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It took us almost 8 hours to arrive here. Hello Baguio! I’ll explore you tomorrow. For now, I need a power sleep. So very, very tirrred. #art #baguio

It took us almost 8 hours to arrive here. Hello Baguio! I’ll explore you tomorrow. For now, I need a power sleep. So very, very tirrred. #art #baguio http://ift.tt/1FpKDG7

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Avalon is this Year’s Venue Host for the 7th Best Cebu Blogs Awards

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 Trophies

Last year's trophies

Last year, Avalon hosted the venue for the 6th Best Cebu Blogs Awards.  This coming 7th of December, they will host again  the venue for the awarding night of our 7th year of recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers.  We had a great awarding night in there last year and we look forward to a more fun and enjoyable event this December.  Below are a few throwback photos of last year’s awarding night.

And below is a peek of the entrance to the venue inside the Avalon.

The Avalon Cebu Hosts Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 - Entrance

For this year’s awards, we have already wrapped up who the winners are.  You can make a guess who they are by checking the finalist here.

 

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The Organizers

Before I will end this post, I would like to mention the major effort exerted by Mark Monta (BCBA founder) to make this bloggers recognition event an official tradition every year.  Also, to all my co-organizers, Geezelle Tapangan, Chanel Marie and Kevin Maglinte for all the efforts and support.  Lastly, a special mention to our resident judge, Miss Nancy Cudis for the undying support.  See you guys on the 7th next month.  I’m excited to see all the winners. (:

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Parkmall Celebrates Cebu Talents

Parkmall Cebu Events

Parkmall continues in giving recognition to homegrown Cebuano talents by having VISPOP artists Earl Andrei Ornopia, Kenneth Corvera, Johnever Canlom, Jerika Teodorico as featured guests on October 17 and 18 for their month-long anniversary celebration .  On October 24 and 25, BISROCK band The Agadiers will also jam with the mall goers.  Earlier this month, the Quaruplee Band and violinist Adrian Niño Beltran had also performed.

Catch these local performers at the Atrium as Parkmall commemorate their 6 years of improving the lifestyles of Cebuanos.

Parkmall’s 6 Years of Celebrating Cebu Life

Parkmall Cebu 6th Anniversary

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Doctor Stranger – Final Review and 14 Episodes of Quack Couple Moments Plus HoonHyun Alternative Ending

I need to close this bitter-sweet chapter of my Kdrama viewing experience by ending it with a more “balanced” review.  I’ve already ranted my disappointment last week and that’s the end of it.  I’m promoting good vibes as I bid farewell to my two favorite characters (Oh Soo Hyun and Park Hoon). Warning: Don’t continue reading below if you hate spoilers.

Final Review and Rating

Doctor Stranger

Of all the Kdrama series that I’ve watched, Doctor Stranger is the only one where I have a love and “more” hate relationship.  Story-wise this series is a big let down, plot-wise the worst, and OTP-wise, the worst of the worst.  There are a lot of questions that never got an answer until the end, sloppy character development of the main female lead (Jae Hee), illogical plots (especially the North Korean spy angle), bad writing, and a very lousy acting performance from one of the main female actresses – Jin Se Yeon.

On the positive side, Doctor Stranger is redeemed by the stellar acting performances of the other 3 main leads (Lee Jong Suk, Kang So Ra, and Park Hae Jin).  Also, the cinematography is quite great and the medical story plot is not that bad.  I’m also thankful to this series because I discovered Kang So Ra, a very talented and dynamic actress who instantly captured my interest when she was introduced in episode 3.  Lastly, though the screen writer failed a lot in providing logical consistency to the overall plot of the story, I still thanked him for giving my favorite protagonist (Oh Soo Hyun) a very good back-story,  character development, and making her the real heroine at the end of the series.

My final rating for this series is 6/10.

Would I Recommend Doctor Stranger to Other Kdrama Viewers?

In a heart beat, my answer is always a big NO.  Save your 20 hours by watching other worth while dramas such as I Can Hear Your Voice, Dong Yi, Bad Love, Rooftop Prince, Secret Garden, or you can just watch the re-run of Cosmos in National Geographic Channel.  Avoid this drama if you don’t want to be disappointed.  But, if you want to torture yourself, then go on, watch and get yourself annihilated.  LOLS!

Top HoonHyun aka Quack Couple Moments in “14 out of 20 episodes”

I would like to bid farewell to Doctor Stranger with only good memories in my mind.  Thus, I will only reminisce HoonHyun in the throwback screenshots below. These sets of photos can fully explain why their pairing is more realistic and is larger than life compared to the first OTP.

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 13

 

Episode 14

Episode 15

Episode 16

Episode 17

Fourteen bloody episodes of sweet trolling.  Thanks writer-nim, I’ve just listed you in my Top Writers to Avoid List.  Nevertheless, I’m quite happy that before the final bomb, our fellow Soompier had already written an alternative ending for our favorite couple.

HoonHyun Alternative Ending

In literary fiction, there’s no such thing as an absolute ending.  In the original book, Soo Hyun and Hoon end up together.  In the drama series, they didn’t end up but in @kiyasnow mini-manga series, Oh Soo Hyun and Park Hoon meet each other after two years and ended up living together for the rest of their lives.  This is the beauty of fictional stories.  (:

This semi one-shot manga starts two years after Park Hoon and Oh Soo Hyun got separated due to the unavoidable consequences brought by South/North conspiracy and the scandals that happened to Mweongwoo Hospital.

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun Happy Ending - Doctor Stranger Page 1

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun Happy Ending - Doctor Stranger Page 2

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun Happy Ending - Doctor Stranger Page 3

 

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun Happy Ending - Doctor Stranger Page 4

 

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun Happy Ending - Doctor Stranger Page 5

Thank you so much @kiyasnow for this very sweet ending.  For those who are still interested to watch despite all the warnings, feel free to visit the official HoonHyun aka Quack Couple Thread in Soompi.  There you can read some fun and interesting opinions from the viewers who rooted for Hoon and Hyun.  Good luck!

The fan art I used as a featured photo in this blog post is created by @Kiyasnow.

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Doctor Stranger Episode 19 Preview – Agent Cha is Back!

English translation of Episode 19 preview
Translation by @oyeleyeolusina in Soompi.

SH: Tell me, did you all along plan for my father to die.

JJ: Soo Hyun

SH: Get out of this hospital immediately.

Unknown voice ( maybe lollipop ahjussi): It was done by Cha and I definitely have to find it.

PM JSJ: You did it on purpose, you doing this is going to be the end for me.

TS: To betray the PM.

PH:A person like Jang Seok Joo is someone with no right to lead the country.

President: There is a person I would like to meet

PM:Who

President: Doctor Park Hoon.

JH: You are meeting the president.

PH: If the plans of the PM JSJ is revealed, we can get a safe haven.

