Monthly Archives: March 2012

What to expect from Battalia Royale?

This post has been sleeping in my drafts folder for weeks already. Before you can blurt out how a bad blogger I am (alright, sometimes I am haha) do bear in mind that it’s just so hard to describe at the least how my actual exact Battalia  Royale experience is like.

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DSC_0753Watched with Carlos and Jan

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I think, as always, the best way to give a biteful of what transpired is to show these photos with extreme fanboy captioning. Forgive the inner fanboy. Haha!

DSC_0757Spotted: Production set designer for BR, Leeroy New

DSC_0758The lovely military-inspired event marshalls

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This is already the second set of runs they did for March. It was held at the abandoned Victoria High School in Cubao. The place was eerily perfect and who knew if there were real ghosts and ghouls while we were watching.

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I wanted to dress up and I couldn’t think of anything but a fashionable Type B military outfit. Kids who didn’t take CAT in High School barely can relate to what Type B is all about.

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If you watched Battle Royale, the Japanese dystopia film which you really should watch, you can easily relate to it. There were some scenes that were lifted from the film, and some are tweaked to suit to the Filipino taste, and some are humorous referencing. I remember Kiriyama (Kevin Vitug) blurt out “…quick the hovercraft will come any minute” which is just so Hunger Games, haha!

DSC_0777Forgive the photos of Stephen, #AlamNa

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There were about five to six stages which the blood-hungry audience should transfer from one to another. So wearing boots may not be your best bet if you have trouble moving around on it. You’ll stand, sit, and as for me, sometimes trip. I brought home bruises in the hands, elbows, knees and eyebrows. It had to come to a point that I had to choose to fall flat in my face to save my camera. But that’s an isolated case. If you’re not as clumsy as I am, you’re good to go.

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And oh, if you’re iffy about going home “bloody”, do not wear white! Hahaha, some really intended to go home bloody, but for me I wore black. My mom will annihilate me at the sight of a white shirt drenched in red stuff.

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Cameras are allowed (good thing!) but watch out for it. Place would be cramped, blood splashing from anywhere, and you might miss some good scenes. Or you’ll have to pick your face in the floor, if you’re like me.

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DSC_0819My favorite scene!

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Be ready to KILL! I don’t know if they’re gonna lift this scene for the September run but a student named Timothy was “auctioned” to the audience to kill. If you act good in the minigame at the start of the play, you’d be awarded to be a part of the  act. WHAT. A. BRILLIANT. IDEA. I love how these people think.

DSC_0862This was supposed to be a gay-ish scene. But Alab (with bandana) was played by a girl

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DSC_0865And here’s two thumbs up to my favorite Battalia Royale character – Cacai! I wish she won

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DSC_0881Enjoy lang si Ate magpose, eh in character pa si Jessica!

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Like almost a mockery of the hideous killings, the students performed the Our Lady of Guadalupe High School like a blisssful batch of graduating students…

OH WHICH REMINDS ME!!!! Congratulations to all graduates of Batch 2012! Go for the kill… errr I mean that dream job!

P.S. Look out for the September 2012 run! Congrats Sipat Lawin Ensembles for the success of Battalia Royale! Like them on Facebook!

Globe Lovebus ❤

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“Free rides! Yay!” Exactly my thought when I was invited to experience the pilot ride of the Globe Lovebus. It’s Globe’s way of giving back the love by letting all of us experience hassle-free (and you bet, MORE FUN!!!) riding, much like their newest prepaid promo *143#. 

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The Globe Lovebus traverses the busy road of EDSA, pit-stopping at your favorite malls in the Metro. The route starts from Trinoma and ends in MOA and vice versa. From a commuter perspective, this is really a relief, because getting a bus (and getting bored by all their movies) in EDSA is a pain in the ass. The long ride is no longer a problem too, since Globe gives you a one-of-a-kind bus ride experience with a number of in-ride activities like games with actual prizes (I see some eyes glimmer! *wink*)

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I’d ride the bus if it meant seeing Ed Westwick everyday. CHARAUGHT!

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So how does one gets in the Lovebus? Here’s some easy steps:

1. Register through Globe’s Facebook account.
2. Book your ride, along with your name, prepaid number, and some friends’ names (more utash more fun!)
3. Wait for a confirmation SMS to be sent to you mobile number.
4. Go to your scheduled ride, and show the SMS that acts as your ticket.
5. Hop on the bus, and enjoy the ride!!!

