Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

It will be 2009 in less than two hours. Home, there's no grand traditional buffets or not even loud firecrackers, only me and a few relatives to share our own little time together. I was invited to stay in different locations, but I prefer to stay with my family, even in our corniest of times. Like before, I would spend time listening to all the noise outside and observing all the beautiful fireworks display from our terrace. But you, you know who you are, Simply Manila regular and accidental readers and visitors, I hope you'll have a blast this eve of 2009. See you in your most greatest form tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How's wireless blogging for you?

Blogging wirelessly again. I'm here in TriNoma right now, waiting for Fitness First to open. I haven't visited this great place for quite some time already, so I might add this to my new list of resolutions for 2009. In the Philippines, today is Rizal Day, which is some kind of a tribute to our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Since it's holiday, FF won't open until 8am, thus this post. Like most FF branches, this one right here offers a variety of fitness programs. I'm not sure what they have in store for us today, but I'm not planning to stay that long, anyway. Okay, it's time. Next post coming tomorrow.

Monday, December 29, 2008

On MMFF: This year's winners and losers

Like I thought, Baler bagged most awards in the Metro Manila Film Festival, including Best Picture, Best Director (Mark Meily), Best Actress (Anne Curtis, her first, I believe) and Best Supporting Actor (Phillip Salvador). I haven't watched any festival movies yet, and Aso is interested to watch Baler, so we might check it just before the year ends. Ang Tanging Ina looks like a good film to watch, too, although I'm not really expecting it to be as touching as its prequel.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Bonbon Series: Akihiro Sato

When he gets old and gray he can surf and paint all day in the meantime he’s fast becoming top of Manila’s most wanted list. Barely six months in the Philippines and already he’s been snagged by Penshoppe for a campaign. What is about the 21-year-old, 6’1”, Akihiro “Aki” Sato, the half-Japanese, half-Brazilian model that is driving our local fashion industry gaga? His looks apparently translate well with both the “class A to D market.” Surfer body and mestizo good looks aside what makes him stand out from the other half-breed hunks in town? Taking apart Aki’s looks from his great smile that reaches all the way to his eyes, his perfectly proportioned features, his killer cheekbones, his 31-inch waist and washboard abs one can’t deny he is one ideal specimen; but in this industry, looks are 90 percent of the package to make it big you’ll need your own signature “blue steel” look (the model’s signature look as per Stiller’s “Zoolander”).

He confessed to being a little homesick for his family living in Brazil. Though happy to get his face on billboards, having time to surf and paint all day would be closer to his ideal of happiness. He is a playful, lighthearted young man, who, despite his “happy and sad” childhood growing up in the streets of Sao Paolo, arguably one of the toughest neighborhoods in the world, he still managed to retain his boyish innocence.

Text Source: Inquirer

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Blogging Wirelessly

Blogging from a friend's cellphone right at this moment, and considering blogging on-the-go for next year. It's Christmas season so only a few calls are coming in today.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

This is the season to be jolly!

I know I'm supposed to add a new bonbon today, but it's Christmas, my friends, and I'm Catholic. Merry Christmas to all Simply Manila readers and visitors. I was in TriNoma yesterday and almost spent the Christmas there due to a very long queue for cabs. I hope this year we will be able to buy a new car (and not sell it), so we could skip those little headaches and frustrations again. Right after this post, I'll go to TriNoma again to pay our monthly bills. I will also visit my hair stylist again and go to Malabon so I could meet Aso and his friends as they have plans for today daw. That's some of her friends above with me. Merry Christmas. To my friends, thanks for the gifts. I hope you like mine.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twilight's Pinoy version rumors: So what?!

Blogging gives anyone the liberty to express their selves in ways that no one should care, even in their lamest thoughts. I do. But then people start to read your site, and you’d like them to appreciate your work. I’m actually flattered that you’re reading this post right now. Of course, I also understand those who might hate this blog. Can’t please everyone, you know. I also understand those who have the courage to show their abhorrence, as long as it’s justifiable and nothing physical or personal. So what with the long introduction? Okay, let’s get this over with. I visited my Multiply account and as soon as I clicked the ‘Inbox’ button, I saw a long list of blog entries and posts with aggressive titles and contents—swearing, slurring and explicitly subjective. They’re there for the world to see. But even the simplest thoughts could sometimes trouble me, like the one above. So what do I have to say with this? I’m a Twilight fan, and I wouldn’t care if anybody tries to translate it in Filipino, in the same manner that I wouldn’t care if they translate it to Mandarin or French. I don’t think it will make the original Twilight a lesser piece of work. That’s no biggie. Stephenie Meyer will probably even increase her number of Filipino fans through this. Besides, there should be nothing to be ashamed of. In the civilized world, it is simple really: If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On MMFF: Let the battle begin!

