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India!

amritstar!








Places visited as of now in order:
- Amristar
- New Delhi
- Jaipur
- Agra
- Goa

will be visiting more cities as our tour progress..
chilling here in goa for a week to rest and get some sun..

It takes Faith to ENJOY

To all fellow workaholics and small spenders this entry is for you!

I am about to embark on a journey to the unknown.. I am going on Vacation!

Yes! I dont really go on vacations.. most of my trips are family organized, school activities, and of course work related! Meaning i dont really spend for it. These free vacations end up being fun but i guess it starts off as an obligation..

My travel starts off with a gig in the following places:
1. Hong Kong on December 16-18. Kitchie Nadal was booked to sing for Globe Telecom along with True Faith and Cesar Montano.
2. Leaving for Singapore Dec 18. I have 2 hours to arrive and get my new luggage for Singapore.
3. Dec 19 we play in Singapore for our Every Nation Church in 12 Riffles Bldg. This gig is fun because it will be our first time to perform with our Singaporean family.
4. Dec 20 fly to India Amistrar.. here comes my faith to enjoy..

As i have mentioned i go to organized paid by others vacation.. from December 20 2006 -January 8, 2006 it is a…

movie watching

i have been watching movies lately.. trying to get inspiration.

Prestige.. great movie! wow! the complex story amazed me.. the editing and direction amazed me even more! past, present, plots then whoa.. that's the story.
the story spoke to me regarding obsession and the blind spot it creates. i checked my heart if i am obssesed and i found that i was'nt i am just bored.. the movie inspired me! excellent!

Happy feet.. sad movie! great songs and singing! cool arrangement supprising! but i was expecting to be entertained.. i was not, it was heavy! i felt green peace and PETA made this movie. i even cried and felt guilty... i wonder if kids felt the same? maybe if the trailer showed the serious part and not only the singing and dancing i wouldn't feel i have been had! after the movie i felt i was fooled.. all in all the movie was long and delayed to get to the point. there was even religous overtones, excumunication, etc. i still wonder what the impact to kids will be? i remember…

Back from the US Tour

been back a few weeks now from our US tour and i finally adjusted to waking up early and sleeping early.. being up in the morning at 6:30 am is a joy and sleeping at 10pm is an extra joy... God gives sleep to His people.. feels good to be able to do a lot of things in the morning.

our tour was so much fun! kitchie and the band were great to be with. they are excellent musicians and so humble.. there is not a tinge of star complex when we were out..

i appreciate the people involved and the producer who took care of us..

i have learned that filipinos are the same everywhere.. truly we are a hospitable race and love feeding our guest!

picture from melot samonte a long time friend! it was such a great show of love for her to drive 6 hours from detroit to meet us. melot thank you!
i am going to india this christmas season until january 8, 2007. Corinne Ching of i love you store, Kitchie Nadal and Andrea Go will be with us. We will be visiting agora, goa, mumbai and new delhi.. what an excitin…

Soul Ties 2 a super great show

pictures will speak! original songs break out and bring the house down!!




akafellas Top Suzara
Kitchie sang "Walk on Water," a new song created with DJ Akshai Sarin

Soul Ties 2 First Night!

Soul Ties 2 first night!

Last night Oct 5, 2006 was my first real attempt to support real original Filipino music.. What is “real Filipino” music? Duh? But I believe it’s a Filipino singing what real in their hearts… I felt the energy of Lana J., Joax and Quest sing their hearts out and it made me listen to their message. The message was who they are and their experiences.. and you know what?! I was not bored at all!! It was so interesting, so much fun!

The guests also sang their originals! Aiza Siguerra sang 2 beautiful songs in Filipino while Migs Esguerra sang 3 of his originals. The all-star dancers danced their hearts out and night was a feast of different elements of song, dance, rap, rnb, ballad, jazz, theater.. It’s the salad of the artists influence.

My end goal is for this event is to showcase the talents and create a platform for the Filipino audience to appreciate and see that we have real artists.

