Daily Archives: July 6, 2011

Silverlens Gallery

Manila is a bustling art scenestealer, filled to the brim with the brightest (and sometimes darkest) artists this age has ever seen. This blogs now brings you some of the local art scenes that has been making quite a buzz in the industry.

A Token of our Friendship; Philippine Photos of Male Affection, First Half of the 20th Century by John Silva was put up as a primer to its book form. The gallery shows various photographs from the old Philippines that subtly shows love of the male kind. The event was attended to by some media personalities, local art enthusiasts, and gallery regulars.

EDIT: There was a talk last July 2, for this gallery. However, due to insistent public demand, John Silva will repeat it on July 23 and 30, 3-5pm at the Silverlens Gallery (address at the end of the post.) You should also RSVP at manage@silverlensphoto.com if you want to be reserved a seat. Great! See yah!

DSC_0933A foreigner (he’s probably a photographer) saw that I took this photo from Chace’s LCD screen and gave me a pat in the back for composition. Thank you kind Sir!









DSC_0944Techie Lolos. Ipakilala kay Lola Techie. LOL!


Filmmaker Ria Limjap


Up Dharma Down’s Armi Millare


DSC_0954A veteran art curator discourses with my friend Ame.




DSC_0957Curator and author John Silva

On the other side of Silverlens Main is SLab, another gallery, housing On the Radar: Six New Symptoms curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana featuring Catalina Africa, Dina Gadia, Gail Vicente, Marija Vicente, Ryan Villamael and Maria Jeona. This is where art defies logic. Imagine your own meaning. I personally find some pieces equally calming and disturbing. I am proud that these artists are Filipino!



DSC_0917Can you see the sad eyes?

DSC_0918This reminds me of the fallopian tubes.






Totem Pole of sorts


The lat gallery, is at the corner of SLab lies 20SQUARE, another space by Silverlens, featuring Few and Far Between by Hanna Pettyjohn. The collection gives you a feeling of the rough countryside, with a little turbulence in between.




A Token of our Friendship; Philippine Photos of Male Affection, First Half of the 20th Century curated by John Silva, On the Radar: Six New Symptoms curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana featuring Catalina Africa, Dina Gadia, Gail Vicente, Marija Vicente, Ryan Villamael and Maria Jeona at SLab, and Few and Far Between by Hanna Pettyjohn at 20SQUARE is open up to July 30, 2011.

Silverlens Gallery
2320 Pasong Tamo Extension
Makati City, Philippines
(632) 816 0044
Mon – Fri, 10-7 pm
Sat, 1-6 pm

Farruca by LapDance

FARRUCA is the latest bag to come from the classic designs from LapDance Laptop Bags. True to the LapDance brand promise, FARRUCA balances the right mix of functionality and fashionability. FARRUCA was designed with the same design criteria of its predecessors: Paso Doble and Belle. These previous bestsellers from LapDance made use of the 2-in-1 bag design that allows users to separate their laptop sleeve from the bag, depending on whatever is called for the occasion. FARRUCA is the thinest and most compact 2-in-1 bag to come from LapDance.

The bags features are as follows:

* Made for 13-in laptops
* Comes with a padded removable sleeve that doubles as another bag
* Made of genuine leather handles and two different types of faux leather that gives it a contrasting finish
* Comes with a built-in lock that adds security for the bag
* Gold rivets add accent to the bag

FARRUCA is now available at LapDance TriNoma, Islands & More NAIA 3, & Apple Stores iStudio Bonifacio High Street, and the A. Shop.

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I’m on the edge of glory and I’m hanging in a moment of truth

Just because.

Globe Tatt Awards

With up to 95% of online Pinoys as active participants in social media, it comes as no surprise that the Philippines has been named the Social Networking Capital of the world. Passionate, committed and vocal, Filipino web users are headed for social media greatness, and Tattoo, the Globe-powered internet brand that has become a youth favorite, is right there with them.

Responding to the Pinoy online explosion, Tattoo has created the first-ever Tatt Awards, a series of accolades celebrating Filipinos who share Tattoo’s fiery passion and who have used that energy to create a strong and unforgettable social media presence.