PM: What.

President: Park Hoon what did you just say.

PM: Where is the president.

___End___

I am not surprised that agent Cha is back.  He is a character that is not easy to kill and even if the writer needs to kill him, he has to finish him off in the most dramatic exit ever, not just a mere fall in the river.  The hot North Korean villain is back and I suspect that he’ll bring the ultimate bomb twist most viewers have been expecting since his disappearance.

The Dreaded Ending – HoonHyun, HoonHee, or None?

Jae Hee looks terrified when Hoon told her that he'll be meeting the President.

Jae Hee looks confused (?) terrified (?) when Hoon told her that he’ll be meeting with the President.

At this point of the story, it is really difficult to tell.  Though I want Hoon to end up with Soo Hyun, there’s a high probability that he would end up with Jae Hee. But, given the fact that agent Cha is back, the following can be considered as reasons (based from the facts in the drama) why Jae Hee won’t end up with Hoon.

  • In earlier episodes, agent Cha told Jae Hee that he created her. Is this one of the reasons why Jae Hee broke up with Hoon for no clear reasons? Why would agent Cha tell that to Jae Hee if that is not true?
  • Jae Hee tells different variations of her story.  To Soo Hyun, she said that she knows what Hoon did to her dad even before the day that they met in the hospital.   Oddly, she told Hoon that she has just recently found out about her dad when PM Jang told her.  Why she can’t tell a simple truth to both people? She’s still hiding something.  This is the reason why I can’t help but  think about the book’s ending (Jae Hee chose another man and left Hoon).
  • At this point of the story, it’s all up to Jae Hee. If she’ll leave Hoon because she truly believes that most of his actions are prodded by guilt and not love, then I’ll say, she really has another agenda why she came to South Korea as a spy.
  • Also, I’ve posted this already, if her truest intention is to be reunited and live again with Hoon, why go back to North Korea (and be a comrade with agent Cha)? She said she was shipped to Japan (after she was separated with Hoon) and finished her “medical studies” there, then why not go (from Japan) straight to South Korea?  Or, is the Japan story another lie?

The screen writer has so many loose ends to tie that I doubt if he had successfully did it within the two episodes that will be aired tonight and tomorrow.  A possibility of an open ending is lurking in the corner.  Aisssh!

The hot North Korean villain is back! LOLz!

The hot North Korean villain is back! LOLz!

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Doctor Stranger Episode 18 – Jae Joon Is Entrusting Soo Hyun to Hoon

My favorite "Quack scene" in this episode. (:

My favorite “Quack scene” in this episode. (:

In the previous episodes, we saw Jae Hee telling Soo Hyun that Park Hoon loves her.  In this episode, we saw Jae Joon telling Park Hoon that Soo Hyun really likes him.  With this train of events, it is safe to conclude that within the final 2 episodes, we’ll see Park Hoon realizing his feelings towards Hyun.  Awww! Pretty much exciting. *spazzing* Still, I’m keeping my emotions intact because there’s actually a high probability that my delusion won’t happen. ): Check this link to know why I’m focusing more on the romance part.  Check this link to learn more about my thoughts about this series.

Jae Hee Breaks Up with Hoon and Keeps on Rejecting Him

Jae Hee Trying Her "Worst" to Reject Hoon

Jae Hee Trying Her “Worst” to Reject Hoon

Not just once but thrice that Jae Hee brutally pushed Hoon away in this episode.  I really don’t understand why she needs to do those stints.  I really want to pull my hair every time she’s on screen.  Her recent actions don’t make sense and I think that she’s lying to both Park Hoon and Soo Hyun.

I don’t know but I really have this bad feeling about Jae Hee.  Since she reappeared in episode 3, I really can’t trust her character.  Oddly, for the first time, I agree with her.  Hoon is indeed not in love with her.  Hoon’s obsession to find her and be with her  is caused by guilt when he failed to protect her in Budapest.  Now that she’s blaming Hoon for her father’s death, I hope they will break up for good. (Quack shipper much. Lolz!)

Jae Joon is Entrusting Soo Hyun to Park Hoon

Doctor Stranger Episode 18 Jae Joon Telling Hoon to Take Good Care of Soo Hyun

Jae Joon revealed his true motive to Park Hoon because he knows that he can’t just entrust Soo Hyun to anyone except Hoon. When he told Hoon that Soo Hyun really likes him, it is similar to saying that he’s entrusting Soo Hyun to him because he knows that she will be badly devastated after what he will do to her dad and their hospital.

I’m hoping that Hoon will become Soo Hyun’s main ally in the final 2 episodes.  I’m hoping the screen writer will stick with the book’s ending (but, of course, he should alter it a bit to make way for a happy ending).  When the producer announced last week that they are sticking with the original script’s ending, I was quite sure that HoonHyun would be the endgame.  But, still, there’s really no guarantee that it will happen.  ):

In the last 2 episodes (that will be aired next week – Monday and Tuesday), I hope Jae Hee will fade in the screen for good.  If she’s going to give up Hoon then she better not eat her own words.  I’m tired of watching her “constipated face” this whole time.  Since the series never bothered to give her character a back  story and proper development, then she should go.  Either she’ll return to North Korea, die in the midst of the mission, or not appear anymore on the screen.  Jin Se Yeon’s very poor acting performance is actually one of the reasons why this series is harshly criticized not only by the local viewers their in South Korea but by international audience as well.  Arrghh!

Good bye, Jae Hee err Seung Hee or whatever!

Final scene in this episode. Soo Hyun trying to open the door to his father's office.  She suspects Jae Joon did something awful against him.

Final scene in this episode. Soo Hyun trying to open the door to his father’s office. She suspects Jae Joon did something awful.

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Doctor Stranger Episode 17 – The Shattering of Jae Hee’s Pretense

I decided to review Doctor Stranger even though it’s already too late because it causes so much disturbance in my Kdrama routine.  If I’ll rate this series, story-wise, I can’t even include this in my top 15 best dramas.  Honestly, I have second thoughts if I’m gonna recommend this to anyone.  I still have to see the ending before I’ll decide if this drama is worth anyone’s time.  As of this writing there are 2 more episodes to go until the finale.  This series will end next week, Tuesday night.

Though I enjoyed the medical suspense part, the utterly obvious plot holes, illogical character development, and ridiculous storyline are just too much. I can’t even blame those people who sputter profanities and rude comments against this series, because same as me, they are also just hugely disappointed.  (The only two major aspects that redeemed this drama are the main actors and actresses performance and its cinematography.)  But, why do I waste so much time watching this  if I hate it a lot?

Actually, I just discovered that you can really hate a drama and still continue to watch it because you are quite interested on how all the craziness will end. Also, if weird things occur – such as you, rooting for the 2nd female lead for the first time in your over a decade of voraciously consuming “gazillion” of drama series, you just couldn’t stop because it is such a bloody mystery that needs to be solved.

