Monthly Archives: June 2011

New York RULES!

They are now the largest state to pass the Marriage Equality Act or more popularly known as Gay Marriage, among Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. I think this is to be celebrated so much, since the abolishing of slavery and the suffrage for women. They are among the world’s most persecuted subculture. But still, as gay means happy, they remained and now have more reasons to be gay and happy (pun intended)!

Pictures from Tumblr. These Tumblr people loves and embraces the GAY! I don’t know who’s to credit now, since they’re widely and wildly reblogged! So now collectively known as Tumblr ❤ NY ❤ GAY.

new york pass marriage equality act newspapergay perfect marriage statue of liberty lady justiceLady Gaga celebrates GAY-ness! (This one from fuckyeahladygaga)

Lady Gaga loves GAY

The Empire State Building turned rainbow in honor of the Annual Gay Pride Parade and the passing of the Marriage Equality Act. (from thedailywhat)

Empire State Building Rainbow

It has been reported also that popular gay couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka just got engaged! SO SWEET!

neil patrick harris kisses david burtka

They also had twins via a surrogate mother. Now they can marry each other. Domestic partnership is already a thing of the past. Way to go, New York! More and more reasons to move in!

neil patrick harris, david burtka's twins via surrogate mother

Happy Gay Pride everyone!

P.S. Philippines, LOOK AT NEW YORK NOW! Tayo RH Bill at Divorce pa lang! Move on, bitches. (Sorry about the word, I think you know whom I am referring to. It really makes me feel better about it.)

Disclaimer: Should you find this post offensive, I don’t care.

Everything for equality,

The Secrets of Getting Published

Yet again, Writer’s Block Philippines offers us to learn the loops and tricks of writing, now on how to get published. Featuring Tweet Sering, (I love that her name is Tweet like as in Twitter) Palanca award winner, author, and publisher, as presented by the editors and organizers of WBP, everyone is invited in this networking night on July 2, Saturday, 6-10 pm, at Quantum Cafe (Kamagong cor. Bagtikan streets, Makati City.) Meet the minds behind Writer’s Block Philippines and have an opportunity to meet fellow writers in this wonderful event.

Participants of the Feature Writing 101 Workshop are free of charge for this event. For tickets and inquiries, email or call/text (0927) 850 8280. To check out the Facebook event page, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE: How to get there (from Nina Terol)

On Pasong Tamo, go straight ’till you cross Yakal, and turn RIGHT on the first street, Bagtikan (a one-way street). Quantum Cafe will be on the left, right before you hit the corner to Kamagong Street.


Since we don’t have classes today (got suspended because of Typhoon Storm Falcon,) why not we stimulate our minds and become nation builders, while we have idle time?

Designed by Team Manila


#PhilippineFridays is simply a hashtag born out of the Manila Minds brainstorming workshop spearheaded by Project Heal Manila. It aims to promote Philippine Tourism, primarily on Twitter, and further and deeper on every social media platform. It mobilizes the citizens and allows them to participate in nation building in as simple as contributing their ideas for the tourism industry, and our economy as well.

So while you’re at your idle time, why not think of a way we can boost Tourism in the country? After all, it’s our most beautiful asset!

Tweet. Partake. Build. Our nation is as much our responsibility as any of those in position. You are important in building this nation to be a better place that it should be.

Tweet away!
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Cinemalaya 7



Thirty one digital films in competition, plus more than a hundred in exhibition, new sections, and a second festival venue all make Cinemalaya bigger and better this year.  With the tagline in festival ads beckoning audiences to See the Unseen, Cinemalaya films this year tackle such themes as passion, memory, truth, despair, obsession, terror and splendor.

Cinemalaya will reach a wider audience as it will be held in two places at the same time:  its main venue at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex and at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City, in cooperation with Ayala Theaters Management.  The addition of Greenbelt 3 as a second major venue for the festival is part of the vision of Cinemalaya organizers to make the Festival more accessible to the growing number of audiences that attend Cinemalaya.


Now on its seventh year, Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments, Inc. It is an all-digital film festival that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Cinemalaya’s main competition categories are the New Breed full length feature category and the Short Feature category featuring works by new directors. The Directors Showcase is a competition for works by established directors.

Nine films will compete in the New Breed full length feature category; ten in the Short feature category and four in the Directors Showcase.

