The Anonymous

As a new year kicks in, I’m aiming to start anew. I’m pressing the imagined “refresh” button in the pursuit of my dreams. I’ve encountered a handful of what-I-want-to-be’s in the past years, and gratefully, I’ve also been blessed with opportunities to try them. I’ve gone to painting classes, photography classes, dance classes, and a whole lot of other things. Who would’ve thought that a person like me was able to learn basic breakdancing and acting. A nugget of wisdom from me to you – make it a goal not to miss out on whatever opportunity life throws at you. Don’t be scared to try your hand on new and unexpected things because you’ll never know when it’s time to finally say au revoi

Isn’t it amusing that sometimes, or most of the time, inspiration can come from assumed ordinary things and people? This 2012 I’ve been inspired to look further inside me and see what I’m still capable of. I recently saw this video of a certain someone I’ve had seen participating in a recent Bboy battle at the Mall of Asia. The event was a great ride back to memory lane to the time where a I was still 17, just learning the basics of breakdance, and how I deeply fell in admiration for this genre of dance. There I was sitting, along with the giddy spectators, awe-struck in every possible way at the sight of bboys, bgirls, and freestylers coming together in one place just to do what they love most – expressing who they are through dance.

Before the event began, I spotted a familiar face from afar. As I drew near, I was totally surprised to see my former breakdance teacher, Jmasta. I haven’t seen him for like, 4-5 years! My companion and I had a short chat with him. It was nice seeing him doing  good and happy, now that he has a beautiful wife and a charming baby. Time really flew by fast. Considered by many as the godfather of bboys here in the Philippines, it wasn’t surprising to know that he was one of the judges in the event. So where was I? Oh. Yeah. Let’s go back to the certain someone I was talking about, I’ve recently learned he was not just a bboy, but also a filmmaker. I searched him online and found a few of his original short films – fiction and documentary. This video I’m about to show you was the one that struck me the most.

The Anonymous from Paolo Bitanga on Vimeo.

I’m glad I was able to watch this one as it inspired me to try my hands on filmmaking. I may not be technically adept, but I’m willing to learn. I want to close with a message of gratitude to ordinary people and ordinary things for the extraordinary impact you can give to a life of a stranger. That’s it. I’m out.

Dance Videos I Love…

I’m on a roll here! I’m so inspired today, I just want to post on my blog all day (truthfully that’s not going to happen…EVER). I’ve got this idea from Chico (check out his site at chicogarcia.wordpress.com or just click on it!) where he has this regular posts of his latest favorite videos entitled “Videos I Like”.   Most of them are inspiring, some are haunting, some are hilariously, throw-you-off-your-seat funny, and some are just plain W-E-I-R-D.

It got me thinking, why don’t I also feature the dance videos I like since dance has always been one of my loves <3. Dance captured well on video can be the most amazingly awesome thing you can ever see. 🙂 So enjoy these fresh first batch of videeooss!

First up, one of the most amazing choreographer I’ve seen in our generation, Shaun Evaristo. He’s a story-teller, and dancing is how he tells his story. Just watch the video, and you’ll get me.

Shaun’s intro to the video:

“coulda,woulda, shoulda….

that’s basically what this piece is about. everyone kinda relates in some way, in this short film the main character was too afraid to approach a woman whom he was attracted to, goes back home angry for not doing anything and finds alcohol to remedy his feelings. his delusions get the best of him and his imagination is the only place for a connection…..coulda, woulda, shoulda

Created by Shaun Evaristo
Directed by Richard Che

i made this piece for myself, and i decided to put it on film to create something different for me. i do hope you enjoy it, there was a lot of work put into it, and some great artistry behind it. i hope i was able to make something that speaks to you.”

I’ve recently watched Step Up 3, and all I’ve got to say about that movie is… it was jaw-dropping. The first ever battle in that movie was between Moose (one of the supporting/semi-lead character) and Kid Darkness. Now, I believe everyone’s thinking who is this Kid Darkness and why is he so cute? HAHA! I’m proud to introduce to you Daniel Campos a.k.a. “Cloud”. I think he is half-american and half-pinoy/filipino according to an article I read on the internet. FYI, he is a legit bboy and film-maker in real life. Here’s one of his videos. Well-made, entertaining, and funny.

Cloud’s intro to the video:

“This is a story of all the things that we find annoying about having a roommate and how we constantly play the game of who has the last laugh!! I hope you ENJOY!”

That’s all for now, folks! See you again soon… God bless! 😀

Abel Meholah Dance Center Summer Dance Workshop 2010

Once again, summer time has arrived! Don’t spend your days being a couch potato, bored and has nothing to do. Why don’t you do something out of the ordinary and start taking dance classes?! (if you haven’t..hehe) Abel Meholah Dance Center offers a wide range of different dance styles for all ages. Enjoy your hearts out this summer – have fun in the sun and learn how to manage those two left feet and impress the crowds with those “cool” moves.

For more info, check out their Facebook account: Click on this link.

“The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers”

Be prepared to experience dance in a whole new level. Different dancing styles packaged like never before. From the director of  Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D, Jon M. Chu presents “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers” (L.X.D.), the world’s first online dance adventure.

“EXPERIENCE THE EXTRAORDINARY” – L.X.D.

Visit thelxd.com for more info.

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