Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Prayers to the Poor & Dear Departed

JOIN ME and thousands in few minutes of prayer and mourning to the dead of adeadly stampede in Manila. There's no word articulate and profound enough to describe the sorrow and the agony--especially that I know and I feel why did these poor people had to be there, lined up before a TV game show, hoping for some cash and kind. They took vigil in their roughshod collectively-rented jeepneys all night, some walked grimy streets, dined on hot noodles--all hoping to get in the stadium first, closer to the prize, closer to little prizes that are basically spare change in America.

It's poverty, untimigated poverty. When poor people have no visible hope other than a lotto winning, a chance at a TV game show, a day's meager dream--that's all they got. They had to hope, they had to take a chance --in turn, they lost their lives.

This misery back home, the impoverishment, the huge gap between the rich and the poor, in poor countries that I saw and witnessed as I traversed the comfortable streets of America is the bleeding humanity that makes me survive my remaining life on earth. They hurt so they make me live longer because they make me want to heal.

Somewhere people suffer, somewhere people dont care whether they are fed with rotten fish or bad spam meat, dogs or crickets, canned goods discarded by the western world--as long as they're fed. Somewhere where a Bill Gates sweatshop is good job enough to secure a roof over the heads of a family of four, somewhere where entry to corporate infrastructures in the mold of Wal-Mart is like entry to "heaven," somewhere where survival is the day in the life...

That is the world that I know, and the spirit that makes me wake up... always awake.

I say my prayers... blessed are the poor.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Apologies, Announcements, Add-ons

[1] In behalf of The Traveling Bonfires in Asheville, I'd like to send my apologies to those who were inconvenienced by untoward, sad circumstances emanating from the "Bonfires for Peace in Manila, Part 1" that was held in Mayric's last Oct 14. The organization entrusted full financial responsibilities/supervision--from money remitted from the US to Manila--to line producer Jeramie Joy ("Jaja") Campos of Tag Team Productions. As of this writing, we haven't any clue about the very details how the budget was executed, implemented and paid--all we know is one band wasn't paid at all. We tried our best to communicate with Ms Campos, in the last three weeks, but to no avail.

Hence, we are officially announcing that The Traveling Bonfires in Manila is not, in any way, connected with Ms Campos and her production outfit, any longer. So any transactions that she may go into in regards past and future Bonfires projects are deemed irrelevant. All past responsibilities and duties--from the Oct 14/Mayric's show--that her "absence" or "misappropriation" may have caused shall be attended to through either Donna Phoebe Pascua [donnaphoebe@hotmail.com] or Duane Lucas Pascua [ghostface_14@hotmail.com]. They can be contacted at this number, 628-2406.

[2] The second part/s of the "Bonfires for Peace in Manila" are still happening, as previously planned--this Dec. We are currently negotiating with 70s Bistro (Anonas, QC) and Conspiracy (Visayas Ave., QC) for a two-part Bonfires semi-acoustic/poetry event/s. We will also announce in a few days or weeks our new Bonfires coordinator in Manila, who will be working with both Donna and Duane.

Maraming salamat.

--Pasckie Pascua
3:16am. 2 Nov 05
Asheville, North Carolina

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


A Sister Project of The Traveling Bonfires and The Indie

Third World Asheville is a newly-conceived community organization that advocates/pursues/crusades women concerns and issues, and is fronted and initiated by women but not necessarily gender exclusive. The organization enjoins both sexes to forge a synergetic/collaborative relationship towards the common good of the community, in the micro, and the global village, in the macro.

TWA is still on its formative and recruitment phase. It hasn’t focused its energy and concentration yet on specific concerns, ie wholistic humanity, sociopolitical advocacy, domestic/family issues, etc. The last half of the year is primarily devoted to publicity, promotions, interest-generation, and hopefully, recruitment.

Moreover, the organization’s guiding principles and project programming essentially focus on sociocultural realities in Third World countries and societies. Hence, a multicultural perspective to current women issues easily becomes the dominant heartbeat that gives life to TWA.

For the meantime, with the help of its partner projects-The Traveling Bonfires and The Indie-TWA hopes to attract community interest, gather interested individuals and (possibly collaborating) organizations through a series of musical/artistic/cultural meetings/gathering, events and activities. This, while we help like-minded organizations and advocates to help direct attention and concern towards current 3rd World women issues and problems. Aside from a concert series featuring local and visiting women acts and performers, we also plan to organize lecture series, outdoor workshops, internet interface among women from different cultures and countries, and filmshows & exhibits.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Bonfires for Peace in Manila, Event One

The Traveling Bonfires -- with Tag Team Productions (Manila) & Marta Osborne (Asheville, North Carolina) -- launch Third World Asheville-Asia and Georgiana R. Pascua Memorial Foundation


Bonfires for Peace in Manila, part one

[ ] Pinikpikan
[ ] Kapatid
with, Taggu Ndios, Chrome 8, Acidstone, Dahon
Emcee: Kathy Pajarillo

Friday, Oct 14, 2005, 8:00pm

right across University of Santo Tomas
Manila, Philippines
cover: 150 pesos, inclusive of one drink

Proceeds go to Third World Asheville--Manila/Asia and GRP Foundation. For more details, email pasckie@yahoo.com and jaja.campos@gmail.com, or call Jaja Campos at 09287782342 or 09224226748

The Traveling Bonfires roam countries and cultures, instigating arts and music events, bringing people together for global peace and multicultural community connected-ness. The Bonfires is based in Asheville, North Carolina USA, with satellite wings in New York City, Jersey City, Washington DC, and Baltimore.