It's 3:59am, and I was supposed to have my shut eye hours ago because we'll be having breakfast today in celebration of Mothers Day. It was a choice between going to Fortune Hongkong Seafood Restaurant for dinner, or breakfast at the Manor, Camp John Hay Baguio City (my hometown).
Yes, I am in my hometown, in between workshops/concerts overseas. The schedule last month was so crazy, I was in Singapore as one of the jury in their National Youth Festival where I wrote the contest pieces for Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges. AND during a sandwiched weekend I had to fly to Japan to give a workshop of my music and conduct a performance of 200 children singing my music. THEN returned to Singapore on a Monday morning, back in time for adjudicating in the festival. After a few days, I flew to Taipei for some meetings and workshops of my new music. Believe me, this kind of travelling is not fun at all!
Polaroidissimo: final pose of all adjudicators of the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for Choirs, and arts education officers of the Ministry of Education — with Colin Durrant (UK), Xiangtang Hong (USA), Ko Matsushita (JPN), Karmina Šilec (SLOVENIA), YC Johnny Ku (TAIPEI), Sandra Milliken (AUS) and myself at School of the Arts, Singapore.
Anyway, while in Japan I was with the University of the Philippines (Manila) and the Woodrose Chorale, both participating at the international Chorus Messe in Osaka where I am one of the advisers. It was the first time to invite foreign choirs to the festival, and the two Filipino choirs made me so proud because of their heartfelt performances which showcased the beauty, talent, and charm of the Filipino. They left the Japanese audience in tears.
Digital: With the UP Manila Chorale during the Pamintuan seminar for children's choirs,
International Chorus Messe, Twin 21 Atrium, Osaka Business Park (Japan)
My next assignment was supposed to be in Cologne University as guest conductor of their Chamber Choir but I had to beg off because I'll be having carpal tunnel surgery in a few days. While recuperating, I'll be giving some workshops (ha!) in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia until the end of the month, then I'll have the whole month of June off. There goes my planned PhD summer studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, and my teacher is complaining that he's not getting any younger! lol
Anyway while I'm here in Baguio for a few days, I'll be enjoying my time with my family, and now looking forward to breakfast in 2 hours!
In the meantime, please enjoy this video for Mothers Day. Luis Bacalov's Mi Mancherai from Il Postino. Mi Mancherai means I'll miss you, because indeed I miss you, Mama.