores hispanohablantes (españoles peninsulares y los novohispanos o mexicanos). En aquellos momentos, era tal el número de dialectos e idiomas que se hablaban que, aunque los hispanohablantes consideraban como ‘vulgar’ esta manera de hablar español, les bastaba y la consideraban de gran importancia para hacerse entender con los habitantes autóctonos.

Algunos me han manifestado su interés en saber cómo es, cómo suena. Casualmente, en la actualidad uno de los grandes éxitos en Filipinas es una canción titulada ‘Porque’,interpretada por un grupo de jóvenes cantantes que se hacen llamar ‘Maldita’. Este grupo de la ciudad de Zamboanga ha logrado promocionar en Filipinas el Chavacano. Aquí tenéis un video y abajo están las letras. Ya diréis si suena vulgar o si suena bien. ¡Muchas gracias al Sr. Arnel German por compartir esta noticia!

Video Courtesy of MAD MEDIA WORKS

PORQUE (Why)
by Maldita

Solo-solo na mi cuarto (Alone in my room)
Hende ta puede durmi
(I could not sleep)
Bira-bira na cabeza
(In my mind it keeps coming back)
El dolor yo ya sinti (The pain that I felt)

REFRAIN
Porque pa contigo yo ya quiere?
(Why was it that I liked (or loved) you?
)
Como bula lang tu ya perde (Like bubble you disappeared)

CHORUS
Porque contigo yo ya escogi?
(Why was it that I chose you? )
Ahora mi corazon ta sufri (Now, my heart suffers)
Bien simple lang yo ta pidi (What I ask for is too simple)
Era sinti tu el cosa yo ya sinti (That you feel how I felt)

Ta pidi milagro bira’l tiempo (I ask for a miracle to turn back the time)
El mali hace derecho (For this mistake to be corrected)
Na di mio rezo ta pidi yo (In my prayer I ask)
Era olvida yo contigo (That I forget you)

Todo-todo yo ya dale (I have given everything)
Ahora ta arrepenti
(Now, I am regretting)
Sobra-sobra el dolencia (Too much pain)
Tormento para vivi (It is difficult to go on (or to live))

Repeat Refrain and Chorus

BRIDGE
No tu distorba
(Never bother me)
Y no atraca kay baka (Or even come near me)
palmadia yo contigo (I might be able to slap you in the face)
Nunca accepta (Never accept)
Si tu ay bira por dolor ya sinti (For if you come back, it is pain I feel)

Porque contigo yo ya escogi? (Why was it that I chose you? )
Ahora mi corazon ta sufri (Now, my heart suffers)
Bien simple lang yo ta pidi (What I ask for is too simple)
Era sinti tu el cosa yo ya sinti (That you feel how I felt)

Repeat Chorus

Ooohh..
Porque contigo yo ya escogi?
(Why was it that I chose you? )
Ahora mi corazon ta sufri…(Now, my heart suffers)

Traducido por Eldon B. Tenorio

Cebú, ipinalabas sa Cuatro

23 Mar

Pagkatapos ng Manila, ngayon naman ay Cebu ang itinampok sa programang Callejeros Viajeros ng Spanish channel na Cuatro noong Lunes ng gabi. Halos pareho ang ipinakita–kahirapan, karangyaan, ang malaking kaibahan ng kalagayan ng mayayaman at mahihirap sa Pilipinas at ang impluwensiya ng Espanya roon. Ngayon nga lang ay may beaches at bird sanctuary. At hindi rin nawala ang mga street food kung saan makakakuha raw tayo ng diarrhea!

Sa mga hindi nakapanood, i-click lang ang link na ito: Callejeros Viajeros: Cebú

Fall in love again on May 14

20 Mar

After the well-attended and critically-acclaimed Kundiman concert held last year, this year someone will serenade you…

We are giving you another night of world-class Filipino talent, enchanting music and another reason to fall in love again.

In celebration of the Philippine National Heritage month, Ang Bagong Filipino group of writers in collaboration with the Filipino Personal Parish and the Philippine Consulate in Barcelona present New York-based Filipino tenor Bernard Milan and Austria-based pianist Ferdinand Bambico in concert.

May 14, 2011
9:00 p.m.

San Agustin Church
Barcelona, Spain

TIME’s 5 Reasons to Visit Ilocos

19 Mar

Bound to the west by the South China Sea and to the east by the imposing Gran Cordillera Central mountain range, the Philippine provinces of Ilocos Norte and neighboring Ilocos Sur combine the cultural allure of old Manila and the natural beauty of holiday hot spot Boracay. Daily, hour-long flights connect Manila to Ilocos Norte’s capital Laoag, but the area still manages to feel far from the tourist trail.

Bagnet, a ‘deliciously tender pork-belly dish’

Time Magazine’s Hans Villarica gives us the THE TOP FIVE REASONS  to visit Ilocos and enjoy its natural wonders, cuisine, history and grand architecture.

Five stars para kay Alexandra!

17 Mar

Ipinapaabot ni Alexandra ang kanyang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga sumuporta sa kanya. Matatandaang itinanghal siya bilang pinakasikat na contestant ng Operación Triunfo, ang Spanish counterpart ng American Idol, dahil sa napakaraming botong nakuha niya sa Facebook, Twitter at otlive.com, na nagmula hindi lamang sa  Espanya kundi sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo.  

Imagen de Alexandra en kedinlive.com

Ngunit hindi pa natatapos ang hamon para sa Pinay-Spanish na si Alexandra. Puwedeng magtuluy-tuloy ang recording career niya kung matutulungan natin siyang muli.

Madali lang! Pumunta sa kedinlive.com. Kung meron ka ng account sa otlive.com, puwede mong gamitin ang APODO DEL USUARIO (username) at CONTRASEÑA (password) na ginamit mo doon para mag-login sa kedinlive.com. O puwede ka ring mag-login gamit ang Facebook account mo (ENTRAR CON FACEBOOK).

Kung wala ka namang account, puwede kang gumawa ng account sa kedinlive.com. I-click lang ang REGISTRATE. Pagkatapos ay gumawa ng APODO DEL USUARIO(username), maglagay ng CONTRASEÑA (password), REPETIR CONTRASEÑA (uliting ilagay ang password) at pagkatapos maglagay ng CORREO ELECTRÓNICO (ang iyong email address), REPETIR CORREO ELECTRÓNICO (ilagay muli ulit ang iyong email address). Makakatanggap ka ng email para i-activate ang account mo.

Kapag nakapasok ka na sa kedinlive.com, sa bandang gitna ay makikita ang VOTAR POR EL SINGLE DE TU FAVORITO at i-click ang picture ni Alexandra. Kapag nakapasok ka na rito, makakakita ng five stars at i-click ang five stars.  Sa ganitong paraan ay nakaboto ka na sa single, nakatulong ka pa sa kababayan nating si Alexandra!

Sa España man o saanman sa mundo, maipagmamalaki natin ang talentong Pinoy. Ikalat mo ang balitang ito sa lahat ng Pinoy at Pinay sa buong mundo!

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