happy happy! :)

This blog started seven years ago, july 14 to be exact. The same year Virgin LabFest and Cinemalaya were born. Unbelievable. The coincidence is so cosmic that it’s like the alignment of the sun, moon and earth for me. My holy trinity – theater, cinema and writing. Wow! Am feeling so Dan Brown right now. hehe. My ultimate threesome fantasy has actually been fulfilled by the universe long before I verbalized it. I love you universe. =) so much that I wish I could make love to you right now and make many more universe with you.

This is probably the profound reason why my life makes sense lately. I’ve been happy ever since I watched the plays of Virgin LabFest 7. I realized, thanks to your comments, that all it takes is to do at least one thing that makes me happy each day and I’ll be fine. Just one thing and the day will surely be great for me. Just one thing against numerous ugh stuff. That’s how powerful one act of happiness is. And if I ever doubt myself (since am not used to being happy often), I just tell myself, you deserve this girl! :)

I have one body, I will take care of it. I have one life, I will live it. I have one heart, I will follow it. And I have one day for everyday to be happy. I will savor it.  Making each day count, ad infinitum.


don't follow your dreams

what have we been fed with lately? there's  transformers 3, harry potter 7 part2 and temptation island remake - all screaming big budget, cgi, famous cast, and predictable story lines.

transformers, the ultimate guy flick. they transform, endangers the earth and saves the earth too with humans in support. for a movie about transformation, it doesn't really transform much in plot and in impact. sorry, you had me at part1, then the rest just didn't match the first impact because the sequels felt almost the same no matter how much transforming and danger you put to earth. and to be really honest about this, you lost me the moment you replaced megan fox. there, i said it.

harry potter 7 part 2 - if you've read the books, watching the film version is just checking how truthful they've been with the book. it's not like they will largely change the story. this is validating your imagination when you read the book. now for the uninitiated who didn't read the books (how could you miss them out?!), it's checking what the fuss is all about. and then you'll go, oh, now i get it. and like the rest, will enlist in the cult and learn wizardry. hehe. with the countless global problems we have, having another world to worry about is a sweet escape (tip: the best way to forget about your own problem is to worry somebody else's). to follow a boy's life and his friends lives as they go from one mess to another that culminates in the fulfillment of a destiny foretold from a lightning scar. nope, i didn't see the last film yet. hehe. this puts great meaning, character and glory to scars. boo to the scar removal products. haha. don't get me wrong, i love HP, but am glad it's finally ending. the over commercialism of it just turned me off. but the love is still there, intact last i checked. =)

if harry potter is the boy who lived forever, megatron is the decepticon that doesn't die. hehehe.

temptation island - how many ways can you squeeze an orange? there's been a stage play, numerous animated gifs from the original, borrowed lines, now a remake. a remake that is funny, but not hilarious. to remake and make it almost an identical twin of the original in terms of lines and scenes is a moot point for me. because that' setting yourself up for failure. so i dunno why i even bothered watching other than the obvious that am a big gay fan of Bai Amaya, Marian Rivera. now am bigger gay fan of Lovi Poe. hehe.  

the original cast now has their own lives, one's in US, rich i bet, the other is a successful bizwoman, definitely rich, the third one rich in bf/ex-hubbies, and the last one i hope had a rich life, because i wasn't able to locate her in google. hahaha. the original cast has definitely moved on. it's time we do too. :)

i guess what am hungry for is a taste of something new and original. something basic and close to home. something meaningful on a personal level, that can leave a mark in the way i think, tempt me to action, and transform me to follow not my dreams, but my passion. *dreams feel so far away, while passion is already in us, ready to ignite*. and after that lengthy intro (i am known to digress a LOT. hehe), passion is cinemalaya. =)


The new breed entries:

AMOK by Law Fajardo (Mature Content) 
The bustling and sweltering rugged intersection of Pasay Rotonda serves as the main setting for this story of interconnected fate and destiny. As a raging man’s bullets strays into different directions, the fate of several different characters are sealed and determined. As the temperature rises, the tension escalates and the story unravels with unforgiving immediacy and explodes in the end as each one struggles to survive and escape their inevitable end.

ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK by Marlon Rivera and Chris Martinez
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film. They believe they have a winning script, the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the real essence of our culture: poverty. In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother from the slums, who out of desperation to survive, has sold her child to a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Jocelyn’s imagination several times. As a gritty no frills neo-realist film, as a glossy musical, as an over-the-top melodrama and as a docu drama using non-actors. For their last task of the day, they visit the dumpsite for the first time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the ”beauty” of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen subject. Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.

ANG SAYAW NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA by Alemberg Ang and Alvin Yapan
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa explores the intersection and divergence between feminist and gay concerns in the third world context, as it features the poetry of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barrios, Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos and Ophelia Dimalanta. When Marlon, a college student, stalks Karen, his literature professor, he finds out that she moonlights as a choreographer and dance teacher in a dance studio. Frustrated over his performance in her literature class, he plans to impress her instead by learning to poeticize his body movements and enroll in her dance class. He hires his classmate to teach him the basics of dancing. As Dennis, his tutor, teaches him how his body should move, Marlon begins to understand the intersections between the art of poetry and dance. This opens up his world to new insights about the life of Karen as a single woman who chose to live the life of an artist in a third world setting. Marlon begins to understand how the poems being discussed by Karen in class are testaments to her choice to stand by her art.

BAHAY BATA by Eduardo Roy and Jerome Zamora
Sarah is a nurse at a Public Maternity Hospital. The hospital is abuzz with pregnant mothers of all shapes and sizes in different stages of labor. The hospital is short on staff on Christmas Day so Sarah is forced to put in a double shift. Sarah observes the women coming and going in her ward, noting who is a first-timer and who is a veteran. Meanwhile, the wards are overcrowded : two women and their babies sharing single beds while those in labor are spilling unto the hallways. Sarah takes these all in stride, her heart and mind laboring over her own personal pains.

CUCHERA by Joseph Laban (Mature Content)
Based on a true story, Cuchera is about Filipino drug mules, drug couriers and their recruiters. It follows the story of Isabel, a veteran drug mule, in her first attempt at running her own drug transshipment operation between Manila and China. Isabel’s character is based on the story of an actual Filipina drug mule who was caught with eight capsules of heroin lodged in her sex organ, 48 in the rectum and 11 in her abdomen after an x-ray was conducted by Chinese authorities. Cuchera presents an accurate depiction of how some Filipinos end up becoming entrenched in the world of illegal drugs. Currently, the Philippines leads all Southeast Asian countries in the number of nationals arrested for drug smuggling charges in China. As of 2009, there are currently 95 Filipinos languishing in various jails in Chinese territories---four of whom are on death row. Violators include minors who enter China with fake passports.

I-LIBINGS by Rommel Sales
A coming of age story about Isabel’s lessons and realizations on life and death as a funeral videography intern. Due to her family situation, Isabel is cynical and skeptical of everything that comes her way. When she enters the I-libings for her required college internship, she sees it as the worst internship her college adviser could suggest to her. Later as she accumulates her required hours, she realizes that the company is not just a place where videographers make money out of other people’s misfortunes but is a place where the dead and the grieving receive special attention. It all comes full circle when Isabel is faced with an unusual family tragedy. Isabel realizes that her internship might have been just 200 hours, but the lessons that the I-libings left her would last a lifetime.

LIGO NA U LAPIT NA ME by Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio and Erick Salud (Mature Content)
Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos, aka Intoy, is secretly in love with his friend Jenny, the most beautiful girl in the campus. Jenny is rich and quirky; Intoy is street-smart and ordinary. But this friendship is not simple, since Jenny has bestowed on Intoy some perks and privileges, including going to bed with her on the condition that they will not fall in love with each other. Before graduation, Intoy feels that he has to shed his pretensions of being astig and finally profess his love for Jenny. But he is devastated to learn that Jenny is pregnant. Worse, Jenny tells him: “Don’t worry, this is not yours.” Based on the bestselling novel of Eros S. Atalia, Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is an examination of postmodern love and relationship and the way this generation deals with their love and fear.

