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Hell is Upon Us \m/

Posted in cebu, death metal by R.L. Bertulfo on March 7, 2012

Well, first off, I won’t drown in self pity and wallow in my own misery because of not merely updating this blog with decent post. Frankly, there has been no decent thing happening in my life worth sharing to the interwebz aside from the usual got a haircut and a real job, wife and kids all ok, no impending doom, so on and so forth. So, all I’m gonna do is post itsy bitsy stuff here if you folks won’t mind.

Its that time of the year again, yes you heard that right. Hellfest is upon us! Well, in this part of the globe that is. Hellfest is on its eight year itiration and it gets heavier last time I checked. And my band will help usher in Hell this coming Mar. 31, 2012 at the usual happening place at the AMZ Sports Bar, NRA, Cebu City. The usual suspects of bands are gonna help out as well, just read the poster above for  more details and you can even click on it and you be transported to the FB event page, wow, nifty, uhm, yay… Well, I would highly appreciate all of you folks to support our little shindig. The Cebu metal scene is still alive thank you, haters can’t do anything about it. See you there \m/

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Remembering the 2nd C3 (or a very delayed post thereat)

Posted in articles, cebu, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on October 20, 2011

Wow, what the F. Sorry, it took me so, i mean, sooooooooooo long to post the aftermath of the successful 2nd Cebu Comics Convention 2011 last Oct. 1, 2011. Yay, nice try me. Nineteen friggin days delayed to be exact. Not that I had nothing better to do all them 19 lost days mind you. You know the drill, been busy with this, been busy with that s#$%T and stuff. Well, here it is, don’t fret. My post 2nd C3 post in all its memory fading glory.

(Caveat Lector: This is a long boring post. All pics after my inane textual post or better scroll down and leave the yapping behind)

We started early getting busy on our little farthest end of a booth around 9:00 a.m. at the U.P. Cebu grounds. The heat was gradually festering the participants already but lucky for us all the available booths were provided with tents for shelter from the sun, wind (?) and rain. Morning came and not much going for the crowd just yet, things got steam around 3:00 p.m. or so when the Artist Alley was already filling up with, uhm, ah, artist, what else and the crowd went wild, so to speak. Our little SDR Booth (thanks to the Big Ape Studio guys for letting us crash our stuff) or actually, our SDR/IPI Pharmaceuticals/Mcfarlane Toys booth which we loving shared with them guys, was full to the brim with our own indie comics, Mcfarlane action figures and yeah, some medicinal flyers courtesy of IPI. Our SDR catalogue was mighty looking good as opposed to the last years C3 which was only my Boy Sipok and Sugbu Jam No. 4 was on sale. Now we had another Boy Sipok Comics of mine, Sugbu Jam No. 5, John Amor’s Urban Animal Nos. 1 and 2, JP dela Rama’s Gemini Complex No.1 and some Komikero comics from Manila. We didn’t sold that much except for Urban Animal 1 and 2 that sold well as far as I can recall. Not that it was bad all in all selling wise, but it was surely an experience mind you and I am not complaining. I am counting on next year’s C3 if the gods allow to sell more of our Super Debil Robot Comics catalogue and alot of fans would support it.

Other booths present were the Wacom guys showing and strutting there goods for all the salivating crowd to see. I was eyeing on that Cintiq lustily and not the pretty lady attendant, really…really! I was scheming a plan of theft and armed robbery by nightfall to the guy who won the Bamboo but to no avail and rightly so. Then there’s them ever present Komikon guys with their comics fresh from Manila, they were also present at last year’s C3 and for that, kudos to you guys for never failing to participate in our little event this way south. Then there was the ComicXhub booth fresh also from Manila bringing with them awesome comics from Marvel/DC and other international ones. By impulse I had to buy from them DC’s the New 52 of Batman No. 1 which was so awesome, Greg Capullo’s art is tha bomb. I was shaking in anticipation on this one and much to my wife’s weird disapproving looks (she is the ever cashier of the SDR comics since from last C3’s booth). Then there’s the National Bookstore booth full of comics in trade and other art supplies. They gave away some cool Hellblazer tradepaperbacks also and then some Zig art markers. There were other booths put up then but I can’t seem to recall that much so I better leave it to that so as not to further my embarrassment on the details. Thanks to them they made the C3 a success.