Technophiles, video vamps, take-no-prisoners ballbreakers and advocates for change are all welcome at the Tatt Awards (see all categories and mechanics.) Stand up and have your pioneering online efforts be recognized by a jury of your peers and the Tatt Awards Council of judges including —

Veteran journalist and the force behind ABS-CBN’s News and Current Affairs initiatives Maria Ressa

Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy

Prolific blogger and entrepreneur Cecile Zamora-Van Straten

Tech blogger supreme and Tattoo ambassador Rico Mossesgeld

Flippish star and YouTube personality, Director, and Video Blogger Kring Elenzano

RX radio DJ Chico Garcia

President of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association Hans Roxas-Chua

Tattoo Head of Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo

Representing life without limits, Tattoo is the perfect brand to celebrate social media strides, with its speedy and affordable broadband hookups that enable myriad online connections among Filipinos in the country and around the world.  Ronquillo enthuses, “Tattoo is all about making your mark and your own personal definition of greatness.  The Tatt Awards is our venue to recognize those individuals that through their passion and individuality have created a space that is uniquely theirs, but sincerely shared with others.”

It is no coincidence that Tattoo is launching the Tatt Awards on June 30, designated the second annual Social Media Day by award-winning social media and tech news site Mashable (www.mashable.com).  With Social Media Day meetups planned in nearly 1400 cities around the world, it will be the day to celebrate the technological advancements that empower everyone to connect with others and access information quickly and easily.

The field will be open for nominations via tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards.   Public votes through the Tatt Awards portal and the scores of the Tatt Awards Council will determine the winners, who will each receive 100,000 Pesos in cash and premium broadband products from Tattoo. Expect the big announcements within August 2011!

Take your cue from Tattoo.  Steal the spotlight online and share your passion to create, inspire and lead in social media.


And look who’s on the banner?! It’s my favorite blogger Saab!

JeepneED launching soon!

Do you still remember JeepneED?

They were our beneficiaries for the first ever Twestival Manila! And they’re launching real soon!

They have been putting up the jeep that will be used for the operations. It feels good, that somehow, me and my friends in Twestival MNL are a part of this. Seeing progress, from the gathering of funds and materials to seeing the actual jeep, to having a jingle! I’m excited that they will be starting operations really really soon!

But inasmuch as the curriculum and activity plan of JeepneED is so well-put, they still need ongoing support to sustain the need. The best part is, as always, you can be a part of this wonderful thing going on! JeepneED welcomes any kind of help, and if you’re up to getting these poor kids educated and help shape their future, this is the right place for you.

These kids are our nation’s future.

Learning takes you places
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Amigo the Movie

Last June 29, three days before the dreaded board exam, I was invited to a gallery of costumes made by Gino Gonzales, “Veiled Memories of a Forsaken Past,” and the exclusive premiere screening of the international hit Amigo.




Amigo is all about the roots of Filipino-American ties in the Philippines. It is written and directed by American independent American filmmaker John Sayles, starring several Filipino and American veteran actors and actresses.


DSC_0804Some guests completely dressed up in period costume.

DSC_0803Veiled woman costume


American army costume



Sacristan costume

DSC_0809Priest costume









DSC_0823Met up with Twitter friends Audrey @APhylicia and Osep @osepreyes

DSC_0826Actor Joel Torre, being sketched up.




DSC_0838Mr. Joel Torre and Ms. Rio Locsin

DSC_0839Origin8 Media people.

DSC_0841Actor Dick Israel

DSC_0840Amigo Writer and Director John Sayles

DSC_0844Local Indie Filmmaker Quark Henares approves! 

“[The story] is set in a very specific time and place – Northern Luzon in the year 1900,” Sayles relates in the film’s study guide. The film revolves around the state of the Philippine islands after the fall of the Spanish Regime and the occupation of the Americans in the Philippines after thereby “buying” the nation from the oppressors.

Amigo aims to show the complexity of US – Philippine relations through an action-packed, dramatic and heart-moving epic. “The Philippines and the United States now share a great deal of history and culture,” declares Sayles. “But until recently the beginnings of that long, complex relationship, was virtually developed,” he continued.

After reaping worldwide acclaim in international film fests such as Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival, Amigo comes home to the Philippines. Starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, and Garret Dillahunt, along with Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro, Jon Arcilla, Pen Medina, Irma Adlawan, Yul Vasquez (War of the Worlds, American Gangsters), DJ Qualls (Road Trip). With dialogues mostly in Tagalog, Amigo will be shown in theatres with English subtitles. Amigo is Rated PG 13 by the MTRCB and has received an advisory/endorsement from the Department of Education.

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Gateway Mall
Robinson’s Galleria
Robinson’s Ermita
Glorietta 4
TriNoma Mall


This is kinda late, but yeah, you know the board exams already and all that shit. Anyway. YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS! As a fan of period films, among others that I’ve watched this has got to be one of the best. Well-researched, well-portrayed, and well-executed. John Sayles must have put so much heart into doing this. I love how the narration was done – very subtle and sometimes void of emotion but full of meaning. This is one movie you shouldn’t miss!

Amigo the Movie
A John Sayles Film
Opens JULY 6!

* Special thanks to Ms. Marie Ganal for inviting me over.