NIÑO by Loy Arcenas
The once illustrious Lopez-Aranda family has faded. Celia, once the darling of Philippine opera, and Gaspar, a distinguished ex-congressman, lacked the shrewdness to maintain their once elegant status. Saddled with a failed marriage, a vanishing career and mounting debt, Celia sold her share of their house to Gaspar, now bedridden. She managed to stay for free in exchange for being Gaspar’s caregiver. Gaspar loves listening to Celia’s arias. This idyllic arrangement is shattered when he slips into a coma. His daughter, Raquel, comes home from the US, determined to sell the house to salvage her own economic woes abroad. This signals Celia’s impending homelessness. With only a few heirlooms to sell, she is at her wits’ end. A fervent believer of the Sto. Nino, she hopes for a miracle. She dresses up her grandson, Antony, in Sto. Nino robes to prepare him for the coming fiesta. She insists this will invoke a miracle that will awaken Gaspar and stop Raquel from selling the house. Antony’s father, Mombic, while processing his travel papers to work in Dubai, tries to strike a deal with Raquel in selling the property without his mother Celia’s knowledge. Merced, Mombic’s sister, reluctantly takes on the burden of taking care of Celia and a household sliding to ruin. The family members clash in a confrontation that reveals their weaknesses and their hopeless ideals. Mombic leaves his son to the care of his mother and sister, Merced, the only family member who quietly accepts her fate. As a final ditch to awaken Gaspar, Celia holds a tertulia, inviting her aging opera singer friends. They sing arias, oblivious to the ravages of time, crippled reminders of a glorious past. In the middle of a chorus, Gaspar quietly dies, sealing the fate of his sister and the mansion that once was called Villa Los Reyes Magos. Celia looks out into her once beautiful garden. She sees Antony, still in his Sto. Nino robe, playing in the garden, offering a little illusion of hope to a past that can never be rekindled.

TEORIYA by Zurich Chan
Teoriya is a story about loss that centers on the film’s main character, Jimmuel Apostol II. After hearing the news that his father has passed away, Jim goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father. He arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn’t know where. Jim takes a journey around the Zamboanga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life.Teoriya is a story about loss that centers on the film’s main character, Jimmuel Apostol II. After hearing the news that his father has passed away, Jim goes back home to Zamboanga City after leaving ten years ago in bad terms with his father. He arrives in Zamboanga only to find that his father has already been buried and he doesn’t know where. Jim takes a journey around the Zamboanga peninsula and ultimately into his own self, finding the missing piece of his life.

****this was supposed to be a super quickie post. was supposed to just put the cinemalaya pic and schedule. but i guess am not for quickies. thoughts just rushed in and fingers just kept on raging. maybe this unstoppable force is passion. it's right there, right now kind of thing that marches on in command, gripping my heart to gush with blood to be the ink in my thoughts so i can splatter it here. this blog is my crime scene. ****

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top 10 things to do when bored at work

and blogs and networking sites are blocked in your network:

  1. Google your name and see what appears to be your virtual popularity measure. 
  2. Change your desktop wallpaper. if ally mcbeal has a theme song, you have your wallpaper theme. hehe.
  3. Run the anti-virus, run scan disk, run through a checklist (if you don't have one, then make one for heaven's sake! hihi). running is a sign of busy-ness.
  4. Organize your mp3s. i hope am not the only one who's data cluttered
  5. Organize your digital photos. it's easy, i just load them all under one folder labeled "SORT"
  6. Cleanup your inbox. cleanup can mean deleting what's unnecessary or if you're an email junkie, tidy them all up in their neat separate folders. by year, month, day, by sender, by importance, bisexual. haha.
  7. See who's online on YM and chat with someone you haven't talked to in a long while. yeah, am that bored.
  8. Unclutter your table. usually, when people do this, i suspect the person as resigning soon or to be fired soon. why the hell would you clear your desk if you plan on staying. it's almost saying goodbye. unless it's bidding adios to your boredom. :)
  9. Google "what to do when bored at work". the height! i do this all the time. when i'm stressed, i google, "what to do when stressed". my thought process is my problem can't be so new or unique that somebody else must have experienced it and blogged about it already. simple yeah? :)
  10. Do your accounting, expenses, see what's left and discover to your horror that you're negative. ugh. so go back to #9.

