Sunday, April 29, 2007

The unbelievable Manila Bay sunset

Manila Bay may be known as one of the finest natural harbors in the world (serving the port of Manila) but it's more famous for its spectacular sunset. I haven't experienced it myself but I actually consider it romantic to spend a night (twilight) in that promenade (Baywalk, Manila) with a special someone.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Dear Diary: Come What May (Part 3 of 3)

I was so unenthusiastic about this meeting or EB (eyeball) that I was so desperately hoping (with crossed fingers) that something contrary will float up. I started the countdown right after the call. In any moment, either another I-wish-I-was-home-asleep self-blaming or a phenomenon will happen. But as the overused dictum goes: COME WHAT MAY.

“Sorry, I’m late,” as he motioned to occupy the chair facing my direction…and there was silence. We both smiled and just looked into each other’s eyes evaluating the lines that were never there and probably waiting for someone who could break the unusual stillness. I felt the connection in an instant, the chemistry that I never learned before even in school, and yes, the urge. It’s almost unexplainable but he just referred to it as “the spark” afterwards – something I could only associate to light at the time.

We went to that Singaporean restaurant in Araneta Coliseum to have dinner. The night was almost perfect not until he started hurling jokes with the intention of having fun at me while we were having dinner. I am a humorous person (and friends could attest to that). But I know about respect. And I know that a civilized person will never make fun of someone to be funny especially when the helpless soul is just around (unless all of you were really closed friends). I was so offended with his jokes but I nevertheless tried to stay cool and smiling. To weigh the scale right, I did similar jokes with the intention of annoying him. I had no more worries of possible irreconcilable war with the consequence of not having an intimate affair in the future. A Hitler deserves another heartless soul.

But I made an effort and never dreamed (not even thought) of being fooled around. By swinging his mood back to the sweeter and vulnerable side of the pendulum (at least, for a moment) could be a great chance for me to lay down the sweetest revenge and lesson a gay guy could get. During the later part of the date, he almost convinced me with his sudden tameness. In fact, it was so real and was so him. But unknown to him, he deeply hurt me earlier with his small-minded yet ruthless jokes. Sweet vengeance, and no other, was what on top of my head at that time.

See Part 1 and Part 2.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007

The Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007: Take It Underground was held at the NBC Tent, The Fort, Taguig City on April 21, 2007 at 10pm. Pictures posted were taken by my friend Vince Lopez. See more pictures after the jump...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Fashion High with GA

Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading real estate developers, had its grand launching for its GA Sky Suites last 20 to 22 April 2007, dubbed Fashion High with GA, at the GA Site in Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City. The Bench Summer Fashion Show was only a fraction of the prestigious event which includes a spectacular laser and lights show, specialty cocktails and heavenly hors d’oeuvres, etc. The pictures posted were shots of Vince Lopez — a good friend of mine.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

The late graduation march

There’s nothing more irksome than working your ass off in the middle of summer. It’s supposed to mean vacation, break, “sweet escape”, beach (no, not tan!), travel, fun, rest, et cetera. This is probably my second summer where most, if not all, of the time are spent on something compulsory. The other one was last summer where I have to pass two more subjects I failed during the previous semester. I was supposed to graduate (or march on stage) last year along with my original batch mates, but shit happens when you least expected it. But that’s another story, and something in the past is somewhat insignificant…at least, for now.

Today’s the fifty-fifth Commencement Exercises of the university where I attended to from June 2002 to May 2006, held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Because I was unable to attend last year’s ceremony, I decided to march along with old friends and acquaintances to make my graduation official. Some friends, who also failed our Philippine Conditions and Issues class last year and were deprived entry to PICC, were either too busy or lost the energy already to attend the event. But I thought that I might have regrets in the future if I let this “opportunity” slip away. Everything’s just a mere formality, I was not even excited though I was stirred, not emotional, when I was staring at the Philippine flag as the national anthem’s orchestra-tic masterpiece was played at the beginning of the program.

The presentation of graduates went long (and boring) as expected. It was even made worse or maybe the converse for the bored ones who badly need icebreakers, when the guest speaker was introduced and started talking as if he was in a political rally and promoted his candidacy for Senator. Cesar Montano is a versatile actor, a talented director, a smart producer, et cetera and we could all agree that he’s doing a really fantastic job with his efforts in showing the rest of the world what the Philippines has when it comes to quality movies. Personally, I even admire him like how millions of Filipinos would admire Manny Paquiao in the ring. But the bottom line is being in show business is obviously his niche – same holds true for Paquiao in boxing – and he definitely need not explore a world strange enough to succeed. He was even trembling all throughout his speech which shows how amateur (in politics) he is. His cheesy-ness may have appealed to other graduates and parents but I am quite sure that an intelligent voter will not add another LITO LAPID or BONG REVILLA as lawmakers.