The highlight of the event was definitely the Artist Alley booth, which highlights (do I hear an echo?) the purpose of the event. To promote comic book art and artist from Cebu and then some. I wasn’t able to attend to the artist alley because we the SDR crew were busy with the SDR booth attending to it and hoping to sell some SDR comics all thru out the event. Artist present at the Artist Alley were the ever urban animal Mr. John Amor all the way from Davao to regain his rightful roots representing Cebu komikeros with the ever agile cat Kat Layno, Leandro Panganiban, JP dela Rama (notice I only mention SDR Comics artist contributors, so sue me?!) and a whole lotta bunch of great artist filling up the booth and giving away cool sketches and then some. I gotta mention Ike Racho who came all the way from Singapore(?) just to attend to this event and promote his awesome comics Tommie Zombie, he is after all a Cebuano and started his comics roots here with some indies and the ever popularly raunchy(?) From Junquera with Love comics. I regret not having to buy his Tommie Zombie No. 1 and have it signed and get my picture taken with they guy coz I was outta budget by then. Next time dude, if there is one.

All in all, I can safely say that the 2nd C3 was fun like the last one. A learning experience even. I enjoyed meeting you guys specially the ones who came to our own little SDR booth and said hi to us guys. It is a reward in itself. Kudos to the Big Ape Studio guys for pulling off the event yet again.

    

 

 

 

(Click on the link below for more slew of pics from the event in slideshow style)

https://skydrive.live.com/embedalbum.aspx/2nd%20C3%202011?cid=9dff18e6aece56cf&sc=photos

Hey, folks! Here’s to the next C3. Mabuhay ang Komikerong Pilipino. I’m proud to be a part of it and for that it is enough. Thanks.

P.S. hey Mr. Amor, where’s my Sponge Bob sketch from last year’s C3?…

C3 is coming and the Pencil Flex guys…

Posted in cebu, comics, geeks by R.L. Bertulfo on August 23, 2011

Hello folks, The 2nd Cebu Comics Convention (or lovingly called the 2nd C3) is almost upon us this coming October 1, 2011 at the U.P. Campus, Cebu. I do hope I can beat the deadline of sorts and get to release the upcoming Boy Sipok comics there (crosses fingers and legs). A lot of Cebuano artist will be there and the Manila Komikeros hopefully, so show us some love and support this coming October 1st. We appreciate it greatly.

Anyways (copyright Tom Perez!), in other related news the awesome guys at Pencil Flex are giving away a free sketch of your choice during the 2nd Cebu Comicon. Head over to their site for the mechanics. Click on the link below:

The Pencil Flex Cebu Comic Con 2011 Sketch Giveaway

Hey, if I were as awesomely abled as them guys I would gladly give all of you free sketches at the Comic Con but I can pathetically assure you that you won’t like the sketches one bit so, a fair warning to you guys come Oct.1 and you happen to be idly standing in front of my table and thinking of asking for one. hehehe. I’ll see you guys later there, uhmmmkay?!

For related sites and updates, click below:

Facebook Fan page for the 2nd Cebu Comics Convention

Facebook Fan page for Super Debil Robot Comics

Comatose’s Full Length Album Launching

Posted in cebu by R.L. Bertulfo on August 8, 2011

For purposes of updating this  blog of mine for my lack of ingenuity or passion for things blogging, and yes, my mojo has not reared its helpful little head yet although a lot of things happening/coming my way this coming months and one of those is the actual purpose of this post. A self plugging for my band again. Agnas will be opening for Comatose this coming Aug. 20, 2011 and it is our pleasure to receive such honor. We have played with the guys since 2007 and I am pleased to see them launching finally a first full length album of pure death metal goodness and spearheading the Cebu death metal scene. Sadly, for my band has yet to do such a same feat, hopefully by the end of this year we will (crosses fingers and legs). Well, if you guys are interested and free come Aug. 20 and you happen to be in Cebu City, Philippines in all of places then my hat is off to you and thanks for the support that we really need. Horns up, amigos!