Ever since I arrived here in Manila some years ago, I got fascinated in this event called Metro Manila Film Festival and became a big fanatic of movies. I would sometimes make a list of my own choices and bets for the awards night (and normally predicts most of it). Some years ago, when Crying Ladies was included in this prestigious event, I knew it would make a mark in this country’s cinematic history. Not only did it give Sharon Cuneta’s career a whole new meaning, but also introduced us to Mark Meily, the TV ads director who made a successful crossover to directing movies through this film. Now, few years later after Crying Ladies, Mr. Meily directs yet another movie that seems to be gaining more attention than the rest of the entries to this year’s MMFF—the part-historical, part-fictional movie Baler. So Titanic, I know (even the poster!). While the veteran Joel Lamangan tries hard to bring us something that looks like a mediocre comedy film, Meily shows more effort with this Viva Films presentation, featuring Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis. Who will beat who? Watch all eight movies this Christmas season.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Prank Caller

I've been receiving phone calls for over two years already, for different companies, of course. I received lots of strange phone calls that I can probably put a mini digital library compiling all these bizarre, and sometimes, really irritating phone calls. I'm used to it. Most of the time, I'll just laugh and shrug it off like flakes on my shoulder. Okay, I don't have that. So anyway, as soon as I was done pitching the opening spiel, this customer asked if I'm located in Manila or Cebu. He's not Filipino, by the way. He said he's Black American, with Puerto Rican roots. I want to lie and say I'm in Toronto, because I feel its one one of those calls again, but apparently he just wanted to speak to a gay agent in the Philippines. I told him I'm in Manila, but I didn't, of course, divulge any personal preferences. He went on and said he's a music producer and that he has millions in his accounts (and that he wanted to give me some if I will just be truthful to myself and tell him if I'm gay, bisexual or straight, and if I'm top or bottom). Of course, I wasn't brave enough to play with him so I told him to just call back and call back until somebody's willing to help him with his inquiry. You know why he came to mind again? Watch this video...

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

I'm like a phoenix reborn!

I recently rebooted my computer, so I apologize for the delayed update. It’s such a pain in the ass, I think, to start over after all the downloaded songs, videos (porn included) and pictures you gathered for years suddenly got lost in a snap. I’m not sure where to begin. I can’t even remember which sites I should visit first. But rest be assured that Simply Manila will not cease along with those treasured but lost files, and that I would still continue to exist and share significant (and some seemingly trivial) stories that orbits the erratic, hectic, comic, fantastic (and everything else that ends with ic) life in Manila. I don’t really mean 75% of what I usually say, so no high expectations, please. This is just an ordinary blog, filled with ordinary thoughts. Have a great weekend before Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Bonbon Series: Ejay Falcon

Ejay Falcon, born 19 November 1989, and winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus, is our latest bonbon. This University of Manila student was introduced in the show as the Promdi Hottie of Mindoro, paying homage to his province. So far, Falcon appeared in few TV shows and commercials. His popularity is plagued by controversies including rumors that he used to work as a callboy and that he’s not really a promdi (province boy) after all. But according to my psychic instincts, Ejay will get more popularized in 2009 and will be linked eventually to… Piolo Pascual? Hmmm, I've got to clean these crystal balls here. LOL. Have a happy weekend everyone.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

On MMFF: Desperadas returns with its second sequel

From last year’s Metro Manila Film Fest entries, I was able to watch two movies: Shake, Rattle & Roll 9 and Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo. But I didn’t forget about the others that caught my attention, too, particularly the sexy and hottie-ful Desperadas. Remember that Desperate Housewives-like movie that featured Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado and Marian Rivera? I love all the ladies, but I love the sexy men, too. Now that they’re back, I guess I really need to find a DVD copy of Desperadas already, in case it’s relevant to the sequel. In addition to Will Devaughn, Jay-R, Wendell Ramos (who plays a gay character, anyway) and TJ Trinidad, Desperadas 2 will also feature sexy daddy Christian Vasquez, comedian and singer Ogie Alcasid and Be Bench: The Model Search winner Carlo Guevarra. It will be shown nationwide this Christmas as one of the entries to the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Is it true that more sex means more hair?

