Blog Posts by Tony Maghirang

  • Oscar winner Patricia Arquette: ‘It’s rare to have a powerful female lead in a cop show’

    Patricia Arquette plays Special Agent Avery Ryan in “CSI: Cyber.” (Photo courtesy of 2014 CBS Studios Inc and AXN Networks-Philippines)Patricia Arquette plays Special Agent Avery Ryan in “CSI: Cyber.” (Photo courtesy of 2014 CBS Studios Inc and AXN Networks-Philippines)


    Oscar winner Patricia Arquette: ‘It’s rare to have powerful female lead in a cop show’

    Follows up Oscar win with starring role in latest ‘CSI’ franchise

    At the 2015 Oscar Awards night, veteran actress Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her emotional performance in the film, “Boyhood.”

    Her acceptance speech, however, stole the most thunder from the year’s biggest gathering of Hollywood’s best and brightest stars. In appreciation of the recognition, Ms. Arquette thanked the other nominees, her co-workers on the set and all the people close to her then concluded her short message with a call for wage equality and equal rights for American women.

    She proclaimed, "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."


    High-profile support

    It received the evening’s loudest and longest

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  • After General Luna, Caren Tevanny rocks even harder

    In the middle of her performance at the Hard Rock Café in Makati last year, famed Aussie female guitarist Orianthi, one of the world’s best today, called out to the audience for Caren Tevanny.

    A lot of heads in the packed venue turned around looking out for Caren.

    A slim figure stood up from one of the tables at the back and climbed nimbly up the stage.


    Overwhelmed

    In the bright lights, former General Luna axe wielder Caren Tevanny strapped on a guitar, curtsied to the crowd then started trading licks with Orianthi, who Carlos Santana once named next in line to his legacy.

    Caren, now 34 and fronting her own band, considers her jam with Orianthi to be one of her most memorable experiences.

    “I was really overwhelmed by that rare chance to play live with one of my idols. On top of that, Orianthi used my acoustic guitar in all of her performances in Manila,” Caren exclusively told Yahoo Philippines.



    The prejudice against female rockers

    On another level, Caren expects that Orianthi’s

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  • Marcus Adoro: The surfer, the baker, the electronic album maker

    For the better half of his career, Marcus Adoro has remained the shadowy one in the company of bruddahs in arms Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala.

    Except for the occasional (but always momentous) Eraserheads one-offs (gigs abroad under their own name, a surprise recording last year of two new songs produced by Esquire Magazine and given away with an issue that sold out, and an impromptu jam during the Esquire launch—but not under their name), Marcus remained largely off the grid.

    And we mean that in the literal sense.

    Ely Buendia, Marcus, Buddy Zabala and Raymund Marasigan at the  Esquire launch featuring two new Eraserheads tracks. Sep 4, 2014, (Adrian Bautista/NPPA Images)Ely Buendia, Marcus, Buddy Zabala and Raymund Marasigan at the Esquire launch featuring two new Eraserheads tracks. Sep 4, 2014, (Adrian Bautista/NPPA Images)

    Crossing Abbey Road in London, 2014. (Photo by Day Cabuhat)Crossing Abbey Road in London, 2014. (Photo by Day Cabuhat)

    Retaining obscurity

    He has chosen to live in La Union as a surfer dude, a self-published poet and the main man of underrated punk/metal renegades Markus Highway.

    He has also become a baker. (More on that later.)

    Except for his presence on social media (Twitter, a private Instagram account, a Facebook page called Marcus Surf House that would occasionally disappear and reappear randomly), he appeared to make the conscious effort at retaining his own

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  • Fast, honest, fresh: Sandwich drops 10-song ‘Debris’

    WITH VIDEOS: Abum preview and 'Kagulo' music video (Down and Dirty Version)

    Seven remarkable studio albums in 16 years and now this, their eighth, coming out on Valentine’s Day, is not the place to begin scrutinizing the basics of the five-man Pinoy band Sandwich.

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo at Raymund Marasigan’s airy home in Marikina, the guitarist/vocalist jokingly hints that he’d laugh at himself if, at this point in time, a reporter would ask why the band chose the name Sandwich.

    On the other hand, it behooves us to ask why the band called their new 10-song album “Debris,” a name that would imply a collection of outtakes, moldy ideas and all manner of discards.


    A single-word album title

    Lead guitarist Mong Alcaraz offers, “For the first time, we wanted a single word for an album title. In earlier albums, mahahaba ang title lahat.”

    2003’s “Thanks to The Moon’s Gravitational Pull,” their 2006 classic “Five on the Floor” and even 2013’s “Fat Salt & Flame” easily spring to mind.

    “We liked the sound of ‘debris,’” says bassist Myrene Academia. “May

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  • Lamb of God to raise hell again in Manila

    Lamb of God is returning to Manila.

    No, we’re not talking about the rockstar Pope, or even that Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

    More like, we’re talking about those American metal noiseniks who’s scheduled to crank up their amps at the World Trade Center Tent on March 6.


    The best

    Who cares? You should! Because Lamb of God happens to be one of the best thrash metal bands on the planet. Think Metallica but louder, harder and more melodic.

    They are so singular that a new term, groove metal, has been concocted to separate them from the rest of the heavy metal herd.

    It’s also their second coming hereabouts and they’ve got their own trail of controversies that only served to up their cachet.

     Controversies

    1. They’ve been barred from playing at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles when the church that owns the venue learned the band’s previous name was Burn The Priest.

    2. Mike Brosnan, the founder of the band’s record label Legion Records was killed by a drunk driver as

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