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But the fun doesn’t stop there, the Lovebus also has provincial legs in Batangas and La Union this coming Holy Week! Trips to the provinces will be on April 4 and 5, with return trips on April 8 and 9. And if you plan on visiting one of the recently announced top beaches in the world – Boracay, just show your Globe-powered mobile phone or Tattoo stick and ride the Globe Loveboat to and from Boracay island on April 13 – 15! Buses in Metro Manila will commence trips on April 10 and will run for an entire month from Monday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm.

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DSC_0137Lunch at Buffet 101 at the Seaside in SM Mall of Asia

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DSC_0135I’m on a diet. CHOS! The big slab of steak was on the second plate, haha!

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DSC_0141TJ kept us really entertained while riding the Lovebus

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And to keep you connected this summer, you don’t need to remember numbers, keywords, or codes. All you need to remember is *143# to avail of Globe’s latest prepaid promos! All promos are now centralized on this promo, so that it’s easier  and quicker to register for Globe promos. Like UNLIALLTRIO which gives you unlimited call, text, and surfing! When will this be available on postpaid? I need eeeeet so bad!

Memo Spring/Summer 2012

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Step out of stifling work clothes and look cool and fresh this summer donning the latest from MEMO—designed to make you feel relaxed and comfortable despite the sweltering summer heat.

MEMO kicks off the season with a collection of work wear perfect for a summer in the metro or for out-of-town work-related getaways. This season, upgrade your corporate closet with cool and fresh work clothes and prepare for an URBAN ESCAPE.

MEMO’s summer collection is all about relaxed and comfortable pieces. Hardworking urbanites stuck in the cold walls of the office then stepping outside in the blasting heat of summer can still maintain their fresh and sophisticated air in typical MEMO fashion.

Don’t lose your swagger with MEMO – stay preppy and extremely comfy all at the same time even in the middle of this summer heat. Here are my top picks:

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Tops this collection! I love this look!

And this is my take of MEMO’s latest collection! Hope you stir clear of all judgment, you know that I’m not the preppy type. But I try :P

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MEMO striped collared tee, GAP striped cuffed shorts, Punchdrunk Panda Negatives plimsolls, Razor necklace (gift), Jansport black backpack.

This is what I wore to the Globe Lovebus media launch last Wednesday which was held mostly while riding a bus. It really reminded me of field trips so I thought it was a perfect reason to dress up like a dorky kid going to a field trip. It was hot that day, and it really helped that I dressed down a bit for this. MEMO is all about being looking preppy and corporate, but you know how fashion is how one sees it. I thought I could give MEMO bit of a dorky twist, hence this look :)

Anyway, MEMO just ended their Share Your Style promo but I bet they still have many surprises for you all! So follow @memo_fashion on Twitter and also like them on Facebook to keep updated of all their promos!

Garage Summer Issue

I THINK THIS IS GARAGE’S HOTTEST COVER YET! I mean, I still love the Mario Maurer cover better but, THIS is really hot. Paulo Avelino sets the sizzle bar a notch higher!

Excuse my drool,
J

P.S. I was really doing deadlines, but then I see this liasehgfosdu I CAN’T EVEN!

Tomato + Tomato Green Summer 2012

I remember that I constantly used to ask myself why Tomato has no men’s line. It’s a girlfriend favorite and I think when I go shopping with them it would be really convenient to shop at the same boutiques. Come midyear/holiday/end-of-year sale seasons, and especially now it’s summer, it really comes in handy to have it all in one shop.

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All of a sudden, I was really out of the loop! NEVER KNEW TOMATO HAD A MEN’S LINE LAST YEAR! Branded as Tomato Green, Tomato now have an  urban male version.

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TAKE A LOOK AT TOMATO GREEN’S SUMMER 2012: It’s the 60’s clean sexy and mysterious look that’s rendered in fresh youthful contemporary style.  Brooding bad boy-good boy vibe will tingle your summer senses with Tomato Green’s 2012 Summer Collection.  It’s all about bringing out that sexy in you in comfortable clothes that are made to fit any type of body while enhancing your best features.

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Above-the-knee thin shorts that fit close to the body with solid contrast color details are simply scene stealers, cuff shorts are most comfortable and stylish while colored chinos in green, blue, rust and red will definitely give you a fashion statement that spells confidence and style!

