Last Saturday, December 28, 2013, Faces of Rock magazine http://www.thefacesofrock.com in cooperation with Music venue  Neck of the Woods (http://neckofthewoodssf.com) in SF presented the Signal  4 Typhoon Haiyan Benefit rock concert.

A benefit show for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that killed over 6,000 people leaving many displaced and homeless who are in desperate need of aid.  The wake of destruction caused by the Typhoon has left behind catastrophic damage and is the worst recorded disaster in the history of the Philippines.
 
 
 
Those wishing to help donate to the relief efforts can do so at the Philippine Red Cross site.
Below is a review of the show that evening.
 
Untamed Creatures
 
Untamed Creatures is a two-person super duo comprised of singer, programmer Gregory Duvel and singer Sophia Nyctophilia from Crocket, California.  The band is currently recording a new album that is expected to drop in 2014.  The style of music of the band can best be described as a mix of Darkwave with elements of 80s and Goth music.
The haunting, pulsating melodies of the band resound through out the club, reverberating with a dark beauty.  Duvel’s dark vocals are complimented by Nyctophilia’s angelic soprano.  It is amazing that what sounds like a full band comes out of one sequencing box yet sounds so rock and roll.  The music is beautiful and multi-layered with constant sizzling fresh grooves that seem to soar and elate your eardrums at every moment.
Untamed Creatures plays next on February 7, 2014 at Club Ouija with RetConStruct and Moira Scar.  For more information on the band refer to https://www.facebook.com/UntamedCreatures.
 
 
JURIMIKO
 
JURIMIKO is a four-person alternative indie hard rock group consisting of vocalist Julie Santos, guitarist Miguel De Leon, bassist Rich Militante and drummer Jeff Diaz.    The name JURIMIKO means Justified Rights of Misgoverned Kooks, it is nice to see a band with a sense of humor.  The band is currently in the studio recording a new album at Hyper Raje Studios that should be released in 2014.  
Santos is a powerhouse singer, belting out one beautiful note after another, matching the intensity of the hard hitting band pound for pound and round for round.  Guitarist De Leon plays with a bluesy metal ferocity that is soft one moment then like a sledgehammer the next.  Drummer Jeff Diaz slices out super tight triplet fills into small phrases on his toms which sound like an attacking cobra in lock box.  Bassist Rich Militante is like an octopus, his notes seem to everywhere at once yet still somehow grabbing you and pulling you in at just the right time.
For more information on the band refer to the band website at http://www.jurimiko.com. 
 
 
Midnight Radio
 
Midnight Radio is a bilingual alternative rock group from San Francisco, California made up of singer, guitar player Rolando Samperio, drummer, back up vocalist Edwin Kass and bassist, back up vocalist player Luis Murillo.
The band crackles with energy from the moment it steps on the stage. Singer Samperio sings with soulful grit, playing clean powerful guitar riffs with deceptive ease.  The bassist Luis is a maniac with his strong, muscular bass riffs, running around on the stage like a man possessed.  The drummer Edwin has deep powerful groove, thrashing around on the drum kit playing almost everything at once while some how managing to sing as well.  The stage show is relentless, the band is constantly bringing it and there are no down moments.
For more information on the band refer to http://www.reverbnation.com/midnightradio7.
 
 
PARADOx LABYRINTh

 
 
Paradox Labyrinth is a metal pop rock outfit from South San Francisco whose line up consists of singer Anita Nehme, guitarist Kajeme Cheneque, drummer Jake Deen and bassist Monserrat Cheneque. 
Singer Nehme has a timeless rock voice suited perfectly for the epic metal riffs the band plays with bravado.  Guitarist Cheneque plays a lot of shredder riffs that require great skill while still keeping the music dark and edgy.  Bassist Cheneque and drummer Deen play propulsive rhythms pushing everything constantly with double bass explosions and bass hammering that sound like a hundred elephants charging into battle rumbling across a Roman battlefield.
For more information on the band refer to www.reverbnation.com/paradoxlabyrinth.
 
