Thursday, November 15, 2007


"Learning to walk set you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are." - Melissa Hayden

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Aliwan Festival, Manila
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posted by Señor Enrique at 9:44 AM


Blogger reyd said...

Very nice shot. I wish you could feature more photos or give us a link of you collections.

November 15, 2007 10:27 AM  

Anonymous kyels said...

Dancing can be a form to express ourselves emotionally.


I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself --- Mikhail Baryshnikov.

November 15, 2007 10:50 AM  

Blogger mimi said...

ganda! parang naging sepia na dahil sa costume nila.. ^_^

November 15, 2007 12:00 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

This incessant rain going on since this early morning in Manila, Mimi, is making me long for another festival in the city, and that's why I dug up an old picture that reflects my wish :)

Maraming salamat!

November 15, 2007 12:48 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

How I wish I could find somewhere in Manila a place where they play some oldies tune and where folks like me could just dance my heart out, Kyels :)

November 15, 2007 12:51 PM  

Blogger carlotta said...

at first i thought you went to baguio/banaue/kalinga etc pero sa aliwan festival pala yan =)

nice pic =)

November 15, 2007 12:53 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks, Reyd!

Here's my two other flickr sites:



November 15, 2007 12:58 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, Carla, dito lang yan. It best reflects my longing for another major festival in Manila.

Nakakalungkot na naman ang ulan sa Maynila, kaya nagiisip lamang ng kasiyahan :)

November 15, 2007 1:03 PM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

Try Strumms in Jupiter Street on Saturday nights...a band called Overdrive plays 70's and 80's music. But their dance floor is too small---dance on the stage instead! There's also RJ Bistro on the same street, and there is real dancing there!

Bed weather talaga...ang lungkot ng panahon. Sarap magkape! :-)

November 15, 2007 2:44 PM  

Blogger g_mirage said...

Great tones!

Which oldies tune do you mean SenorE? I miss the reggae, swing and the likes dancing tunes, so whenever friends and I get the chance to karaoke, we sing some of them and dance n din. =)

November 15, 2007 3:03 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Anything with a dance-able beat like those dating back from the Motown era up to the '80s would be nice :)

Singing combined with dancing is a sure blast! Alright, G. Mirage! You really know how to party then ... hehehe. Wonderful!

November 15, 2007 3:18 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You probably haven't witnessed a more scandalous act than to see me shamelessly dancing up on a stage at some respectable club in Makati, Miranda ... hehehe.

Wouldn't be surpised if I get led out in a straight jacket :)

But nonetheless, dancing can surely be lots of fun.

November 15, 2007 3:21 PM  

Blogger ROMY said...

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance

November 15, 2007 3:55 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Dance with life, yes!

Thanks for sharing, Romy :)

November 15, 2007 4:37 PM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

Naku, laman din ako ng disco noong dalaga pa ako. :)

Pero ang hindi ko maintindihan - ay bakit ang mga anak ko, ayaw niia akong makitang nagsasayaw.

"Mama, no! Don't dance!" the 5-year old Aypee frantically said as he hugged my legs tight to stop me when he saw me dancing to a Donna Summer disco tune. He was probably thinking - "nagwawala na ang nanay niya!" haha!

November 15, 2007 4:50 PM  

Blogger ROMY said... of my many maxims in life: "If I can't dance in you revolution, I'm not joining!" I feel the most free when am dancing, am at my happiest too! I Sometimes dance in my own living room, even in my ginches, at times even dancin' in your head does the job!

It's A Great day For dancing!

Have A Great and Stupendous Day!

November 15, 2007 5:23 PM  

Blogger nashei_nicola said...

i wish i can dance without a care in the world...sadly parehong kaliwa ang paa ko....haha

November 15, 2007 5:44 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lol ... I used to do the same with my mom, Rhoda, when I was a little kid. As soon as she started to dance with the tune:

Baselon, querico baselon
Cha cha cha, querico cha cha cha

I would tug at her skirt and drag her back to sit on the sofa with me ... hahaha! Since my nickname is Ric, I probably thought they were teasing with with that song or something :)

We have got to bring back some dancing sessions with the old dance music. Great exercise, too!

November 15, 2007 6:00 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I think dancing is one of those activities that allows anyone to get as serious or as silly as they want to get as they move along with the beat of the music, Romy -- which makes it an exhilarating experience.

I really should get back to dancing ... hehehe!

November 15, 2007 6:07 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I tend to develop instantaneously those two left feet whenever the dancing involved choreographed moves, Nashei. This is why I never got into any of the ballroom dancing. I prefer to just do want I want as long as my moves don't suggest anything salacious ... hehehe.

But as they say, if you can walk, you can dance so, you can dance, Nashei :)

November 15, 2007 6:09 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Shame on me... I never noticed your Flickr accounts.
I was already wondering what you were doing with all your pictures.
But I am not very active on Flickr. It is too time consuming.

November 15, 2007 7:41 PM  

Anonymous bw said...

Great shot :) These kids look like gypsies !

where was this event held?

November 16, 2007 1:44 AM  

Blogger Aura said...

Nice shot of the street dancers, SE!
Sometimes i do a bit of dancing myself (when im alone)hahaha!.But then its a good exercise too!! Try it!

November 16, 2007 2:43 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks, Aura!

Yup, I ought to do more dancing ... hehehe. Kahit na nagiisa lang. Actually, there was that exercise guru, Richard Simmons, who produced those dancing with the oldies cum exercise videos. Hmmmm ... let me search for one :)

November 16, 2007 5:55 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

It started At Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, BW, and then they paraded along Roxas Boulevard up to the Cultural Center complex. It was a wonderful festival!

November 16, 2007 5:57 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Neither am I, Sidney. I use flckr mainly as a staging point to post my blog pics from. Other than that, much like you, I have no time to really delve into it.

November 16, 2007 5:59 AM  

Blogger dave (",) said...

Do try dancing on stage with the live band. I did it before. A few drinks helped, though.

I've been performing those choreographed dances back when I was a student. Pakapalan lang ng mukha. Smiling helped mask my ineptness (I never fully mastered the steps, I just improvised). Once, I even got bumped off an overcrowded stage, haha!! partly my fault for underestimating the floor area when I gave out instructions to the construction crew.

November 17, 2007 10:29 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I must bow to you then, Dave. Mahina talaga kukote pag may mga steps na dapat sundin sa pagsayaw. Baka naman sigure Conscious lang ako masyado ... hehehe.

You must have given the audience quite a scare when you fell off that stage! Hope you didn't get badly hurt.

November 18, 2007 7:07 AM  

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