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The year that was and then some…

Posted in articles, cebu by R.L. Bertulfo on January 7, 2011

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and every Komikero. I know it’s a bit late a greet but it’s the least I can do for this blog.

A lot has happened in 2010 for me comics wise and I think so too to the whole Cebu comic book scene and I was glad to be a part of it, be it by and large. 2010 was the year when Cebu took part of the Comics Convention craze that started in Manila to inspire the regions to do one of their own and we did it here with the Komikeros help up there (from the likes of the great Gerry A. and Manix to the world renown artist Harvey A. and Carlo P. to name a few) and graced our own 1st Cebu Comics Convention and made it a huge success. I had the chance to have my comics signed by them all and then some wanted picture poses with them and smiling and giggling like a rabid fanboy. Even Komikero extraordinaire Jonas Diego admits (if I’m not mistaken) that the 1st C3 a huge success way grand than theirs, he’s the man so he knows what he’s saying so we gotta take his word for it. It really made the comics community in the Philippines closer and the boundaries and distances made moot. We are forever thankful to guys for the guidance and support and for coming this far south to share the success with us Cebuano Komikeros. Hope to see and take part to another C3 this year.

This year also, I get to publish my own mini comics under the Super Debil Robot Comics banner with the release of Boy Sipok Komics: The Unauthorized Edition during the 1st Cebu Comic Book Convention with warm aplomb to the masses. For a friggin’ P10.00 what more could one ask for and as to not loose steam I followed it up with the release of the Boy Sipok Komiks: Invades the Komikon Edition under the Imprentas de la Cucaracha Rebelarse imprint of SDR (my own finally!) released during the Komikon 2010 at Manila brought by the SDR Crew sans me to the event and it was received by our tagalog bros /sis there with lukewarm reception. It was a blast still to take part atleast.

SDR Comics relatively had a good 2010 with the release of Sugbo Jam Nos. 3 and 4 and the great John Amor’s Urban Animal No.1. A slow but productive year still for the SDR gang although reason for it due largely to the fact that ¾’s of whom are the organizers of the successful 1st C3 and really took much part of their time for that year alone. Hope we at the SDR headquarters rack up more comics to be released this year. All we can do is wait and hope to get jiggy with 2011 this year.

As for me personally, although I was productive with 2 mini comics releases last year I wasn’t really drawing/sketching up that much with only brief spurts/sprints of drawing madness here and there finishing off them 2 minis up in time for their releases after which I haven’t pulled the pencil that much and even early this year the mojo’s not here just yet. I plan to release a 22-page one shot comics and another Boy Sipok mini comics odd-ventures thrown in here and there and also a planned 4-issue 22-page story arc that I’ve yet to conjure a top of my coconut shell so here’s to that. 2011 bring it on!

Skin Bleed: The 1st Talisay Tattoo Competition

Posted in cebu, death metal, metal music by R.L. Bertulfo on October 6, 2010

I’ve decided from here on that this little blog of mine would include anything, and I mean anything, that I fancy on wanting to write about as of the moment so as to break its monotony or consider it as an evolution of the my blog from sole interest in my pursuit of the comic book form to anything that catches my whim and believe me there are many ideas, views and things brewing in this empty can of a head of mine. So, without further adieu:

My band (the one last to be listed performing right thur in the poster ad!) will actually get to play this coming Oct. 15, 2010, so anyone reading this blog who happens to be within the vicinity of Talisay City, Cebu who likes metal music, come and support our little band and mosh and head bang to your hearts content. Our band is slated to play at around 7:30 p.m. but the show/tattoo competition/gig will start around 1:00 p.m. as the poster above states. Check out the poster above for more info. Thanks to McMurills Production for inviting us to devastate their show.