Competing in the New Breed category are:

  • Amok (Amok) by Lawrence Fajardo
  • Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank) by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez
  • Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (The Dance of Two Left Feet) by Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan
  • Bahay Bata (Baby Factory) by Eduardo W. Roy, Jr. and Jerome Zamora
  • Cuchera by Joseph Israel M. Laban
  • I-libings: Your Loss, Our Luck (E-funerals) by Rommel Andreo Sales
  • Ligo na U, Lapit Na Me (Star Crossed Love) by Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio and Erick Salud; Nino by Loy Arcenas
  • Teoriya (Father’s Way) by Alistaire Christian E. Chan

The nine finalists of the New Breed Full Length Feature category each received a P500,000 seed grant from the Cinemalaya Foundation as investment for the production. The Best Full Length Feature Film will receive a prize of P200,000 and the Balanghai Trophy. The New Breed Full Length feature category is open to Filipino filmmakers who have not yet directed more than three full feature films.


The ten finalists in the Short Feature category are:

  • Debut by Pamela Llanes Reyes
  • Every Other Time by Gino M. Santos
  • Hanapbuhay (Source of Living) by Henry Frejas
  • Hazard by Mikhail Red
  • Immanuel by Gabriel “Gio” Puyat
  • Nino Bonito by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino
  • Oliver’s Apartment by Misha Balangue
  • Samarito (Samaritan) by Rafael L. Santos
  • Un Diutay Mundo (One Small World) by Ana Carlyn V. Lim
  • Walang Katapusang Kwarto (An Endless Room) by Emerson Reyes

The winner of the Short Feature Category will receive a prize of P100,000.00 and the Balanghai trophy.

The four finalists in the Directors Showcase are:

  • Bisperas (Eve) by Jeffrey Jeturian
  • Busong (Palawan Fate) by Auraeus Solito
  • Isda (Fable of the Fish) by Adolfo Alix Jr.
  • Patikul by Joel C. Lamangan

The finalists of the Directors showcase each received a P500,000 seed grant from the Cinemalaya Foundation. The Best Film in the Directors Showcase will receive a prize of P300,000 and the Balanghai Trophy. The Directors Showcase is open to full length feature works by Filipino directors who have directed at least three full-length commercial feature films.

New sections will spice up this year’s Cinemalaya menu. Focus Asia will feature eight independent works by Asian directors from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Singapore and Japan. The Ronwaldo Reyes Retrospective, presented in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film, will highlight the directorial works of National Artist Fernando Poe Jr., better known to Filipinos as an action star.  The Cinemalaya Documentary section, presented in cooperation with Calata Corporation, offers a hefty and more substantial helping of films on various aspects of Philippine life and society.

Two theaters at Greenbelt 3 will be dedicated to Cinemalaya on July 16-24, 2011.  The films to be shown at Greenbelt will be those in competition in the New Breed Full Length Feature category, the Short Feature Category, the Directors Showcase, and NETPAC Philippine Premieres.  The films of the  new Focus Asia section of Cinemalaya will also be shown at Greenbelt.

At the CCP, the Festival will be held in seven venues. The opening ceremony is slated on July 15, 6:00 pm followed by the festival opening film at the CCP Main Theater. The Cinemalaya Awards Night will be held on July 24, 7:00 pm at the same venue.

Other sections of the Cinemalaya are the NETPAC Philippine Premieres with eight competing films, Ani (a harvest of the best Filipino Indie Films of the past year), Kids Treats (indie films for children) and Midnite Specials (indie films with adult themes). Cinemalaya will also organize the Cinemalaya Film Congress, which will carry the theme Building Bridges Across Asia Through Films, and other film related events such as the Sine Taktakan (forum with 2011 Cinemalaya filmmakers), lectures and exhibits.

For more tickets and information, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 and CCP Media Arts at 832-1125 local 1204/05 or visit the CCP website at and


For more synopses and schedules of the participating films, you may view Pepe Diokno’s note in Facebook here. Every year, I look forward to the Cinemalaya Season, every July, where it really showcases the works of the country’s talented filmmakers. It is the biggest, perhaps, and an important avenue in today’s cinema in nurturing the talents of emerging filmmakers. When I was a student, I always miss the opening and awards night, and most of the screenings, because of my very hectic schedule. I always wait it to be shown in UP Cine Adarna where, most of the time, it matches my timeframe and most of my friends’ too. I think I can watch more liberally this year since I don’t have school anymore (and hopefully future endeavors won’t come in conflict with this.)

Come delve into the wonderful minds of these visionaries! See you there!




EDIT: After around ten minutes of posting this, I just got confirmation that FETE is not pushing through due to weather concerns. But MEIDAY (Indie/Punk Stage) at KEG is still on, still hosted by Tumblr Royalty Regina Belmonte.

