Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Making A World of Difference

In mid-2006, we worked with the office of Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles to create this video tool that will reach out and invite foreign students to enroll in the Ateneo. It took on a greater meaning after that verdammt THES-Q rankings came out then (that the other school made a fuss out of even in their official school brochures and is now eating crow). We finished it early 2007 and we're all pleased to say that we think it's great and its got heart.

What you're watching is 90% of the vid. We did not upload the other bonus features that feature the courses and international partners.

We tapped Luis Abad and Lia Cruz to host the docu-AVP.

The docu-AVP features music by U2, the Lemonheads, Gin Blossoms, Badly Drawn Boy, Blink 182, the Dave Matthews Band, the Pretenders, John Boswell, Jim Chappell, Emil Palame, Peter White, and Stephen Jacob.

It was written and directed by me.

Mai Ventura lovingly helped produce it along with Joanna Ruiz. Mai also greatly helped out on the video cam, directing, and editing. Trina Alejo and Ceres Lina were the production assistants. Alan Bonto, Alex Obligacion, and I alternated on the cameras. Aaron Vicencio was our photographer. Dom Pili was supposed to do the DVD artwork. We used Erwin Nolido's editing suites.

Sonia Araneta was our spiritual leader and sounding board. Glenn De Leon of the OIP and the office of Dr. Angeles of course were most helpful.

Ateneo Team B hoopster Charles Tiu made a cameo. Ditto with Blue Booters Neil Calinawagan and Zaldy Maranon. Even Poch Juinio (see if you can spot him). You'll see Eric Salamat in class. And we also featured JC Intal's game-winning drive vs FEU in Season 69. To the Ateneo students of today and the last few years, you'll see a lot of familiar faces in the vid. Thanks too to Alyson Yap and Ali Figueroa. Dr. Sio Marquez gave valuable advice.

Thanks to National Sports Grill (and its owner former Blue Booter Ponch Zamora), Chicken Bacolod, Kenny Rogers, and Manang's for the food.

There's one typo in this version so sue me.

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