So, to take a Skinless song intro….”grab your gurl, grab your pole, lets take a trip to the old bung-hole”…see you there peeps…

Some Cebu Comics History and a late 1st C3 2010 coverage

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, geeks, photos, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on September 30, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates, I still have no internet at home and seldom nowadays do I go online and only if I am able, so this is a real excuse this time. As a boon or bane, this post will be friggin’ long so be forewarned.

The 1st Cebu Comics Convention is in its wake, awesomeness reigned supreme last Saturday. It was a blast meeting all the comic book fans/artist/aficionados alike. The 1st Cebu Comics Convention, or as aptly known as the 1st C3 2010 was a huge success thanks to all of you guys who attended and showed their support. The comic book scene is still alive and thriving here in Cebu and in the Philippines altogether. Kudos to the Big Ape Design guys (Tom, Suede and Bobols) for spearheading the event and giving it their all to make it a reality in this here part of the Philippines. The Cebuano Komikero has come a long way and I do hope others will be inspired to creating their own comics and really make it a more thriving and diverse Cebu Comic book scene in the near future.

It all started with the comic book “Elmer” by Gerry Alanguilan. Way back early 2008 if I am not mistaken, Sir Gerry announced in his blog, which I am an avid reader and still am to this day, that his Elmer comics were now available for us Cebuano readers and he gave us a link to some guys blog where we can order them off. This guy happens to be Tom “Motex” Perez who bought a couple of Gerry’s Elmer comics for his own consumption and initiated to sell off the extra copies of his to us lucky guys here in Cebu, spreading the love so to speak and spread it he did. And from that link that Sir Gerry gave, me and Tom started to correspond and met up near my place to get my stack of Elmer goodies off of him and we started to talk comics and how it would be nice to copy what the Manila Komikeros did to their scene and somehow resuscitate the comic book scene here in Cebu which was in a dormant state since the later 1990’s. He was working on completing his own thing, a Cebuano underwear wielding, condom capered Superhero, and naturally I pitched in to help him work on the script and dialogues so that he can focus on the layouts/inks and penciling and finish what he started. After which we decided to come up with a name to stamp the comics front page and thus, Super Debil Robot Comics was born. Aptly named from the minions of the arch nemesis of some popular AM Radio drama show about a bronze covered boy superhero we grew up listening with. Then came Rey “the Suedemonkey” Siasar to complete the trio of the SDR Comics Crew. He was the man with the plan oozing and burning like wildfire. Where me and Tom lack he filled it up abundantly in terms of connections, he knew the who’s who in the Cebu gung-ho active artist links. He’s cool up there with the great Harvey Tolibao and John Amor and then some. He then invited us to join in on the somewhat irregularly scheduled weekend Drink and Draw formed by the Istorya.Net comics forum group and connected us to other Cebuano artist. By August 2009 Captin N12 issue No. 1 was released to the public and ushered in for SDR Comics to release some more with Sugbo Jam Nos. 1 to 4 to date. From there the ball kept on rolling until the possibility of a Cebu comics convention came to fruition after the meeting with Sir Jonas Diego with the SDR Boys sometime mid this year and the next is Cebu comic book history naturally. The expertise imparted by him and some Komikeros up there in Luzon (of whom we connect to online on Facebook, Twitter and to their respective blogs) for the advices and the push that ultimately gave way to the success of the Comicon here, their help was invaluable and their support unwavering. The gesture in by coming here at their own expense and help out in whatever they can (the likes of Sir Jonas Diego, Sir Gerry and wife Ilyn Alanguilan, the great Manix Abrera and Hazel Manzano, Ariel Atienza and the Komikon hordes and the bad boys of Philippine Comics namely Harvey Tolibao, Heubert Khan Michael, Carlo Pagulayan, Luis Antonio, Stephen Segovia, Ariel Padilla and their horde) made us feel the camaraderie, the fun and the seriousness of it all. The Philippine Comics Industry is alive and kicking and to be part of it once and for all is a very fulfilling vindication.