 The Sizzling Chemistry between Park Hoon and Oh Soo Hyun

Who can't resist this sizzling and steaming chemistry! Aissh, my monitor is fogging. lol!

Who can’t resist their sizzling and steaming chemistry! Aissh, my monitor is fogging. lol!

I am shockingly one of those thousands of delusional fans who are shipping Park Hoon and Oh Soo Hyun to end up together.  So weird because in my over a decade of watching Kdramas I never shipped a 2nd female lead but DS breaks this record.  This is a history in the making! Lol!  In my over a decade of watching Asian dramas, this is the very first bloody time that I love the 2nd female lead character (Oh Soo Hyun) and hate the first female lead (Jae Hee).  I root for Soo Hyun like a lunatic that I want Jae Hee to disappear for good. Hahahaha! (My attachment to these fictional characters are getting weirder and weirder.)

Jae Hee is Leaving Hoon Soon and Tells Soo Hyun that He Loves Her

Soo Hyun and Jae Hee's confrontational scene in episode 17.

Soo Hyun and Jae Hee’s confrontational scene in episode 17.

In episode 17, I had finally deciphered Jae Hee’s ultimate intention.  All along I’ve been doubting her motives for coming to  South Korea.  Her role as a North Korean spy (who is in cahoots with the Prime Minister  to put the President in coma) has a very clear mission to fulfill, and rekindling her romantic interest to Park Hoon is just part of the show to finish it.  Poor Hoon.

Jae Hee’s confession to Soo Hyun that she will be leaving soon confirmed my suspicion that there’s a higher probability that the ending of this series won’t veer away from the original ending in the book (Doctor Stranger is based in a best-seller book – Northern Doctor). In the book, Park Hoon will end up with Soo Hyun.  I just wish that they’ll incorporate a time jump, and later on we’ll see Hoon and Soo Hyun happy together as a couple and are successful in their career as thoracic surgeons.

In this episode, Jae Hee also told Soo Hyun that Hoon is the reason why her father died.  That Hoon killed her father to save her and she’s not sure anymore if she can still continue loving him despite all the things that happened between them. She then told Hyun that Hoon really loves her and he just hasn’t realized it yet.  She asked Soo Hyun to wait for him because later on Hoon would eventually realize his feelings.

Jae Hee talking to Lollypop guy about their mission.

Jae Hee talking to Lollypop guy about their mission.

It’s clear as blue sky now that Jae Hee has no intention in staying with Hoon after her mission.  She said that she will be going back to Japan.  Her coldness to Hoon in this episode mirrors her reactions in that flash back scene in episode 5 (Hoon chasing her inside the hospital while she intentionally avoided him).  Her facial expressions in that scene showed contempt and disgust towards Park Hoon. Jae Hee’s pretense has now been shattered.  Oh, YEAH!

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Doctor Stranger Episode 16: Review, Thoughts, and Reactions

Oops! You’re not lost. This is still my blog. Incorporating dramas and gore movie topics in this blog has been part of my content plan long time ago, but I excused myself for always being “too busy” that I never had a time to do it.  Yet, I’m doing it now. *claps*

Though I’m now too late to start reviewing this messy series that has disturbed my normal Kdrama routine, I still want to get on and ride along with the “crazies” who decided not to drop it until the very last episode.

What is Doctor Stranger?

Doctor Stranger - Park Hoon Episode 16

It is a Kdrama series that tells the story of Park Hoon, a genius thoracic surgeon (who was raised in North Korea) and his struggles to find his first love (who was separated from him) while living a new life as a doctor in one of South Korea’s most respected hospitals.

This series (as of this writing) is still currently airing in South Korea with 4 more episodes left before it will end. If you want to catch up what happened from episode 1 to 16, do an intensive reading here.

Episode 16: My Review, Thoughts, and Reactions

Just when I started to give up that there’s no hope left for Park Hoon and Soo Hyun to be the end game, this episode sparks new probability for their tandem. But, how could this become possible when the story is now focusing on Seung Hee/Jae Hee’s noble idiocy to self-sacrifice herself to save Hoon and his mother? Realistically, pretty much too little possibility if I’ll believe that what the screen writers want to do is actually what they will do.

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun as the End Game

Park Hoon and Soo Hyun - Doctor Stranger

In a scale of 1 to 100, the probability that this will happen is well below 20%. Although I still want to believe that there’s a bigger chance that my favorite tandem will end up together, looking at how the story progresses, there’s only a slim chance that my wish and my fellow “quackers” wish will come true. Anyway, despite these, I still don’t lose hope. It’s not over ‘til it’s over.

Does Hoon Has Developed Some Deeper Feelings for Soo Hyun?   

Park Hoon wanting to text Soo Hyun - Doctor Stranger                     

In this episode, the screen writers are actually playing with the minds of HoonHyun shippers. Showing us scenes where Hoon is conflicted and battling with himself if he’ll text Soo Hyun or not, showing that he is bothered and uneasy and keeps on checking his phone. And then we see him defending Soo Hyun against a thug, comforting her while she cries, and lying to Seung Hee/Jae Hee when asked if he’s with the former. If these are just mere trolling, and not part of the plot to decide who will end up with whom, then I’ll say fuck you DS screen writers! You’ve been trolling us since episode 3 and now those are all just for NOTHING?

Does the Prime Minister Take Seung Hee Seriously?

Prime Minister Jang and Seung Hee - Doctor Stranger

One of the main reasons why I’ve been wanting to drop this series since earlier episodes is the inconsistency of the plot that it loses its logic and credibility. Nevertheless, I decided to continue for the sake of knowing what will happen next. Honestly, I remain mainly because I ship Hoon and Hyun. But, although I’m focusing my attention to the romance part of the drama, I still can’t shake off how the politics and conspiracy plot annoy the fucking shit out of me.

In this episode, I feel like a 5-year old while watching Seung Hee orchestrated a deal with Prime Minister Jang. I can’t help but cringed because it is just very laughable. How come a North Korean spy with less than 2 years’ experience can threaten a very powerful man with 30 years of scheming and connection to back him up?

Seung Hee’s character shamed and destroyed the reputation of spies and covert agents (say hi to Carrie Mathison and Evelyn Salt) in the world of fictional espionage and detective stories. The mere fact that she told the prime minister that she had already revealed their grand plan to his enemy (Park Hoon) is already an epic failure. The actress who plays the role didn’t manage to convince me that she’s actually talking about a very secret mission to South Koreas 2nd most powerful man.  Also, when she threatened the prime minister about his plan to become the next president, I wanted to smash my head on the wall. What are you talking spy? How could you guarantee that the North Korean government will go along with your plan when you’ve already betrayed them? Oh, come on!!

I did a face-palm while I watched the rest of the scene.

