Friday, February 27, 2009

Queen Ant 's first

One of the viral posts from Facebook which, yet again, attracted me. Try it for yourself.

Here are the instructions:

To do this:

1. Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click
- The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to "Random Quotations"
or click
- The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3. Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
- Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5. Post it to FB and TAG the friends you want to join in.

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I got addicted. More of my albums.

The bird of paradise by Yengema
Aspirations and Expectations by Heckler and Koch

Read without pleasure by Taseko Mines Ltd.

Fall flat in a week by Helen Southworth

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pelikuletran 2009, As I see it (Part 2)

Now, the films that topped my list.

A wide array and spectrum of films that will surely fly high - winning awards and recognitions here and abroad.

Read on.

DISCLAIMER: As I said, these are pure opinions and opinions, in nature, are neither right nor wrong. So before you comment, think twice. *wink*

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Lihim ng Dapit Hapon has a lot to offer - from the actors, to the screenplay, to the cinematography. Imagine having two of the best Filipino actors in the industry? What more can you ask for?

In this film, Sylvia Sanchez plays as a widow caught in the middle of having an affair with Jao Mapa, which, in the end, was revealed as her son. 

My only problem with the film is its shallow story, very predictable at that. The shots were enough to justify the beauty of the film, not an award-winning one, but enough to be nominated.

One thing I noticed also is that Sylvia Sanchez wasn't able to give all her acting prowess, she was, I think, holding back just a little. Jao Mapa, although, pulled the trigger. It was not the best acting he had, but he was very good in the film.

Cinematography at its best!

This the perfect statement to describe the film. Unlike last year's travel film, Magdalena fully utilized the beauty of Abra, showcasing the scenic spots, the people, and the culture. 

The shots were perfectly crafted attempting to bring its viewers to the majestic province. 

The storyline was not the best there is, but there was something in this film that will surely attract not just the indie film fans, but various awards and recognitions - just like Bangar. 

To add, Magdalena seems to be a film within a film which adds another attracting element of the film. 

This will definitely go places, of that I'm sure.

A fresh concept that definitely stood out. Though it's not really new in the indie film industry, this is a refreshing concept for Pelikuletran. 

Storyline-wise, it's actually the typical "what if?" concept. However, what added a little spice to the film is its singing actors. 


The film, it may not seem to be, is musical. Every line was sang by the actors.

Some shots might be picturesque, but in totality, it lacks a little exploring. They could have added a little creativity with the shots since the genre they utilized needs such.

I should commend, however, the director and the whole staff and crew who struggled to sync everything. It's not at all an easy thing to do.


This one's really star-studded. Imagine having Bembol Roco and Soliman Cruz in one film, student film at that, this is really a huge catch. Two of the hottest stars in the independent film scene collide in this masterpiece.

An adapted screenplay, the director poured his own touch and taste to make it his own - the best way he can do to make it a little original.

What's lovely about the film is its touch of comedy making, a what's supposed to be a heavy drama film, a lighter one. 

They were, of course, comments such as is the ending really possible? or will a father really do it to his own son?

I am not in the proper position to answer these queries. But that was what I like about the film. The argument people engage into after watching it - asking questions, debating, and worst, fighting.

Technicalities was not perfect. But we can't blame the director it might be his own interpretation of the film, right?

Job well done McCoy!

This one's not supposed to be a part of my top five favorites - but among the roster, this I can consider.

The film actually has no sense at all. As I said, on my own opinion.

Imagine just having a transexual hook-up with guys and because of this, he/she/it was killed. I am now wondering where in the world will I get the truest sense of this?

Being a part of the third sex, I don't think this is necessary. I mean, to showcase how gay people behave in the society. Right?

This just adds up to the discrimination we get from this harsh world.

The beauty of the film really is...

Let me think.

I actually can't think of anything.

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There goes my POV's towards Pelikuletran 2009.

There might be some violent reactions from my readers. But go ahead, comment. I'm willing to listen, or to argue, at that.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pelikuletran 2009, As I see it

After 4 long hours of sitting patiently, while my clients and colleagues consistently called me for the first thirty minutes, watching Pelikuletran this year, here are my thoughts for each film.

DISCLAIMER: I ain't the best critic there is. Bare with me. These are pure opinions expressed by a sheer blogger-forward slash-writer.

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The first time I saw the poster, I suddenly saw Concerto of Cinemalaya 2008 - having the violin as both film's common denominator. From there, I quite expected something to surprise me.

It didn't. Sorry for being harsh.

While there was something in the story that will attract viewers, the technicalities of the film was quite poor - poor lighting, poor cinematography, poor acting. They should have hired an actress who plays violin very well, it could have saved the film. 

The setting was quite impossible, imagine a teenager going to school with the seven or eight year olds? 

I see, however, an opportunity with the story or the big idea. It just needs little push or development in terms of the technicalities and the characters - a little motivation will probably help. 

21:00 is set 40 years from the present time - futuristic for them, too ambitious for me. I should commend the director, however, for such attempt. 

