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US GIRLS Corregidor Shoot with Iya Villania and Angel Aquino

Saturday, March 31, 2012 comments powered by disqus

March 26 and 27, we went to Corregidor to shoot an ep for US Girls. Here are some the pictures. Last 18 pics courtesy of Joeffrey Tan. 

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FWGP OpenBook: Responde With Norman Wilwayco, Lourd de Veyra, Jun Sabayton, and Jim Libiran [Pics]

Saturday, March 17, 2012 comments powered by disqus

Iwa wasn't there personally because he's in Australia. But his friends were there - Lourd de Veyra, Jun Sabayton, and Jim Libiran. No drugs. Only mentions of it. And some other shit, as Iwa said.

After the lame pics are the "damaged" pictures :) Take a look: 

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SM City Fairview's Book Festival; Backpacker Robert Alejandro and the Kids; And The Culture of Reading (Or The Absence Of It) [w/Pics]

Saturday, March 10, 2012 comments powered by disqus

I was invited to a book festival and the first thing that came across my mind was "Am I for this?" 

Of course I'm elated. Because every invitation is welcome and I'm a book worm, I must say. At least in my heart.

But when was the last time I read a book and finished it? When was the last time we read books? Blame the technology. Blame the affordable pirated DVDs. Blame youtube, facebook and twitter. Blame the PS3. Blame porn. Blame the busy work schedule. But of course, the real reason is laziness.

Going back, I always took pride introducing the culture of reading to my nieces and nephews. That when they were kids, and their friends were busy with their coloring books or playing brick games, I was acquainting them with books, literature, graphic novels, anime and european films. Oscar Wilde, Tony Perez, Guillermo Arriaga, Neil Gaiman, Jun Cruz Reyes, Quentin Tarantino, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Chobits, etc. 

But now, the closest thing to this is buying some books. And well, starting to read some of the pages. But that's it. Some close encounters were with Samantha Sotto's Before Ever After because she's our first author in Freelance Writers' Guild of the Philippines' OpenBook; Bebang Siy's It's A Mens World, again because we featured her in our monthly OpenBook; Bob Ong's Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin, because I'm a fan; Ricky Lee's Si Amapola Sa 65 Na Kabanata because he's an institution and he knows how to mix mainstream sensibilities and good content; and Norman Wilwayco's Responde because I like his earlier work "Paano Ko Inayos ang Buhok Ko Matapos ang Mahaba-haba Ring Paglalakbay".

With all the nuances and some other forms of entertainment, how can we stimulate ourselves to read books again? Is it through the efforts of groups like the FWGP having the monthly OpenBook event? Or by attending book fairs and festivals? Or by revisiting old and favorite books in the hope of rekindling our lost love for it? Or are the books and theater, now some forms of lost art?

I hope not.

Because while I am one of the millions guilty of abandoning this habit, I would like to believe that love is still there. The want is still present. What's absent is the push. 

And despite the popular adage that it should come from within, a little inspiration from external factors is not bad. I went to SM Farview.. Uhmm, I mean Fairview. And hope that some influences motivate me to read again. The Book Festival at the annex atrium was featuring, during that time, book author Ronald Molmisa and former Probe reporter and now a sketching backpacker Robert Alejandro.

It was Ronald Molmisa's book signing. His books are "Lovestruck: Love Mo Siya, Sure Ka Ba?" and "Pass or Fail? Paano Maging the Best Student Ever". And was followed by Art Factory and Backpacking Stories with Robert Alejandro. 

As I am tempted to say the how and what happened, I will let the pictures tell you the story. But before that, let me first tell you, in case you want to know, that the SM City Fairview Book Festival is running until Tuesday, March 13. Astigirl Tweet Sering will be there, Peter Pan will tell some stories, there will be book signing sessions (Precious Pages authors), and an open discussion about digital publishing, among other things.