My Reaction to Those Who Assassinate Soo Hyun’s Character

Soo Hyun slapped by a thug - Doctor Stranger

I only have one thing to say – just wait and see. I’m still not changing my prediction that she’s the dark horse in this whole grand conspiracy between North and South. Wait and see, and be careful, Soo Hyun’s will gonna kick some more nuts in the next episodes to come. Bam, bam, bam!

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MOA IMAX Theater Lounge Area Manila #TravelReview2013 (Photos)

Note: This is part 5 of my #TravelReview2013 photo-blog post series.  Since I haven’t blog that much last year, I’m doing this series to feature all the travels I did on that year.  And, because my brain is still not yet ready for lengthy word combats, let all the photos do the talking. (: 

998923_10151554770816951_1455272944_n        Cool and sleek red lounge pods.

Giant Coca-cola cap and Big big pop corn.

The ever beautiful Inday Minette.

The northern part of lounge, and the counter area.

Chiel, the one and only…

More about IMAX Theater at www.imax.com/theatres.

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Masskara Festival 2013: A Glimpse of the Street Dancing Parade (Photos)

Because I didn’t find the time to get my media ID from a prominent blogger who offered us an ID pass, I had no choice but to battle my way down to the street dancers.  Starting from the very strong crowd, photography enthusiasts, and down to a group of Caucasians (a foreign TV crew I guess) who dominated the street every time a group of dancers passes by.

Bacolod 2013 Masskara Festival 5

At first I was kind of contented just taking photos from afar, but then I thought, I was there to document the event.  It’s just unfair not take some close-up photos.

Bacolod 2013 Masskara Festival 18

I easily made my way to a group of local photographers but there’s just something in the crowd that made them hesitate to go near towards the main attraction.  And it’s no other than this group of foreign TV crew who were also covering the street parade.  This group is so domineering.  They have all the lenses and have this very “authoritative air” every time they take their position to get a good shot/video each time the dancers stop by to perform.

Bacolod 2013 Masskara Festival 6

Fortunately for me, I didn’t find this group a hindrance at all.  I used their domineering presence to get some good close-up photos.  Every time a new group of dancers stopped by, I immediately positioned myself by their (foreign crew) side.  It was a BREEZE!!! (:

Bacolod 2013 Masskara Festival 12

Having a foreign TV crew by your side is AWESOME!!!! LOL!

Bacolod 2013 Masskara Festival 10

I only took a few photos as the heat of the sun is something that I can’t bear.

Bacolod 2013 Masskara Festival 11

All these photos were taken on the 21st of October.  That was on Sunday.  The 3rd of day of our trip there in Bacolod.  More stories of our Bacolod travel in my next blog posts.  For more street parade photos, you may visit my Facebook fanpage.

 

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Nominate Your Favorite Blogs for Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 #bcba2013

Do you know someone who writes online through a blog site? Do you have a favorite blogger you want to be recognized as one of Cebu’s finest? Then here’s your chance to help them get noticed.  Nominate your favorite blog by filling up this form.  This year’s contest mechanics and guidelines can be found here.

The Best Cebu Blogs Awards has been recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers in the past five years.  Now, in its sixth year, BCBA continues to pool the best online writers here in the Queen City of the South.  Qualified nominees will compete for the Top 10 Famous Cebu Blogs and for the main competition – the Best Cebu Blogs by Niche for the following categories.

  • Best Cebu Technology Blog
  • Best Cebu Personal Blog
  • Best Cebu Travel Blog
  • Best Cebu Food Blog
  • Best Cebu Fashion Blog
  • Best Cebu Photo Blog
  • Best Cebu Entertainment Blog

To help your favorite blog win a top spot, visit the Best Cebu Blogs Awards Fan Page to vote.   Learn more about BCBA by visiting this link.

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Top 4 Notable Cebuano Films of All Time

This is a guest post by fellow blogger Nadia Jones.  Do you have a great article or story about Cebu?  See our Guest Posting guidelines here.

The film culture of the Philippines has been on the ascendancy for a generation, with auteurs like Lino Brocka, Mike de Leon, and later Lav Diaz both pushing the boundaries of artistic exploration and rediscovering the simple joys of mainstream genre movies as well. This healthy tension between arthouse aspirations and commercial entertainment continued to lend vitality to the scene. Now, in the 21st century, after many false starts, Cebuano film culture is truly blossoming, creating a counterforce to the dominance of Tagalog productions. Here are five of the most notable Cebuano films:

1. Bertoldo Ug Balodoy (dir. Piux Kabahar, 1938)

First, we must pay tribute to the one that started it all. The first film to be shot in Cebu in Visayan was this 1938 talkie, which starred among others Ben Zubiri, Iyo Karpo himself. Unfortunately, the fledgling regional industry was put on hold after only two completed films with the oubtreak of World War II. My web sources don’t indicate whether Bertoldo Ug Balodoy is still extant or if it’s a lost film — but a revival would be a project of great historical interest, should any Bisdak film buffs take it upon themselves to restore it.

Articles Mentioning this film:

http://benjieordonez.blogspot.com/2005/01/visayan-film-industry-retrospective.html
http://cerphin.net/balita/Indie-Filmmakers-Bullish-On-Revival-of-Cebuano-Cinema/artikulo/137849/
http://cerphin.net/balita/Bisdak-cinema-coming-out-of-third-dormancy/artikulo/100617/

2. Badlis sa kinabuhi (dir. Leroy Salvador, 1969)

Photo Credit: PelikulaATBP

After a successful decade in the 1950s, with over 80 films produced in Visayan, Cebuano cinema was dormant for much of the 1960s, until interest in local productions was revived by this film featuring Gloria Sevilla and Mat Ranillo Jr. Though director Leroy Salvador made most of his movies in Tagalog, this foray into Cebu is rightly credited with breathing life back into the local industry. Here you can watch a clip from the film — as you can see, it could use some audio and video restoration as well, but at least it’s in circulation. Badlis sa kinabuhi won Best Black and White Film at the 16th Asian Film Festival in Jakarta, and won FAMAS Awards for Best Actress and Best Child Actor, besides being nominated for three more.

3. Confessional (dir. Ruel Dahis Antipuesto and Jerrold Tarog, 2007)

Photo Credit: PsychedelicCirkus

This part-Cebuano film boldly delves into the internal conflicts of culture and politics in the Philippines, following a Manila documentary filmmaker’s fictionalized journey to Cebu to film the Sinulog Festival. He becomes sidetracked into a more sinister story when veteran politican Lito Caliso (played by Publio Briones III) begins to open up to him about his past, unearthing some of the skeletons in society’s closet. This hard-hitting mockumentary practically swept the Cinema One Originals awards as well as the PMPC Star Awards, also picking up prizes at the Cinemanila International Film Festival and the Osian Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in New Delhi.