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While the other girly Tomato isn’t really behind, it also takes a full-on 60’s vibe: The golden age remixed with a modern sexy twist of the millenium! Elegance and the sexy vibe of the 60’s with a very fresh, young and modern twist are the inspirations for this year’s summer!

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POLKA DOTS: Very 60’s. And oh, I love the Amy Winehouse hair!

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Tomato channeled the legendary sex appeal of Brigitte Bardo with a hint of that Cindy Crawford style.  It’s Hollywood royalty meets Fashion Icon! Big hair and pop of colors in swimsuits and summer wear in muted and high contrast shades of green, tangerine, earth tone shades of browns and blues dominate the 2012 Tomato’s Summer Collection.

1H7E6319editedPantone of the year: TANGERINE!

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High-waist-cut swimsuits with sexy peek a boo details will make every woman feel like a siren while leaving the men gasping for more.  Summer beads in various colorful shades of yellow, orange, teal, green etc. are perfect accessories for the day on the beach.

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With all these classic yet undying fashion pieces, your summer will definitely look good even on vacation!

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Jessica Sanchez

I really am not a fan of this year’s batch of American Idol contestants, but after seeing this – the restraint but equally proportional energy is just amazing! Perfect for the blue day that is today… Why is it raining in SUMMER?!

Last Week in Photos

Just let the good vibes coming!!! I so love last week!

PdP Blogger Hangout

It has been months since I was with PdP in an event, and this is already their third blogger hangout! Always a pleasure going to PdP’s events because they’re fun, and you really cannot run out of stuff to talk about. Plus, I love that these events are not-your-usual-events and is more intimate than others. I think it’s a good example how brands should conduct their events.

Video by the Nomad Manager

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Toe in Manila with Hanna and Pebbles

I will have to say that the last centavo of what seemed to be my measly savings went to my Toe ticket. No regrets though! I haven’t been in a rock concert, much more in a post-rock concert, and Toe was such a great band to watch and experience!! I wish I can show you how the drummer looked like when he was spacing out and just banging on his drums – he was so surreal! But unfortunately, even point-and-shoot cameras weren’t allowed. REALLY TERNO PRODUCTIONS? WHY?!

Video grabbed from a random Youtube-r, hehe

The Hunger Games with Team DGNTY

And yes, the most awaited film of the quarter IMHO hit the big screens last week!! And I have to thank Hunger Games Philippines for the superb seats! I really don’t wanna spoil but there were so many good scenes, excellent even – and it was the best book-to-film adaptation there is, so far! The casting, the production design, the cinematography, the editing, the costume design, what else?! It’s so perfect, it deserves a repeat watch this Thursday!!! See you, fangirls!

EXO dance practice with Toff and Miko

And… I am trying to dance again… Hey, no judgment, I really used to dance, some five years ago! But that’s a long time already haha, so it really helped that Toff and Miko were really patient when I didn’t get the steps easily. I really missed dancing, and was really planning to enroll in a studio this summer. At least I get to start shedding off some rust now, hehe.

Honestly, all my muscles now are like on strike. Even just lifting a glass of water hurts my whole arm… THE WHOLE ARM, I TELL YOU! Am not complaining, but is that how long I’ve been without real physical activity? I better start getting used to this, lawlz.

But indeed, it was still an epic of a week!!!
Still felt like my birthday week, tbh.

PdP Blogger Hangout v3.0

PdP Blogger Hangouts are the best!!! This is one of my favorites when I was still with Punchdrunk Panda! And I was really touched when Nica and Jen asked me to come to their latest one *sheds a tear*. I super miss hanging out with the PdP team, the bloggers… and I can’t pass up for the yummy grub *insert wide grin here*

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Thysz and I were a bit late, and they were already done introducing PdP’s latest skimmers. But we still got to see them, as worn by the bloggers already. Here’s a sneak peek —

The blogger hangout was held at Pipino, the vegan counterpart of Pino at Teacher’s Village. It’s just near work, so I really can’t say no to them :)

DSC_0078Garden Burger. I was told that this was made with banana heart and I was really amazed because it really taste so good. It’s a bit dry, but it’s still fine.

DSC_0079Lots of sidings!!! I love the potato wedges — forever a potato fan!

DSC_0084The Green Tea and Choco Peanut Butter cupcakes are totally to die for… And mind you they are vegan and aren’t made with eggs and milk. My taste buds are confused!