Yes, teenybopper stories of Precious Pages might not be what you want. Because you want sad stories of broken promises, death and futile efforts. 

Or you think Peter Pan's Storytelling session will just be for kids. Because what pleases you are gore fest, complicated plots and twisted characters.

And actually, I'm saying it to my self. Because what's cool for me is Death Note and Elfen Lied. Fight Club, Pulp Fiction and Magnolia. Amores Perros and Life is Beautiful. Battle Royale. Gaspar Noe's Irreversible and I Stand Alone. Among other tales. Those stories that explore melancholy, hopelessness and the sick human mind. 

But amidst all these, our former Business Unit Head, and now a film director, Sir Enrico always said, "All stories are love stories. Or at least, should be." Any genre, any target market, any medium. And I agree.

High School Musical, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, Titanic, Grey's Anatomy, Cedie, Princess Sarah, Dog of Flanders, Spirited Away, etc. Fuck! I love them all. Honest! Because the love to watch or read dark stories is not a negation of it's opposite themes. 

And now I think I'm not making sense anymore :) You can take a look at the pictures now :) Happy week-end. Start reading books now! :) 

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Unique Personalities: Tanya Markova [with Iya Villania]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 comments powered by disqus

Some weeks ago, Iya Villania interviewed the band Tanya Markova. They talked about how the band was formed, what were they doing before it, their influences, who spends the most and some other things. 

Here's the segment that aired in studio 23 without yet the logo and other gfx:

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NCAA 2-Year Ban for SBC Basketball Coach Frankie Lim and SSC Volleybal Coach Gorayeb; Players, Official Suspended

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 comments powered by disqus

Earlier this day, the NCAA released the statement banning San Beda College basketball Coach Frankie LIm and San Sebastian College volleyball Coach Roger Gorayeb from participating in NCAA for 2 years, the seasons 88 and 89. 
This came as a result of their respective roles in a melee at the San Beda campus last December, according to Ramon C. Cercado, the NCAA Mancom Chairman. 
Here's the full NCAA statement:

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FWGP OpenBook: Responde [Norman Wilwayco]

Sunday, March 4, 2012 comments powered by disqus


Let us join WASAK author, Norman Wilwayco on March 16, 2012 as his friends will read stories from his book, the 2nd edition of RESPONDE (BlackPen Publishing, 2012). As what is mentioned in the review of Lourd de Veyra, RESPONDE is a collection ofshort stories in Filipino wherein we will meet the author’s crew of mad, lovable, downtrodden, foulmouthed, alcohol-and-narcotics-fueled misfits. Esteemed fictionist Jun Cruz Reyes-himself an iconoclast of Philippine lit-christened Wilwayco as his rightful successor.

The Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines’ OpenBook program for the month of March begins at 7:30pm. 

Guest readers are the following:

• Jun Sabayton, a social satirist, a film/video director, photographer, wanabe film archivist, ex-production designer. He likes Jonas Mekas and a self-centered bastard. “Walang ibang bisyo kundi umibig.”

• Lourd de Veyra, host of Word of the Lourd, the bestselling author of “This is a Crazy Planets”. He is also the frontman of Radioactive Sago Project.

• Jim Libiran, a multi-awarded writer, poet, essayist, documentary filmmaker, activist and television producer and journalist. His first full-length film, “Tribu” was based on a screenplay that won the prestigious Palanca Award for Literature for 2006. His other films like “Happyland” are still showing in different schools all over the country.

With a special performance by the lead singer, Norman Los Añes of the Triangle Trauma Band, wherein they started the advocacy group named Tinta-Aklat-Rekord-Awit or TARA.

Hosted by Bebang Siy.

RESPONDE books and shirts are available for sale at the venue.

Entrance: P200, inclusive of one drink
Inquiries: 0917.9378617 (Ime)


Those who will pay in advance will get sure seats at the FRONT ROW.

To reserve seats, message Teena Estrada (https://www.facebook.com/teena.estrda)
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