Heptapods and Tao Tie – the aliens have arrived!

QUEZON City, Philippines (February 7) – Aliens are among us! Or at least in our movies. 2017 brings two movies about extraterrestrials in the Philippine movie screens! First off is “The Great Wall”, directed by Zhang Yimou of “House of Flying Daggers” fame. It tells the tale of the Nameless Order in its war against the Tao Tie – a war that is waged every 60 years. Hey, you know the drill. Here be spoilers! […]

La La Land – a movie that sings its way to our hearts

QUEZON City, Philippines (February 6) – La La Land is truly the most successful movie of the year. Even though 2017 has barely started, the movie already bagged major awards and nominations from some of the most prestigious award-giving bodies, including the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film is also expected to win an Oscar after earning 14 nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards! Even if you haven’t watched the film […]

The most challenging part of any beauty pageant – the Q and A’s!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 30) – The Question and Answer portion is the most crucial part of any pageant which is why it makes sense that it is also the toughest.  The trend nowadays for beauty pageants is to focus not only on the contestants’ beauty but on their intelligence as well.  As such, winning a beauty pageant is not a walk in the park. Many contestants have met their downfall with the nerve-wracking Q and […]

Miss Universe fever!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 27) – For the third time in the history, Miss Universe is happening in the Philippines!  Filipinos are well-known for being pageant enthusiasts, that’s why there is no doubt that among all the countries in the world, we  are the ones who are  most excited and happy for the upcoming international event. Last September 2016, when the Department of Tourism finally announced that the Philippines will host the prestigious pageant, many fans […]

The government and your reproductive health

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 27) – The Reproductive Health Law is now being deliberated in the Senate so that it can be fully implemented by November 30 – the administration’s target date. So before the law is fully implemented, let’s get to know what Reproductive Health is, and what are the policies and plans under this somewhat contentious and controversial law. The Reproductive Health Law or the Republic Act No. 10354 is an act of providing for […]

So near, yet so far! How to deal with LDR

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 24) – “The stars up there at night are closer than you think.”- Doug Dillon When I was a kid, I told myself: “When I grow up, I want to reach all the stars in the sky. I want to hold them no matter how far they can be.” But, as I age, I realized how distance can play a big part in someone’s life. According to to the ever-reliable Merriam-Webster Dictionary, […]

Water park in Coron – good or bad?

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 23) – If you love to travel, then Coron, Palawan should be on your list of dream destinations!  Even if you’ve already been there, it would not be too much of a question if you want to visit again to experience the crystal blue waters of Coron. Blessed with beautiful landscapes and seascapes, Coron is considered as one of the main attractions in the Philippines.  Coron is famous for its forest which grew atop limestone […]

American kids and Pinoy food – they’re back!

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 23) – After the adorable viral video of American kids trying different Pinoy dishes, social media content provider WatchCut released another clip of these cute kids trying more Pinoy food. The previous video generated a lot of disappointment especially on the dishes they made the kids try. Being responsive to the comments, the new video features more common Pinoy dishes. The first dish they served on the table was chicken adobo that is one of […]

Tasty trolls, shape-shifting tricksters and a singing competition – 2016’s last movie offering for the young ones

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 23) – It may have its ups and downs but 2016 ended on a good note for the kids with three awesome movies which debuted on its last quarter. The last quarter of the year gave us tasty trolls, shape-shifting tricksters and a singing competition! You know the drill, beware of spoilers! First off in the list is “Trolls”! Starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, the movie was released by Dreamworks […]

What is the price of vanity?

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 19) – The proposed vanity tax made a huge splash after news organizations reported it. The proposed measure aims to levy an excise tax on all the beauty products and beauty services in our country. And once its existence was revealed, criticisms and objections from various women’s groups and organizations greeted the proposed vanity tax. And they make one compelling argument – it is unfair to women. Here’s a little backgrounder on how […]

The solution to rampant kidnapping

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 18) – In one of the recent speeches given by President Rodrigo Duterte, he addressed the rampant kidnapping plaguing the country by saying that he will put a stop to it by blasting the perpetrators – even if they have hostages. Yes, it suddenly went a turn to the unreal. Is the President serious? Or he is again making one of his infamous jokes? In his speech, President Duterte ordered the blasting […]

The drill that pierces the heavens – my review of “Gurren Lagann”

QUEZON City, Philippines (January 12) – For me the most memorable line in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is spoken by the lead character Simon after he and Team Dai-Gurren escaped the multi-dimensional labyrinth: ” We don’t care about time, space and multi-dimensional whatevers…” This set the tone for one really epic anime series. Which kind of makes me sad that it is not as well known here in the Philippines. Created in 2007 by Studio […]