Conversations with Randy David explores the various aspects of culture, politics, religion and everything else that makes us Filipino.
What protocols are the government observing to ensure our health and safety? How widely is COVID-19 expected to spread? And what measures are being conducted worldwide to contain the disease? Infectious disease expert Dr. Edsel Salvana, the director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health, speaks with sociologist, writer, and leading public intellectual Randy David. Note: This episode was recorded on February 17, 2020. There have been developments since then.
How is COVID-19 transmitted? Is it deadly? Should you wear a mask? Or cancel your travel plans? We get clarity from infectious disease specialist Dr. Edsel Salvana, the director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila. Listen to his conversation with Randy David.
Filipinos are confident performers, says Edru Abraham, founder of Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-GaPi). But they shouldn't be content with just interpreting other people's music. "I'm not saying you shouldn't look to the west...if you want to enrich your musical life," he tells Randy David. "But there is enough here to excite you. Learn as much as you can to create your own music, your own style, something... specific to you and to your own community." Notes: Some music in this episode is sourced from KontraGaPi on YouTube.
"If you strike a kulintang, you begin to join yourself with your ancestors. You've been awakened." Edru Abraham is the founder of Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-GaPi), the resident ethnic music and dance ensemble of the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman. In part one of his conversation with Randy David, Abraham talks about music that allows us to reflect on our Filipino heritage: "It forces you to consider what things were before 1521."
Does your city hall look like every other city hall you've seen? Is your favorite mall identical to the mall you visited on your last trip to the province? Is the condo you're eyeing no different from the others in the neighborhood? Urban planner and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren mourns the loss of a sense of place and identity in part two of his conversation with Randy David.