    From my aimless surfing, i discovered these two wonderful sites:
    • zenhabits - interesting  and makes you think posts. i started doing "work while standing" from a post i read here. you know that full to the neck feeling after a heavy lunch break? but you have to sit and work come 1pm? the good news is, you can still work while standing. did this and removed bloat while still productive at work. really cool!

    • wouldhavesaid - pure genius, the creator of this site. there is so much to tell but can't due to countless excuses. now you wouldn't have the excuse. i think this one's therapeutic. :) we can even come out here first! :)

    Lessons from Virgin LabFest 7

    Set A: Higit Pa Dito, Balunbalunan Bingibingihan, Ondoy
    • It's not always about lessons learned or deeper meanings. Sometimes it's just about storytelling and sharing. *translation: hindi ko nagets yung play na ito. hehehe*
    • Let's not confuse desire with feelings. They are two distinct animals fed differently.  
    • There is love in war. 

    Set C - Streetlight Manifesto, Kawala, Evening at the Opera
    • Life is not governed by logic. And besides logic is not generic. We interpret logic differently.  Aka differences in opinion
    • Sometimes, what we dream of is not really what our heart wants. This takes some time to realize though.
    • True, we always have a choice. But there's really no pure choice. Our choices are influenced by the people we love or obey, shaped by our experience, and muddled by our own sense of justice/vengeance.  Everything is justifiable.

    Set D: Mga Lobo tulad ng Buwan, Valley Mission Care, Bawal Tumawid Nakamamatay
    • There is no such thing as a heart of stone to a consistent, persistent trigger. Bang!
    • Living isn't all there is to life. Sometimes dying is a way to live.
    • We are all connected by a string of stories and knots of encounters. We are all part of somebody else's  story if not our own.

    Set E: Kinaumagahan, Requiem, Kafatiran
    • No one has the monopoly for a difficult job, relationship, life. Comfortable cohabitation is defined as compromise.
    • Never be late on a play *i didn't understand Requiem because i was late. hehe*
    • Even unaccepted individuality seeks for companionship.

    Virgin LabFest 7 post


    the breadwhiner and the winner answers

    para po sa lahat ng nag-comment, nagtext, nag-email at nag-ym, tungkol sa aking bugso ng damdaming post "a long and whine-ding road", salamas ng madaming madami! :) lahat po ng nagparamdam ay kasali sa raffle ng buhay ko. hehehe. seriously, ramdam ko. nagsasawa na kayo sa dami ng reklamo ko kaya andami nyong suggestments for me. hehe. from the bottom of my g-spot, thank you for the concern. masarap malaman na hindi ako parang baliw na nagsasalitang mag-isa. although minsan para na kong lukaret sa mga kalokohang pinopost ko dito. hehe.

    dito ko na sasagutin ang comments at universally helpful sya at dahil mahaba ang reply ko! wahaha  =)

    from scout - "magtravel ng mura". okay, tama ka. :) so sinabi ko sa aking ina, "ma, gusto mo magboracay tayo nila tatay? may promo ang cebu pacific!" sagot nya, "magpapa-executive check-up na lang ako kesa magboracay". okay, mukhang mas mapapamahal ako dun ah. *kamot ulo* pero tama sya. kalusugan muna bago lakwatsta. indirectly, nasermunan ako dun ah. hehe.

    from w1cked - "deviate whining into daydreaming", "have an inspiration". pasensya na at medyo sabaw na utak ko sa pagod, pero hindi ko makonek. ahehe. i think indirectly, sinermunan mo din ako na tigilan na ang whining. ok fine. pakshet fine. kasi ang laman lang ng daydream ko ay babae. so goodluck sa ken. haha.

    kay of course kilala mo ako - ang nagwagi sa pinakamahabang comment, kaya hindi ko na ikoquote. hehe. peace! :) labyu po! :) salamat sa empathy at commendation medal. :) key points -

