From the Slums to the Stage: Arnel Pineda and His Journey of a Lifetime

The great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For Arnel Pineda, the most transformative journey of his lifetime began with a song.

A former slum-dweller from the Philippines, Pineda turned to music as his catharsis and calling. His life changed forever in 2007, when he was chosen to be the new frontman of iconic rock group Journey after band member Neal Schon watched his band covers on YouTube.

Together with his new-found bandmates, Pineda produced the chart-topping albums “Revelation” and “Eclipse” and went on a successful worldwide concert tour. His Cinderella story from the slums to the global stage is chronicled in the 2012 documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”

Filled with in-depth interviews and performance footage, the feted documentary treats viewers to a journey through Pineda’s roller-coaster life, culminating in his first year and baptism of fire as Journey’s lead singer. The film inspires audiences all over the world to leave their own mark by taking that first, single step towards their own life’s journey.   

Helmed by writer-director Ramona Diaz, the documentary was given the distinction of being the Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. It also won numerous awards in film festivals abroad, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival Audience Award, the Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Audience Award and the 2014 PBS Independent Lens Audience Award.

The Philippine premiere of the documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” will be on July 24, 2014 at the Power Plant Mall Cinema. The two screenings at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM are for the benefit of survivors of typhoon Haiyan.

Eager to watch Pineda’s journey on the big screen? Click here to enter Miss Jean Walker’s contest for a chance to win tickets to the screening!

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I lalalalove my friends! :)) -_- @nilleyvanilli

I lalalalove my friends! :)) -_- @nilleyvanilli

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…aaand that’s how V got acquitted. CHOS.

…aaand that’s how V got acquitted. CHOS.

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"…I loike dot hat." -Me circa 1997

"…I loike dot hat." -Me circa 1997

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Lucky ukay find of the day: A souvenir Wicked tote bag ★

Lucky ukay find of the day: A souvenir Wicked tote bag ★

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Don’t Fall In Love With A Curious One

"Don’t fall in love with a curious one.
They will want to know who you are, where you come from, what your family was like.
They will look through your photographs and read all of your poems. They will come over for dinner and speak to your mother about how their curiosity has taught them things of use to her. They will ask you to rant when you’re angry and cry when you’re hurt.
They will ask what that raised eyebrow meant. They will want to know your favorite food, your favorite color, you favorite person. They will ask why.
They will buy that camera you liked, pay attention to that band you love in case there’s a show near by, they will get you the sweater you smiled at once. They’ll learn to cook your favorite meals.
The curious people don’t settle for your shell, they want the insides.
They want what makes you heavy, what makes you uneasy, what makes you scream
for joy, and anger, and heartbreak.
Their skin will turn into pages
that you learn to pour out your entire being in.
Don’t fall in love with the curious one.
They won’t let a sigh go unexplained.
They will want to know what they did
Exactly what they did to make you love them.
Year, month, week, day.
“What time was it? What did I say? What did I do?
How did you feel?”
Don’t fall in love with a curious one because I’ve been there.
They will unbutton your shirt
and read every scar
every mark
every curve.
They will dissect your every limb, every organ, every thought, every being. ‘There’s a curiosity in you that will move mountains some day
as effortlessly as you’ve moved me for years.’”

Spotted this on my news feed minutes ago. And oh look, it’s 11:11. 

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Tags #allthefeels   

Feeling-kinder joys! Lakas maka-childhood ng efek na pinapasalubungan ni Ina. :))

Feeling-kinder joys! Lakas maka-childhood ng efek na pinapasalubungan ni Ina. :))

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"When you say it’s gonna happen ‘now,’ well, when exactly do you mean?" Awesome coffee, board games and music here at The Appraisery in Cubao X. Had their specialty from the secret menu, the Kumbaya — a delightful mix of graham crackers, peanuts, marshmallows and espresso. Looking forward to the next "cocol" ("coffee-coffee lang," as per their Facebook page) break already!

"When you say it’s gonna happen ‘now,’ well, when exactly do you mean?" Awesome coffee, board games and music here at The Appraisery in Cubao X. Had their specialty from the secret menu, the Kumbaya — a delightful mix of graham crackers, peanuts, marshmallows and espresso. Looking forward to the next "cocol" ("coffee-coffee lang," as per their Facebook page) break already!

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In re: Freedom of intercourse and non-competitive positions in the Civil Service, as described by Father Bernas.

In re: Freedom of intercourse and non-competitive positions in the Civil Service, as described by Father Bernas.

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