So for those who miss the show we still have 4 nights, 4 Thursdays this to cat…

Over promise Under deliver

I friend of mine commented while she was reading my blog that I :
“Over-promise and under deliver.” I believe that was the “word” that I needed to hear and it clinches what I felt I needed to learn at this stage of my life… “Manage people’s expectations.

Personally I…
1. Love to speak my dreams and my vision in life and when I share my vision I forget that it is so attractive that I draw people to the myself and the vision. There is a tendency that people feel that I will bring them to the vision but what I need to learn is to draw out their dreams and inspire them to dream themselves. I know that only one Person can fulfill the desires of our hearts with no strings attached and complications involved.

2. Love to think and write random thoughts and keeps people hanging.. Yikes! Maybe it’s the attention deficit in me that forget the entries. I will remember to finish what I promise especially when I write them out. I am learning to always make written contracts and to work on the contract.…

Kitchie Nadal Same Ground US Tour 2006

KITCHIE Nadal the winner of two Aliw Awards as the “Most Promising Entertainer” and “Best Female Concert Performer” and the recipient of the 18th Awit Awards as “Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist” and “Best Ballad” for the song she wrote and composed, the compellingly bittersweet, “Wag na Wag Mong Sasabihin” also the winner of Nickelodeon Channel’s Pinoy Wannabe Kid’s Choice Award is set to conquer the US concert scene as part of her 2006 World Tour.

With a Double Platinum album under her belt, Kitchie Nadal has conquered the Female OPM niche, paved the way for a number of guitar-wielding alternative rock maidens and has proven that being a talented rock musician need not be translated to sex, drugs and alcohol. And while exhaustingly keeping up with the dogged demands of the success she’s earned, she’s stuck to her main priority and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Education. This is the kind of fire that even the nastiest critic can’t fan out. It’s a spirit…

Soul Ties 2

Coming from the very successful pre-valentines show, “Soul Ties: A Tribute to Love, R&B and All That Jazz” last February 8, 2006, Bagaberde Pasig’s loyal and expanding audience base will once again witness “Soul Ties 2”. On September 28 and all Thursdays of October 2006, it’s going be all original music featuring singer-songwriters Lana J., Joaquin and Quest.

Be-Live Artist Management is proud to bring to the fore the versatility and vocal potency of r&b-dance artist and theater vet Lana J., TV host and recording artist Joaquin, and underground hiphop tour de force Quest. All three artists will be giving an honest and riveting take on their compositions, all of which will find platform in their upcoming respective albums. Set to bring the three artists’ songs to life is one of the more promising, musical genius of this generation, IJ Garcia (17:28, Footloose Musicale, Christian Bautista and Top Suzara shows).

Nowadays, a good original song is a breath of fine, fresh air. Soul Ti…

Lana J's song

enjoy this great song :) sato my japanese teacher and cielo lopez of black sun design (blacksundesign@yahoo.com +639267450633)helped lana and i translate this song. Lana J. wrote this about the fear of falling in love...
check out her website www.lanaj.net











tagalog translation:

TANONG
Lana j.

Ikaw na nga ba ang syang hinintay ng kay tagal?
Ikaw na nga ba ang syang lagi kong dasal
Laman ng isip at kapiling sa panaginip
Nakaw na sandali
Ako ngayo’y umiibig ba muli?

Ngunit bakit ba?
Sa twing nakikita
Ang nadarama’y labis na tuwa
Di ko mapigil

Na maghinaing
Na ikaw rin ay
May pagtingin
Tunay ba ito?
Ayoko na muli pang mabigo….

mabigo
Di kaya na muli pang mabigo….

Maraming dumadaan sa aking isip
Lagi na lang akong nagkakamali
Hihilingin ko lang sana sa yo
Na limutin ako’t sadya nang lumayo….

Back from Dubai and Abu Dhabi!

I want to share what I’ve learned when I was on the plane listening to one of the audio cd from Dubai to manila. I forgot who the author is.. when I find out I’ll edit this entry.


1. Focus on your strength and not on your weakness. Focus on your strength until your weakness becomes irrelevant.
Wow! I really like this point. I’ve been so hard on myself trying to cope with my weakness and making it a strength.. but in the process I have not given time to make my strength even stronger. I have a lot of strengths to focus on and yes they need allot of work to. There are people who are strong in the area I am weak at and I can partner with them.

