A night with a poet & Salinawit lovers
MANILA, Philippines – That Wednesday night after Ondoy at the Conspiracy Garden Café was not our first to join a Salinawit get-together. Many times in the past three years, we have ventured out, not so much for the performance which we knew was always engaging, but more for the chance to connect once again with friends and meet new ones. This was to us, a better social climate than Facebook which is catching the world by storm.
Salinawit trailblazer Pete Lacaba had gathered together despite the bad weather old faces Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua, Lyn Sherman, Ricky Davao, a new regular Mara Viola, the esteemed Conrad de Quiros, Princess Nemenzo who apparently has never missed a Salinawit night, Mara’s friend Arlene Estrella from Vietnam, and a couple from the US.
Michael Konik, record manager in L.A., and his attractive morena fiancée Fil-Am Charmaine Clamor were promoting her album Jazzipino of Filipino songs given a jazz treatment and distributed by Viva Records in the Philippines. They were set to leave the next day but had been told they couldn’t leave without dropping in on Conspiracy. So here they were shooting the breeze with the regulars and Charmaine later singing three songs in a jazzy version with the amazing Ferdie Borja on the piano that left us all agape. [Click here to read full article]