Enough of the raves, here are some pics via my cam of the event:

Had my copy of Elmer and Boldstars signed early by the great Manong Gerry Alanguilan.

The booth of our very own Overactive Ink guys, a powerhouse of artist be it traditional media, computer generated, flash media, animation, you name it they make it and with attitude to boot. Make us proud that they are on our side of the fence.

Heres a pic of the early birds of the comicon at around 11:00 a.m. a more calmer hustle and bustle.

Heres a pic again of the crowd but later on in the afternoon, a more jam packed organized chaos a brewing now.

A lot of Cosplayers show their support and are in full force in attendance, cosplaying stemmed from comics I believe and they have all the right to be there. The Panday rendition was hands down the most unique next to the marshmallow guy.

And with me here is Elton Espinosa who’s a Sugbo Jam veteran helping out on the booth, he’s been contributing to it since issue 1. here is the SDR comics booth, sparse with only the Unathorized(more on that maybe on some later post) copies of my own Boy Sipok Komiks selling for only P10.00 at 16-pages cover to back cover, the cheapest on sale on that event, a 100% Visaya komiks, you can download the comicbook file here for FREE If you want to peruse it. The other SDR guys Motex and Suede were busy making sure the comicon was in full swing (they’re the guys who made it happen) and were not present at the booth so its highly understandable. (Note: Sugbo Jam No. 4 Free Edition came very late at around 5:00 P.M. already to be distributed to the public, sorry guys)

Signing and sketching something for someone in the crowd, I bet they were (insert lewd language here) of the sketch that we came up with. The light of joy vanished before there eyes upon claiming the sketch. hehehehee.

The wife winning a Heubert Khan Michael sketch of Catwoman, how awesome can it get!!! Naturally I inherited the piece from her after the convention.

Here is Boy Sipok Converse style, actually finished this small painted piece early dawn of the Convention day at around 2:30 a.m. It was the hardest thing to draw coz I never painted anything in my life and let alone painted it on a Converse Chuck’s canvass, it was a very learning experience with a lot of stops and turns before completion. I was planning on painting up more of it but I was really sleepy already at that time. Maybe next time I’d do better.

With the great Manix Abrera of Kikomachine Komiks fame. I finally get to meet and chat with guy and like what the others are saying about him, what a down-to-earth person he is, humble but definitely on rockstar status in my book, asteeg!

With Callwork Comix creator fame Hazel “Ms. Charming” Manzano. The only woman comics creator, aside from our very own Kat, present during the event. Thanks for the Dr. Yap comics freebie, it was a good read as you said it would be.

The great Kat Layno-Lewis of Overactive Ink, busy sketching for her multitude of satisfied fans during the Comicon and me one of the many. Thanks for the awesome Logan sketch Ms. Kat, much appreciated. (Hey Mr. Amor, where’s my SpongeBob-Venom hybrid sketch request?! heheheh)

Bromance a-brewin’ at the Comicon with John Amor and Gerry Alanguilan doing a live Tres Komikeros podcast for the crowd. I was half waiting for Sir Gerry to do a sudden “Hey, Baby!” number for the crowd but to no avail. He’s famous in Youtube for that, check it out.

The great Jonas Diego in the hauz with his brief and concise an introduction to comics presentation.

With Mr. Ariel Atienza of West Side Comics fame. So, we finally meet sir. Thanks for them cool comics.

Well, that’s that and that’s this. Like them Indian dudes would say, it was “Mindblasting!” fun. I do hope it never goes off steam now that the 1st Cebu Comicon is realized and it somehow touched a nerve in others to follow suit. See you guys in the next C3….hopefully.