    • MBA at UPD - anlayo kasi sa ofc. balak ko sana after work magklase. ang AIM tatlong kembot lang andun na ko. :) pero the more you bring it up, the more am considerng it. sana pumasa ako sa reqts nila. haha.
    • personal fund  for happiness exploits - naexcite ako dito. hehe. iba dating pag hinaluan mo ng word na "exploits" e. lol! lista ko muna ang mga exploits na ito.
    • it also feels good to be needed - wala to sa comment pero nasabi mo na to sa kin before. medyo natauhan ako dyan ng slight. kasi sandamakmak reklamo ko pero okay nga naman ang pakiramdam na kailangan ka ng pamilya mo. knowing na nakakatulong ka. wag lang sobra sobra kasi hindi naman ako superhero o dyosa. hehe. ksp pa naman ako, baka pag hindi na nila ko hinihingan ako naman magreklamo. haha.

    from twistedhalo - ang runner up sa haba ng sermon, este message pala. hehe.
    • "it's up to you how you will spice it up" - translation: nasa kin ang tanong, nasa kin din ang sagot.
    • "kaya ka nabuburyong e, puro obligations ang iniisip mo" - dinagdag ko to bilang patunay na i think sinermunan ako ni ate. kulang na lang lagyan ng exclamation point sa dulo no? haha. totoo naman, nabuburyong na ko. masyado ko yata dinidibdib ang obligasyon ko. chill muna. obligasyon muna sa sarili, bago sa iba. nasabi rin to ni kilala ko sya. at dahil pinagtutulungan nyo na ko, sige na po. paradigm shift :)
    • "makipaglandian" - ito ang kadugtong ng suggestion ni w1cked, sa isyung inspirasyon.uyy! may konek ang comments nila. wahaha. joke lang ha! baka seryosohin nyo panunukso ko, pupukpukin ko kayo ng landian sige kayo. hehe. nang-aasar lang po. baka pareho nyo kong pukpukin. bati tayo :)

    ang grandwinner answers:

    twistedhalo: "don't be guilty doing the things you love, you deserve it" - ang pamatay! in short, tama na ang self pity at anong petsa na. move on na. yes ma'am-sir-ma'am. lol! joke lang ulet :D

    of course kilala mo ako: because if you don't take care of yourself first, you can't take care of anyone else. Like the oxygen masks on the plane nga naman.... - hanep sa simile!very witty last line. sorry po gat jose rizal at tinabla nya kayo sa inyong "bayan muna bago ang sarili". at pasensya na rin po kasi yung sa kanya ang gagamitin ko :)


      dahil na-inspire ako kay Wil at Vivian of Saving Face. and simply because masarap magmahal ng malaya. napasulat ako kanina habang nasa jeep papasok sa trabahong hindi nakakakilig. hehe.


      mahal kita.
      walang bakit,
      walang sukat,
      buong tapat.
      kung paano,
      kung bakit ikaw,
      kung hanggang kailan,
      hindi ko alam.

      basta sabi ng puso ko
      masaya sya pag andyan ka.

      payapang dumadaloy,
      hindi rumaragasa,
      hindi nagmamadali.

      natural na sumasabay
      sa aking paghinga,
      ang alaala na nagpapangiti.

      mahal kita.
      kahit pa 
      hindi mo 
      ako mahalin.



      pampa-tanggal stress... tamang kilig lang courtesy of one of my fave couples :) hayyz.
      thank god for youtube! err, thank you google pala! :)


      a long and whine-ding road

      I've always wanted to learn french even when I was a child. But mandarin is the business language and is strategic. I've been wanting to travel, but it's costly. I should save for my future first if I have some sense, so they say. I want to take MBA at AIM, but the tuition fee is astronomical. Should I just settle to local universities? Am dying to leave my parents' house. But living on my own will double my cost because I still have to support them.

      They say live your dream. But how? When living in itself is a daily struggle of hit and miss. Pagod na pagod na ko sa obligasyon.

