Daily Archives: July 10, 2011

Tatt Awards Launch

So bad a blogger of me, these photos are soooooo late! Anyhow, we did manage to have fun at the launch of the Globe Tatt Awards last June 30 at Opus. With games from Silly People’s Improv Theatre or SPIT (which is damn well crazy) and a stunning mini circus performance (I forgot who performed, but they’re good) Globe introduced to us the first ever Tatt Awards.

DSC_0982It’s my first time at Opus. Been gone from the partying scene for quite a while. Interiors are good! But they need to work their Mojito.

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DSC_0984@juanxi – Ros, The Juan, on Twitter 24/7! VOTE FOR HER AAH!

DSC_0985Raffy Celestial

DSC_0986Juned Sonido of Philippine Blog Awards Admin.

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DSC_0989Ariel from SPIT

DSC_0991Judge Gang Badoy with Ros Juan

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DSC_0992SPIT starting now…

DSC_0993Things you regret posting online (in A – Z manner!)

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DSC_1002Got our jaws droppin’

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DSC_1004The tweeps couch! Raffy, Redge, Aaron, JP, Cor, Ros, Tonyo, Iya, and someone I forgot… sorry!

DSC_1005Chad, Yen, and Marga

DSC_1006The Mom Blogger, Noemi Dado of Blogwatch.tv

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DSC_1009Kenneth (a.k.a. Theo Cheng) of SPIT

DSC_1010Tatt Awards Judges Rico Mossesgeld and Dong Ronquillo

DSC_1012Happy and Dingdong from SPIT

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DSC_1018Blogger Aisa Ipac with other blogger friends 

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We ate dinner at nearby Tao Yuan and grabbed our favorite Singaporean dishes (well, mostly) Photo above is a plate of Prawn rolls.

DSC_1021Fried Garlic Pork

DSC_1022String beans and pork

DSC_1023The star of the night – Hainanese Chicken!

DSC_1024So good, I can’t help to take another photo

DSC_1025Spicy Laksa

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DSC_1027Lychee (that I wish was served with ice or chilled)

Actually, this event was to campaign Ros for the category The One or aptly, The Juan. LOL! I had a blast with these guys and it actually felt like my send off party to my board exam, which was two days after this event. Don’t forget to nominate your favorite social media personalities at the Globe Tatt Awards!

Thank you to Globe for inviting us over! Til next time!

My Eiga Sai Week

Since the board exams were done, and I barely have anything to do (aside from blogging, of course) so I go to film festivals. Films are free. Films are really good. In my opinion, the quality of the movies in film festivals are better than those in the mainstream cinema. Not that there is something wrong with mainstream, I just find these ones more relevant to me.

And have I mentioned it was FREE? Best part of it, of course!

Every July, Shangri-la Mall offers Eiga Sai to the public. Eiga Sai, which means film festival in Japanese, is one of the most anticipated film festivals (I think I have used this term quite a lot already) in the Philippines. It commemorates the Philippine-Japanese friendship ties, and a celebration of the Japanese art of filming.

There is something to the Japanese cinema that really captures me. I have been an avid patron of the Land of the Rising Sun and all of its aspects ever since I was a kid (except for the fact that they abused the Filipinos in World War II.) I love their culture and way of life. Their films are no diversion, and is a direct translation of the Japanese that I have always loved. I must have been a Japanese in my past life.

Personal trivia break: My ultimate culinary dream is to eat ramen in a lantern-adorned street stall with falling Sakura as a backdrop.

Now that was one lengthy rationale why I would watch Eiga Sai by default. So with my love for films and anything Japan-made, I trooped outside and I was lucky enough to catch three films, given the amount of audience that lined up for the films.

Villon’s Wife

This is a story of a woman who tries to be loyal to her popular writer, yet promiscuous and misbehaving, husband. Set in 1946, wherein the stereotypes of gender are still a major idealism, one sees the incredible and undying fidelity of a woman. I really find this film empowering and demeaning (in the sense of reflection of the gender stereotype ideal) at the same time.