 
 
Septdi 
 
 
Septdi is a dark hard rock band from Vallejo that sound like if Type O Negative, Van Hagar and the Cure had a bastard child.  The band is made up of bassist, vocalist Zachary Evergreen, guitarist Jeff Russell and drummer Elmer Delago 
Evergreen’s vocals are gravelly and cool with an indie flavor over a Goth buzz saw of sonic force.  The music is spell binding and takes you away on a trip that you lose yourself in.  Drummer Delago’s time is impeccable with punctuating hard hits and beautiful drum flourishes.  Guitarist Russell is the mad scientist of the band, brining up a deliciously new unique sound for each and every song.  Evergreen plays bass simultaneously while singing, both parts could not be more different, it is as though somehow he has split himself into two people with the amount of playing and singing he has going on.
For more information on the band refer to http://www.septdi.com.

NECK OF THE WOODS 
 
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Neck of the Woods was the Perfect venue for this evening, being the warmest hosts , they have gone out of their way to support the Typhoon Haiyan Victims given their solid reputation, I can't really name a venue in SF who's actually done that,  Always a favorite spot of ours we enjoyed the night not only with the bands playing but with delicious and such generous drinks from the friendly bar tender and staff, these guys never fail to impress , Seriously If your Looking for a great night to enjoy music and what not , Neck of the Woods is the place you need to totally check out hands down.
 
Here's their website, : http://neckofthewoodssf.com
 
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By Vincent Paul A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com
Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas
 
MANILA - The year 2013 was a painful time for comedienne Ai Ai delas Alas, with her controversial second marriage coming to an end, being separated from her children, and the recent passing of her biological mother.
 
Nevertheless, in an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, the 49-year-old actress managed to maintain her optimism for the year ahead, saying that the misfortunes are signs of good things to come.
 
"Sobra ang pain nung 2013. Tinatanong ko nga, 'Lord bakit ako, bakit ngayon, bakit ganito?' Lahat 'yan may rason, siguro dahil role o misyon na binigay sa akin ay magpatawa. I know mag-iiba na ngayong taon,' di man happy, this will be blessed New Year! " she said.
 
Gregoria Hernandez, the biological mother of delas Alas, passed away on December 28 due to complications brought about by Alzheimer's disease.
 
"Kahit papano naparamdam ko sa nanay ko na nandito ako for her. Nung na-MRI siya, nakita ko 'yung mata niya na nakatingin sa akin, alam ko na alam niya na andito ako," she said.
 
Speaking at Hernandez's wake, the comedienne fondly recalled how her mother, during the Christmas festivities last year, refused to let go of her blanket saying that delas Alas used to own it as a baby.
 
"Hindi ako lumaki sa kanya eh so sa memory niya, hindi niya inaalis na baby ako," she said.
 
Delas Alas was adopted by her aunt, Justa, who is the sister of her father, Rosendo.
 
The comedienne said she holds no ill feelings toward her biological mother. She said she understood why they had to be separated.
 
"Nasasaktan ako para sa kanya kasi pag humihingi siya ng tawad sa akin na napamigay ako, ang sakit sakit para sa akin kasi ayaw ko maramdaman niya 'yung pain na 'yun kasi wala naman akong resentment nung pinamigay niya ako eh," she said.
 
The actress also revealed that her mother wouldn't stop crying during the weeks after they were separated. "Iyak lang siya ng iyak. Ngayon, ako naman kasi wala na siya."
 
But true to her character of looking at the bright side of things, delas Alas saw her mother's disease as a blessing in disguise as it allowed her to move Hernandez closer to her in Manila.
 
"Ayaw niya talaga dito tumira dito sa Manila. Gusto niya doon sa probinsya. Kaya ko lang nadala dito dahil wala na siyang memory ng Manila. Hindi na niya alam kung nasaan siya kaya kinuha ko siya. Kasi kung naalala niya 'yun, naku, hindi 'yan pupunta dito," she said.
 
