Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Boy Friends

(I’ve been meaning to post this entry since the start of the year. I just don’t know what happened there.)

I think it’s a good thing that I grew up being close to my father. We always have the same interest. The result of this? I am kinda comfortable hanging out with the male population. Or some of them ended up my trusted buddies. They say that I am one of the boys but I think I just know how to be civil and friendly at the same time with the people.

I think hanging out with the boys has its benefits that you could surely enjoy. Just let me tell you what are those. (Just talking based from my experience)

1. YOU CAN AVOID DRAMA – Unlike with the girls, boys will always find ways to make the subject light because they know how hard it is to deal with some emotional and social dilemmas. And sometimes, they are good at trash-talking without hurting the emotional core of the other party/ies.

2. STRAIGHT-IN-YOUR-FACE-ROMANTIC-ADVICE – Yes, men are capable of giving out sensible piece of advice regarding the heart matter. They don’t seldom say, “Ok lang yan, girl“. Hindi sila mahilig sa sugarcoated words and phrases para lang maging okay ka. As far as I know, men will go straight to the point and will use harsh words to let you know the reality (lalo na when they talk to their girl friends). There’s no bullshit pampalubag-loob thingy.

3. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE – My favorite reason. Most of my boy friends are generous enough to make libre.

4. THEY CAN BE YOUR KUYA (if you don’t have one) – The Kuya that will protect you. The Kuya that will always remind you to take care of yourself from the dangers like them. (Hahahahaha :D)

5. SHYNESS-FREE – With them, you won’t be too shy to curse or to eat like there’s no tomorrow. Hinding-hindi ka mahihiya kasi sila mismo (madalas) walang hiya.

6. YOU’RE THE PRINCESS – Though it’s unbelievable, they’re gentleman enough to do the chivalry acts. They’re sweet too, you know. Just don’t expect to feel/see it everyday. You’ll just be surprised.

7. FREE-TRANSLATOR – Related to No. 2. They are your translator to men’s cryptic world. (Thank you for the translation, guys.)

8. FEEL BEAUTIFUL – Your boy friends will be your number one fan. I mean, they will tell you that you’re pretty or if something is not right on your outfit. Trust them, they know it.

9. YOUR PARTNER – In crime and trouble. They will suggest crazy things but of course, they’re on it too. They can be your goons if someone bullied you or just simply broke your heart. Resbakan natin ‘yan would be their line.

10. DEAD SERIOUS – These boys can be serious. As in seryoso. They can be serious on the subject and lay their cards with no BS. Akala mo puro kalokahan lang mga alam. Akala mo ‘yong mga bibig eh double meaning at minsan mabaho. But despite that, they can talk properly and logical lalo na when it comes to family and well, love. Naks naman!

11. LOVABLE – No matter how ridiculous, crap, crazy or shit they are/they can be, there will be things that you will love about them. Yes, they can be complicated at times but expect that they are reasonable enough (most of the time).

Hanging out with them is one of the things I am thankful for. 🙂


Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Rants and Raves


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Cinemalaya 2013

On its 9th year, Cinemalaya has a theme of Cinesthesia: Synergy of the Senses. The festival will feature 15 full length films (10 New Breed and 5 Directors’ Showcase) and 10 short films (Shorts A and Shorts B). Jazz In Love by Baby Ruth Villarama will be the opening film and for the closing, it will be Joel Lamangan’s Burgos. The festival will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Ayala Cinemas at TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, and Alabang Town Center. The opening of Cinemalaya will be held at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Films in Competition (Trailer and Synopsis)


THE DIPLOMAT HOTEL – A disgraced reporter seeks redemption by leading his documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel (Baguio City).

TRANSIT – “Transit” begins and ends in an airport during a father and son’s transit flight from Tel Aviv to Manila. It tells the story of Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel, who comes home to his son Joshua’s 4th birthday. It was on that day that Moises, together with their Filipino neighbors, Janet and her daughter Yael, find out that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers. Afraid of the new law, Moises and Janet decide to hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house.

NUWEBE – Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Nuwebe” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father… Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, “Siyam” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.

REKORDER – tells the story of a former 1980′s film cameraman who now currently works as a movie pirate operating in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into movie theaters in order to illegally record films. One night he records something else… And the footage goes viral.

BABAGWA (THE SPIDER’S LAIR) – An internet scammer falls in love with a rich old maid while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile.

QUICK CHANGE – Dorina believes she is a lady incarcerated inside a male body. She’s got herself a flourishing career, albeit in an illegal cosmetic surgery business. She is a mother figure to Hero, her eight year old nephew. She acts as a devoted wife to Uno. Between her job and her family, Dorina feels that she is one lucky woman. Until Uno falls in love with another tranny (transvestite).

