How To Know If You Are Musically Inclined?

0a147d1cb4750ab40e59e2c5689dd4f9rAre you musically inclined person? What does musically inclined means on the first place? According to some research, an individual is considered as musically inclined if he or she possesses a so-called natural talent for music. Generally, these are the lucky and gifted people who can learn music with no ease. These are the people who were born and destined for music. The question is, how can you know if you are a musically inclined?
I recently came across this interesting Youtube video brought by eHow featuring Ms Rachel Cui who will help us identify if we do posses those musical inclinations or signs that we are really born to embrace music. According to her, there are actually indicators if music is really a right choice for you. There are three important aspects to consider which includes Rhythm , pitch and the overall tendency towards music.
You can tell if you have that sense of Rhythm is you have the ability to keep the beat with the music you are hearing. You can ask someone to play a piano or any music instrument and see if you can follow the beat. You can do so by either tapping on a surface in the beat of the playing music. If you can managed to follow the rhythm then it might be a sign that you have that rhythmic inclination which is also an indication that music would be a simple process for you to learn.
Pitch is also a crucial thing in order to identify if you are really a musically inclined person especially if you are really aiming to learn how to play instrument. You can test if you have this pitch inclination by allowing someone to play for you. Ask them to play a certain key and you must be able to sing the right key back to them. If you can, then it is another great indication that you can pursue music as a form of enjoyment or even as a career. But of course, before doing so, you must learn to identify which instrument is right for you? Will you be more effective with guitars? With Piano? Or anything! However, when you say guitar, for an instance, you must keep in mind that there are many types of them and after checking some instruments at MF online, I am personally surprised that their variations are pretty much overwhelming.
Another factor to consider is your tendency towards music. If you feel a strong connection to music every time you hear them being played then it is a sign that you are probably destined to it. Music could certainly be a good outlet to you. It is a great way to express yourself after all and according to her, you may not posses these indications but you can develop these musical inclinations through proper training and studies!

Comics Artists And Cosplayers From Asiapop Comicon 2016

They are not going to call it “Comicon” for no reason. It’s a Comic Convention so if there is one thing that you should really expect from this event, its everything about comics or any form of media related to them (whether they are movies, drawings, digital arts , toys and more). The event will not just gather geeky fans but they also give some of our own comic artists to showcase their crafts! In addition to that, this post will also be dedicated to some of the cool cosplayers that I spotted in the event. Don’t worry guys this post will not be as long as the first one but if you are interested, feel free to check my personal choice of 20 Most Amazing Booths from the Asiapop Comicon 2016

Comics, Comic Artists, Books and Arts
IMG_0967tFully Booked is one of the event’s sponsors and their booth features a huge collection of books that are sold in great discounts. 20160828_132347tIf there is one thing I realized when attending such convention is that you should always arm yourself with extra money in your pocket because you can never tell what kind of treasure you can find! If you are an avid comic collector, then this booth is absolutely the perfect spot you shouldn’t missed! They offered an overwhelming amount of back issues from different comic series( be it Marvel or DC) and they are all being sold in such low price starting from Php100!

PocketsFullaPillz

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Frederick Corder (Creator/Writer) , Jerk Flores and John Carlo Sabino (Artists) of PocketsFullaPillz

While exploring one booth to another during the event, I came across this very interesting spot of PocketsFullaPills (PFP) that showcased some of their interesting merchandises including a comic series entitled RocketGirl. A guy suddenly approached me and welcome me so enthusiastically and little did I know, he is one of the men behind this independent comic series. PocketsFullaPills is a 3-man team who successfully released a series of comics that has ignited the Manila underground. Their debut title is Rocketgirl which follows a story of a Fil-Am  CIA rookie named Rashida Jackson who was abducted by some kind of goons and was forced to intake a neuro enhancing drug and was shot dead but for some reason she went back to life in a seemingly different persona and is seemingly hungry for revenge. I recently saw their teaser trailer in which Rashida is being portrayed by model Maria Herrera and it has some Lucy-vibes on it for some reason but in a different attack. The booth also features the so-called JeAA X PFP ( The Suit, The Machine ) 1/6 scale urban art toy, another amazing project of their team.

