I Love You…Not! An Open Mic

I Love You... Not
I Love You... Not

Oh yes.

Feb 14th is drawing near, meaning flowers, chocolates, and/or sad faces for the day known by some as Valentine’s Day and by the less enthused, Single Awareness Day (S.A.D.).

Whether you’re aware of your single-ness or find S.A.D. anything but, bring your lovely self (and your boo if you have one) to celebrate the holiday with {m}aganda on Thursday, February 12th at 7pm in 56 Barrows.

Join us for some poetry, music, and who knows what else, courtesy of your fellow lovers and haters and the blissfully indifferent.

So dress up, stop by, and if nothing else, we can be your Valentine.

{alexandria cariaso / finance and marketing director}


Back to our Roots

I want to take a moment and go back to our roots, where it all started with Filipino artists.

The Filipino-American experience is one we have all come to be familiar with, but at the same time, we have steadily lost the sense of the Philippines and her cultural heroes.

The Oblation, sculpture by Guillermo Tolentino
The Oblation, sculpture by Guillermo Tolentino
Hernando R. Ocampo
Napoleón Abueva
Cesar Legaspi
Jose Garcia Villa
Guillermo Tolentino
F. Sionil José

These names have one thing in common, besides their relative obscurity to today’s Filipino-American youth: they have all been named National Artists of the Philippines, all amazing artists in their own right, in fields ranging from painting to literature.

Hernando Ocampo, a radical modern visual artist who revolutionized art with his new abstract methods depicting the Philippine landscape.

Napoleón Abueva, father of modern Philippine sculpture.

F. Sionil José, a novelist and short story writer whose works about class struggle in the Philippines have been translated into 22 languages.

And the others? Look them up, learn something about your past, share it with the world.

[ Reena Flores / Consultant ]

He’s Got the Remedy, I’ve Got the (Visual) Imagery

We here at Maganda Magazine like to showcase Filipino/American artists, especially those of whom are in the Bay Area.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a local (for the time being), Filipino/American artist.

Today, I attended the Jason Mraz concert at the Greek Theater in UC Berkeley as a photographer for the Blue & Gold Yearbook. Albeit I was only allowed to shoot 3 songs, it was enough for me to get a few hundred pictures. But this particular picture struck me the most.

I felt that this photo captured the dynamic of the concert well. His face is highly animated, leading down to the prominent veins of his neck, supplying blood to the mouth that pleases a sold out Greek Theater. His hand is suspended in a gesture that motions for a reaction from the audience. The light perfectly hits the mic as he belts out another catchy line, with his presence alone serving as a beacon of light for his fans. Framed in the shapes of the theater, Jason Mraz entertains an exuberantly packed house.

I had a great time. I hope that some of you were able to attend his concert. If you didn’t, make sure to get a ticket the next time he’s around, you won’t be disappointed.

Check out my flickr for more of my pictures.

{ Justin Gonzaga/webmaster}

Children’s Cartoons Become Disinhibited Through Art

Simply imagine Sylvester if he actually ate Tweety, if Tom really did dismember Jerry, if Bugs really did blow Daffy’s brains out.

The Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry have been two of the most prominent cartoon series in the lives of children since the 1950’s. Stars like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, Tom, and Jerry have been instilled in American popular culture for decades, lighting up the screen with their slapstick humor. Through these characters lies a bridge between generations and their personal connections with the animated superstars.

These classic cartoons that many of us have come to know and love featured a mass amount of violence for the sake of comedy. Because they are cartoons, however, their acts of violence are overlooked by their intended audience and passed on as comedic antics.

Think about the violence that is in the media. The media has saturated our lives with violence to the point where we are desensitized towards it. We tend to forget that violence is all around us, specifically in children’s cartoons.

Artists jCauty&Son (James and Harry Cauty) take these beloved childhood characters and disinhibit them from their normal cartoon violence. They take a critical look at the violence that has been exposed to viewers for generations, and present these cultural icons in a manner that is so shocking, that viewers cannot help but examine the amount of violence in the media today. Continue reading Children’s Cartoons Become Disinhibited Through Art

Clair de Lune



As a pianist, I have a special place in my heart for classical music. A newfound favorite of mine is called “Clair de Lune,” (meaning “moonlight” in French) which is the third movement of Suite bergamasque, composed by Claude Debussy. I was doing some research on it and – besides finding out that it has been used in various movies, such as Twilight (coming to theaters on November 21st!!!) and the Bellagio fountain scene from Ocean’s 11 – was surprised to discover that it was inspired by a poem entitled, “Clair de Lune,” by Paul Verlaine. If you’d like to read it, here’s a link to the original poem

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open gallery/artist dialogue


On October 25th, 2007, Maganda Magazine hosted an art gallery and artists’ dialogue in 100 Wheeler Hall. The event featured a discussion with acclaimed social documentary photographer, Rick Rocamora–who has photographed Filipino World War II Veterans, Muslims in America, and imprisoned children in the Philippines. Oakland painter Mari Rose Taruc was also present to discuss her work and the nature of art. Both effectively work for social justice in different mediums, and the stories they shared were intriguing and inspirational.

Maganda would like to thank everyone who contributed their work to the beautiful event; it was a genuinely exciting opportunity for any artist and social justice advocate. Creative Director Christine P. talks about her experience:

Art can bring people together (if only for three hours), and it can connect them for even longer. I was inspired and touched by what I saw last night, by the art itself and by the community effort to bring art and artists together.

Rick Rocamora’s work was especially moving (I seriously almost cried) because it really hit home for me– his photographs made me think of my dad, my grandpa, my relatives still living in the Philippines, the kids who I just wanted to hold in my arms, and all the people that I want to help, but just don’t know how to help. He made my heart ache. And that’s a good thing, because I needed to be reminded of all those things I felt.


A Pilipino Tribe in the Bay Area

The Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble

For the first time, The Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble of Banaue is here in the Bay Area direct from the Philippines to share their traditional culture and art. Unlike the more theatrical performances of most Philippine dance troupes, the Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble can be considered a more “authentic” one, as members of the actual tribe sanction it. A friend of mine who recently saw this group perform described it as dancing “the way they might dance in an actual ritual, and act out various events in the tribal setting.”

In a society where native traditions are often romanticized and laced with theatrics, this may be a wonderfully rare and genuine experience to behold.

The ensemble will be performing this Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:30PM at Sacramento State University for FREE.

If this is too far for you to travel, they will be performing at the City College of San Francisco, on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at 12:30PM.

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