Must Watch: Lakbay2Love

Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo in Lakbay2Love (FB/Lakbay2Love)
Lakbay2Love movie poster: Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson
Biker-actors Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson star in environmental advocacy film Lakbay2Love.

Erasto FilmsLakbay2Love is a romantic, coming-of-age, environmental advocacy film by director-producer Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil (Boses) starring actors and real-life bikers Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff (two of my fitspirations!) and Kit Thompson.

Dennis Trillo, reliable as ever, fits the bill as forest ranger and biker Jay-R. He bikes during his free time based on his social media (I promise I’m not a stalker!) and it shows. He seems to have done all the biking stunts on his own, even climbing up to a high mountain peak. It was a beautiful visual, and it felt like I was transported to the mountains, but I was holding onto my seat for dear life.

Solenn Heussaff plays half-Filipino half-French photo journalist (or was she a videographer? Not really sure) Lianne. Reeling from her boyfriend Macky, played by Kit Thompson, recently leaving her, Lianne accepts an environment-focused project at Jay-R’s request. She, along with her work companion and friend Monday, played by Patricia Ismael, embarks on this project and immerses herself in the world of biking. There’s a funny bit where Lianne says that growing up as a half-French people asked her weird questions including “what does voulez-vous coucher avec moi really mean?” LOL! IMO, this is Solenn’s best acting piece so far.

The film features actual biking events and the people involved in these kinds of projects. We get to visit a vintage bike shop, witness a bike race, and see padyakeros on and off the tracks. We even get to travel to different bike trails in and around the metro. The Benguet trail looks so gorgeous and beautifully captured on film. Aside from the beauty, we also briefly see the ugly side of things, poignantly depicted by the felled logs caused by illegal logging. Having seen that Lianne realizes that all of her problems seemed so petty. It also made me realize that the environment is still not a primary concern in our country, and that needs to change. To those running for office this coming elections, please focus on these issues. Include the environment in your platform and you have secured my vote.

We can’t just stop at watching this beautiful environmental film. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” That also applies to our fight for the environment. Let’s start supporting more environmental advocacy projects. Let’s pick up a bike and ride around the metro to decrease pollution. Let’s spread the message of this film and make this a personal journey for all of us—a journey to love for Mother Nature. 🙂

If you’re looking for a light feel-good movie that packs a message, I recommend watching Lakbay2Love. Support Philippine indie films. Watch the trailer below:

When the world is crumbling around you, love may just find you a new trail.
Starring: Solenn Heussaff, Dennis Trillo, Kit Thompson
Directed by: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
Screenplay by: Layeta Bucoy & Elle Marfil
Produced by: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil 

Have you watched Lakbay2Love? What did you think of the film? Are you into biking? Do you suddenly want to buy a bike, learn it, and ride all around the country? Sound off in the comments below.

In Defense of “Nuisance” Candidates

In defense of “nuisance” candidates, it’s not their fault that they are “qualified” to run for the president of this country. It’s not their fault that the registration process is flawed. Diyan naman magaling ang Pilipinas, after mag file ng mga kandidato and even after manalo, saka kukuwestiyunin ang eligibility. Look at Grace Poe for example. I am not a supporter or anything. I don’t really care about her pero the fact that the government allowed her to be an MTRCB chairman (big mistake pows!) and senator, ano naman kaibahan nu’n sa pagiging presidente? Mawawala na ang bearing ng argument na tinakwil n’ya ang pagiging Pilipino kasi nga nagsilbi na siya as a public servant of the Republic of the Philippines. Stop questioning what should have been assumed as valid years ago. Kung ganyan din lang, eh di dapat i-revisit natin ang filing of candidacy requirements. Kung hindi n’yo gusto ang mga kandidato na nagfifile, then revise the minimum requirements. Taasan ang standards. Lagyan ng minimum tenure as a public servant. I-specify na bawal ang mga unknown people to run. I-specify na once you go American, you can’t go back. Ilagay na dapat na either anak lang ng pulitiko o ng isang artista ang p’wede maging presidente. I-specify niyo lahat ‘yan please para malinaw at walang angal. We can laugh at these “nuisance” candidates (guilty), call them names or whatever but one thing’s for certain, they believe in change and they believe that it can start from themselves. One more thing, they’re doing something about it.