Being the very first of its kind in the roster of Pelikuletran films since time immemorial, this is really a milestone. 

There was, of course, an attempt to change the present setting to a what it might be 40 years from now. 

However, it was not enough. I'm not expecting too much from this film, I mean, I am not looking for the Matrix moves or the Aeonflux effects, definitely not. Ergo, the concept isn't fit for a short film.

The story telling, moreover, was quite confusing. There was a trouble between linking the twist to the concept of the film.

Cinematography-wise, it was almost perfect. I love the lighting plus the explorative shots of the film making it an apple of one's eye.

"Ay parang Rainbow," according to some. But for me, it was way way far from what Rainbow is. 

Maybe, just maybe, it was due to the texture of the film that made it similar to Rainbow. Blame it to both film's editor, Pixel Art Productions.

What I like about this film is its creative camera shots that maintained the lively ambience of the film, vividly showing the out-of-this-world setting of the flick.

I should also give credit to the film's editing, kudos to Conrad Zaguirre of Pixel Arts Productions. If this is similar to Rainbow, then, this is a sure win for Best Editing. *wink*

However, the story telling was quite vague, I was left hanging midair. The concept or the idea was exciting, the execution was otherwise. The concept needed an exciting and creative execution to which the film director overlooked.

I was really excited for this film, I have high hopes for the film - not until I saw it.

I couldn't pinpoint the flaw, but one thing's for sure, the treatment, surrealism, was the best personality of this film. Kudos to the director for veering out of the usual.

However, it was not what and how I expected it to be.

The images I saw as I knew about the concept is pure and pitch black room, only one light illuminates the center of the room, and the main character is totally insane acting-wise and make-up wise - which wasn't there throughout the film. 

On the other, the advantage of the film is its screenplay - it was clear for the audience to understand but still sticking to the surrealism treatment that the director wants.

They could have utilized the editor more than what it was since they have the best editor there is basing it on last year's roster of editors - Jhing Geronimo to be precise, the editor who helped New Arrival attain its line-up of technical acclaims.

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The top films on my list will be my next blog entry.

Watch out for it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ikalawang Rolyo

Photo by Jon Galvez

Photo by Jon Galvez

Photo by Cyprus Malinao

Photo by Cyprus Malinao

One reason why we take photos is to capture each moment perfectly - the smiles, the hugs, and the tears. 

But I wonder why one engage with lomography? Artistic expression? Vintage feel?

I consider myself a fan of lomography. The texture is really genuine and untainted. It doesn't have glamour with it, but it gives an emotion that no other type of photography can give.

Another reason might be it's vintage feel. I am a fan of the classics, and lomography, through photos, give me that satisfaction.

I remember a friend saying that there's Adobe Photoshop, but I am not really into editing. Moreso, not really into digital manipulation. Film, really, is still my first choice - though I would love to have a DSLR.

Maybe, just maybe, it's the element of surprise that attracts me to do lomography. 

Monday, February 16, 2009

Goodbyes and Farewells

As a cliche goes, saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do. 

When everyone else were celebrating the happiest day of their love life, we woke up and started our Sunday with tears in our eyes. Gucci, our two-month-old Shih Tzu, bid farewell to us just last Saturday, 12 midnight. 

For two days, he was severely vomiting and often, his waste comes with blood. And so, we took him to the local veterinarian, who then diagnosed him with Canine Parvovirus.

Canine what?!

Canine Parvovirus, according to my research, or CPV is the most common viral disease for dogs especially to new born puppies. Usual symptoms are, as what Gucci had, severe vomiting and severe hemorrhagic diarrhea. 

For puppies, since they have a very weak immune system, CPV causes respiratory and/or cardiovascular failure - slowly killing them. 

Just like Gucci.

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For two weeks, Gucci brought smiles and laughter to us - his cute antics, his fancy growl, and his awakening lick. I would never forget the memories we had together, as I said, even just for two weeks - how blissful they were.

Time may pass and another puppy may replace Gucci, but in our hearts, he will forever remain.

To Gucci, thank you for the so little time you spent with us - thank you for making us the happiest parents in that short span of time. We will surely miss the games you play with Mocha, the growl you produce, the lick every morning, those brown ears, the running around with Pork Chop, everything.

Say hi to Lordy for me, okay?

I love you so much. We love you so much.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wheels and more wheels

Suzuki Swift

2009 Mini Cooper

Mr.Bean's wheels' keeps on rolling in my head.

I have never thought anything about my dream car just until early this morning, February 11, 2009. 

I want a small, comfortable-looking yet dashing vehicle that I can drive from home to work to gimmick nights to meetings to anywhere I like- minus the hassle of searching for a parking spot due to its size.

So, I thought of the following wheels that will perfectly fit my lifestyle:

1. 2009 Mini Cooper

The intimacy I might feel when I'm driving the car attracts me the most. Unlike the usual vehicles driving around the city, this one stands out due to its modern vintage feel, do I make sense? 