The bible says God is strong in my weakness and He is made perfect in it, so the grace of God will cover my weakness. Focus on what I can do best and be the best in it.

2. Stop doing what you hate doing.
Yes! We all get into the trap of just doing things because of money, comfort and security that we don’t get to do what we really love to do.

I once l…

Kitchie starts a World Tour 1st leg

Dubai and Abu Dhabi gigs for Kitchie Nadal is on the following dates and venues:

25TH AUGUST 2006- REGENT PALACE HOTEL. DUBAI @ ROCKY'S CAFE
26TH AUGUST 2006- NIHAL HOTEL - DUBAI @ KUYA DISCO
27TH AUGUST 2006- ABUDHABI GRAND CONTINENTAL HOTEL @ RATSKEY CLUB

We are hoping that we will confirm our calling and see God’s spirit in the Middle East!

Kitchie Nadal “Same Ground” US tour 2006 is
scheduled to hit the following cities:
San Diego – Oct 20
Los Angeles – Oct 21
Las Vegas – Oct 22
Chicago – Oct 27
New York – Oct 28
Washington – Oct 29
San Jose – Nov 3
Sacramento – Nov 4

More countries to follow.. will keep you guys posted!



This is available during the TOUR!! you can also email me
at against_dflow@yahoo.com if you want one ASAP

Travels: Toronto

Photos from our trip to Toronto August last year.



Kitchie Nadal and the band playing at the Opera House.

Today is Important!

A few days ago I read in Oswald Chamber’s devotional about “God’s purpose or Mine?” That day made me realize that what is important is today… and I can accomplish God’s purpose today. I get caught up getting so involved in a “purpose driven destination” but I miss the “purpose driven moment.”

Whatever vision I have for myself, for my artists, for the Philippines.. or “whatever it may be.. God’s purpose for me is to DEPEND ON HIM and on HIS power now. If I can stay clam, faithful and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal and purpose of God is being accomplished in me.” Oswald Chambers.

Apart from Him everything is meaningless anyways…

I am glad to be reminded that today is always important. The decisions I make today will eventually become my destiny. I don’t know how to get to my destiny now but I know how to get through today. Why should I worry and feel inadequate with what I see in the future. Again .. today is today. Tomorrow is in God’s hands.

open doors

Opportunities are opening for me internationally. I believe the 2nd and 3rd generation Overseas Filipinos (immigrants) who are more foreign than Filipino are hungry for identity. Entertainers/Artist will probably help them understand who they are and will create a connection to home…. Also Overseas Contract Workers who are out there and everywhere want to see “kababayans” perform to satisfy curiosity to know “what’s new”, “who is new”, etc. in the Philippines.

One such artist is Kitchie Nadal who is booked to perform in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on August 24, 25 and 26. She has tentative bookings also in Guam (pending visa approval) on August 31, September 1 and 2, Kuwait September 15 and in the US from October 19 to Nov 4 all on 2006.. and all during her term breaks. Her classes will not be affected : )

Another is a newbie..Aimee Villarico who was chosen to be a part of the cast in a Canadian independent documentary film. The budget is minimal but the experience is priceless …

There are many …

Exciting day!!

Today was an exciting day!!

1. Rode a jeepney to my appointments.. Save gas!

2. I met up with my old friend for lunch.. her name is Josephine Turalba. She is a jewelry designer and painter. We went to UP Diliman together back in the 80’s and we’ve been best friends since… I would eat "galungong" the fish in her house always and would scuba dive almost every weekend during college.