Reviews:

http://bethelo.blogspot.com/2008/03/confessionals-cebuano-film-at-its-best.html
http://www.clickthecity.com/movies/?p=3500

4. Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (dir. Remton Siega Zuasola, 2010)

Photo Credit: CebuLive

As he did in his acclaimed short film To Siomai Love, director Zuasola tells his story in real time using only one long take, a technical challenge that has been taken up by many filmmakers lately, most successfully in Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark. It can easily become a gimmick, but in Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria it suits the story, which is about a young lady deciding whether or not to leave her family to become a mail-order bride for a German man. Though sometimes, inevitably, the pace drags, this entry reaffirms the artistic ferment taking place in the Cebuano film world, and won Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, and Music at the Gawad Urian Awards, as well as the Jury Prize at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival and at Korea’s Junjeu Film Festival.

Reviews:

http://lilokpelikula.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/ang-damgo-ni-eleuteria-remton-siega-zuasola-2010/

http://oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2010/11/ang-damgo-ni-eleuteria-2010.html

http://www.pinoyparazzi.com/ang-damgo-ni-eleuteria-isang-kuwento-ng-langit-ng-pangarap/

There are many more fantastic Cebuano films being produced that I didn’t have space for here. I know there are many fans out there of Isang Tanong, Isang Sagot…or maybe Panaghóy sa subâ: The Call of the River was more your style? What are your favorites?

About the Guest Blogger

Nadia Jones is a freelance blogger who is passionate about Arts & Culture.  She’s also a strong supporter of online learning by encouraging those ones who cannot study through traditional means by enrolling in accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at nadia.jones5@gmail.com.

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Tulfo vs. Santiago: Who Should be Blamed?

Note:  This is a Guest Post by Nicole S.

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An overwhelmingly hot topic right now is the fist fight between celebrity Raymart Santiago and columnist Mon Tulfo. Controversial videos were posted in YouTube that spread like wild fire and are really the talk of the town. The fight is so real and intense that the incident became an instant hit in the metro, and even compared to the Cotto and Mayweather fight, which was considered to be better! Now that is a comparison right?

The Incident

The summary of the incident is that celebrity couples Raymart and Claudine together with their children came from Boracay aboard a Cebu Pacific plane that arrived on NAIA Terminal 3, while Mon Tulfo came from Davao and also arrived on the same terminal as the Santiagos. The main reason for the whole start of the brawl came from Claudine, as she was seen in a mad state, mocking and cursing Cebu Pacific staffs Charisse Bocboc and Kristine Anne Ilagan. The reason for Claudine’s outburst was that their baggage was offloaded in Caticlan and they were not informed about it, and to make matters worst, she claims that it is not even sure when will their baggage arrive in NAIA. Here comes the Tulfo part, as Mon was seen by the Santiago’s capturing Claudine’s moments of outburst. Immediately, Raymart and Claudine took offense and tried to grab Mon Tulfo’s cellular phone to prevent Mon from using the alleged video that he captured using it. Of course Mon prevented the Santiago’s from getting a hold of his phone, and then here came the exciting brawl!

The video clearly depicts Raymart and Claudine, together with a companion Eduardo Atilano, beating Mon Tulfo to the ground. This brawl was captured and was seen across the internet and television for the whole nation to see. The whole incident happened on Cebu Pacific’s complaint desk. Because of this, both sides filed legal complaints against each other, including the 2 flight staffs that were mocked by Claudine.

Opinions about the situation happened in NAIA

There are a lot of versions about the incident. That Mon allegedly kicked Claudine causing a bruise on her leg, while others say that the bruise was caused by random events in the brawl. While Tulfo insists that Claudine forcefully tried to steal his phone and that she was the one who sparked and started the whole incident. To further dissect the incident, let us look into the positive and negative grounds for both parties.

Tulfo’s Positive and Negative Grounds about the Incident

Mon Tulfo might have done the right thing by capturing in video Claudine’s outburst towards the 2 Cebu Pacific staffs as this is evidence that can be used in court. Justice should be served for her mockery but on the flipside, Cebu Pacific should also present their explanation and apologies for the mishandling of the baggage that started this whole incident. Tulfo on other hand breached the Santiago’s privacy and this is clearly a violation of their rights, so he is still accountable for it. Witnesses should be enough to build a case against Claudine, so video evidence may not be that necessary after all.

The Santiago’s Positive and Negative Grounds about the Incident

Raymart and Claudine have every right to take the video captured by Tulfo, but what Claudine did and how she handled the incident about the baggage is clearly wrong. All things can be handled via peaceful and civilized ways and she chose to mock and shout at the crews. Raymart and his companion Eduardo really did the most damage literally, they should just have confronted Mon about the video capturing thing instead of using their fists to settle the issue. As celebrities, Raymart and Claudine should set good examples to the public, but apparently, they did not during that day.

Summing things up, both parties handled the incident the wrong way. For Mon, as an endorser of justice (as what all the other Tulfo’s are doing too), he should just have handled the situation differently, things can be worked out by him being a bridge or a mediator between Claudine and Cebu Pacific, but instead he chose to breach the Santiagos’ privacy which is legally wrong. Raymart and company are really disappointing, as they allowed the world to see violence and uncivilized acts which are in contrast to what they should display in front of the public as celebrities. Cebu Pacific should also ensure that mismanaging and not informing passengers about their luggage should not happen again to prevent future situations like this. All parties should go to court and settle this peacefully, and may this serve as an example to all, more so for NAIA and Cebu Pacific. All parties should be blamed as all played a bad part in the whole incident, hopefully this may be a lesson for all.

Nicole So is a freelance writer, regular runner and a former backpacker. Her hobbies are writing, photography and travelling.

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PR: RAFI opens tribute exhibit for Bisaya artists

In celebration of Arts Month in February, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) launched the exhibit, entitled “Visayan Verve: A Tribute to Bisaya Artists”, which will run from Feb. 17 to March 15 at the Casa Gorordo Museum.

The exhibit is initiated in partnership with the University of San Carlos-Cebuano Studies Center; Halad Museum; Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio; and the assistance of Cebuano artist Marvin Natural and the family of the late Martino Abellana.

It pays homage to exemplary Bisaya artists in six fields of art: Martino Abellana for painting; Napoleon Abueva for sculpture; Fernando Buyser for poetry; Pio Cabajar for cinema; Estelita Diola for dance; and Vicente Rubi for music.

“These artists represent innovation and faithfulness to tradition in the art forms they engaged in. Some of them were selected by virtue of their statuses as ‘masters’ of their crafts while the rest, for their substantial achievements which remain largely unrecognized. All of them have contributed not only to Bisaya but Filipino arts in general,” Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of the Culture and Heritage unit of RAFI, said.

The aim of the exhibit is not to proclaim the featured artists as the greatest or the most influential, but to present examples of what Bisaya artists have accomplished.

