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May 2010

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Movies By May 31, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Spring, 1996

Clare: So I was simply not thinking about a lot of important stuff because I was completely drunk with the notion of a baby: a baby that looked sort of like Henry, black hair and those intense eyes and maybe very pale like me and smelled like milk and talcum powder and skin, a sort of dumpling baby, gurgling and laughing at everyday stuff, a monkey baby, a small cooing sort of baby. I would dream about babies. In my dreams I would climb a tree and find a very small shoe in a nest; I would suddenly discover that the cat/book/sandwich I thought I was holding was really a baby; I would be swimming in the lake and find a colony of babies growing at the bottom.


Defending Biodiversity, Defending Life

Advocacy By May 25, 2010 No Comments

Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines
and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
invite you to

Defending Biodiversity, Defending Life:
Multisectoral Forum on the Protection of Philippine Biodiversity

31 May 2010 (Monday), 1:00 p.m.
Conference Room D, Balay Kalinaw,
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Q.C.

In recognition of 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, we invite you to take a look the state of Philippine biodiversity resources, especially in the context of worsening plunder of our natural resources and ecosystems and aggravated by emerging climate change impacts. The forum aims to gather experts and multi-sectoral groups to discuss and gain a shared understanding of the state of Philippine biodiversity, discuss current threats and projections, and proposed responses to this rising crisis.


This is an event sponsored by the Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines, a non-government organization I work for part-time as writer, researcher and documenter. 🙂


The Vast Expanse of Loneliness

Photography By May 21, 2010 No Comments

So I need some inspiration today as I have been working with text all night. And for my “daily” dose of inspiration, I check tumblr and from there on stumble from one site to another.

And this is what I found today:

Originally uploaded by Nick-K. Click on image to view source.

And it so happens to remind me of this:


Originally uploaded by Angkulet. Click on image to view source.


12 Plays for the 6th Virgin Labfest Announced

Theater By May 19, 2010 No Comments

Rody Vera of the Writers’ Bloc, co-organizer of the yearly experimental theater festival Virgin Labfest, has announced the 12 plays chosen for the sixth edition of the Labfest, which shall run from June 23-July 4, 2010 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The finalists are:

  • Bakit Wala Nang Nagtatagpo sa Philcoa Oberpas, by Carlo Garcia
  • Balunbalunan, by Debbie Ann L. Tan
  • Carmi Martin, by J. Dennis C. Teodosio
  • Collector’s Item, by Juliene Mendoza
  • A Fistful of Sand, by Arlo de Guzman
  • Higit Pa Dito, by Allan B. Lopez
  • Huling Habilin ng Sirena, by Layeta P. Bucoy
  • Isagani, by Alexis Dorola
  • Matyag, by Gabriel Beato Francisco (pseudonym)
  • Ondoy, by Remi Velasco
  • Sa Package Counter, by Isa Borlaza
  • Suor Clara, by Floy Quintos

Congratulations to the chosen playwrights!



Auditions for Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical”

Theater By May 12, 2010 No Comments

Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP’s resident theater company, announces the first of its auditions for its 24th Theater Season: Idol! The search is on for the cast of BANAAG AT SIKAT, Isang Rock Musical, TP’s season opener. Auditions will be held on May 19 at the CCP-Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference Room), from 2 PM to 7 PM.

Banaag at Sikat book cover

With book and lyrics by National Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, music by Lucien Letaba, production design by National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal, and under the direction of Jose Estrella, BANAAG AT SIKAT, Isang Rock Musical, is based on Lope K. Santos’ groundbreaking literary opus of the same title about the breakup of the Filipino family and the rise of socialism in the country. It universalizes its socialist theme by juxtaposing central, turn-of-the century Philippines (1911) with music that’s very much today, Indie Rock.

BANAAG AT SIKAT, Isang Rock Musical will open at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP-Little Theater) on August 6, 2010. This rock musical is a bold experimentation in its deployment of contemporary musical idioms as pop, folk, blues, jazz, bass rhythms, brass riffs, melodic anthems to the overriding rock genre while it fuses with some traditional Filipino-Spanish rhythms (danza and tiempo de balitao) in modern orchestrations.


Our Beloved and Departed Nikon D80

Theater By May 10, 2010 2 Comments

I have no record of what exactly was the first ever photo our beloved and departed Nikon D80 took but this happens to be the last photo it ever took.