      Gusto ko nang lumaya sa dikta ng kabutihan at kabaitan. Andaming itinuro sa 'tin mula pagkabata, karamihan kung pano magspelling at mabuhay ng tama at maging mabuti sa math at sa kapwa. Pinipilit kong alalahanin, kung may nagturo ba kung pano maging masaya. Wala akong maalala. Marahil ay wala kasing nakakaalam. Lahat naman siguro yun ang gusto pero parang sa iba tayo nagpapakadalubhasa (sa pera, sa trabaho, sa pag-aaral, etc). Hindi porke mabait ka at patas kang tao masaya ka na.

      Count your blessings. Will it fill the void? Para mo na ring sinabi na ang gamot sa sakit ng tyan ay advil. hindi laging sagot ang happy pill sa harsh reality sa lupa. sometimes it takes a bitter pill para matauhan tayo. 

      hay. I think I think too much.  Okay, okay, lemme rephrase. I think I whine too much. Hehe. Kung libre mangarap, mas lalong libre magreklamo! :p

      whine two three
      **baka badtrip lang ako sa punyetang Pila Pilipinas na to. buong buhay ko parang puro pila na lang ang ginawa ko. sa enrollment, sa jeep, sa tren, sa airport immigration, sa cashier, sa tubig, sa motmot, sa grocery, sa atm, sa sinehan, pucha! pati sa popcorn pila! (libre kasi sa transformers 3d. hehe). nakakasawa na! #$%^&@ hindi sya nakakatuwa!** 


      the chase

      The story is told about a young lion that asked his mother: “Where is happiness?”  The mother lion responded: “On your tail.” Upon hearing this, the young lion started chasing his tail, and spent the whole day doing so. Seeing the young lion tired and exhausted, the mother lion said: “Son, you don’t chase happiness. Just keep moving forward, and your happiness will follow.”

      source: (pdi) the secret


      Virgin LabFest 7! - stage plays

      it is NOT what you're thinking okay. i also wish it is. hehe. virgin labfest is a festival of 10 untried, untested and unpublished “virgin” plays.

      Seen Set C and my quick comment is that twas intense! :) I have to add in my bucket list acting in a stage play. =)

      For a ticket cost of P257 only, you get to see three quality stage plays in an intimate setting (because the venue in CCP is just small) and many artsy-fartsy beautiful/interesting women!

      while it's been raining cats and dogs and ugliness lately, it's been a dry spell for beauty sightings. sigh indeed. but all that changed last night at CCP. ah, now here's where the lovelies have been - the theatre! a true feast to the eyes and intellect. i've been blessed enough to be seated left and right, front and back with really marvelous looking and sounding women. the hills are alive! hehehe. my only regret then was i should have worn makeup and dressed up some more. i got too lazy to make ayos pa, so just donned for a quick shirt and jeans and bare face! not really the best get up to impress right?! hayz. will try to do better next screenings :) 'hope you can also get to see them. i meant the plays. ;) if you wana go with me there, just holler! :)

      Below is the lineup for the 7th Virgin Labfest, to be staged at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute from June 29 to July 10, 2011.


      SET A
      JUNE 29, 3/8 p.m.; JULY 7, 8 p.m.; JULY 8, 3 p.m.

      HIGIT PA DITO by Allan Lopez, directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio

      Bing, a single mother, leaves her two grown children to live on her own. Still grappling with uncertainty, she moves in her new apartment with the help of her son, Kael. In the deceptively simple conversation between mother and son, ambiguous and seemingly random recollections paint a portrait of a woman trying to rediscover strength, and the drive to revisit her long abandoned desire.

      ONDOY by Remi Velasco, directed by Ed Lacson, Jr.

      If you are trapped on your rooftop with no one but only your wimp husband or nagging wife in the middle of Typhoon "Ondoy," what will you wish for? Mercy demands an annulment while Obet only wants his son to stay and Mercy to be booted out of the “roof.” The storm begins; so does the battle. The couple’s struggle to save their lives awkwardly turns into a fight, crystallizing their own family “storm” – their chronic, even futile problems. But when "Ondoy" subsides, who will be booted out?

