Monthly Archives: June 2014

Films for June

No, I didn’t reach my goal. However, was able to watch some of the best films.

1. Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen. 2013.

Blue Jasmine

2. Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2) by Abdellatif Kechiche. 2013.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

3. Ploning by Dante Nico Garcia. 2008. (for the nth time)


4. Shame by Steve McQueen. 2011.



5. Grave of the Fireflies by Isao Takahata. 1988.

Grave of the Fireflies

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Movies & Television


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Eiga Sai 2014 Screening Schedule

The 16th Japanese Film Festival will be held in SHANG CINEPLEX CINEMA 2, SHANGRI-LA PLAZA, EDSA, MANDALUYONG CITY from July 3 to 13, 2014. The film festival is part of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month” celebration.


JULY 3 (THURSDAY) | 7:00 pm


Involves a broken family seeking for light and hope in the midst of injustice and desperation.


Eiga Sai 2014

All films are English subtitled and the admission is FOR FREE. So, you need to be early in order to gain a ticket; first-come, first-served basis. For further details about the films, other venues and schedule, visit The Japan Foundation, Manila website.

If you’re free on the said dates, grab the chance to see these Japanese films. 🙂



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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Events, Movies & Television


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Sugarfree Feels

It’s been two weeks since I downloaded Sugarfree’s album Live with The Manila Symphony Orchestra. Two weeks ago, I was in the mood (as always) to listen to some OPM melodramatic slash good vibes tunes like Monobloc and Dianetic by Pupil. After the fulfillment I had with Pupil’s music, I shifted to more drama songs from Sugarfree. Sugarfree’s music is always on my playlist – whatever my mood is – and merely hearing the band’s name makes me want to listen to them right away.

No, Sugarfree’s music is not always for the heartbroken. In fact, I still listen to their music even if I’m too happy. There’s a magic to Ebe’s words and lines plus the melody that band induce to those beautifully written words. If you’re a Sugarfree fan, I’m sure you know how their music can be so fuckin’ depressing most of the time. This band will always make sure to make you feel the PAIN. The inevitable pain we’ve been pushing away.

Nakakaiyak sa ganda,” the line I said to someone. When I heard the whole album, I can’t help but shed a tear or three (maybe). Ang daming feels! It made you feel those unwanted feelings and started to go back from something you want to get rid of.

Well, I’m just in the mood of drowning myself with memories and sentiments. So, listen to the songs, ok? Cheers! 🙂

Sugarfree + orchestra = Overdose of beautiful words and calming melodies.

Here’s the track list of the album.

1. Overture (2:34)
2. Prom (4:48)
3. Hari Ng Sablay (5:18)
4. Kwentuhan (5:04)
5. Kwarto (6:08)
6. Telepono (5:19)
7. Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin (4:06)
8. Still Fighting It (4:45)
9. Tulog Na (6:58)
10. Mariposa (5:18)
11. Huling Gabi (5:05)
12. Unang Araw (4:09)
13. Wag Ka Nang Umiyak (5:35)
14. Kailan Ka Ba? (5:19)
15. Ikaw Pala (6:15)
16. Burnout (4:18)
17. Makita Kang Muli (4:54)
18. Batang-Bata Ka Pa (5:45)
19. Dear Kuya (6:10)

Most of my favorite tracks were included. So, I’ll share some of the lines that I religiously love:

May panyong ilang ulit nang niluhaan
Isang patak sa bawat beses na tayoy nasaktan

Malabo na ba ang linya sa ating dalawa | Managinip ulit tayo sa sarili nating mundo

Alam mo naman kung saan ang bahay ko
Baka sakaling magbago ang isip mo please

Nagsisising gigising sa katotohanan ‘di ka naman talaga akin

Ito na ang ating huling gabi
Hagkan natin ang bawat sandaling nalalabi
Ng gabing kailanma’y di malilimutan

Kailangang masanay na muling nag-iisa

Kapit ka sa akin, kapit ka sa akin
Di kita bibitawan

O kay tagal kitang mamahalin

If you want to listen to the album (I hope so), you can download it from 1 Happy Place. Ah, the power of internet, I’m in love with it.

So, if you’re feeling down, Sugarfree’s music is just right for the injury. Hehe. 😀


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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in MUSICgasm


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Trip to Burot Beach

We decided to take the last Saturday of May and the first Sunday of June for our beach trip to the summer. Last hurrah if I may say. The beach tripping was neither good nor bad. Probably the most so-so beach trip/travel I’ve had but definitely something that I will remember until I reach my dying age (arte!).

It didn’t turn out well but the consolation prize was the companionship I’ve had while experiencing the low tide beach and the scorching heat of the summer. The “emergency” happened was something that will stay for the rest of the years and the images and sounds formed inside my tiny brain while trying to fall in a deep slumber.

The Nature

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

Burot Beach

The People

Burot Beach

I don’t know them but took a photo anyway.

burot beach

(c) Cayo Mizal

burot beach

(c) Cayo Mizal

burot beach

(c) Cayo Mizal

burot beach

(c) Cayo Mizal. Hello Ninay!




Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Travel


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19th French Film Festival


The Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance Française de Manille and Institut Français will present the 19th French Film Festival which will run from June 10 to 15 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Makati. The movie tickets will be on sale for P100 and it will be sold on first-come, first-served basis, so better hurry up on purchasing the ticket/s.