Florencio Moreño, curator of Casa Gorordo Museum, pointed out that it is one way of giving the public an opportunity to re-examine and appreciate the roots of their creativity, thereby, widen their perspectives on the potentials of contemporary Visayan-Filipino arts.

Visayan Verve is meant to kick off a series of exhibits on Bisaya arts that will be held every February in the next seven years. Each of the following exhibits will focus on one of the seven fields of art—architecture, cinema, dance, music, painting, literature, and sculpture.

Culture & Heritage is a focus area of RAFI, believing that a confident community begins with a strong sense of identity. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information on Contemporary Cebu, please contact 418-7234 loc. 703 and look for Florencio A. Moreño II, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

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Plastic Surgery in South Korea

The rise of the Korean entertainment industry highlights a lot of interesting facts about Korea’s culture and lifestyle.  We, Cebuanos, are fond of watching Korean drama series and we are even big fans of some of these K-Pop artists.  Hollywood’s monopoly of the entertainment industry has been put to an end since the turn of the 21st century through globalization brought by information revolution – the internet.

This entry features one of the most controversial and interesting parts of Korean culture – Plastic Surgery (or others put it as the culture of Beauty Obsession).

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One of the most interesting things about plastic surgery – a generally expanding branch of surgery – is that it is not the same everywhere. Different countries have different trends, and in some cases even different surgeries. So, while you may think that you can get all of the information you need on the topic by visiting an American-based website such as Aboutplasticsurgery.com, you may actually need to do more thorough research if your goal is to fully understand all different types of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery in Korea follows entirely different trends than, for example, in the United States.

To begin with, plastic surgery is simply far more common in South Korea than in most countries. According to the Asian Plastic Surgery Guide mentioned above, 15 to 30 percent of all Korean women are estimated to have had surgeries at some point. It is also noted that if this study focused only on women under 30, that percentage could be closer to 50. Simply put, Korean women have demonstrated a steady and growing attraction to plastic surgery, and there is little to suggest that the trend will stop, as methods continue to improve and changes remain “in style.” However, the actual surgeries themselves are a bit different than what many people are used to as well.

While procedures such as breast augmentation and liposuction are common in South Korea, just as they are in the West, there is also a lot of focus aimed at surgeries called “double eyelid surgery” and “augmentation rhinoplasty.” The fist of these is designed to create a crease in the upper eyelid of Korean women, which some have noted as, possibly, a physical attempt at “westernizing” the East Asian appearance. The augmentation rhinoplasty is designed to tastefully enlarge the nose, which could also be said to be something aiming at a bit of a westernized look. Regardless of the intentions behind them, however, these procedures are two of the very most popular in South Korea.

There are also a few popular procedures that are almost exclusive to South Korea. For example, cheek and jaw surgeries are often performed in South Korea, but are rarely addressed in the West. Typically, the closest options to these surgeries in Western countries are chin surgery and facelifts, each of which can earn somewhat similar results. However, surgery directly used to enhance the cheeks and jaw is somewhat unique to Koreans. Additionally, calf reduction surgeries are relatively popular in South Korea, and essentially do not exist elsewhere. All of this helps to demonstrate how different plastic surgery trends and practices can actually be across borders.

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PR: Contemporary art exhibit showcases Cebuano talents

The Contemporary Cebu art exhibit was formally opened last Jan. 4. The ribbon cutting was led by (L-R, foreground) Amaya Aboitiz, executive director of the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.; Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña, vice-chair of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City; Massimo La Magna, over-all supervisor of Pizzeria Michelangelo; and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama. (Inset) The exhibit’s curator, JV Castro (far left), introduced to the public the participating contemporary artists: (second from L-R) Marvin Chito Natural, Karl Roque Jr., Sio Montera, Tito Cuevas, Palmy Pe-Tudtud, and Ritchie Quijano. Not in the photo (inset) are Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Vidal Alcoseba, and Russ Ligtas who will give Butoh performances on Jan. 12 and 13.

Paintings and sculptures of contemporary Cebuano artists were featured in the art exhibit, dubbed Contemporary Cebu, which opened last Jan. 4 at the Cebu City Museum.

The exhibit, which is curated by JV Castro, is designed to bring national attention to contemporary Cebuano artists and their works. It is open to the public until Jan. 31.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, during the opening ceremonies, lauded the initiative undertaken to make the exhibit possible, saying it is a way to recognize Cebuano talents in visual arts as well as to promote the Cebu City Museum.

The Alternative Contemporary Art Studio, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), and The Grove by Rockwell, partnered together to launch this annual exhibit. The first exhibit was held in June 2011 in Manila at the Ateneo de Manila University and Picasso Boutique Hotel.

This year’s Contemporary Cebu art exhibit features the works of Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Marvin Natural, Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Karl Roque, Sio Montera, Ritchie Quijano, Vidal Alcoseba, and Tito Cuevas. Russ Ligtas will give Butoh performances on Jan. 12 and 13.

“It is an exhibition that features some of the finest artists we have in Cebu. All the works in the exhibit are done by Cebuano artists who specialize in contemporary works, meaning the portrayal of subjects are different. In a way, we want to promote Cebu in a different light,” Castro said.

Dennis “Sio” Montera, one of the participating artists shared the inspiration and stories behind his paintings.
“My art is more on expression of the things that have been relevant in my life—happiness, sadness, loss of loved one, any life experience. For me, the best way I can communicate or deal with my emotions is to paint. It is more likely the reflection of a current situation of my life. It’s like a diary, mirroring what is happening around me,” he said.
Alternative Contemporary Art Studio and RAFI have been partners since Contemporary Cebu’s inception in 2011. This year, they took in The Grove by Rockwell as a major partner. The other sponsors of the exhibit are the Cebu City Government, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Blue Shield Risk Management, Gothong Southern, Michelangelo Pizzeria, and Hola España.

“Contemporary Cebu is a good opportunity for introducing the Cebuano audience to contemporary arts and for them to be familiar who the Cebuano contemporary visual artists are,” said Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of Culture and Heritage of RAFI. (Hannah Reoma/Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. intern)

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Shamcey Supsup Visits Coffee Dream Cebu

Earlier this evening, Miss Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 3rd Runner up, visited and graced Coffee Dream’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and the launching of their newest branch in Paseo Arcenas, Banawa, Cebu City.  Miss Supsup was the special guest of Coffee Dream Company, Inc. as they celebrated their 15 years of living the passion – bringing the ultimate coffee experience to every Filipino.

Supsup along with Mr. Glenn Anthony Soco, President and Founder of Coffee Dream, led the the launching of the 15th-year activities and graced the ceremonial ribbon-cutting.  The Arcenas Estate branch (in Banawa) is the latest addition to the growing number of stores of Coffee Dream.  This branch features a different feel using new set of furniture, new colors and an expanded menu.  The store offers wines and premium beers with additional food items to compliment it.  This concept came to mind to enhance the “third place” definition of Filipinos as part of Coffee Dream’s effort to be adaptive to the needs and wants of the community.