      BALUNBALUNAN, BINGIBINGIHAN by Debbie Ann Tan, directed by Issa Lopez

      Gilbeys and Brandy, born 20 years apart, are husband and wife, as well as pimp and whore who love each other dearly. Brandy, with her repertoire of roles as nurse, baker, cook or tutor, does her trade with perfunctory ease that brings to the table Gilbey’s sole diet: chicken gizzard. However, life gets more difficult. They decide to take in a boarder, someone who could help them in this covert trade as well. Enter Whiskey, a virile lad who looks and acts nice. The couple take him in as a bedspacer. They eventually reveal their trade to Whiskey and insinuate an offer to work for them as a “plumber.” But three is always a crowd. Jealousies and hate begin to tear this odd trio apart. Whiskey proffers his love for Brandy, while Gilbeys suspects him of being a traitor and a thief. Brandy is torn between the two. But Gilbeys and Brandy's love for each other runs deep. A love that links the matter of eating chicken gizzards.

      SET B
      JUNE 30, 3/8 p.m.; JULY 6, 3 p.m.; JULY 8, 8 p.m.


      Just another typical night at the theater: the director’s mad, the stage manager’s losing his wit, and the actors are, well, acting up—until one by one, they all start dying. Then the fun suddenly begins: who’s out to get a bunch of old and forgotten stars trying to get another break; why here and why now, why The Portrait; perhaps a prank,a pure coincidence; or has the past finally decided to play cat and mouse? It was a dark and stormy night, indeed, and everyone’s a suspect. Look sharp, find your light, and break a leg!

      SET C
      JULY 1, 3/8 p.m,; JULY 9, 3 p.m.; JULY 10, 8 p.m.

      STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO by Mixkaela Villalon, directed by Ed Lacson, Jr.
      Every night, a streetlight is the lone witness to the meetings between two hired killers responsible for the string of murders in a particular area in Manila— and every day, dead bodies are left underneath it for a police detective to find, and a young journalist to investigate and report. Streetlight Manifesto tackles the subjective nature of truth and justice, and frames the discussion on dignity of work amist the backdrop of Manila’s business casual culture of violence. But for every day the investigation remains unresolved, the body count continues to rise.

      KAWALA by Rae Red, directed by Paolo O’Hara

      A famous actor and his snobby manager. A posh, religious husband and wife. A promiscuous gold digger. A mysterious priest. And an innocent young woman. Seen through the eyes of a puzzled elevator boy, Kawala tells the story of intertwined lives in a condominium and how they affect an important life choiceof a confused employee.

      EVENING AT THE OPERA by Floy Quintos, directed by Jomari Jose
      Miranda Beloto, wife of Governor Bingo Beloto, is obsessed with the idea of bringing to her impoverished province the first staging of a full-length opera. As she prepares to face her corrupt, insensitive husband, she must also deal with the pressure from her own manipulative mother. It seems that Miranda’s foolhardy vision of beauty is all she can cling to in the face of so much brutality. Or is she herself a crucial part of the cycle of corruption?

      SET D
      JULY 2, 3/8 p.m.; JULY 6, 8 p.m.; JULY 7, 3 p.m.

      MGA LOBO TULAD NG BUWAN, written and directed by Pat Valera
      A mother, wife and daughter remain in the realm of resistance to seek justice. Each has lost a loved one from the tragic sinking of MV Princess of the Stars that claimed 773 lives. One of the worst maritime disasters in recent years, the vessel sank because of the shipping line’s insistence to sail amidst a looming typhoon. Three years since the sinking, the women persist. However, they slowly forget. Time consumes them, great powers offer bribes, the cost of the struggle becomes insurmountable. Most of all, the memory of pain stabs each time it is remembered. Some succumb to the solace of oblivion, leaving the seemingly endless battle; others remain amidst certain pain and uncertain answers. This is an elegy for all those lost at sea and their relatives left behind. This play allows us to understand their struggle.