Update: On Melancholy, Life, Limb and some oddly good cheer

Posted in cebu, Comic Books, geeks, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on September 9, 2010

Hello folks, I am not dead yet just coping with life’s trials and tribulations. Nothing that I can’t handle. Hey, gotta wake up and smell the carcass sometimes. Been neglecting the world, this blog and the internets for  that matter there are more pressing matters and decisions to be made and a lot of changes came thru this pathetic existence and it kinda disorients my daily happenings and mishaps. The day job demands, chronic illness threatening a lifestyle change, depression hanging around some near corner waiting patiently but  still a sliver of hope comes from expecting to join the ranks of fatherhood, a distant yet supporting family and just that nagging stubborness not to give in totally to all the negativity. Life goes on as they say, so, I better go onwards.

Haven’t really drawn in ages and a page or two I started drawing set for another Super Debil Robot Comics release I think will never see the light of day or in print. I don’t know if I my drawing mojo will ever come back. All I gotta do is wait timidly for now. The least I could do was to contribute to a collaboration I did with this guy (we did a collab piece for Sugbo Jam 1 also) and I thank him for it for finishing the 10-page lineart as quickly as he surely can. All shortcomings to be worked out (i.e. dialogues/scripting/lettercraft) are now up to me to overcome and (believe me I got much to write onto his layouts starting today) finish the story we started ready for Sugbo Jam No. 4 to come out this September 25, 201o and I do hope the SDR guys would wait on it.

Enough with my pathetic predicament and on to a more lively note, speaking of September 25th and why that specific date to release the comicbook, well, the 1st Cebu Comics Convention is finally pushing thru on that momentous day due solely to the hard work done by the great SuedeMonkey and Motmot and Bobols. Awesome guys to pull teeth to make that event possible. Salutations are in order for these guys. And we really hope to see you guys there come September 25th and witness the event. Take a look at the awesome preview of things to come below:

Makes any geek tingle in anticipation doesn’t it. Nuff said.

Cebu FCBD 2010 and Renaissance Book Signing

Posted in cebu, geeks, SDR Comics by R.L. Bertulfo on May 26, 2010

Just want to share the awesome geeky happenings last Saturday. Fullybooked, Ayala Center, Cebu participated with the annual tradition of Free Comic Book Day and this was my 2nd year to get to encounter such an event and posted below are the only two comics that I got to have.

By 12:00 p.m. the only free comic books available was the War of the Supermen Issue 0 and we got there over an hour before that. Much as I’ve wanted to get all freebies, Fullybooked only limited 1 free comics for every customer present ( unlike the other branches in Manila where each person gets to have at least 3 free comics) and after which they handed out the freebies they marked you up with a stamper so that you can’t go back for more. What a pity but at least there’s FCBD here in Cebu nowadays, so who’s complaining. I would’ve wanted them two Iron Man issues and some Bongo Comics and yeah, definitely a Peter Bagge issue but we weren’t on time, but all in all still awesome. Anyways, it was a fun event. Hope to have it again next year.

After that, me and the wife then hurried over at Powerbooks, SM North Wing for the Renaissance Book Signing to get to meet and greet them awesome artist from Manila and it was fun all over. Lots of geeks here and there, waiting in line, chatting with the Pros of the Philippine Comic Book biz. As far as memory serves, the one’s I readily could identify were Heubert Khan, who was busy being doing some awesome sketches for fans, then we get to see the legendary Sir Danny Acuna who’s free sketches were hot damn awesome like he does it with little effort man, chatting here and there to his subjects then wham! before you know it, sketched finished and worth framing at that. Many waited in line for him to do their sketches and this unassuming artist guy next to Sir Danny made a wave of Hi to the wife and beckoning her that he’d don’t mind doing a sketch which she happily obliged to and that unassuming awesome artist guy was Randy Valiente and we are much thankful for him. He drew a cartoony version of the wife and unbeknownst to him, I love cartoony style drawings and this made my day and the wife’s too. Thanks Sir Randy, if you get to read this up. Here’s a pic of the both of the artist and the wife:

Late during the event was our own bisdak/Marvel artist extraordinaire Harvey Tolibao all smiles and apologetic to his fellow artist but went on the way to do some signings and sketches for them hungry awaiting fans of his. Shook hands with the guy while the great Suedemonkey introduced us briefly. Hope to see you guys soon enuf in some other comics related gathering.