Your Friend

Friends are forever. This is the ideology that this film teaches. Take on Emi and Yuka, unlikely to be friends, but they became friends anyway. Together they face the everyday dilemma of a handicapped student (you need to find out, I’m not spoiling, teehee!) I think I can’t go any further, lest I spoil. I’ll tell though that they have a comforting soundtrack and is a really feel-good, gonna-make-you-a-crybaby movie.

Departures

Departures is the featured film for this year’s Eiga Sai. This movie won the 81st Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009 and a couple more locally in Japan. A different view on death was shown when the cellist Daigo Kobayashi lost his job, went back to his hometown, and took a whole new career as an encoffiner. With alternating comedy and drama, acclaimed director Yojiro Takita browses on the Japanese view of the dead.

I was really lucky that I caught a special screening yesterday, and it was well worth it lining up for two and a half hours for a ticket!

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Worry not, kids! Even if Eiga Sai just ended showing in Shang today, you can still catch these wonderful movies (aside from downloading them) at Gaisano Grand Citimall Davao, Ayala Center Cebu, and UP Film Institute in these corresponding dates!

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Admission is free.

Gaisano Grand Citimall Davao

22 July 2011
4:00pm – Your Friend
6:30pm – Departures

23 July 2011
11:00am – One Million Yen Girl
1:30pm – The Chef of South Polar
4:00pm – The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones
7:00pm – Climber’s High

24 July 2011
11:00am – Yunagi City, Sakura Country
1:30pm – Summer Days with Coo
4:30pm – Feel the Wind
7:15pm – Villon’s Wife

Ayala Center Cinema 4 Cebu

02 August 2011
7:00pm – The Chef of South Polar

03 August 2011
7:00pm – Climber’s High

04 August 2011
7:00pm – Yunagi City, Sakura Country

05 August 2011
7:00pm – Villon’s Wife

06 August 2011
1:30pm – The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones
4:30pm – Summer Days with Coo
7:30pm – One Million Yen Girl

07 August 2011
1:30pm – Your Friend
4:30pm – Summer Days with Coo
7:30pm – Feel the Wind

UP Film Insitute

17 August 2011
12:30pm – Summer Days with Coo
3:00pm – One Million Yen Girl
5:30pm – Yunagi City, Sakura Country
7:30pm – Villon’s Wife

18 August 2011
12:30pm – Your Friend
3:00pm – Feel the Wind
5:15pm – Yunagi City, Sakura Country
7:30pm – Climber’s High

19 August 2011
12:30pm – Climber’s High
3:00pm – The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones
5:30pm – Villon’s Wife
7:30pm – The Chef of South Polar

20 August 2011
12:30pm – Summer Days with Coo
3:00pm – Feel the Wind
5:10pm – The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones
7:30pm – The Chef of South Polar

For synopsis of films, please click here.

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I’m really eyeing to watch all those that I still haven’t in UP Film Institute. Say hi when we meet!

Sugoi!
J

What’s Hot: The Grand Makati Sale

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Now this is definitely something hot in the Urban oven.

When I was at Singapore last June, it was still the GSS or The Great Singapore Sale. Then I came to know (when I was actually back in MNL) that it was indeed some sort of a NATIONAL EVENT – like a holiday! Folks from all around the world travel to Singapore, which proves to be a good tactic to drive tourists in, therefore increasing the national revenue!

In its 341st year this July, Makati City, follows the consumerist call, and celebrates with marking down goods and services UP TO 70% off at major establishments in Makati like Greenbelt, Glorietta, Rustan’s Department Store, Stores Specialist Inc., Power Plant Mall, SM Department Store, Waltermart and Cash & Carry. Makati Medical Center is participating also by marking down executive check-ups!

When I came back from my whirlwind trip from SG, I thought I’ll be back to cover some more shopping, but seems like I can find good deals here in our own country as well. AH! If only Cotton On and Uniqlo have branches here! Good thing there’s MUJI and other amazing brands here already! This could be a start of something new, in our economic and tourism aspects.

So excited to hit the malls now! AND so excited to see this being a national event, just as the months of May, June, and July are sacred to crazy shoppers!

P.S. I wish, though, that the poster was done better. I just know it can be better. Just sayin’!