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August 24, 2009


Juan de la Cruz, psychedelic rock band from the Philippines. In the Phillipines, “Juan de la Cruz” is apparently the equivalent of Joe Blow, or John Doe. Says Wikipedia:

Juan de la Cruz is symbolically used in the Philippines to represent the “Filipino”. The name is roughly the equivalent of the American Uncle SamJohn Doe. Juan de la Cruz is usually depicted wearing the native  and Salakot hat, Barong Tagalog, long pants, and slippers (called tsinelas in Filipino). The term Juan de la Cruz is also used when referring to the collective Filipino psyche. The terminology was coined by Robert McCulloch Dick, a Scottish-born journalist working for the Manila Times in the early 1900s, after discovering it was the most common name in blotters.

I rented this CD from Small Music in Tokyo (in the Koenji neighborhood), one of the best music stores around!

Here is the song “Pinoy Blues” (Pinoy is a term Filipinos apparently use to refer to themselves – to Filipinos):

Juan de la Cruz, “Pinoy Blues”

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