Guijalo port, Caramoan, Camarines Sur

This photo was taken on February 17, 2010 using a Nikon D80. - Flickr

Did I ever tell you what happened to our Nikon D80? I did tell you about what I did to my (also beloved) Olympus E-500, the first ever DSLR I ever owned, but I guess I did not get to tell you what happened to our Nikon D80.

Let me tell you what.

Actually, a few months before it finally died on me, we were having issues with its ability to read the battery charge correctly. It would tell us the battery was empty even when it was fully charged but we’d somehow trick it into reading correctly by turning it on and off repeatedly very quickly. We knew there was a problem, and at first we thought it was the battery, so much so that we even both an extra one, but we didn’t really do anything close to bringing it to a service center for a check-up. That’s actually one lesson learned: If you own something this expensive, you better take care of it.

Henrys Camera receipt for the Nikon D80

Henry's Camera & Photo Supply receipt for the Nikon D80 dated September 2007

I brought it with me and Lia on our last trip to Bicol. It was working fine, from Manila to Albay to CWC to Naga and all the way to Caramoan. On February 17, 2010, we were on the boat in Guijalo Port, Caramoan bound for Sabang, San Jose, when I snapped a photo and then the camera went dead.

I managed to bring it to Columbia Photo Megamall on March 4. I was told it would be brought to the main service center located in San Francisco del Monte, Q.C. for an assessment. A week later, I was informed the camera needed a part replacement. I was quoted a total of about P5,000+ and was told the part would take 3 weeks to arrive since it will have to be ordered from Japan. Holy Week had to be counted  off the 3 weeks so a month and a week later, Nikon technician tells me the part had arrived, they had opened the body and found more parts needed to be replaced. The new quote was something close to P14,000.

I had my friend’s wedding to shoot as favor on April 16th and a trip to Calaguas Island on April 17th. I needed a camera so badly that I withdrew my 18-135mm Nikkor lens at the service center and borrowed my sister’s Nikon D40.

Three days ago, technician called to tell me the latest part they had ordered from Japan had arrived, they had opened the body further and found out that the damage is extensive. “The board is insect-damaged, I tried my best to clean out the board from which the juices of fried ants had stuck but the board is too damaged. Besides, it is also water-damaged,” technician explained while in my head, memories of many many trips to the beach, surfing, snorkeling, island-hopping etc. etc., flashed by really quick. Hahaha. “If you will opt to have this repaired, it will cost you a total of about P24,000,” and my jaw dropped of course, “And in that, my recommendation is: just buy a new camera.” And that was it.

I am looking for a new body. Since I love my 50mm f/1.8 lens, my only options are a D90 or a D300. I am looking for a second-hand body because I simply cannot afford a brand-new one. I will be on the look out on my mailing lists as well as forums for one. Aside from that, I also have to save. I am looking at at least P40,000 for this. 🙁

Our D80 and I had a great and relatively long life together, I have a lot of photos to remember it by. I will miss you my camera, but I hope, not by much. 😛

Nikon D80 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens at $1,800 from Amazon


Superstitions in Moving to a New Home

Family By May 9, 2010 2 Comments

Since we moved to a new home, I decided to look at some of the superstitions involved in such an activity. I remember when we moved from the condo to the apartment, we were told to have a full container of rice as well as a lot of salt and sugar. And that we did too.

I have previously looked at some blogs about these superstitions and I read that you are supposed to move in when the moon is waxing – but sadly, that was not something we could do. The house was not ready when the moon was waxing and it would be too late to wait for this month’s. I read you should not move on particular days, but I got conflicting information on this, as some said Saturday was a good day while others said it was not. I did read that the date should be on one that had a number that when written ended on top rather than on the bottom, like zero and eight.

Here are some of the Filipino superstitions I stumbled into:

  • When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.
  • If the previous owners have been kind, they will have left some bread (or rice, depending where you are in the world) and salt behind for you. If the realtor got rid of it, don’t worry, just make sure the first person to enter carries these items, plus a new broom.

The Big Move… to the Big Project

Family By May 8, 2010 No Comments

After years of moving around, from my mom’s 36 sq.m. condo unit in Taguig, to the rented 2-bedroom, 2-storey apartment in Pasig; and months of house hunting, we finally found a house-and-lot we could afford. After weeks of working on the paper work, signing bank documents, cleaning out the house we are moving into and moving in little bits of stuff we own one day at a time, we finally saw the day when the rented movers truck loaded what (little) possessions we own and drove to the house we will now call our home – the place we will now call our permanent address.

This is us leaving…


It was yellow...

… the middle unit apartment we rented for sixteen months.