Opening Film

20 Ans d’écart (It Boy)

Synopsis: Alice Lantins is 38 years old. She’s beautiful, ambitious, and her impeccable professional conscience makes her neglect her private life. In short, she has everything to become the next editor-in-chief of Rebelle magazine – everything except for her uptight image. But when the young and charming Balthazar, barely 20 years old, crosses Alice’s path, her colleagues’ attitude inexplicably changes. Realizing that the she holds the key to her promotion, Alice stages the comedy of an improbable idyll.

Feature Films

La Vénus à la fourrure (“Venus in Fur”)

Synopsis: Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas complains on the phone about the poor caliber of talent he has seen. No actress has what it takes to play his lead female character – a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic – and, it turns out, erotic – energy.

Mon âme par toi guérie (“One of a Kind”)

Synopsis: Frédi has the gift of healing hands, transmitted to him by his mother. He wants nothing to do with this ‘gift,’, but when his mother dies, he’s obliged to make use of it. Although he wonders where this ability came from, he can do nothing but accept it.

Une autre vie (“Lovers”)

Synopsis: Jean, an electrician, installs alarms in the South of France. He encounters Aurore, a famous pianist. Despite their differences, they immediately fall in love with each other and envisage a life together. Jean wants to leave Dolorès, his longtime companion. But she’s prepared to do anything to hold on to him.

Amour et turbulences” (“Love is in the Air”)

Synopsis: On her way back from New York to Paris, where she’s soon to be married, Julie finds herself sitting next to Antoine, an attractive cad whom she dated 3 years earlier. She’ll do everything she can to avoid him, whereas he’s counting on the 7-hour flight to win her back! It’s an opportunity for us to travel back in time and witness their encounter, their love affair, their break-up… So many incredible, romantic, and caustic scenes that will make this journey the most moving one of their lives.

Les beaux jours (“Bright Days Ahead”)

Synopsis: Bright days ahead? Caroline has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband, and, most of all, herself. However, she soon comes to realize that this new freedom is synonymous with boredom and idleness. Especially when she receives a membership to her neighborhood’s senior club as a birthday present… Reluctant at first, she nevertheless decides to take the plunge. Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer science teacher, who is far from insensitive to her charms. Caroline gradually takes control of her life again and lives a second youth: taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of her… Who said that retirement was the beginning of the end and not a new beginning?

L’Écume des jours (“Mood Indigo”)

Synopsis: This is the surreal and poetic story of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, who meets Chloé, a young woman who seems to be the incarnation of a blues by Duke Ellington. Their idyllic marriage turns to sorrow when Chloé becomes ill, due to a water lilly growing in her lung. To pay for her medical care, in a fantastical Paris, Colin must work in increasingly absurd conditions, while their apartment falls to bits around them and their circle of friends, including talented Nicolas, and Chick, a fanatic of the philosopher Jean-Sol Sartre, disintegrates.

Quai d’Orsay

Synopsis: Alexandre Taillard de Worms is tall, magnificent, a dashing man attractive to women and, incidentally, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the land of the Enlightenment: France. His silver mane and his robust athlete’s body are everywhere, from the United Nations tribunal in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. He admonishes powerful men and invokes the finest minds in order to bring peace and calm the trigger-happy – and to justify his aura of a future Nobel Prize for cosmic peace.

Situation amoureuse : C’est compliqué (“Relationship Status : It’s Complicated”)

Synopsis: Thirty-year-old Ben is about to marry Juliette. His quiet, ordered life will fall to pieces when he meets up again with the person he secretly wants to see the most: Vanessa, the high school bombshell who never so much as looked in his direction. She’s back in Paris, and the only person she now knows is him.

To pay tribute to Filipino filmmaking, the festival will also showcase 3 Filipino movies on Independence day on June 12. These masterpieces of the our Filipino directors were already screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Filipino Masterpieces

Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag

Synopsis: The story revolves around Julio Madiaga, a poor fisherman, who goes to the city to look for his long lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. His search leads to a radical shift in his character, from that of a naïve probinsyano (country boy) to angry man thirsting for justice.


Synopsis: On The Job is about the ambitions passions of four men trying to make a living, for themselves and their families. It shows the parallels between two prison inmates who are contract killers, and the two agents of the law investigating the murders. As they get caught in a web of machination of corrupt government officials, their jobs lead them on a head-on collision against each other with their loved ones as collateral damage.

Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Synopsis: The lives of three people take a turn when one of them commits a crime. Joaquin (Archie Alemania) is failing miserably at providing for his family when his money lender gets murdered. The crime is pinned on him. Misery and solitude would transform him in prison. Left to fend for the family, his wife Eliza (Angeli Bayani) pours all of her strength to battling with despair and eking out a living for their children. The real perpetrator, Fabian (Sid Lucero), roams free. His disillusionment with his country – its history of revolutions marred by betrayal and crimes unpunished – drives him to the edge of sanity, of humanity.


For further details, you can check the French Embassy FB Page.

Grab this chance to French Films. After all, you’ll only shed P100 for the movie ticket. 🙂



Posted by on June 4, 2014 in Events, Movies & Television


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