For the last few months, I lived in the idea that an active sex life affects body hair growth. I heard that from a friend. It somehow made sense to me after I realized, for a time, that I always need to shave almost every other day. My friends could even probably testify that I usually complain about getting a new hair cut once or twice a month, too. But today, however, after I heard that stress can also accelerate hair growth, I took time to revisit these hairy stories and verify their legitimacy. Radiant sex life speeds up hair development? Myth! Stress or lack of sleep pushes hair to grow more rapidly? Myth! In Jobert Sucaldito’s case, however, the latter is probably truer than the former.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Farewell, Marky Cielo!

Marky Cielo, 20, a Filipino actor and dancer, died in his sleep yesterday. His mother went up to his room in their house in Antipolo City around 6 a.m. to wake him up for a charity event, but he never woke up. He was rushed to the nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Marky won the talent search competition StarStruck 3: The Nationwide Invasion on GMA. He appeared in several TV series including Bakekang, Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, Codename: Asero and LaLola.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Bonbon Series: Joem Bascon

First, Manny Pacquiao update: Today, 6 December 2008, marks the dream match between Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. The Mexicutioner proved once again his agility could knock out any great fighters of our times, as De La Hoya threw in the towel after the 8th round. Our latest bonbon, on the other hand, a boxing fanatic himself, participated in the boxing reality show Pinoy Mano Mano: The Celebrity Boxing Challenge on ABS-CBN last year. Simply Manila presents F and H model Joem Bascon, co-star of Hush, Hush on TV-5 and I Love Betty La Fea, as your newest bonbon. Hush, Hush, said to be the Philippines' Gossip Girl, is about young celebrities whose struggles to succeed in the world of show business is the focal point of the series. It will take the viewers to the inner sanctum of the entertainment industry where people will see the real, and not only the reel, happenings in the world of showbiz.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

On TV: Meet Eva Fonda

I was on my way to the locker room area in the office to get my headset and coffee/water tumbler when I was caught by the melodramatic scene being shown in our office television located in the activity area. I stood there for few minutes to probe about the outstanding performance of the familiar actress and, partly, to engross myself away from the thought of puffing smoke again. So this is the latest gossip, I thought to myself, Cristine Reyes starring in a sexy role based from a movie that propels a starlet’s career in the 70s? Though Reyes starred in several series and movies already, I think this new hit series called Eva Fonda will indeed give her career a whole new meaning. Eva Fonda offers an ensemble cast of young, sexy actors and actresses led by Reyes, with Jason Abalos, Baron Geisler, Hazel Ann Mendoza, Joross Gamboa, Janna Dominguez, AJ Dee, among others.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Kellan Lutz: The Twilight hottie

It’s Friday again, and yes, I felt no more excitement in going back to work. Friends aside, I felt like I have no more good reasons to go back in that office that houses a few outsourced accounts. I heard that a lot of employees are just waiting to get their 13th month pay (which has been delayed big time) and resign just before 2009 begins. I can’t blame them. I, myself, felt the enormous un-professionalism in the office. Thanks largely to the unethical and intolerable supervision of my team leader. Here’s a treat to Twilight fans: sexy, brawny Kellan Lutz, a.k.a. Emmett Cullen, who was also an Abercrombie & Fitch model.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

David Beckham and other random posts!

I think it wasn’t too long ago when I uninstalled MiRC from my computer, and as I tried to mingle with those people around there again (actually, still online as of this writing), I can’t help but wonder about how hideous (for lack of words) it could be to talk to gay people. It’s not that I despise my own kind, I never did, but I felt like I’m in a room full of self-important and extremely matataray (snob) creatures. If they don’t get what they want, mostly to get laid, they’re going to start acting so weird and annoying. It’s so rare that you would stumble upon a humble person who could put himself into your shoes and really understand the essence of meeting new people. I hope they’ll have the decency to show their pictures, too, if they really want people to talk to them. It’s hard to talk to faceless people, you know. Okay, end of nonsense blabbing.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December Drills

It’s December, a month full of fun and surprises! Many of you will be invited into endless parties and celebrations, at least those who are Christians. But just as the same, everybody will be busy preparing for the year to come, and there’s nothing more exciting than that. For Manila denizens, it’s also time for the Metro Manila Film Festival—a showcase of Philippines’ best cinematic experience. So far, I already heard a few movies to be shown this Christmas season: Jericho Rosales’ Baler, Ai-Ai De Las Alas’ Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat and a new sequel to Shake, Rattle & Roll. I’ve been blogging for 2 years in a row now, and I don’t think I’m stopping soon. So thank you for the continued support, I really appreciate every bit of it. Enjoy the rest of the week.