100+ Bands. 14 Genres. 8 Stages. 1 Day.

in partnership with ALTERNATIVE ASSETS, B-SIDE and ARTS in the CITY present:

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2011: Old School meets New School


4PM – Classical:
Manila Symphony Orchestra
Manila String Machine

5PM – Jazz:
Henry Katindig
Radioactive Sago Project

6PM – World:

Planet Zips Luminaries (Poi Artist Troupe)
Manila Fixed Gear
Fete de la Fold
Pinas Lowridaz
Paranaque Fil-Chi Fire Volunteers Association

7PM – Reggae:
Tropical Depression
Milagros Dancehall Collective

8PM – Funk:
Cosmic Love

9PM – Swing / Big Band:
The Executives
Skarlet and Asosasyon ng Musikerong Pilipino (AMP)

Merzhin (France)

10:30PM – AFRO-BRAZILIAN FINALE: (Directed by Nyko Maca)
Escola de Samba de Manila
Nyko Maca & Gafieira
Planet Zips
FutKal (Futbol sa Kalye)


@ Arts in the City by Rebel Lion & Sweet Productions

@ Craft Pub & Grill by Revolver Productions

@ Scarlet Wine Lounge by Kool Kat Productions Manila & Rogue Productions

Blues/Soul/Ska @ Draft by Manila Soul & Mambo Rat Productions

@ Katsu by Nomad Productions

@ Amber by Hi-Fan & Red Alert Productions

@ Keg by Meiday Productions


Fort Bonifacio Development Corp
Bonifacio Global City
Arts in the City
Craft Pub & Grill
Scarlet Wine Lounge
Draft GastroPub

Paranaque Fil-Chi Fire Volunteer Association



But what with all this rain?! Bah-hum-bug! BUT STILL, THE BIGGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY, FETE DE LA MUSIQUE, IS HAPPENING ON JUNE 25 AT THE FORT PLAZA (in front of Pier One, Main Stage) AND THE FORT STRIP (several Indoor Stages), STARTING 4PM! Refer to the photo above where your favorite band will be! It will be awesome! I can’t go though I’ll be prepping up for the boards. So please blog how awesome it will be (second time already to use that word!)

Hope you really had fun! (While I drown in my reviewers for one last time…)


In eight days…

The July 2011 Philippine Nurse Licensure Exam (NLE) will take place in eight days! I will be one of the takers this July and I can guarantee you that stress is over the head already. With eight days only to prepare, everybody is all rattled by the thought, “Will I pass the board exam,” much less the mantra of review centers today, “to top the board exam!”

That is just so the drama! HAHA! But really, it is painstakingly agonizing to prepare for it, especially if it is one of the most awaited board exams of the country. (And with less probabilities of getting hired even if you get your goddamn license. Okay, in another post.) Anyhow, in public service to my co-nurses, here are the links where you could find your room assignment for the exam —

July 2011 Nurse – Complete (Manila Examinees only)
July 2011 Nurses – Removal (Manila Examinees only)
July 2011 Nurse (CDO Examinees only)
June 2011 Pharmacists
* From the PRC website
* A blogger decided to post it separately just so traffic can be reduced in either way.

I hope it helped. And I hope we all pass.


Vintage Grapes Clothier

The plush vineyard lifestyle, is a lifestyle that few people gain the privilege of partaking in. It is a lifestyle lived typically only by the affluent. It is a lifestyle that has long reflected sophistication, great taste, status, and success and due to these facts, has also long been a place where true gentlemen take refuge to enjoy the fruits of their labor.



Vintage Grapes Clothier aims to offer the vineyard lifestyle to the broader public.



Embodying the pure elegance of the vineyard lifestyle, Vintage Grapes Clothier is a premier luxury garment brand.



A Vintage Grapes Clothier Gentleman is a well dress, well groomed gentleman who knows what he wants out of life and furthermore knows exactly how to obtain his desires. On any given day he could be spotted socializing on the classic castle-country of France’s scenic Loire Valley or sharing a bottle of Bordeaux, a 1787 Chateau Lafite, after closing a multimillion dollar business deal.


Exhibiting a refine grace and dignified property, Vintage Grapes Clothier’s spring / summer 2011 collection is inspired by the unmatched elegance present in the vineyard lifestyle.


Entitled Return of the Elegant, this collection features VGC’s polished woven dress shirts, signature handcrafted neckwear, and classic double pleaded bottoms.

VIIII - VGC - SS 2011 - Credit Sheet


Vintage Grapes Clothier is a rather young brand, finding its niche in the luxe industry. What with business classic clothing only for the style-savvy gentlemen. Aside from that, their philanthropic efforts such as supporting global human welfare and educational enrichment, are an added value on the luxury that they produce. Social relevance and luxury, despite two terms rarely conjoined, comes true in their efforts, not just to uplift the high standards of luxury, but also of finding accountability of the welfare of others. Vintage Grapes Clothier, in this light, though young and starting, proves only that luxury is better shared than kept.

Vintage Grapes LLC
Fairfield, Connecticut

MTV Asia hosts bloggers for MTV Movie Awards 2011

So where did I leave off? Oh right. MTV Asia!

