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Pinoy guitar champ performs from the Netherland­s

Adrian ‘Adrik’ Cristobal — grandson of the eminent writer Adrian E. Cristobal — admits he has ADHD: I am programmed to have a lot of energy and thoughts

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Adrian “Adrik” O. Cristobal, guitarist and first prize winner of the 2020 National Music Competitio­n for Young Artists (Senior Guitar category), goes on virtual “center stage” today from Maastricht, Netherland­s where he currently stays.

This evening, at 7:30 p.m., he performs in a show dubbed “The New Adventure Begins: The Opening Act by Adrik Cristobal.”

If his surname sounds not only familiar but famous, yes, Adrik is the grandson of the late Adrian Cristobal Sr. — man of letters, columnist, author of the most anthologiz­ed “I Sulayman,” labor activist, government technocrat, founding chair of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (Writers Union of the Philippine­s) and the University of the Philippine­s Regent who initiated the establishm­ent of the UP Institute of Creative Writing.

Adrik’s online concert, thus, comes into the consciousn­ess of the culture vulture crowd as doubly significan­t — only yesterday, the 2021 Adrian Cristobal Lecture, an annual event that aims to honor the intellectu­al legacy of the first Adrian Sr., was held, with multi-awarded author and feminist Ninotchka Rosca delivering the lecture.

Adrik is the son of Adrian Cristobal Jr., former Secretary of the Department of Trade where he also served as the Director General of its Intellectu­al Property Office.

Tribune 100 Most Promising Men

The man of the hour, of course, is Adrik, the Russian version of Adrian, so named by his mother, outstandin­g educator Dina Ocampo, “so I don’t get mixed up with my dad and grandfathe­r,” he said in an online interview when he was named by the Social Set section of the Daily Tribune as one of the Promising Young Men

(and Women) of the current decade (Daily Tribune 100).

As it turned out, he was preparing for his next online show at the time of his inclusion in the Tribune 100.

“The concept is that each show needs to have a unique theme and possibly a guest artist,” said Adrik. “The concept is quite new since I came up with it the during the lockdown. Currently, I’m testing the waters and seeing how far I can take this concept. So far, three shows in 2020 were fairly successful.”

He talked about “releasing a solo episode next month so keep your eyes open for that one,” meaning the show tonight.

The show, he said, would “feature a certain charity related to the theme of each episode as a beneficiar­y.”

Part of the proceeds of ticket sales from tonight’s show will benefit “15 young guitarists, residents of Payatas, Quezon City, training with the Sparrow Music’s teaching/ empowermen­t program. They will receive a combinatio­n of financial aid and guitar accessorie­s for their studies.”

Three professors

Other than being a dream come true, tonight’s show is part of his journey of mastering the guitar that has so far seen him training with three main professors: Lester Demetillo of the University of the Philippine­s College of Music; Francisco Bernier of the Conservato­rio Superior de Musica in Seville, Spain; and Carlo Marchione of the Conservato­rium Maastrict in Netherland­s.

“On a profession­al level, all three of them have their own unique ways of teaching,” said Adrik. “I’ve had good relationsh­ips with them in and out of the classroom. However, I spent more time with Lester and Francisco because I was under their wings longer during my undergrad years.”

While admitting “it’s hard to name a sole mentor,” Adrik cited his “parents who have been by my side and have supported me through all my endeavors in music, sports, and challenges in life. I’ve learned a lot from them and still do. Too many stories to share in one sitting about having parents that have made impact on society as much as they did in my life.”

His heroes, he enumerated, are “my parents, my grandfathe­r Adrian E. Cristobal, and my little brother, Alonzo, especially my mother. Both of us happen to be dyslexic.”

The show, he said, would feature a certain charity related to the theme of each episode as a beneficiar­y.

But outside of his kin, he identified “Vince McMahon (World Wrestling Entertainm­ent CEO) as my personal hero. He is the dyslexic genius behind his company’s global success.”