Francisco V Coching
20160828_133002tOne of my most favorite booths from the AsiaPop is this one! The booth of the National Artists Francisco Coching! The classic Comics covers really took my attention. I was not familiar with most of them but seeing these amazing replicated covers from a National Artist is truly a great experience. It feels like you are taken back in time! Aside from the covers, another thing that took my interest is the National Artist medal that was on display! (You can check it here). Coching by the way is the man behind some iconic comic characters like Hagibis, Pedro Penduko and more. He is also dubbed as the “King of Komiks” and as  the “Dean of Philippine Comics”.

Pedro Penduko
20160828_132546tSpeaking of Pedro Penduko, it is nice to know that the iconic comic character is making a huge comeback but in an all new different interpretation. The newly launched graphic novel is written by Regene Estolatan. The novel is composed of eight chapters (all in glossy pages). The writers and the artists were all in the event for autograph signing sessions. 20160828_132633tMs Regene Estolatan signing the books. I’m not aware with the Pedro Penduko : The Legend Begins story yet but just the mere fact that Epik Studios decided to bring the character back really excites me and I can’t wait to have a copy of my own!20160828_132625tArtist Jerome Jagonia did all the visuals for this Graphic novel. Based on the cover, it seems like Pedro Penduko is once again depicted on his teenage years. They also took that Curly-haired image of Pedro Penduko as depicted by Matt Evans in the Tv Series. I can see more of the Janno Gibbs version in this one!

Paolo Herras
20160828_132827tFilm Director and Comic Book Writer Paolo Herras also showcased some of his creations at the recently held AsiaPop Comicon. Some of his notable works shown in the event includes Strange Natives (a series of one-shots featuring strangers in their native land) and Sumpa. Other books from this book that are worth seeing is JP Palabon’s Puso Negro20160828_132833tA Haley Quinn inspired drawing

Agila
20160828_133202tAnother eye catching comics that took my attention during the APCC is Agila written by JC Panlilio with visuals from JV Fuentecilla and Aljon Perdon. I failed to get enough info about this comic series though but it features a very Filipino-inspired character, a new Pinoy superhero that we should look forward to! Agila was one of the comics hailed as the Best Student Komiks and Best Artists from the recently held Komiket 2016. 20160828_133227tSome sketches and drawings by artist Aljon Perdon

Raymund Bermudez’ Balete Sketch Book
20160828_133307tI failed to get much details about it but the art really took my attention during the event. It is a concept book by Raymund Bermudez. I wasn’t able to check the rest of the pages of his concept book but I find the sketches really intriguing. The title alone is already a mystery for me. It seems worth checking though

Rico Rival and Danny Acuña
20160828_133418tNothing can be more exciting that seeing the real artists showing his talents LIVE! I was really focusing here when I saw Mr Rico Rival doin a portrait sketch (I’m not sure if the guy is aware that Mr Rival is sketching him). Rico Rival is a storyboard artist, better known as a comic book artist. He got his first major break illustrating the comic Maruja for Pilipino Komiks in 1965. In 1970, he moved from the Philippines to the United States where he began providing art on titles for D.C. and Marvel Comics. During the 80s, he dabbled in animation, working as a designer and storyboard artist on “The Transformers: The Movie”, and a designer on The Transformers season 3. Other shows he worked on included BraveStarr, The Karate Kid and Kid ‘n’ Play. He later returned to the Philippines to rejoin the comic industry there. That guy in red in far left side is mr Danny Acuña.. too bad I wasn’t able to take a shot (sobrang nafocus kasi ako sa pagssketch ni Mr Rival eh haha)

The event also invited some internationally acclaimed comic artists such as Billy Tan, Jason Palmer, Ken Lashley, Mike Zeck, and Whilce Portacio (Creator of X-men’s Bishop)

