Featuring | VEHNEE SATURNO | With Me On TCPS This Saturday


*He is the genius behind Martin Nievera’s “Be My Lady,” Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Kahit Minsan,” and Ella Mae Saison’s “Till My Heartaches End.”…and proud to add, my personal ‘discoverer’, mentor and producer of my first and most successful album.

Indeed, Vehnee Saturno has come a long way since he first entered the country’s music scene in 1982 via the prestigious Metro Pop Music Festival.

The son of a carpenter and a housewife, Saturno struggled with poverty along with his nine other siblings. He claims in interviews that it was the plain hardship of living poor that inspired him to create songs that appeal to the heart of the masses.

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Stick it…and shine!


“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing — light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.” ~ Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

A love letter to young artists



My Dear Young (and not so young) Artista,

This is your Ate Chiqui speaking. I, along with my fellow Inartestas (Chacha, Allison, Vina, Sienna, Myrna and Liezl, yes i’ve formed a committee in my head na) am writing to you today because it’s time. It’s time to…

1) Set things straight. Beginning with a Permission Slip. You, yes YOU have absolute permission to be an artist. If you’ve doubted it all along, today is the day that we banish this doubt. Yes, you will still hear the little gravelly voice of your monster Worry not, chocnut.  They are friendly if you know how to feed them:  You don’t.  This monster will whisper doubt-thoughts and doubt-stories in your head.  Remember: they’re just that: whispers. you are an artist. you can choose to listen. or not. if you do, then create from that place of doubt and fear. it’s ok. i’ve done it many times. i’m doing it right now. still works.  see?  🙂

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why i love yoga

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Yes, I’m 46.  Yes, I’ve tried it all.  Let’s see…there was Aerobics (remember those Jane Fonda VHS tapes?  VHS?  What’s that?!?  LOL), Pilates, Kick-boxing, Ballet/Hip-hop and Belly-dancing (and one pole, too!), Running, Swimming, Speed Walking and finally, Zumba-rumba-sisboombah!  Yet, nothing and I mean absolutely nothing compares to my beloved Yoga practice.  Why?  I’ve mapped out the reasons in a quick cluster-sketch above.  But just in case you can’t read my Chiqui-scratch, I’ll spell it out just for you.  Here goes…

I LOVE Yoga because

1)  It’s calming.  It’s peace*full.

Almost all the other exercises I’ve tried had at best, either a bully-like creature upfront or at worse, a downright dirty bootcamp bossypants.  Yoga is not only easy to carry, and I mean that literally (how hard is it to get a mat?) and figuratively (it’s easy on the body and mind), you get calm and full of peace while getting healthy.Continue Reading