Phil So Good: Paradise on Earth

Paradise on Earth

Have you heard the latest song or seen the latest video about the Philippines? “Phil So Good: Paradise on Earth.”

French singer, Julien Drolon, shot a music video across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. His band, made up of all Filipino musicians, lays down the great music and Philippine singer Rhian Ramos really kicks up the video with  her beauty and her singing. I am sure you will not have a difficult time finding the video and the song on the Internet.

Jeepney in Paradise

As you can see, I am having fun in Paradise on Earth! Everyday.

Fun in Paradise

My lovely wife enjoying fun in the Philippines.

It really is more fun in the Philippines! Phil So Good. Paradise on Earth.

Drum Competition at the 2012 Panaad sa Negros Festival

Yesterday, April 15, was the last day of this year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival. We did not attend until the late afternoon.

I am by no means a professional drummer but I have my own set of Timbales drums with the cow bell attached and I have played since the early 90s. The highlight for me during the last day of the Panaad Festival was the drum competition. Cities and towns from around Negros Occidental take the drum competition seriously and they practice year ’round until the next Panaad Festival.

Drum Competition

Drums, drums and more drums! Congas, bongos, timbales, steel drums, kettle drums, bass drums, homemade drums and professionally made drums. Music to my ears!

A break from the action

Waiting for their round again in the competition.

Last turn!

Such fast, furious and excited drumming was hard to capture on camera but they were really cooking! I wish the late great Tito Puente, King of the Timbales, was still around to see the local talent. He would be proud.


They certainly had the beat! The drummer blowing the samba whistle during the drumming really made the Panaad Festival a Carnival Event. Cabasa shakers, cheese scrapers and other hand shaken instruments added to the wonderful sound! Percussion at its finest.

Time to start practicing again, as the Drum Competition of the 2013 Panaad sa Negros Festival will be here before we know it. Only about 364 more days left to practice!!