Oh well, at least he added color to that drably event in PICC.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dear Diary: Come What May (Part 2 of 3)

He looks fabulous in his clothes but his somewhat cute-sy physical features catch my attention. He’s someone I knew few, or perhaps a lot will adore. We have a lot of similarities but we also have few differences. But those things that I’m not really fond of doing are just too impressive on his character. He has a lot of sense that I would always be interested in what he has to say. But he’s not the nerdy type nor too arrogant in his words, just perfectly enough to turn me on. He’s also adventurous and outgoing which explains his physical fitness. He’s even appreciative of the people around him, of little things.

What’s the sense of imbuing him with all these mystical qualities, when just few moments later, I will finally meet him in person. I guess I am cultured enough (or playful) to ride with destiny here, so come what may. He said he will be late due to traffic – Filipino time and excuse, as usual. Oh well, at least he’s sure to show up! We knew each other through online chatting just two days prior to our meeting. He showed me his pictures and was not really impressed on what he has to offer. At 29 (or 27, I really can’t remember), he’s quite old for me. He frequently calls me at night but each was treated as something with no importance. The conversations even ended up in stupid argumentations. I felt that he’s too desperate. To him, I sounded too arrogant. His impression was not a surprise at all. The truth is: I was only trying to give him a reason to STOP. Despite it all, he’s very passionate in his words. He moved me so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt – the reason I am here. I didn’t care even if I looked terribly stressed that time. “It was just him,” I thought. But I nevertheless tried to fix myself after he phoned to inform me that he’ll be there in a minute.

See Part 1 and Part 3.

Friday, April 13, 2007

How did Pinoy rock dominate the local music scene?

I’m not sure but I think Bamboo started the rejuvenation of rock bands with the release of their album As The Music Plays in 2002. I can still remember how their song Noypi changed everybody’s perception of the OPM (Original Pinoy Music) and how it impacted the music industry which was then floating somewhere I would rather call nowhere – trend-less and literally in a state of a very serious coma. (Or maybe I just forgot that the likes of Sarah Geronimo were actually engaged in music!) The band’s success obviously inspired other groups (including amateurs) to aim a similar (or greater) amount of recognition, thus the influx of rock bands. Bamboo paved the way for other musicians to see further opportunities.

I started to appreciate the local music since then, and burned some bucks to show support. Currently, my iTunes has roughly 200 local songs out of a thousand. (I regularly rub out songs that are rarely played to free my computer from unwanted stuff.)

There have been a lot of success stories recorded in the last couple of years from alternative rock bands to female rock artists (Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, among others), from acoustic to (pop) “pogi” rock, from bossa to reggae, et cetera, which eventually turned Filipinos into music-obsessed animals.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Spider-Man 3

Columbia Pictures' “Spider-Man 3” will swing to Philippine theaters on May 1, Labor Day – three days earlier than the film’s May 4 opening in the U.S., this according to Victor R. Cabrera, general manager of Columbia Pictures Philippines.

This means Filipino moviegoers will be the first in the world (along with Japan and a few other Asian countries) to witness Spidey’s latest, exhilarating adventures. Considered as the motion picture event of 2007, “Spider-Man 3” will have the widest rollout in Philippine history, to be shown simultaneously across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

More Daniel Radcliffe

So, you’re almost certainly hearing bits and pieces of Harry Potter again? I’d say that’s not surprising at all especially now that we could see the trailer of its fifth movie (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) everywhere, plus there’s the much-awaited final and seventh book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) making its way to the store soon. Or you’ve probably secured a copy at the National Bookstore already? Well, that’s still a long wait. For now, let's get down to business. Here are a few pictures of Daniel Radcliffe (needless to say, the Muggle who personified Potter) while he's busy endorsing Equus.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

The 10th Philippine Fashion Week

The 10th Philippine Fashion Week was held at the Rockwell Tent, Power Plant Mall and Glorietta Activity Center in Makati from 23 March to 1 April 2007. The pictures posted were taken by Vince Lopez — a good friend of mine.

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