VVS Collective celebrates women from the countryside with pop-rap crossover “Probinsyana”

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  Promising hip-hop quartet VVS Collective pays tribute to the women of the countryside whose distinct looks, effortless grace, and captivating intelligence redefine conventional standards of beauty. On their lilting anthem “ Probinsyana ,” the rap crew delivers a romantic serenade for every ‘country’ lass who took their breath away in recent years. “ Probinsyana is a feel-good track which many Filipinos can relate to,” the group describes the appeal of their latest single. “It’s about searching and pursuing that dream girl who lives in the suburbs or the province. It expounds on the qualities of a province girl who’s simple yet has everything you’re looking for in a girl. With the thousands of islands that the Philippines has, the track will surely transcend to all Probinsyanas all over the country.” What makes it extra special is their attempt to take a stand against urbanite snobbery and Manila-centrism in a song that celebrates women of all kinds, regardless of their geogra

The Festival of Cuyonons now on its 9th Year.

Cuyonon Baragatan Members with Rodrigo Franco.
The annual reunion and celebration of Cuyonons from Metro Manila and other parts of the world, once again takes place at Club Filipino last August 14, 2016 for Cuyonon Baragatan, with around 300 in attendance mostly retirees and old professionals who hail from the town of Cuyo, Palawan.

On its 9th year, the Cuyonon Stand Up Comedienne Robert Eleazar aka Amor Powers is among this year’s performer that shared laughter to the audiences, as he orchestrated some games on stage. He share the stage with fellow comedian Junrey Gualvez.
Tudong-Cuyonon Rap Group.
Fr.Alex Abia from Puerto Princesa City opens the celebrations thru a holy mass, and he did surprise the crowd when he performs some Cuyonon songs thru rap, he was join by Tudong-Cuyonon Rap Group.

But the man of the hour is Rodrigo Franco, this year’s inspirational speaker, he express his admiration to Cuyonon Baragatan, on his speech he said that this kind of group are the one’s needed for nation building, he also share some stories in growing up in the island of Cuyo. Franco is the President or CEO of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp that maintain and manage NLEX, a popular expressway in the northern part of Metro Manila. Prior to that Franco is the former Vice President of JP Morgan Chase Bank. His mother is a pure Cuyonin name Magdalena Lagrosa-Emmanuel.
Comedian Host Junrey and Robert Eleazar.
The biggest surprise to this year’s festival is the attendance of Gretchen Abaniel, the latest Boxing champion who hails from Palawan with Cuyonon blood. Abaniel is a WIBA and WIBF Lady Boxing Champion and now in training to defend her title come October in Australia.
Boxing Champ Gretchen Abaniel with Bugtitinay and EFES Beer.
Current and former Palawan leaders are also in attendance like Amor Abueg, Baham Mitra and Gil Acosta. Nonoy Lanzanas and his Sinika also return this year in performing old Cuyonon songs. Jojo Menorca and his wife is this year’s winner in Best in Western Attire.

 Rossana Pediapco is this year”s over all chairwomen of the celebration, and to the next year event. 2017 is already scheduled on August 20 still in Club Filipino. EFES, the No.1 Turkish Beer supported this year’s celebration. The party ends with community dancing.

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