The entire music & pop-culture world were shocked and saddened when it was announced that the British pop-art legend David Bowie passed away due to an undisclosed form of cancer at age 69.
The whole nation is in mourning as 44 personnel from the elite Special Action Forces (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was killed in an ambush last Sunday, January 25, while pursuing an operation against two terror suspects affiliated from Jemaah Islamiyah. Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has declared Friday, January 30, National Day of Mourning in honor of the fallen personnel who died while on duty.
The Vocaloid voice synthesizer technology has certainly gone a long way since Yamaha (yes, the company that makes electric organs and motorcycles) released its first set of "singers" Leon and Lola in 2004. Now, the technology's biggest star Hatsune Miku, with her trademark turquoise hair and tinny moe-like voice, is the biggest star in the Vocaloid world with sold-out concerts in Japan and around the world.