Hello! Anybody home?
Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been very busy lately with work and personal matters, so I haven’t had the time to update this blog. (Yes, I’m making excuses; but being busy is a better excuse than, say, I have nothing interesting to blog about. )
I seem to be in ‘throwback’ mode lately. We have a TV here in my office, and I always tune in to The Ryzza Mae Show and Eat Bulaga during (extended ) lunch break. Today’s guests are Wowie De Guzman, Marco McKinley and the Salas twins of that insanely popular dance group in the 90s, Universal Motion Dancers aka. UMD.
Source: Eat Bulaga official Facebook page
They taught Ryzza their famous dance routines from back in the day: the butterfly dance from Erasure’s Always (interesting to note that Kang Gary often does this step at Running Man, although I think he got it from Seo Taeji and Boys [who happened to be from the same era as UMD]), Timmy Thomas’ Dying Inside, Stars by Simply Red, the saxophone dance to the tune of Black Machine’s How Gee (a song which K-pop people might identify with Big Bang, but I will always identify it with UMD). (Proof that I’m really from that era: I was able to identify the artists behind each song without the aid of Mr. Google. ) (I’m lying. I’m actually from an earlier era. )
As they were teaching Ryzza the steps, I found myself dancing along with them. Fortunately, I’m alone at the office so no one saw me dancing around the room. (Hopefully, there’s no CCTV. ) I’m surprised that I still know all the steps. My body still has flesh memories of UMD’s choreography.
And speaking of throwback… I spent Black Saturday watching the Circus Band and New Minstrels reunion concert on cable. It’s like the ultimate 70s-80s throwback concert. Though all of them have aged, the talent and most especially, the music, are still there.
The most applauded number at the concert is the ultimate sing-along OPM song, Umagang Kay Ganda. The original artists, Ray-Ann Fuentes and Tillie Moreno, last sung this together about thirty years ago.
credits: Jamil Buergo at YouTube