PUROK 7 –  countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Set in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film features the light side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood.

DAVID F. – written as a triptych with 3 short stories hinged together by the story of David Fagan, a real life historical character in the early 1900′s. He is a black American who was a member of the American regimen that was sent by the US government during the Philippine-American war. He became famous (or infamous) when he deserted the US troops and joined the sides of the Filipino revolutionaries. He was declared as a public enemy of the US government when he lead a series of battle with the Filipino revolutionaries against American soldiers. He was promoted as colonel of the Filipino troops under Emilio Aguinaldo and married a Filipina.

DEBOSYON – Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, injures himself. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living at the foot of Mount Mayon. They will fall in love with each other. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her; while Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift a curse that involves his life.

INSTANT MOMMY – Story of a summer’s journey of Bechayda amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen reigns supreme. Bechayda is a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiance.


AMOR Y MUERTE – Set in 16th century, “Amor Y Muerte” (means “love and death”) is an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion, and sexuality.

LIARS – Based on a real-life sports scandal, “The Liars” traces the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in 1990s.

SANA DATI – is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray when a mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. It is the third part of Jerrold Tarog’s Camera Trilogy after Confessional (Cinema One Originals 2007) and Mangatyanan (Cinemalaya 2009).

PORNO – is a powerful story about individuals linked by pornography. Three souls, one explicit illusion. To find the ultimate joy in their empty lives. A safe haven, where passion and love mean humanity, ecstasy means enlightenment; and the soul is the ultimate arbiter of the truth.

EKSTRA (THE BIT PLAYER) – A socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her.



BAKAW – is a day in the life of a child who steals at the Navotas fishport.

MISSING – tackles the subject of forced disappearances.

PARA KAY AMA – is about a young Chinese-Filipino girl who discovers she has a half-brother when she meets him on the last day of her father’s wake.

TAYA – s about a 12-year-old boy who learns to play the game of life with a new set of friends. The film highlights how traditional Filipino games reflect the realities and disparities of our society.

TUTOB – begins when recent bombings in the region put authorities on alert. A mysterious, strange-looking native Maranao man dressed up in Muslim attire shows up. He is tasked to fetch a package from his boss’ contact. From a rural area in the mountains, he rides his motorcycle to the city to get the package. On his way back, he is stopped at an army checkpoint. Speaking Maranao, he says he doesn’t know what’s in the package, but the Visayan-speaking soldiers don’t understand him and insist on opening it.


ONANG – is the classic tale of a young probinsyana who seeks her fortune in the big city.

KATAPUSANG LABOK – depicts the struggles of fishermen who must deal with environmental abuse and the effects of coral harvesting on their livelihood.

THE HOUSEBAND’S WIFE – is an essay about a typical OFW family, with the OFW wife as breadwinner and the husband left in the Philippines to care for the children. Technology and the internet bridges the physical distance but shatters domestic harmony when the wife, on a Skype video call, sees a bra, not hers, hanging in the marital closet.

PUKPOK – is one adolescent’s transition to manhood as he hurdles a case characterized by excessive blood, superstition and a man with failing eyesight.

SA WAKAS – is a reflection on the bond of a father and daughter tested by cultural, political and religious hypocrisy.

FOR CCP SCREENING: Please check this schedule.


Regular Ticket: P150.00
Student Discount: 50%
Senior Citizens, Government Personnel, Military: 50%

Festival Pass:
Passes are already available at the CCP Box Office.

ONE DAY pass– P500.00
one day access to all films (competition and exhibition films) at CCP venues

FIC (Films-in Competition) Pass– P2,000.00
access to all competition films (Director’s Showcase, New Breed and Shorts) at CCP venues

FESTIVAL pass– P3,000.00
access to all films (competition and exhibition films) at CCP venues


Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Events, Movies & Television


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Eiga Sai 2013

July is the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. In line with this celebration, the Japan Foundation, Manila will showcase their selected movies on the much anticipated Eiga Sai (Japanese FIlm Festival). The said festival will feature full-length Japanese feature films / documentaries and other culturally enriching visual presentations with English sub-titles.


Eiga Sai will be shown at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 from July 4 to 14. FREE ADMISSION and that is why you need to be early when claiming a ticket. People will flock in the cinema 1 hour earlier before each film. Better be early on the venue to catch the film you want to see. But if you’re not lucky enough or not in the metro, there are other venues and screening schedule.


  • Abreeza, Ayala and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 19 to 28)
  • Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 7 to 11)
  • UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 19 to 25)

For the schedule of films:


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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Events, Movies & Television


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