      BAWAL TUMAWID, NAKAMAMATAY, written and directed by Joey Paras
      It is February 14, Valentine's Day. Eva is trapped at a bus stop along EDSA. Desperately trying to get a cab to make it to her father's burial in La Loma Cemetery, she asks passersby how she could make it to her destination. She sees an easy access to make it to the other lane ---an opening in the middle of the highway that bears this sign: BAWAL TUMAWID, NAKAMAMATAY. In the meantime, Eva meets a stranger, an old carpenter named Mang Caloy. The old man gives her options on how to make it to La Loma but she remains indecisive. Heavy traffic and the heavy rain engage them in a peculiar conversation. A coffee shop near the bus stop becomes their refuge and here they begin sharing sentimental and funny stories about their past. Eva talks about her father's death and her simple dreams as a hopia vendor. Mang Caloy breaks the serene conversation by telling the story behind the signage. An unpredictable revelation of the old man's past marks the climax of the play. As the busy avenue becomes expansive again, an unexpected accident happens, leaving Eva in deep shock.

      VALLEY MISSION CARE by Russel Legaspi, directed by Missy Maramara
      An old man named Francisco finds himself stuck between the comfortable landscape of a nursing institute and the promise he holds dearly to be with his love. A promise he intends to keep even if it means he dies trying.

      SET E
      JULY 3, 3/8 p.m.; JULY 9, 8 p.m.; JULY 10, 3 p.m.

      KINAUMAGAHAN by Rachelle Rodriguez and Wennielyn Fajilan, directed by Riki Benedicto
      How will Liz and Red make their relationship work if time is not on their side? 6 a.m.—that’s the only time they see each other… and the moment does not last long. Liz, a nurse, is on her way to morning duty while Red, a call-center agent, is just coming home from the graveyard shift. Conversations, make-outs, jealousies, fights and make-ups happen during this short span of the early morning. Every day, they are left with no other choice but to continue these hanging vernal issues – the morning after.

      REQUIEM, written and directed by Juan Ekis a.k.a. Christian Vallez
      Alvin and Mina go back to their ancestral home for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts' (NCCA) tribute to their dying father, a National Artist for Music. As Alvin settles down in his old bedroom, Mina enters and asks if she can sleep in his room. She cannot sleep because of the music being played in the house. Mina thinks it sick that their father is having a "funeral" even before he is dead and that his having cancer is just an excuse to get them to go home. Alvin cannot understand her resentment toward their father. As Alvin tries to hide his feelings toward his adopted sister, Mina tries to sleep away the demons of their family's past in the comfort and solace of her brother's room.

      KAFATIRAN by Ricardo Novenario, directed by JK Anicoche
      Kafatiran is a story of love and freedom. At the dawn of the Philippine Revolution, another revolution is brewing. Deep within the ranks of the Katipunan is a special faction composed of young men who are smart, art-loving, and sometimes a bit too mild-mannered. Young Antonino Corpus wants to join this special faction and goes through some tests to know if he does belong into this group. Unfortunately, the night of Antonino’s recruitment is also the night that sparks the Philippine Revolution and the recruitment house was surrounded by several guardia civil. Should they leave the place where they are free to be themselves so that they can attain true freedom? Or Should they finally come out?



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      in celebration of same sex marriage, here are wedding whathaveyous :)

      BEST Wedding Proposal Ever 1 - saw this first and i was touched by the guy's effort to be traditional which is very similar to how we do it here. naiyak ako dito. sniff. sniff.

      BEST Wedding Proposal Ever 2 - nyeta! mas naiyak ako dito! patok ang mega-production number. hehe. i think the song did it for me and the girl who's been crying non-stop. hehe

      And now, the BEST Wedding Gown EVER- courtesy of chico garcia's blog.

      of course, with that kind of gown, it only deserves this "kepskeyks" as dessert (still from chico garcia's blog). hehe. omg! omg! i wish they taste better than the real thing! kasi sayang naman, ang DAMI! wahaha!

      29 Steps for LGBT - is tomorrow, SAT! :)

      tuloy na tuloy na daw. umulan, bumagyo man, pero sana umaraw na please. hehe. see you ladies! :)
      event details here.

      G2G Party on Saturday :)

      i seriously could use a drink. on second thought, make that lots of drinks! hehe. somebody please treat me. =)


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