[drama] On the Wings of Love

  (Spoilers alert.) Before I discovered Asian dramas, there were Filipino dramas. We grew up watching them after school or work and before dinner. And we complain about our mothers talking about the characters in the drama as if they knew them or they were real people. But it’s been a while since I watched…

movie: SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC

I love films whose main ambition is just to entertain and nothing more. And that is what SUDDENLY IT’S MAGIC is all about, a Philippine production that casts Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer in the male lead. I seldom watch films from my native Philippines not because I don’t like to but because there are few…

behind the story: Westlife

(This is part of the series on behind-the-scenes while covering celebrities.) While my friends @blissful_days and @paositivity are enjoying tonight’s Westlife concert in Manila, I am sitting at my desk writing this and it would have been perfect if I had an old CD from the Irish lads blaring in the player but I chucked…

selling the Philippines as fastfood?

The Philippines has a new tourism minister and he says selling the country’s destinations to the world would be as easy as selling Chickenjoy. This is Chickenjoy, a famous meal in the Filipino fastfood chain, Jollibee. So I wonder if Ramon Jimenez, the new tourism guy and a former advertising executive, would serve destinations crispy…

Pacman fails to KO Uncle Steve

I didn’t know that HP has launched a TouchPad. I am so much an iPad baby (I wouldn’t say Apple because I am not into the iPhone, the only Steve Jobs product I’m not keen on). HP even got Manny Pacquaio as endorser for the TouchPad. Unfortunately, he couldn’t knock out Uncle Steve’s iPad. And…

movie: Oscars ‘to… Oscars!

I cracked up over that line in Ang Babae sa Septic Tank: “Oscars ‘to… Oscars!” Thank you Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera for doing a film about Filipino filmmakers’ obsession to make it to international film festivals by capitalizing on poverty porn or “poor-nography”. Because to be honest about it, it’s so frustrating to see…

movie: forever & a day

Fan girl confession: I like Sam Milby. For over a decade now, I haven’t taken a really good look at Filipino actors enough to fan-girl them. Besides, I have been living outside the country so I am not really updated. I did like some of John Lloyd Cruz’s movies and recently, Gerald Anderson’s Catch Me…

heroes’ bracelet

There’s this lady in the talaat (market) who comes a couple of times a month and sells all these chunky costume jewelry made of resin and wood. I love looking at them even if they’re not exactly my style. And I found out that they are made in the Philippines! One time, I found a…