Plus, according to one blog I read, Mini Coopers are driver-friendly because it consumes fuel lesser than other types of vehicle. The color combination also entices me, the almost perfect scarlet red with white top makes me drool.

2. Suzuki Swift 

I could imagine myself going down from my pure white or jet black tinted Suzuki Swift for a Saturday night drinking session with my friends. Whatever color it has, I would love to own a Suzuki Swift.

Suzuki Swift offers automatic transmission, making it easy for me to drive the car. Plus, the modern classy look and feel of the car perfectly matches my perky personality. Truly a match made in heaven.

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There you go, two of my most elusive dream cars. And then I thought, I should learn how to drive first before buying one.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Resurrection. Transformation. Bebe Gandanghari.

"Patay na po si Rustom Padilla, sya ngayo'y kilala bilang Bebe Gandanghari" - Rustom Padilla

These were the exact words of the actor-forward slash-actress Rustom Padilla-forward slash-Bebe Gandanghari as he-forward slash-she-forward slash-it announced the change in his-forward slash-her name.

Enough of the forward slashes.

It was quite a very rapid transformation for Rustom. From his out of the closet scene in Pinoy Big Brother, with the mariposa, to his gay role in ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, he has gone a very long way out of his comfort zones. 

And for the Filipino audience, it was not a very good move.

We all know that there is an imbalance treatment between the heterosexuals and the homosexuals in the society, and for one, nothing can ever take the fact that Philippine is a patriarchal society. 

Thus, you can never expect that Filipinos will eagerly accept the change in Rustom, especially that he is a public figure.

However, I do understand the sudden change in Rustom. Imagine hiding inside yourself for almost 30 years? 

What Rustom is going through right now is maybe just a long-time dream for him - to be out in the open, to express himself the way he wanted it to be, to live life as a woman.

Maybe, just maybe, it was not the best time for such change. 

Filipinos are not ready yet. They are not your Obamas that wholeheartedly accepts homosexuality and the underlying factors within it.

I now wonder, when will the Filipinos be ready?

Monday, February 9, 2009


One of the few things my partner and I want to do this year is to offer even just a little help to charity - may it be the orphans, the environment, or the sick. 

What's important for us this year, since we now have a job, why not share a little of our time and finance to those who need it?

So we've decided to join GREENPEACE.

GreenPeace is an international organization dedicated to fight, non-violent and non-destructive at that, against environmental abuse. Since 1971, the group spread the need to heed our degrading environment. With their more than a thousand members, it has become a group armed with passion and concern for the Mother Nature.

From then on, GreenPeace has continuously become the staunch defender of the earth - from the waters to the air.

From the moment I signed the membership, right then and there, I felt the urge to disseminate the good news. 

So this blog is dedicated to gain members and defender for GreenPeace.

A little amount will do. At a very low cost, you can help save the world.

Visit for more information.

It's high time we do something for others and for the world, at large.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Creed

I believe in the empowering ability of believing - in its unexplainable effect. 

I believe in the wheel of fate, what comes around, goes around.

I believe in the soothing embrace and passionate kiss of your loved ones, they who believes in you and they who inspires you to be the greatest.

I believe in the powers of dreaming, pursuing it comes next.

I believe in the nourishment that a smile brings, the healing effect it conjures.

I believe in passion and dedication - from there, immeasurable success follows through.

I believe in the boundless love and care of my friends, they who knows me inside out.

I believe in the greatness of prayers, its infinite possibilities 

I believe in the presence of the Almighty, the boundless blessings He bestows.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thinking and rethinking

I am on the verge of giving up.

I am about to spit it all out.

I am there, almost there.

It's always my fault, it's my flaws they always notice.

It seems I haven't done even just one right thing.

I have squeezed out all my efforts.

Seemingly, it's not enough.

I am coping up.

But they don't allow me to.

But that doesn't mean I'm giving up my goal.

This doesn't mean I'll waste all my investments.

This doesn't even mean that I'll lose.

I know this won't be the end of everything.

Definitely not.

I will still win over this.

That, I know for sure.

For now, I will give in and continue what I have started.

Because I know that day will come.

I believe.

I will always believe.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The magic stayed with me

(Photo by Cyprus Malinao)

(Photo by Jon Galvez)

There's always a child within us. And Enchanted Kingdom, once again, unleashed that immaturity in me.

It was not my first time to be there - it was I think my 4th time if I'm not mistaken. 

Maybe what made it extra special is the fact that I was with my friends. Being with them for a day in a place where " the magic stays with you," is really ecstatic. 

Running around like kids. Riding all those rides like you never did it before. Taking pictures as if you'll never see each other again.

Tiring, it was, but never did I expect that it would that fun since I will be riding the same rides as i did before. 

Then I realized, the magic was caused not only by Space Shuttle and Rio Grande Rapids, but the people I was with.

Friends, truly, are the magic that will stay on with you forever.