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DSC_0083Jen, explaining herself hehe

DSC_0085Creative menu by none other than Alessandra Lanot

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DSC_0088Nica showing off the postcards that come with the skimmers

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DSC_0090I LOVE THE HIGH CEILING!!

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DSC_0096Pretty girls: Ral, Charlene, Gela, and Helga.

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DSC_0099I miss the PdP team…

DSC_0101Nica, I’ll make this my profile picture aah, haha!

DSC_0102The very talented Alessa

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DSC_0106Robbie, Moi, Nica, Jen, Lois, Selena, Alessa, Raleene, Charlene, Gela, Pauline, Helga, and Thysz

DSC_0108Oh they’re a happy bunch 

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DSC_0113And post-lunch hangout at Moonleaf!!!

Thanks to PdP for the very fun day!

Been there, done that. Happier this way.

Straight acting isn’t being masculine, it’s being homophobic. You are scared of being associated with homosexuals because of the adversity we face but you’re more than happy to take all the liberties our struggles against this adversity have brought you. I came out of the closet at age 14 as a gay-acting gay and I will always be gay-acting because I am gay. Every action I do is gay because I am gay. www.samesame.com.au

I am one to admit that I tried acting straight just so as I can hide I am gay. Alexander Leighton is right, we all have been there one time or another. While I still do in some occasions, I am now proud of who I am and what I want. I will admit also that many a time, it crossed my mind if it would be easier for me to act straight, you know – easier to gain guy friends, to attract a lover… and the many other things straight-acting gays enjoy. But then again, am I free? Or does it restrict me to enjoy my real self? One of the things that dawned on me the moment I accepted myself and came out to some friends (yes, I am a work in progress) is that the liberty of expressing myself is the happiest moment of my life and that it doesn’t mean I’m a lesser/weaker gay guy if I’m not masculine. It just means I’m happier this way.

And if you’re acting straight purely because you think that it makes you better than all of us faggots, poofs and queers then I think that maybe you should finally step out of the closet and into our world because You can’t act straight and be gay. It’s an oxymoron, moron.

For the record, if you’re a real masculine gay guy, I have nothing against you, it’s your choice. But acting straight, or masculine for that matter, for the sake of fitting in/being superior to other gays, is just HOMOPHOBIA, as Lexhibitionist wrote. Hating yourself is not gonna work out for you (trust me.)

Besides, what’s the point of hiding behind the silhouette of heterosexuality if you already accepted yourself? Embrace who you are, and thou shall be happy and gay!

Close Up Pyromusical + Concert!

DSC_1005It felt like I threw a big birthday party! LOLz!

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I was invited to the press conference, pyromusical, and concert held by Close Up Philippines on the same day my birthday is! I really had plans with friends to watch the fireworks on my birthday when they invited me so I requested if I can bring along Angela and Hanna as well! Thank you to Close Up for accommodating me and my friends!!! I really felt special that day – they even greeted me on Twitter that day, it was so crazy!

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We were led to the VIP section of the Close Up stage. They had a separate stage from the SM stage (which is near the bay area.) Very excluded from the crowd outside, and it was just comfy there. I didn’t even have to worry about my things. Most importantly, I could see the artists perform really near, and of course, take good photos!

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DSC_1021Thanks to Audrey, Dom, and (missing in the photo) Carla for the invite!

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The pyromusical was up first! Italy presented first —

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Then, an intermission. The #NewCloseUpSong was introduced and some former Close Up hits were also played.

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DSC_1088Gino Padilla

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DSC_1110And Never The Strangers with the #NewCloseUpSong, Moving Closer

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The winners of the Pyromusical were announced, then the Philippine team  presented. There was a technical difficulty, and seriously SM needs back up plans when this happens again. Anyhow, they recovered after some 30+ minutes and continued with the show. Nothing really spectacular but it was good.

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And then more artists performed!!!!

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DSC_0055Barbie Almalbis

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Rico Blanco, who was also celebrating his birthday that day, was the last to perform! He did quite a set and I was actually singing to Antukin and Liwanag sa Dilim. Thank you, Rico, for singing such beautiful songs! It was very appropriate for our birthday!

DSC_0066Another Rico! DJ Rico Robles!

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It was a tiring day (and night) at MOA, but the party ain’t over since some friends are waiting over at Delish in Maginhawa for some drinks!!! Love these guys to bits!!!

I can’t wait til my next birthday! So far, it just gets better and better!