We talked about her up coming painting show (probably next year) and she wanted a manager to be able to put direction and focus to her art. I was thrilled and privilege to do it because I’ve always known that jingjing is a great artist!!! I believe that her paintings and other artworks will been seen around the world. She won an international jewelry competition in Italy last year so.. why not manage this woman.. hehe. I’ll play it by ear…
http://www.josephineturalba.com/ Royal Brush Oil Color Brush Kit

3. After I met up with Aimee for a VTR in √©lan. I met international models like Ingrid she’s 1…

pointers on artist management

I receive allot of demos, emails, and text messages from artists who need management. I would decline since I will not be able to fulfill the obligations it will take to fully manage an artist.
I believe there are many out there who would love to learn how to be one …

Here are some tips on being and artists manager:
1. Character is no. 1 “It is not about the manager but about the artist.. (if you’re like me.. its really about God!)” Ask yourself: Will this please God? Will my artists benefit? Am I greedy? Am I thinking long term? There are many character issues that will surface. It’s always better to talk about it and be honest 1st with God, 2nd with the artist and 3rd with yourself. If you are willing to be open and honest with everything .. let’s proceed to no. 2.
2. Pray!! Hey be ready for God’s open doors. It only takes 1 anointed idea or connection to make it to the top. It is best that it comes from God. Every gift from God He adds no trouble into it.
3. You need to be administra…

Travels: Japan

Photos from our Japan trip last April:

with Eddy and Ohki (plumbers soon to be record producers)

we always walked!!

Kitchie with her new guitar toy!!



new blog look and new artist

Hey this is aimee!! and this is the new look of my blog!! thank you mari you for making this look more like me.

I'l be making the demos of the artists available in my blog.. please feel free to comment by emailling me or comment here in this site.

thank you,
roca

i am a child of God

I grew up in a family of six children four girls ( i being the youngest girl ) and two boys. My mom was the one who brought us up.. single-parent, super hard working mommy! Bringing us up was a big deal and i honor my mother by doing her very best to raise us up alone!

By my mom's sheer determination and focus...all of us finished college and we are all doing our "own thing." One went to the "health" thing. The other went to the "corporate" thing, two went to the "family" business thing and the other two went to the "arts" thing...

I guess with the influence of my mommy, i felt that i need to be very sherwd with finances. Spending was hard for me but saving and earning money was easy.. I would get a job easy, find a bussiness, etc. Money is not the issue but the "love of money" was..

Growing up and watching my mother worked so hard made me afraid of not having enough..I wanted to become rich and famous so i won't have t…

birthday party pictures

pictures from Marie Padre
there were more pictures but i am still getting the hang of this program.. stay tuned!
I am on my way to ABS-CBN for aimee's taping of closeuptofame2..I am excited!

aimee's portfolio

YESTERDAY i spent the afternoon with mari.. the webmaster for www.kitchienadal.net, barbiealmalbis.net, beliveartists.com and lanaj.net etc etc..
my adgenda was:
1.change look and feel of rocacruz.com
we were trying to fix my blog site to look more like me (this site at present kinda looks like my lola's site if ever she's still alive to have one.)
Mari is a great worker we finished the plans in 2 hours.. we will upload the site as soon as mari gets approved my blogspot as my team member.. so watch out!! this can be cool :)
2.make a portfolio for aimee..
mari and i searched the web to get info form modeling portfolios.. at present i totally have no idea in what i am about to embark (since my training is musicians).. i feel like a kid on top of a building on fire being told by the fire man to jump to thick smoke and darkness only to trust a voice shouting!! JUMP! nge enough of pastor joey's preaching..
Mari is a rock photographer! so trying to take photographs of models is new t…

Be still and know God is God

I've been suffering from exploding ideas regarding the direction of the music industry in the philippines and how to break the mold of trying to sound like somebody else.

I did not want to be alone so ..I will think of having group brainstroms.. calling the recording companies,and artists... having my pastors and friends pray for me (that's the 1st thing) etc..etc.

But after experiencing intelectual paralysis God told me to be still and know that He is God!! so i just stayed home and prayed ... it takes allot of discipline to find rest in the LORD.

I have planted allot of ideas and its time to let it germinate and wait for results.
Lana J's album is in the works.. the last and best song is waiting to be finished (lana is a new song writer) she wrote 8songs already and waiting for inspiration for the last song (about her dad) until then its a wait and know God is in control time..

