Day 322/365: UST Fusion Concert by Ms Mela Guevarra

Day 322/365: UST Fusion Concert by Ms Mela Guevarra

November 19, 2011

Another first! Thanks for Project 365 and I was able to visit the historical University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Music. I heard so much of famous artist who started from this school and was able to conquer the world of music. Salute to UST!

Fusion, a benefit concert was a collaboration of future artists who mesmerizes us with their musical talents from Strings to Bands, to Solo Performers to Rock and Pop Groups. Awesome! A round of applause to Ms Mela Guevarra for inviting us and lead this talented artists for a cause. A lovely lady with a beautiful heart and gifts of natural talents.

Congratulations Mela!

Fusion Concert, A benefit concert for a Parish in Bulacan.

Program Director: Mela Guevarra

Hosts: Miko Hizon and Mark Mendoza

Event Sponsors: Sole Academy

Fusion Mini Concert
Miko Hizon, Mela Guevarra, Mark Mendoza

The drummer: Just for a Pose

About UST College of Music: 

Should you want to master the arts of music, there’s two department in UST to serve you best.

College of Education:

THE College of Education was recently designated by the Department of Education (DepEd) as a Center of Training (COT) in the areas of Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH).  As such, it now offers a Certificate Program for Non-Specialist Teachers in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), a program designed to equip teachers with the necessary skills and competencies in teaching the subject.  Integrated skills in the course program are actual performances, hands on experiences and actual demonstrations of all components of MAPEH in the perspective of a well-balanced curriculum of secondary schools.

Conservatory of Music:

As one of the two Centers of Excellence in Music, the UST Conservatory of Music has maintained its efforts and achievements to be a premiere music school. It is the only music school in the Philippines which has an all-student symphony orchestra and an all-student symphonic band. The Conservatory of Music has choral groups namely The Coro Tomasino, The Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble and the world-renowned UST Singers. It also has instrumental groups; The UST Jazz Band, The UST Guitar Ensemble, Rondalla, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, USTe Mundo- the ethnic ensemble and various smaller groups which can be called on as the need arises. Every year, the Conservatory takes most of the major prizes in competitions such as the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and in other national music competitions. The Conservatory of Music is very proud that in terms of population, it is the biggest music school in the country and is able to graduate a considerable number of competent and talented musicians every year.

Office Location:5th floor, Albertus Magnus Building University of Santo Tomas Espana, Manila 1083
Telephone: (632) 406-1611 Loc. 8246:(632) 7314022


Bachelor of Music in Piano
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Music in Guitar
Bachelor of Music in Voice
Bachelor of Music in Music Literature
Bachelor of Music in Music Theory
bachelor of Music in Composition
Bachelor of Music in Conducting
Bachelor of Music in Percussion
Bachelor of Music in Violin / Viola / Cello / Contrabass
Bachelor of Music in Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Bassoon
Bachelor of Music in Trumpet / Trombone / French Horn / Tuba

Day 316/365: Pacquiao-Marquez III Controversial Match @ Medicard Lifestyle Center

Day 316/365: Pacquiao-Marquez III Controversial Match @ Medicard Lifestyle Center

November 13, 2011

It was my first time to watch a live telecast of Pacquiao’s boxing fight. Thanks to Medicard Lifestyle Center in Makati for converting their grand lobby as a viewing facility for their partners and guests. And being a new home of Sugarleaf, we were able to served their guest with Organic Coffee and Fresh Juices courtesy of Matstone Philippines. Great refreshing and healing concoctions of Malunggay-Pineapple and Sayote-Cucumber-Yacon!

How was the fight? From Round 1 to 7 and based on how the camera is being rolled to capture each punch, I know it was Marquez whom I truly admire on how he counter attacks and made his connecting punch a success. Round 8 to 12 is a mix of Pacquiao and Marquez punches but in favor of Marquez as how it was being covered by media. And yes, being totally ignorant on the boxing rules and how it is being scored, in my eyes and “connecting punch” points, the winner should be Marquez. However there are professional judges who were all there watching and observing each punch, moves, and attacks. The boxing rules applies and based on my research, this is how it works (c/o

The Four Components of Boxing Scoring

Scoring in professional boxing is rather subjective in nature. Controversy seems to arise after every close bout, and official scorers are often scorned by viewers that deemed the fight far from close.

