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Gang Badoy’s Tribute to Tara Santelices

January 10, 2010

Gang Badoy of RockEd fame wrote a tribute to several news-worthy Filipinos who passed away in 2009. Among them was Tara Santelices.

Here’s what she had to say about Tara:

Tara Santelices, 23 Poet, musician, filmmaker

I only met her once, ever so briefly, at Mag:Net Katipunan. Next time I heard about her, she was already lying unconscious at Medical City. The world lost an artist too early, yet again. A few months before she went into a coma, Tara quoted the poet Louise Gluck in her blog, “I did not expect to survive, earth suppressing me. I didn’t expect to waken again, to feel in damp earth my body able to respond again, remembering after so long how to open again in the cold lightof earliest spring.”

The Tara I had come to know through her writing and work seemed to be an irrepressible being. She took on filmmaking, songwriting, the guitar, her friends, causes and life by the horns—she raised everything above her head and swung it around. Tara certainly knew what life was all about. At least we had her until July 27 of 2009. (Get to know Tara through )

The complete article can be found here.


Tara Santelices’ story on Maalala Mo Kaya

December 15, 2009

This Saturday’s Maalala Mo Kaya episode is the story of TARA SANTELICES. Karylle Tatlonghari plays Tara. Watch it on Saturday, 19 December 2009, Channel 2, 8:00 p.m. Please spread the word!

Here’s what Karylle says about Tara’s story:

“Nabaril siya sa isang dyip sa isang holdup kasi parang ayaw niyang ibigay yung gamit niya. Di dahil nanghihinayang siya kundi mataas kasi ang prinsipyo niya sa buhay. Alam niyang mali yun, di niya matanggap yung ganung maling sistema.

“Outside very obvious na mahilig siya sa party. Mayroon siyang ginagawang shirts, mayroon siyang fashion line, tapos nasa band siya na electronical rock o mahirap maintindihan especially for parents. Siyempre on the outside, rakista ba ito o ano? Pero nagwo-work pala siya sa isang NGO, pangarap niya pala na maging ambassador. Sobrang sayang kung iisipin na matatapos ang buhay niya in such a tragic way.

“I think through her story may magandang maituturo sa atin from her life. Karamihan kasi sa mga kabataan natin, ang problema nila is parang generation gap. I think this is a wake-up call for the parents na di porke’t mahilig sa rock or whatever o iba manamit ang anak nila, masama na siya. Malay mo ang pangarap niya ay maganda pala.”  -from

A moment of gratitude

December 14, 2009

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended TARA’S THEME, and to each person who contributed to the concert’s success. Thank you to the artists who performed for free, the sponsors who supported our cause, the dedicated volunteers who organized the concert, and all who bought tickets. We hope you enjoyed the concert! Your support means so much to us.

New date of the concert

October 5, 2009

Hello everybody!

The reschedule date of “Tara’s Theme” is November 28, 2009.  The venue is still Meralco Theater, concert time is at 7:00 p.m.


Larry and Anne Santelices

TARA’S THEME rescheduled to 28 November 2009, 7:00 p.m., Meralco Theater

October 2, 2009

Just got this text message from Tito Larry:

“Hi everybody. The new date of Tara’s concert is November 28, Saturday, same venue and time. See you there… Larry and Anne Santelices.”

-posted by Angela Serrano

TARA’S THEME moved to 28 Nov 2009, 7pm, Meralco Theater

September 29, 2009

college grad

“Tara’s Theme: Music, Friendship and Love” has been rescheduled to 28 November 2009, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. at Meralco Theater.

Below is an e-mail message sent by Larry and Anne Santelices, Tara’s parents:

Hi everybody,

The new date for the benefit concert is November 28, Saturday. Still at Meralco Theater, 7:00 p.m.

We are thankful to the management of the theater to have gone out of its way to get in touch (when everybody was reeling from the disaster) with those who made reservations to get the confirmation if they will push thru or not. We were lucky that that date became available.


larry and anne


We apologize for the inconvenience the postponement may have caused you or your friends.

We hope that you can help us spread the word about the change in schedule. If you have sent out posters or e-mails, please update these with the new date.

Thank you very much!

-Angela Serrano


The typhoon Ondoy

The typhoon Ondoy

In light of the recent catastrophe, we also urge everyone to help out.  People are still in need of clothes, food, medicine, and essentials. also, if you know people who’d volunteer their cars, i think that’s urgent as well. maski half-day lang just to help in bringing stuff to those affected.

Here’s a re-post from for those who need them:

MANILA, Philippines – Below is a consolidated report of the interactive maps, private groups and business organizations where you can find information on how to help the victims of tropical storm Ondoy, based on the sites of columnist Manuel Quezon III (, bloggers Frannywanny ( and Jane ( and Google map creators Serge Gregorio and Franklin Naval.

Rescue Operations

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120)
Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
Air Force (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
Metro Manila Development Authority (136)
Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902) Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099)
Quezon City Rescue (161)
San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)
Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)
Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)

Rubber boat and chopper requests

NCRPO (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)
Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats for rescue please call emergency nos: +632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9122665, +632-9115061)
You can also text (+632917-4226800 or +632927-6751981) for rescue dump trucks.
For those who are able to lend 4×4 trucks for rescue: Please send truck to Greenhills Shopping Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment, Tel No. (+632920-9072902).
Petron & San Miguel Corporation are lending choppers for rescue operations, call/text: (+632917-8140655) ask for Lydia Ragasa

Power supply concerns

Meralco (+63917-5592824, 16211, +63920-9292824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

Donations of heavy duty flashlights needed for rescue operations in Cainta, Rizal area. Contact Cielo at (+632918-8824356)


SMS: text RED to 2899 (Globe) and 4483 (Smart)
G-Cash: text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882 Paypal, Smart Money (5577-5144-1866-7103), G-Cash (0917-9751092)

We can do this! 🙂 The Filipino people will rise again from this tragedy. Let’s do our part to help out.

– Quincy Gonzales

ondoy photo taken from:

September 14, 2009

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