Planning Party Update

July 1, 2005

Rumors of a monumental traffic jam was in the SMS circuitry the night of the planning party.

Ayala Avenue was clogged from both sides because of an anti-administration rally held a block away from the Old Swiss Inn. Still, over 60 Rock Ed founding volunteers showed up and went straight to work.

(L-R) Environmental Science expert CP David, AJOnet Holdings' Gio Bacareza, Acoustic Gold Production's Reg Hernandez & Redgie Cinco, critically acclaimed actor Ronnie Lazaro, alternative educator Gang Badoy, entepreneur Jaime Garchitorena, UP Math Professor Fidel Nemenzo, media practitioner Bing Basit, Adarna Books publisher Ani Almario, and UP National Institute of Geological Sciences' Mahar Lagmay.

Veteran photographer Luis Liwanag (white) looks on, while Jay Directo and Tammy David of Agence France Presse register.

Those present had abstract and concrete ideas of how to contribute to nation-building through a series of projects- via their fields.

Rock Ed is a ten-year project that aims to provide the youth with interesting venues to learn more about socio-civic issues through the arts. Music, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, sports, poetry and literature are some of the venues maximized by Rock Ed Philippines. We are dead set on rocking society through education.

MTV Philippines' GM, Jack Madrid offered his full support for Rock Ed's vision of a more informed youth collective, armed with critical thinking and a social conscience through concerts and music videos. Jaime Garchitorena drinks to that.

Critically acclaimed actor Ronnie Lazaro will spearhead a nationwide story telling project, supported by sculptor Denis Lagdameo and artist Fernan Escora. Astarte Abraham, voice talent and performing artist expressed her full participation on this project. (Details of projects will follow soon!)

MyShelter Fondation executive director, Illac Diaz rallies us on to get involved.

Illac is about to launch their Classroom-in-a-box project. Using revolutionary yet inexpensive technology, My Shelter Foundation proposes a sound architectural process of building more classrooms for the rural areas. Kudos!

Spirits were high and ideas were sharp. There is nothing more powerful than individuals coming together.

Ani Almario, publisher for Adarna Books speaks up, CP David, her Raya School co-founder listens on with Kaisa Foundation's Meah Ang See and Marielle Nadal of Consuelo Foundation.

Anna Tungol of USAID shares a light moment with the rest of the Rock Ed volunteers.

Sculptor Denis Lagdameo gives his valuable two cents on the story telling project as we listen over beer. The perfect union of Filipino heritage and Filipino artistry. Viva San Miguel.

Mahar Lagmay, PhD is one of the convenors of Rock Ed. An alumnus of Cambridge University in the UK, Mahar is one of the country's foremost volcanologists and he lends his expertise to Rock Ed willingly. Talk about the Dream Team.

A couple of years ago, before we became friends, I asked singer, Noel Cabangon for an autograph (he may not remember this) --and he bashfully signed it, and I quote,

" ...a better world is possible" signed Noel Cabangon.

I believed him then. I believe him now.

No More Excuses, Philippines.

Welcome to Rock Ed.

Rock on.

-Gang Badoy

Rock Ed Philippines thanks Old Swiss Inn's Katrina Limcaoco for the support and coordination of this historic event.

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