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The [Bicolano] Tourist

Camarines Sur, Travel By June 25, 2011 No Comments

Someone was inviting me to take a cross country train ride in some part of Asia, I forget who that is now, but then somehow, images of dining on a train just persist in my mind. Maybe its from watching too many movies with trains, who knows?

I have about a thousand images culled from Asian movies with trains, but the titles are elusive, and I am left with no other movie title in mind but a Hollywood one – one that I can’t seem to forget because people tease me about my e-cigarette.

June 29 will be the inaugural run of the Bicol Express Naga-Manila and Vic Nierva just won’t stop teasing us with photos of the train… and now the dining car. Too bad, there would be no day trips until later this year so we can actually experience “dining” during breakfast and lunch. But until then, these photos will suffice.

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Where to this Sunday?

Camarines Sur, Travel By June 25, 2011 2 Comments

I count, looking up the gray sky, in the fingers of my two hands the number of godchildren I have the moment I read a text message asking me if I can attend a baptism this coming Sunday. I think to myself, “I’m supposed to be leaving for Manila this Thursday,” followed swiftly by a question I keep asking myself, “Why oh why can’t I just leave for Manila soonish?”

I of course have this urge to say No I can’t but my own mother (God bless her soul) told me to never say no to being godparent, it is a blessing. To say no is bad luck, if not a curse.

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Wharf Galley Rock Cafe: Cinema Mondays

Camarines Sur, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By June 24, 2011 No Comments

Because Wharf Galley is not just a rock cafe….

We are premiere-ing with a Nick Olanka night (also known as the Angeli Bayani night), with his short film, Lunes ng Hapis (Cast: Angeli Bayani and McDo Bolano)

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Lunes ng Hapis
Nick Olanka, UPFI

TRT: 12min.
Genre: Fiction
Theme: War and peace

Virgie and Ismael are lovers in the midst of a military offensive in Sta, Filomena; Virgia is a teacher of a local elementary school and Ismael is a captain of the troop assigned to infiltrate the rebels. Every monday, they meet and make love passionately and violently. One day, Virgie’s student Tikoy asks her to help find his missing father, Mang Lino, a rumoured rebel symphatizer. Events unfold and point to Ismael as being responsible for Mang Lino’s disappearance, because of this Virgie is overwhelmed by guilt. The next monday, as they make love, Virgie chooses between her love for Ismael and her love for her community.

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What’s in store for Wharf Galley Rock Cafe this July

Camarines Sur, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By June 23, 2011 No Comments

First off, we will be releasing our menu next week (oh it isn’t July yet next week) Tentatively, June 29, Wednesday. Photography was done by Gouldian Colours and lay out by Pencionados DesignPlus. The highlight of this menu would be the release of Wharf Galley’s cocktails by Don Topetito.

July 4 would mark the start of Cinema Mondays at Wharf Galley. And of course, who else would be featured that night but the great Nick Olanka. So July 4 is officially Nick Olanka night. We are showing his Lunes ng Hapis short and his full-length Cinemalaya film Huling Araw ng Linggo. Watch out for more films from Dada Docot, Ray Gibraltar, Raymond Lee, Sigrid Bernardo, Roxlee and other friends. This is going to be exciting!

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The First Became the Last… Metal Night

Camarines Sur, Music, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By June 22, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

My motto this past month is “No to musical discrimination,” and because of that, I agreed to hold the first ever metal night in Wharf Galley Avenue Square. I had really wanted to go and see it for myself, just to see what the fuss is all about. I wanted to see what this “mosh pit” they all talk about and see how that goes, with men and women in it. I wanted to see a big crowd of black-wearing people and feel their energy. On the personal side, I had wanted to look after what I need to protect, my people, my property, or at the very least, my name. But I was home sick and was only updated via phone.

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La Purisima, Pili, Camarines Sur

Camarines Sur, Family By June 11, 2011 1 Comment

Ever since the local government of Pili, Camarines Sur implemented the no-public-buses-passing-through-the-main-road-of-the-town-proper-from-8am-til-6pm-from-Mondays-through-Fridays ordinance, I have been re-acquainting myself with the road that goes to the baranggays of La Purisima and Curry, while on my way to catch the bus to Naga at the Pili Diversion Road.

La Purisima, Pili, Camarines Sur

One after-drizzle afternoon, while Lia and I were on our way to the bus stop at the diversion road, I finally had the chance to photograph Mt. Isarog.

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