The next page will bring you some of the cool cosplayers I’ve met at the event

20 Most Amazing Booths From AsiaPop Comicon 2016! The #EffortMuch APCC2016 Post

AsiaPop Comicon 2016 is probably one of the biggest and highly anticipated conventions held in our country this year alongside with other big and exciting conventions held prior to this event including the ToyConPh 2016 and the HistoryCon Asia 2016. AsiaPop Comicon is undeniably the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in the country as the event features a powerful line of celebrities (local and international), entertainments guests, comic artists, cosplayers and a whole lot more that surely brings the ultimate fan experience!
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It was actually a 3 day event which started from August 26-28 but I was only able to attend the last day (Sunday) since I was in History Con on the 27th (Saturday) but it was really a blast for me. Unlike the other well established conventions here in the Philippines, AsiaPop Comicon is relatively new and in fact, they just started last year and it was a major success. They were able to invite huge Hollywood celebrities last year including Paul Bettany (from the Avengers Age of Ultron), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Colton Haynes (Arrow), and a whole lot more. This year, they were able to invite Hollywood celebrities but not as grand as last year. It was very unfortunate that two of their major celebrity guests failed to make it to the event including Hayley Atwelll of Agent Carter and  Holland Roden of Teen Wolf which brought a lot of disappointments.

Despite of the cancellations, the recent announcements put fans into thrill. Some of the guests of this year’s AsiaPop Comicon includes Nicholas Hoult (X-Men, Warm Bodies, Skins and Mad Max) , Millie Bobbie Brown (Stranger Things), Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones), and Claire Holt (Vampire Diaries and H2O: Just Add Water). On top of these great celebrities, the event also features some exclusive activities and happenings including the intriguing Hall M which is only restricted to 1000 attendees. The Hall M will unveil those never before seen trailers and other Marvel revelations! Too bad I wasn’t able to get a tag that will allow me to enter the Function hall where the exclusive event was held.  20160828_125233tSo while waiting for the next main stage event (i want to get there as early as possible to secure my seat haha) I decided to explore some of the booths. Today, I am listing down some of the most exciting booths from the recently held Asia Pop Comicon 2016. ( I excluded booths that features comics and comics artists because I am goin to put them all in a separate entry). Let’s start shall we?

5 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Play Guitar

If there is one kind of musical instrument that I would love to master, it would be a guitar! I usually have this kind of perception that learning how to play a guitar is more of a talent rather than a skill but everything changed after that “Sulyap Sa Quiapo” lecture series. In one of the talks, the lecture speaker shared us his own experience on how he learned to play an ancient musical instrument.  He clearly told us that he is not a musical prodigy or whatsoever and he started out from nothing but with passion and willingness to learn, everything is possible. For someone like me who has no musical background,  I find it really inspiring and it made me realized that it is not too late for me to learn how to play the guitar. I came across a lot of websites and read numerous articles about guitars and now I am listing down 5 of the great reasons why someone should play guitar!reasons to platy guitar

1.There Is A Lot of Rooms To Explore! 

Once you have finally learned the basics, you can now put your skills into an all new level by exploring other techniques and styles. Playing guitars will indeed open a lot of rooms to explore. It will test the best of your creativity as you try to make your own music compositions. In addition to that, once you have mastered playing a basic guitar, you can soon venture to other types like bass or electric.

2. A Tool Of Expression

Much like how poets express their feelings through their poems and other form of writings, guitar players can do the same not just by writing their lyrics but also by composing a music that allows them to share their feelings to others.  Music can make a huge differences. It brings some kind of relaxing feeling that we can all embrace by simply listening to it.

3. An Effective Stress Reliever And Mind Sharpener

A Study shows that listening to music and playing musical instrument will take your mind off. It is a perfect way to unwind and to keep all your stress away. Listening or better yet making music will set your mood and will somehow at some point will help you forget all your worries and problems. There were also some studies that proves that those who play instrument have sharper brain function which can help them guard themselves against mental decline in the future.

4. A Great Way To Gain Friends That Shares The Same Passion

Although guitar is a kind of instrument that can be played alone, it actually works more effectively if it is accompanied by other musical instrument, thus a guitarist is often involved in a band or any music group. It doesn’t matter what kind of guitars you have! Whether you got greg bennett guitars, Fenders, Taylor or Gibson guitars, you can always find someone who is willing to jam with you! It’s just so nice that through this, you can easily find someone who shares the same passion with you which will eventually lead to a great friendship right?

5. It Gives You Confidence

How cool it is to see someone who knows how to play a guitar! The mere fact that people has this perception that those who knows how to play such instrument is cool will somehow give you a boost of confidence and something that will definitely enhance your self esteem. Playing guitar, after all, is an effective crowd pleaser!