In lieu with their 15th anniversary celebration, Coffee Dream also launched several campaigns as part of their way of thanking their loyal costumers.

1. Pick-a-prize promo – entitles customers to a freebie/privilege for a minimum purchase of 150 pesos.  The customer will pick-a-prize and instantly get a prize.

2. Capture your dream – an on-line photo contest where entries will be submitted and posted on-line through the Coffee Dream’s Facebook fan page.  The most creative photo showcasing Coffee Dream will win cash prizes and gift certificates.

3. Coffee Dream extends a 15% discount on a special featured Chilled Blend of the Month.

4. Free re-fill of freshly brewed coffee from 10:15AM to 1:15PM every 15th of every month.

About Coffee Dream

Coffee Dream, a Cebuano-owned coffee chain, has been serving the Cebuano coffee drinkers for over 15 years now through their 33 branches all over the country. Their very first shop was built in 1996 located at the 4th floor of Ayala Mall (near the Cinemas). In the first half of 2011, they opened 3 new stores to fully serve the coffee-loving Cebuanos and of course, the Filipinos as a whole. Read more here.

About Shamcey Supsup

Miss Shamcey Supsup is a top-notched  architecture graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman.  She recently bagged the 3rd place in the recently held Miss Universe competition in Brazil.

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Join COSMOSIS, A Cosplay Masquerade this October 22

[NOTICE: Date of the event is officially changed from 15th of October to 22nd of October due to some unavoidable occurrence.  Kindly check the Event Page on Facebook for more details. ]

Calling all Cebu Cosplayers! Here’s another cosplay event that would surely liven up your otaku life – COSMOSIS, A Cosplay Shock Masquerade. Unmask your other self and show your truest otaku persona this 22nd of October (Saturday), 1:00PM to 9:00PM at the Atrium, Robinsons Cybergate. Spice up the Cebu Otaku Scene with your most shocking otaku costume. Click here to join the masquerade contest. Or, if you just want to watch the show, RSVP here.

Read the Contest Guidelines below.

Cosmosis Masquerade Cosplay Contest Rules & Information

  1. You may join the contest if you cosplay a masked character from any source, including but not limited to anime, manga, video games, J-Rock or J-Pop, comic books, movies, television shows, cartoons, etc. Original costumes are NOT allowed, such as steam-punk, historical, or ethnic.

  2. Hard masks (inflexible) or soft masks (flexible) are acceptable. Hard masks can be made from paper mache, cardboard, PVC, wood or hard plastic material. Soft masks can be made from silicone, latex rubber, cloth, light-weight paper, soft plastic or even latex facial paint as long as it is non-toxic breathable and above all safe to wear. A combination of hard and soft materials is of course allowable. Masks that fully or partially covers the face of the contestant is acceptable.
  3. NO REGISTRATION FEE, NO ENTRANCE FEE WILL BE COLLECTED (Applies to everybody)
  4. Online registration starts today Thursday 15th September 2011 simply download the Registration Form using the link below. Fill in the required information and email to hattori.media.events@gmail.com with the subject “Masquerade Contest”.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35099277/Cosmosis%20Masquerade%20Cosplay%20Contest%20Regitration%20Form.doc

  5. On-event registration starts Saturday 15th October 2011 from 10:00AM until 1:00PM at the Robinsons Cybergate Cebu Atrium. Look for the Information/Registration Booth.
  6. Craftsmanship judging is optional. Entries that do not participate in craftsmanship judging are not eligible for the Best in Show award. If you wish to participate in craftsmanship judging, you must indicate this on your Registration Form. Craftsmanship judging will take place in the Phantom Room.
  7. Submit your mp3, mp4 or audio CD (other sound file formats are discouraged) to the Information/Registration Desk on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Any Mp3, Mp4 or Audio CDs must be made available after registration and submitted at the Information Desk on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Any CDs not submitted after 2:00 pm will be disregarded. Flash USB drives are acceptable although not preferred. If the flash drive, iPod, Mp3 player, etc is lost it will not be organizers responsibility.
  8. Costume documentation is optional and most applicable to contestants who participated in making their own masks, costumes and/or props. Youth contestants under 12 years old need to supervised by a parent/older sibling/older relative or guardian.
  9. Human props or ninjas are allowed but up to a maximum of five members only. Human props or ninjas ideally should not wear masks. If you join as a main character/contestant you are no longer eligible to join as a human prop or ninja for another group/entry.
  10. Cosmosis cosplay safety guidelines apply all throughout this event as well. Any prop weapons in violation of those guidelines will disqualify the entrant.  Read the long version of the Guidelines here.

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Join Intel’s “Sing To Win”, An Online Music Video-Making Contest

Do you want to become a star? Do you have confidence in singing, and have basic video editing skills? Then this is your time to shine! Join Intel’s “Sing To Win” Contest and get a chance to win notebook computers powered by 2nd Generation Intel Core processors.

Intel’s “Sing to Win” Online Music Video-Making Contest started last August 8 and will end on December 1, 2011. Participants need to create an original music video using any of the 22-pre-selected OPM songs on the Intel Philippines Sing to Win Facebook page. Contestants are allowed to sing, dance, or perform accompaniment to their chosen song, and develop their films using any film style like flash animation, stop-motion filming, live action and a lot more.

How to Join

To join, participants must register for the contest and upload their videos to the Facebook page on or before December 1. They may submit entries as they like, but are only able to win once. Each music video entry must not exceed 5 minutes, and each participant should be the star of his/her own music video.

Criteria

Winners will be judged on creative merit and general appeal, as well as technical skill, song rendition and artistic impact. Judging of entries by members of the Intel team will commence on December 7 at the Intel Philippines office, with the awarding ceremony announcing the prize winner to follow on December 16.

Prizes

The 3 best entries will win notebook computers powered by 2nd Generation Intel Core processors and other goodies from Yamaha and Shure.

As of this writing, the Intel “Sing To Win” Samsung leg is currently picking up potential contestants in their road and mall show in Baguio. Other Interactive Road shows are also currently going nationwide. These road shows are made possible by the participation of Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Asus and Neo. Visit the Intel’s “Sing to Win” Facebook Page for more details.

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Gabii sa Kabillin 2011 Features Cebu’s Alternative Contemporary Art Studio

Gabii sa Kabilin 2011 features an interesting facade of Cebu’s arts and culture as it includes the Sacred Heart Parish Alternative Contemporary Art Studio as one of its participating attractions for this year’s night of heritage – May 27, 2011, 6PM to 12MN.  See full list of Museums and Galleries here.