Delas Alas said that her only regret was not knowing whether her mother remembered her during her last moments.
 
"Kahit hindi na niya ako natatandaan, alam ko na maganda na 'yung kanyang pinaglalagyan niya ngayon. Mahal na mahal ko siya."
 
 (The Philippine Star) | 
MANILA, Philippines - Arjo Atayde will take on a role of a gay parent in the upcoming heavy drama episode of ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK). He will give life to the character of Jess, who became a mother to six kids abandoned by their parents. How can a gay man give
to his ‘children’ the love and care he was not able to have from his own mother? Together with Arjo in the Jan. 4 episode are Ella Cruz, Ismael Clavero, Felix Roco, Assunta de Rossi, Via Veloso, Eliza Pineda, Kyle Banzon, Mike Lloren, Dindo Arroyo and Jiriane Montilla.
 
 
The episode was directed by Raz de la Torre, written by Benson Logronio and Arah Jell Badayos and researched by Akeem del Rosario. MMK is led by business unit head Malou Santos, production manager Roda dela Cerna and executive producer Lindsay Anne Dizon.
 
 
 
 
By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNNews.com\
 
 
 Melai Cantiveros and Angelica Panganiban. File photo
MANILA - Actress Angelica Panganiban and Pinoy Big Brother housemate Jason Francisco have finally ended their rift.
 
Francisco, husband of comedienne Melai Cantiveros, told ABS-CBNnews.com that he is proud of Panganiban, who recently apologized to him for hurting his feelings.
 
"Oo naman [nagkapalitan] kami ng text. Ang tagal nga ng conversation namin. Saka nag-sorry na siya sa akin at saka sa pamilya ko kung naka-offend daw siya. Sabi ko naman, wala naman na talaga sa akin 'yun. I-explain ko na lang din sa family ko," Francsico said.
 
"Humaba lang ang issue kasi nasa showbiz nga pero sobrang maliit lang talaga 'yan. Sobra nga akong nahihiya kasi alam mo mahirap sa isang tao na sikat na katulad ni Ate Angel na marunong siya mag-apologize at walang pride," he added.
 
After patching things up, Francisco said he hopes that he and Panganiban can be good friends someday.
 
"Kaya sobra talaga ako sa saludo sa kanya at lalo pang tumaas ang tingin ko at respeto ko kay ate Angel. Kasi sino ba naman ako, hindi ba, Compared sa katayuan namin sa showbiz? Kaya sana nga maging magkaibigan din kami balang araw. With Melai naman, I think ok na sila. 'Di ko na lang talaga pinapakialaman ang usapan nila. Looking forward to a good friendship someday," he said.
 
On Christmas Day, Panganiban and Cantiveros reconciled after a rift involving Francisco and comedian Pooh, who supposedly questioned his capacity to support a family with Cantiveros.
 
In her message to Cantiveros, Panganiban said she wants to be a godmother to the comedienne's first child with Francisco.
 
Cantiveros is slated to give birth April next year.
ABS-CBNnews.com
Former celebrity couple Pops Fernandez and Martin Nievera
MANILA – Pops Fernandez only responded with a hearty laugh when asked if it is possible that she and her former husband, Martin Nievera, would get back together.
 
In an interview with ANC’s “Headstart” on Thursday, Fernandez was hesitant to directly address if a reconciliation is possible, saying things have already changed since they parted ways in 2000.
 
“When I do think about it, because siyempre marami pa rin kaming followers, you would always hear, ‘Sana magkabalikan pa rin kayo ni Martin.’ I ask him, ‘You think if we ever get back together again,’ kasi iba na ako eh. Hindi na ako like before,” she said.
 
Fernandez said even Nievera himself would be surprised to know the person that she is now.
 
“Hindi na ako like before. Before kasi I had little opinion but I was afraid to say it, I wasn’t as confident as I am now. I think baka ma-shock na si Martin na it’s going to be a totally different girl. I think he sees it, sobrang different Pops na,” she said.
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