April 8, 2007: One of my Easter delights was to hang out with Jean Paul Zialcita and Dante Bosch at the Lemuria Inn, Pasay City, together, of course, with Ami Jacinto and singer Laura Austria . Lemuria, named for a fictional continent, is like a Zen teacher, when the visitor is ready he/she/whatever, will find it.
Jean Paul is an expert in Filipino stick fighting, an ancient skill that goes under different names – Arnis, Kali, Escrima – which he recently combined with his love of the komik book (Batman is tattooed on his arm) to launch the 24-hour Comik book challenge. Last October he gathered five comic-book artists in Puerto Galera and gave them just 24 hours to produce a 24-panel story. It a gruelling exercise for the artists which is worth, and wqill get, post to itself.
Currently Paul is putting together a performance that combines arnis and percussion instruments that draws partly on the famous Korean and Japanese drum exhibitions but adds the the exacting precision of Arnis work. I gather two shows are in the frame, one at Mall of Asia on Roxas Boulevard and another at Big Sky Mind, a hang out for artists and musicians on Dona Juana Rodriguez Street in Quezon City.
Dante presented me with a hard-to-get CD, Pinikpikan, which I’ll review in the next post but, in brief, if you find one get it.