The #SinagMaynila Experience Part 1

When I first saw the teasers of Sinag Maynila last year, I thought that it was just one of those movie festivals that would come and eventually would go. To add, I hated disliked the teasers. They portrayed the most common themes in the independent movie industry (and in black and white too). Women crying. Children being wrongfully accused of theft. You know the drill. The scenes were just a bit over-the-top for my taste. However, whatever my first impression was, I was proven wrong. After watching the five films claimed to be “significant”, I laughed and cried. I was moved and inspired. I was changed. I was a different person each time I went out of the movie theater.


More than a week ago,  the first Sinag Maynila Film Festival was launched. Knowing that it only showed five movies and that internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza served as a the festival director, my inner indie film fanatic curiosity was switched on. I ran to the nearest mall after work (SM Aura) and to my surprise, the gala screening for three of the films were going to be held there. I literally ran to the ticket booth. There, I saw a familiar face. It was Junjun Quintana (Quick Change, A Philippino Story)! Junjun originally played the role of Rodel in the play version of the Virgin Lab Fest entry with the same title. I wanted to take a picture with him but he disappeared before I could gather the courage to do it. After buying tickets for Balut Country and Imbisibol, I went to the food court area and there he was, just sitting with other indie film people. I was too shy to directly approach him there and there so I did something ridiculous and a little stalkery-ish. I sat on the bench adjacent to where he was sitting. So we were sitting back to back. I could hear them talking but I wasn’t listening of course. My mind was too busy rehearsing how I would ask him for a photo.


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Filipina quartet sings ‘Let It Go’ on Korean singing competition


Philippine talent is on the spotlight once again as the beautiful harmony of four Filipina sisters captivate hearts all over the world. MICA (a name made up of the first letters of their names) auditioned on the 6th and current season of popular Korean reality-singing competition show, Superstar K.

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Just a Thought: How We Can Save Filipino Society

We hear people complaining about how Filipino society has changed through the years.

In most cases, it changed for the worst. This is not a generalization but it’s a statement of something that’s obvious. So obvious that we have learned to live with it. Infected by a spreadiing cancer called apathy, we just let it happen.

Observe the little things: How pedestrians walk in the streets of Manila or some other crowded city in the metro. How children would talk to their parents minus the po and opo. How people fail to dispose a piece of Mentos wrapper or ATM receipts in the bin.

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A Review of @nbsalert’s “The Fault In Our Stars” Filipino Edition

This is a review, not of John Green’s original English edition of “The Fault In Our Stars,” but of National Book Store’s Filipino edition translated by esteemed Filipino writer and professor Danton Remoto.

The release of the Filipino edition of TFIOS (timed with the movie release a couple of weeks ago) was met with uproar and criticism from the novel’s fans. Just look at this Facebook post by National Bookstore announcing the release.

(TL;DR at the end of this post.)

TFIOS is not the first young adult novel to be translated into Filipino, and as is the case with TFIOS, those translated novels, including the “50 Shades” trilogy, and the “Harry Potter” series, also received similar comments, mostly ridiculing the language.

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The Makahiya (Touch-Me-Not)

Scientific Name: Mimosa pudica

There was a scientific study on the Makahiya suggesting that the plant could store memories and actually learn.

Known to us all, the Makahiya folds its leaves when it is “touched”.

In the experiment, water was repeatedly dropped on the plant. Naturally, at first, it closed its leaves but after a few seconds, it realized that the water was no real danger and stopped folding its leaves.

The idea that plants could learn might need further research to prove but somehow, this could be a lesson to us all.That even plants have the capability to think. That plants also have lives. That our duty in this world is not only to consume but to preserve nature before it is too late.