After a night of walking around the city, I woke up the morning after ahead of the alarm. Freakish, really freakish, because I doubt my early waking up skills. I am never the morning person. Anyway, I did my morning routine already and headed to StarHub Green for the event. I was greeted by Dawn Lum, Marketing Manager, and Andrew Lo, Senior Director for MTV Asia. I saw a lot of bloggers, who most are Singapore locals.


I thought it would be a hard to connect with the bloggers, but it seemed that a common ground means a lot to talk about. Before even the show began, we were tattling like we’ve known each and everybody for years! They were great! On the far end of the buffet table, sat two familiar faces – Mother-Daughter tandem Saab and Pia Magalona. We were the only Filipino bloggers in the event.

DSC_0534Pia and Saab Magalona

Anyway, the big buffet was set up by caterer Orange Lantern, and only the most sumptuous for us to share. How MTV treats their guests is really commendable! I also salute MTV for acknowledging the influence of the blogging community. Dawn told me that they really prefer bloggers to cover for them, because it gives them a wider reach. I thanked her for a pampered holiday.




DSC_0535Saab loves her cupcakes by Orange Lantern :)

DSC_0537Dawn Lum

DSC_0538Andrew Lo




DSC_0548Four screens!

DSC_0549BlackBerry meets blackberry!

Show started around 8am, with the red carpet. Bloggers started to do the “what he/she wearing?” part. Who’s hot and who’s not? Charming and very simple, Emma Watson represents the Harry Potter posse. Gossip Girls Leighton Meester and Blake Lively ever so dashing and lovely are co-presentors of the show. But wait, another Gossip Girl was also present – Jessica Szohr, but what she wore really confused a lot of us. Same goes with Amanda Bynes, who I think was on steroids for quite some time (I mean, was she?) Kristen Stewart, on the other hand needs some Taylor for her dress (pun intended.) Safe players among the crowd were Selena Gomez and Emma Stone. Men’s fashion on that show was almost a flop. Justin Beiber beat them all (although, I really hate to admit it.)

Emma Watson

Leighton Meester.

Emma Stone.

Show was hosted by Jason Sudeikis, and was pretty much crazy because of him. If every awards night is hosted by him, there would be no sucky awards night at all! LOL! These were some of the highlights of the show. I posted the winners here.

Friends with benefits – JT on the boob, Mila Kunis on Justin Timberlake’s crotch. Got the whole room, like, OHHHHHH!

Justin Beiber’s special appearance

The real Best Kiss Award – Taylor Lautner x Robert Pattinson!

Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz on their new single.

Reese Witherspoon accepting the MTV Generation Award… and hurling mofos on R. Pattz! LOL!

Hottest love team ever?! Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds!

The painstakingly hilarious Jason Sudeikis.

Here are some of the bloggers present. Some, I did not remember the name (oh how really bad I am with names. Again, I am sorry.)

DSC_0531Shah and Sadali of Popspoken SG


DSC_0556Carol from StarHub with two other bloggers.

DSC_0558Pilipinas Represent! Saab, Jonver, Pia.



DSC_0578Elevator down.

DSC_0583Just before I left, I almost forgot to take a picture of Joyce, Leo, and Lennat. Joyce and I knew each other online weeks before the event when I found her blog while looking for bloggers present last year in the EMA’s. And they’re now my new What’s App-mates! Hellooooo! 

I have to thank MTV Asia, first for the trip to Singapore; second for the live and uncut screening (which really drove me nuts); and third for meeting the bloggers. Indeed, summer isn’t over, until you had an awesomesauce vacation. I can finally conclude my summer! Thank you MTV Asia! Til next then!

Courtesy of MTV Asia

* Credits to MTV Networks for Movie Awards 2011 photos.

Graphika Manila

Now on its sixth year, Graphika Manila brings you the latest in graphic and multimedia design. Every year, they bring in the brightest creative minds in the Philippines who have made it in the local and international art scene plus some international identities top it all off. “Find out about their workflow, ideas and inspirations, design tips and tricks, and just maybe, some of life’s best lessons.” This is what awaits you in the design conference on July 30 at the SMX Convention Center! For tickets and inquiries you may head on


Manila is really bustling with design events every now and then. You don’t wanna miss this! Register early for the early-bird rate. Kudos to Philippine Design!

Happy 150th, Gat Jose Rizal!

How did you love us?
Let me count the ways.

You have taught us to channel the strength
of our youth to stand and make a difference.

You have freed our minds,
with your pen as your weapon.

  You have inspired us with your life and your works;
your nationalism and your passion for this country.

May your legacy live forever,
Dr. Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal y Alonzo Realonda.


Visit the My Rizal 150 website and take part in the month-long celebration of the 150th birthday of our national hero.