Back to being still.. and knowing God is God.. while waiting in my room (knowing God is God) my…

birthday gift

Ther best gift i recieved is a powerpoint presentation from my friends. They are actually half my age (i dont feel old when i am with them).. they are 17-26yr olds but they are worthy to look up to. I have been friends with them for more than a year now (some 4yrs) and it seems that we've been friends for a long time. I was a mentor to them (kinda..sort of a teacher) and i believe that soon they will surpass me... whatever i imparted to these men and women.. whatever seed i have planted.. it will grow and mature! The words of God will not return void but will accomplish its work in us.
i was so touched to see that my life was not in vain.. i may not have children yet but i feel a sense of fulfillment that day.. thank you guys!! God is pleased with Faith!!
well done my faithfull servant.. to 40 more years of God's grace amen..

getting wiser

My birthday is on sunday and its the 1st time in many many years that i am not suffering from birthday blues. Turning 40 should be sad to most of us women.. wrinkles, slow metabolism,etc,ect.. When i was 15 yrs old i told many of my friends that I wanted to die at age 40. Wierd... now i feel that there is more to look forward to at age 40 and above... Yes! being wiser and gracefully getting older. I see myself more beautiful now than ever.
No more deepression i am living my life day by day. in faith and in truth! amen! till next year ...

sad day

Sad Day
Today is one of the saddest days in a long time. It’s not the saddest day of life but I believe its part of my top 50 saddest days in my life…
It is sad because I feel that being a manager can be very unstable. My job is to champion the artist but who will champion me?
I cannot put my trust in an artist I must put my trust only in God.
God comforted me in Psalms 25. The whole chapter gave me hope and made me feel that God is with me. Here is part of it:
To you, O LORD I lift up my soul;
In you I trust, O my God.
Don’t let me be put to shame
Nor let my enemies triumph over me
NO ONE WHOSE HOPE IS IN YOU
WILL EVER BE PUT TO SHAME
But THEY will be put to shame
To all of you reading this, may you get your comfort from the God who gives comfort. This day has become my comfort day!!

dinner with the alberto's

I just finished dinner with the Alberto family J
Mrs. Noime Alberto invited me to have dinner with her friends and her daughter. Her daughter is having a debut and she booked kitchie nadal to play in her party…

As the night progressed we talked about Japan almost the whole night from movies to the yakuzas to food to clothes.. (Mrs. Alberto has a business in Japan) It made me miss Japan.. I believe that the dinner was a reminder to keep my eyes focus.. that soon I’ll be back in Japan J

hopeful day

Today was a fruitful day!! More of a hopeful day!
1. I met with LanaJ (RnB singer) and Jourdan Sebastian (MTV director) to brainstorm on Lana’s first single.. it’s still a surprise to what it can be…
2. went to Joed's canteen in Mega Plaza pasig to eat lunch! They are back in bussiness!
3. Bible study with Joanna Cheoke
4. Then to cap the day.. I met with Corinne Ching of I love you store also to brainstorm on a fashion show event.

Lets all see what is going to happen to this in the next few weeks :)

prayer time

May 19,2006 - Barbie Rocks the Dome backstage prayer time... The concert was a success in terms of attendance.... Till the next major concert.. from glory to glory!!
this is my first attempt to publish my thoughts, experiences, etc. I am very excited at the same I feel very vurnerable...

my sister rosan encouraged me to open a blog site, she said this can make me popular (i have no idea what she means??) and she said people are interested to read what i have to say...

My Work
Present: i am an artist manager i started 3 yrs. ago...i manage the following artists... Kitchie Nadal, Lana J and a group of artist who run I LOve sTORE(Corrine Ching, Sharon Atillo and Mimi Sanson)..
will tell you more about them soon..

Past: Swimming Instructor for 4 years. I taught people of all ages from 2yrs old to 45yrs old. I had so much fun with the kids.. i bet they are now proffesionals!!
I also became a School Administrator for 9yrs. That was an experience!!

Future: I believe that I will be one of the pioneers to take Filipino artists to the next level... international crossing over.. by faith and by grace.. in Jesus Name it can be accomplished. I guess this is one of th…