Three ringside judges score bouts based on four factors:

1. Clean punching: “Clean” punches are punches that land on the face/side of the head and the front/side of the torso.
2. Effective aggressiveness: A boxer demonstrates this trait when he consistently and successfully moves forward in a controlled manner.
3. Ring generalship: The judges favor the fighter who controls the pace and style of the bout.
4. Defense: Boxers that skillfully incorporate defensive maneuvers receive credit in this area.

Professional bouts are scored on a round-by-round basis, and judges are supposed to assign their scores with each of the above factors equally in mind. It shouldn’t come as a shock, though, that certain judges favor certain characteristics. In any circumstance, the four criteria are used – in addition to knockdowns and committed fouls – as a way of assigning points under the 10-point Must System.

Medicard Lifestyle Center -Makati

Ten-point Must System

Judges use the 10-Point Must System in professional bouts. This system assigns ten points to the winner of each round. The loser receives nine points for a close round, eight points if he was knocked down or dominated, and seven points if he was knocked down twice. If a round is even and neither boxer was knocked down, both boxers receive 10 points. If each boxer was knocked down once, the knockdowns are disregarded and the winner of the round receives 10 points, while the loser receives nine points.

The boxer with more accumulated points at the end of the match is the winner, as long as two of the three judges are in agreement. The four possible decisions of a bout that goes the distance are as follows:

Unanimous decision: All three judges score the same boxer as the winner.
Split decision: Two of the three judges score in favor of one boxer, who is declared the winner, despite the fact that the third judge ruled in favor of the other boxer.
Majority decision: Two of the three judges score in favor of one boxer, who is declared the winner, despite the fact that the third judge ruled the contest a draw.
If at least two judges have the match as tied, then a draw will be declared. Also, a draw occurs if one judge has one winner, another judge has a different winner, and the third judge has a draw.

A bout can also be stopped earlier than the scheduled duration due to Knockout (KO) or Technical Knockout (TKO). Once a boxer gets to his feet after being knocked down, he must be approved to continue by the referee. If the boxer is unable to recover from the knockdown within ten seconds, his opponent wins by way of knockout. A referee can also choose to stop a fight at any point to protect a boxer from severe injury. In this case, the boxer loses by Technical Knockout.

Pacquiao-Marquez Part 3

Medicard Lifestyle Center -Makati
Medicard Lifestyle Center -Makati

Respecting the Decision

Professional boxers train for months in preparation for a bout. A controversial decision can be devastating for a boxer who’s trained hard and feels he has won the bout. Keep in mind that the judges are only human, and are contracted to score the bout as fairly and honestly as possible.

Professionals, in most cases, have already participated in a significant amount of amateur matches and understand there is a possibility of disappointment. They focus solely on fighting to the best of their ability, and try to take the decision out of the judges’ hands. If you are dominant in the ring, there is less of a chance that you will be disappointed and confused by the decision. Professionals know they must train hard to improve their skills so that they can be confident of the decision before it occurs. They hope the match won’t have to come down to a decision, and instead focus on knocking out their opponent.

Well, now we understand how he won the fight. He is aggressive in his attacks, his style conquers the ring, and definitely a very good defense in spite of those “connecting punches” of Marquez as what we’ve watched based on a “camera’s perspective”. Now I am curious to know if the camera man is a Mexican 🙂

Anyway, great match! and very cool place to watch it! Thanks too to Sole Academy for their loot bags and raffle prizes!

Sugarleaf Makati Dine in Healthy Shop

Kudos to you Manny Pacquiao! Pinoy Rules! Congratulations!

Sole Academy, Best in Class!

Sole Academy, Best in Class!

Sole Academy….not just a shoe store but a “Shoe Soul” and Sports “Trendy Lifestyle” Shop.

About the Store:

It’s a Multi-Brand Sports and Lifestyle Concept Store

Sole Academy is a true and authentic Multi-brand sports and lifestyle store focused on the youth and what they want. Their slogan “Best in Class” represents a desire to bring the best brands and special releases to the market. All over the store, you can see displays, autographed memorabilia (including the MP Trainers, a Kiefer “Phenom” Ravena Kobe IV IDs, and Mike Silungan’s Rose 1.5s among others). The first floor features their lifestyle section, carrying the latest shoes, apparel and other gear from the brands. It also houses Wipcaps, Jansport and Meister. And the second floor is like a locker room that displays sports clothing needs. They also accepts shirt customization depends on your lifestyle sports needs.

Store Location:

Katipunan Avenue corner No 29. Fabian de la Rosa St, Loyola Heights, (right behind Regis Center & near KFC), 1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Key Brands: Nike, Adidas, Vans, Converse, Puma, Asics and Palladium


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