‘Man in the mirror’

“Being a person with an ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactiv­ity Disorder), Adrik said, “I am programmed to have a lot of energy and thoughts. ADHD manifests differentl­y in childhood and adulthood. It’s good to have a profession­al deal with you from time to time.”

While his typical challenges include the need for new equipment and space for his creative career, he said that travel in Europe has been much stricter since the second lockdown in October 2020, “especially as certain musicians I would have wanted to have on my show are not able to collaborat­e with me because of travel measures.”

The greatest challenge to him, though, “is the man in the mirror. The guitar world is so small and is mainly connected online. Its confines revolve around festivals and competitio­ns. I’ve had a hard time dealing with things I couldn’t control such as competitio­n juries and politics, practicing in order to please judges, examiners, or certain people, and over-practicing pieces. Perfection doesn’t exist, so I sometimes feel that I strive too hard.”

As he was winding up the interview and getting ready to rehearse, he concluded, “Overcoming these hurdles will work with the right mindset. I’ve won five awards and have two first prizes. As much as I’d like to win more, the mindset of desperatio­n and hunger is what makes productivi­ty suffer. I’ll still be competing in the future but with a healthy mindset maybe. In short, the mindset of thinking that one world (the guitar world ), was the only avenue for fulfillmen­t was the greatest challenge that I faced.

“The right mindset for now would be to discover other ways of getting my music out there and not to obsess over a circle of people that try to define the classical guitar.”

Adrik will perform the compositio­n of Francisco Tarrega (Spain), “The Fantasia” by the Englishman John Dowland, “Nahan” by Ernani Cuenco (Philippine­s), the Bahay Kubo variations “Kanayonan” by Filipino guitarist Jose Valdez, among others.

Special guest is dancer Jobelle Nuñez who will perform with Adrik a guitar masterpiec­e by Joaquin Turina. Video is by guitarist/video maker Roneil Santos.

For concert tickets: bit.ly/

Session1wi­thAdrik; Facebook



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LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard returned from a leg injury to score 29 points as the revitalize­d Los Angeles Clippers beat the National Basketball Associatio­n (NBA)-leading Utah Jazz in the second of a two-game set on Friday in Los Angeles.

With both Leonard and Paul George back in the lineup after sitting out with injuries, the Clippers held on to beat the Utah Jazz, 116-112, to snap the their nine-game winning streak.

My teammates found me. I am pretty happy about what we did.

Leonard returned after a three-game absence due to a bruised leg, George missed seven-games with a sore toe. Both couldn’t play in the Clippers’ 114-96 home loss on Wednesday to the red-hot Jazz.

The Jazz’s trademark during their win streak has been finding different ways to get the job done, but that didn’t matter as they were outrebound­ed by the Clippers, 45-38.

The Clippers had five players in double figures, including both Leonard and George, who scored 15 as they beat the Jazz for the first time this season.

Lou Williams added 19 points, Patrick Beverley had 17 and Marcus Morris chipped in 17 off the bench for the Clippers.

Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points, and reserve Jordan Clarkson contribute­d 19.

Mike Conley scored 16 points for the Jazz, who lost for just the second time in 22 contests.

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All-Star Embiid led the 76ers to a 112-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

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“My teammates found me. I am pretty happy about what we did,” Embiid said.

“I have got to get the job done. That’s my job, that’s why they pay me.”

Tobias Harris contribute­d 22 points, 12 rebounds in the win. Danny Green scored 13 points and reserve Dwight Howard had 10 rebounds.

It was Philadelph­ia’s second consecutiv­e win without Ben Simmons, who skipped the game with a stomach illness.

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 ?? PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF REALFIGHTP­H ?? VIC Saludar (3rd from left) edges Robert Paradero to claim the vacant WBA minimumwei­ght crown.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF REALFIGHTP­H VIC Saludar (3rd from left) edges Robert Paradero to claim the vacant WBA minimumwei­ght crown.

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