Autotelic lets go of its painful past with hopeful new single ‘Iwan’

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When Filipino pop-rock bands in the early 2010s started to gain mainstream prominence, Autotelic emerged as one of the movement’s leading voices. From churning heartfelt anthems that reflect the sentiments and triumphs of the current generation to rocking the stage with unforgettable performances, the six-piece band sets the standards of what modern pop songcraft is all about: beautifully resonant at its most melancholic, and defenseless in its poignant honesty. Fast forward to 2021, Autotelic’s music still hits home. Their work has been consistent in eloquently expressing the woes and rewards of being young, in love and emotionally wrecked, and is informed not so much by its time, but by timelessness and enduring appeal. These qualities are inevitably present on “Iwan,” Autotelic’s new single released under MCA Music Inc. Teeming with earnestness and indelible pop sensibilities, Autotelic’s latest track sticks to the quivering fragility that often permeates their material. But this ti

Happiness Is A Pearl, A Provocative Sensous Act

Recipient of 2016 Aliw Awards for Best Non-Musical and 2016 Broadway World Awards for Best Filipino Play New/Revival, " Happiness Is A Pearl, " an original play by acclaimed Literature Hall Of Famer Carlos Palanca Memorial Awardee Rody Vera is having a comeback beginning August 25 and running until September 17 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Avenue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City. The play is a repeat performance from last year due to insistent public demand.

The play tells the story of Kenji (Glen Asaytona, TJ dela Paz, Julian Roxas and Arvin Trinidad) a Japanese Hosto, who has the pearl sutured in his manhood. She fell in love with Maria (Ahlyxon Leyva, Sheena Ramos and Ira Ruzz) a poor Filipina working as a Japayuki. Their story was disturbed by Mari (Catherine Go, Micah Musa and April Jasmin Morales) who was once married to a billionaire businessman who left her when she became obsessed to the happiness brought by Kenji. Torn between love and happiness. Intertwined by fate and struggle. " Happiness Is A Pearl " narrates how decision matters most. With the rest of the ensemble: Star Alferez, Jessa Bisnar, Rey Ann Guilas, Joyan Kiu, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Sheneill Solis and Princess Tuason, the show complemented as a whole.
The venue which was transformed into a Japanese pub created a very nice impression and expression to spectators. Scenes from the three leads were provocatively and artistically sensuous. What made it erotically beautiful was the interpretation of happiness through the sensual dance tango, the highlight of the play and the core in expressing passion and pleasure. Thanks to Paul Jake Paule (Director) and Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director) for motivating. Jesse Lucas (Music Composer) for the Japanese feeling through music and Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer) for the courage through tango.

For ticket inquiries call: Ticketworld at 891-9999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph Kimberly Somoza at 09759193179

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

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