And before I forget, the SDR Guys were also there to hand out our much delayed Sugbo Jam No. 3 like free comic book day to them awesome artist Pros at their table whether they like it or not. We kinda forced ourselves but what the hey, we didn’t care one bit. Grass roots promotion is the key here. Hehehehe. Hope you guys enjoyed our little comics there and help spread the word. We ever so gradually trying to make our Cebu comics better.

Last Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and the Renaissance Book signing in Cebu and Sugbo Jam No. 3’s release, so how awesome can it get. The geeky side of me was very well pleased indeed.

In retrospect- R.I.P. Sodom Gonzalez

Posted in cebu, death metal, metal music by R.L. Bertulfo on May 25, 2010

In Memoriam, May 20, 2010 Sodom Gonzalez of Signos

I was informed over the weekend via the infamous Facebook that Sodom Gonzalez, legendary frontman of the equally infamous 90’s Cebuano Death Metal band Signos was found dead at exactly 3:33 p.m., May 20, 2010 in some undisclosed place somewhere alleged death by suicide. Apparent info was spilled over by his better half on FB’s status updates and were immediately made known to his friends/cohorts/hordes/fans alike of his terrible fate. Many of us were hesitant and shook off the news as a cruel joke, knowing Sodom, who was always full of mischief and who’s always on to something thus the delay of this post. I was waiting for what I conceived as reality to set in but to no avail and only left me distraught as the days went by. Deep inside a flicker of hope still embers down that all this is untrue but what sad news it is and all I can do for now is pay tribute to the man.

The whole death metal community here in Cebu is still in a state of disbelief/shock of the news that has befallen them. He was very active on FB as it was his only outlet to the outside world.  Since 2006 (if I’m not mistaken) he has been in hiding from the local authorities here.He was wanted for manslaughter. The only way friends could get in touch with him was on FB and I too am thankful at the least for social networking sites for making it possible to connect/interact with distant friends online.

Looking back, I never really new him more personally than I would have wanted to but I knew him nevertheless. We drank a couple of beers, traded a couple of stories here and there and jammed a couple of times on gigs way back when the death metal scene in Cebu was still tight. His band Signos was the first wave of death metal bands to come out of Cebu and my band was the second and to play side by side with his band was an honor and pleasure in itself to be regarded as peers. What I fondly recall most was when both our bands were the only ones playing extreme metal music that got mixed together with the alternative rock bands on some gigs then and we were proud as hell to wave the metal flag to the listening masses, in awe or dumbfounded, we cared not.

As for Sodom, the man, he was the embodiment to all things death metal. He practiced what he preached. He was the most extreme man I would dare come to know. Outspoken about his ideologies, which can be radical to some and laughable to others. He could be dreadful at one time and calm as a sheep the next. He was just that, a multi-faceted individual. He was dedicated to his music and would be anything he puts his mind into. Although many would disagree with him, his terrible certainties were blatant for all to see and many of the weak of institution, the closed minded would see him as an abomination and would make him submit to the error of his ways but I won’t delve into the left hand path that he tread on, he is but human and to err is our nature. This is my tribute to him, in my humble point of view. Although now we can never witness the resurgence of his band as he had hoped to be, we can reflect and celebrate his life through his music and the memories he left us by. Sodom was a legend but still a man, father, husband, brother, and friend and we shall thank the gods for his existence. To borrow a title of a song from one of his fave band …weightless and horizontal…see you in the afterlife man.

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