We all want change. We all know we need change pero what we lack is action. Puro tayo Twitter at trending topics (which deserves another post, btw) pero ano nga ba ginagawa natin para sa pagbabago? Puro tayo post about Heneral Luna at kung paano nito ginising ang dugong makabayan natin pero ano nga ba ang ginagawa natin para sa pagbabago? 

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Friendly Reminder: Click the Link Before Commenting

In the age of free Facebook, netizens without data plans plague the World Wide Web with misinformed comments and totally bizarre violent reactions. People tend to judge an article by the title, the caption, the default picture or simply the comments of other people. This is why some articles get the attention that they don’t need or deserve. This is also why some people are gullible to hoax articles. You see a picture of a corpse of a fallen angel; assumes that the judgment day is near so you go to confession and hypocritically do penance. Little did you know that the picture was just from an arts exhibition. Take the case of the picture below, you see a pile of garbage and you immediately assume that where it is taken. Well, you are wrong. The article is also not about that.

I’m not attacking anyone but I do feel offended when someone comments on a post without thinking. Though we are all entitled to our own opinions, let’s make a conscientious effort to know the whole story first. Read. Be informed. Be responsible. Do not be a public nuisance. Don’t make yourself look dumb as you already are. The brain is the most important organ in our body. I plead everyone to use it.

A Simple Request to ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and Other Local Channels

Dear ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and other local channels:

I’ll make this post short. I would just like to request for you to please stop accepting political propaganda ads at least not at this time. I know. I know. These ads are not illegal. No laws are being broken because the ads do not explicitly use the term “vote” or whatever the legal loophole is.

Finding loopholes through technicalities: This is something we Filipinos, not just politicians, are good at. Hangga’t may butas, lusot lang. Okay lang na di ako mag-seatbelt sa kotse, wala namang makakakita. Okay lang na uminom ako at magdrive, di naman ako lasing. Okay lang na damihan ko ang unli-twirl sa Family Mart kahit di ko maubos, binayaran ko naman ‘yun eh. Sige lusot pa!

We have this natural tendency to justify wrong actions. May nalalaman pa tayong lesser evil ek ek. Siguro, mayroong mga gray area na applicable ‘to. Pero sa usapan ng eleksyon at estado ng bansa natindi na pwede ang trial and error! Konti na lang lulubog na tayong lahat.

We need to have this rare quality to not choose the lesser evil, but instead create something for the greater good. Strategize. Think of the long term. Consider what will happen to the future generations. ‘Pag pumutol ba ako ng puno, may epekto ba ‘to? ‘Pag nagtambak ako ng lupa sa dagat, okay lang ba ‘yun? Parang dati binabasa ko pa nung bata ako ang mga signage ng The Four Way Test ng Rotary Club, thinking “Wow! Tama ‘yung mga tanong. Dapat i-memorize ko ‘to para pagtanda ko.” Pero tumanda na ako’t lahat, di naman siya nasusunod.

Local channels, you should choose to be the greater good. Ang contradicting lang kasi. You campaign for clean elections but then you show political ads that obviously would affect the outcome of the elections. Tapos ‘yung iba pa sa inyo may affiliation sa politics. It’s time to do the greater good: TV is a powerful medium. Politicians pay you to run their ads. You could choose to turn them down. Naturingan pa namang may news and public affairs department kayo. The public is who you should protect, not the politicians who have money to throw at you. I guess you are also businesses, and you also need money. Their money. But wait! Those come from taxpayers’ money too. Our money. You should know better.

Maybe, this is just a way for you to be fair. Politicians have free speech rights too. Or maybe to show TV viewers which future candidates have the highest campaign funds. There might be a correlation between high funds and possible corruption in the future. I don’t know.

I really don’t know.

Thanks,
XX
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