Sacred Heart Parish Alternative Contemporary Art Studio is the only  place in the City wherein you can have a glimpse of a gallery that features beyond the norms masterpieces that reflect the Cebuano artists expressions of non-conformity wherein beauty is portrayed in various odd ways.

The Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery features an Art fair (including pieces by Cebu Artists Inc., Tente Pusod, Tuslob Buwa, Cebu Art Association, Academy Artists, Nueves Artists, Pintal Group. The gallery also features the other side of architects and photography and art pieces by independent artists.

The photo above is one of the featured artworks curated by JV Castro as part of the Garden Grotesque gallery presentation that will conclude on May 28, 2011. Click here for more Alternative Art Contemporary Studio Photos.  If you need more information about this studio, kindly contact Fr. Jason K. Dy, S. J. at +63 915 591 4217. E-mail inquiries can be sent to dyjask@yahoo.com.

Gabii sa Kabilin 2011 other featured Museums

Aside from the Sacred Heart Parish Alternative Contemporary Art Studio, Gabii sa Kabilin also featured a lot of Cebu cultural museums that you should not miss to visit.

This photo is the bust of Dr. Ramon Abellana’s granddaughter.  Dr. Ramon Abellana is an award-winning sculptor.  A few of his works are displayed in the Cebu Normal University Museum.  Check this link for more photos.

For a complete list of Gabii sa Kabilin 2011 featured museums and attractions, kindly visit this link.

About Gabii sa Kabilin

“Gabii sa Kabilin” is Cebuano for Night of Heritage, and patterned after the long night of museums in Germany and other European countries. The event is designed to daw foreign and local tourists, but most especially Cebuanos, to visit the museums. It aims to reinforce the belief that local museums are venues for the understanding and appreciation of Cebuano history and culture. But beyond that it also discounts the stereotype of museums as mere repositories of “dead objects”; rather, as venues for live cultural activities. Read more here.

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Y101 Cebuana Fashionista of the Week

Calling all Cebuana Fashionistas in the city.  Y101, Cebu’s online FM station has something in store for you – the Y101 Stylista of the Week.  Winners will receive exciting freebies and treats from your favorite fashion DJ, Eden Villarba.

The winner of the Stylista of the Week for March 25 will win two exclusive passes to this year’s Penthouse 2nd Anniversary Party feat. Dankann.  She will also receive two Silver Passes to the highly anticipated The Male Factor Fashion Show at The Waterfront Hotel!

Last week’s winner of Y101 Stylista of the Week is  Dale Wesley Banaag.  She received a gift check for Chester Enterprises, as well as a cocktail ring from Bangkok-based wholesaler/retailer Elle Veztida.  In her photo entry, she flaunted the colorpoppin’ trend this summer with this ensemble.

If you are interested to join this cool contest, just visit this link and read the details or you can send your photo entry to y101stylista@yahoo.com.  The winner for this week will be announced on March 25, Friday.  Just keep sending photos of you in your most stylish outfit.

Good luck. (:

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Miss Cebu 2011 – A Last Glimpse Before the Coronation Night

Tomorrow, January 12, is the coronation night of Miss Cebu 2011.  Only one Cebuana will be crowned and will have the privilege to become the representative of beauty and intelligence of the Queen City of the South.

Take few quick glimpses of all the candidates before the announcement of the final verdict. (:

The Candidates during the Media Presentation last October 2010.

Aiko Lyanne E. Serrano

Benjielyn Rose “Benj” A. Ongluico

Erica Janine P. Tudtud

Junelyn “June” B. Bilocura

Katrina Jane B. Esmas

Katrina Raye “Trina” C. Yuson

Kerrie Glad A. Arapoc

Maureen Gail “Mau” M. Espina

Mia Zeeba M. Faridon

Rosemary J. Gore

Teffanie Lene “Panyang” E. Llamada

Vanessa Claudine M. Ammann

The Coronation Night is one of the highlights of Cebu’s annual Sinulog Festival. It will be held at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.

The Miss Cebu 2011 will be shown live to an estimated audience of about 4,000 people on  the Coronation Night and over 8 million viewers via Studio 23 and Mall goers! This event aims to uplift Cebu’s tourism status worldwide.

Photo Credits: Michael Sinjin Pineda

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Here Comes the Wonggoys!

Two years ago, Myspace reported a total number of 7 million bands registered on their website.  This number had definitely increased after a span of 2 years.  And, out of this millions of bands, we can only count from our fingers and toes those who really made it to the top.

Most music artists worldwide are surviving not by popularity nor by money and by demand, but by  their passion to share their music.

In Cebu alone, bands from various music genres are sprouting from local pubs and bars.  Most of them have potentials to make it to the mainstream scene but in the music industry, you need to be backed up by big label companies to make it to the top.

Make Way for the Wonggoys

Photo by Jorich Ponio

Does the name sounds so familiar?  The Wonggoys is Cebu’s newly formed band composed mainly by the talented Wong brothers.  They recently launched their debut album last December under 22 Tango Records.  Their producer is no other than Cattski Espina, one of Cebu’s finest singer-songwriter.

At six this morning, they will be performing on local TV (ABS-CBN’s Maayong Buntag Kapamilya).  They will be singing some of the songs in their first album – “I’m Not Sure What To Say But I’ll Say It Anyway“.

Gabe Wong, main vocalist and chief composer, Kyle Wong, guitarist, and William Wong, guitarist, are Cebu’s newest music artists to watch out this year 2011.

Keep yourself updated of the band’s whereabouts by liking their fan page in Facebook.  Good luck and more power to Wonggoys. \m/

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IMAX Theatre Tron Legacy Pick-A-Prize Promo

Have you been so busy during the holidays that you got no time to watch your favorite movies on the big screen?

Now’s your time to catch up with the latest movies and blockbusters from Hollywood that would surely make your New Year celebration complete.

To make your movie experience more entertaining and fun, IMAX Theatre SM Cinema Cebu has a great promo for all IMAX lovers out there – IMAX Theatre Tron Legacy Pick-A-Prize Promo.

Here’s how you can join this promo.

1. Fore every purchase of two (2) TRON Legacy IMAX tickets at any IMAX theater from December 25, 2010 to January 18, 2011, you will have a chance to play the pick-a-prize game.

2. Present your IMAX movie tickets to ticketseller and pick a stub from the fishbowl.  You will automatically receive the corresponding prize indicated on the stub.

For inquiries contact IMAX Theatre SM Cinema Cebu, 3L SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Mabolo, Cebu City 6000(032) 231-4852 / 231-3876 / 268-3511, imax.cebu@smsupermalls.com, smcinema.com.

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Wonggoys, the Newest Cebuano Band

Wonggoys, the newest and fast-rising Cebuano band, will be having their Media Launch and Listening Party to introduce their Debut Album on December 09, 2010 at IPI Club House , Sacris Road, Mandaue City.

Band Mongers:

Gabe Wong – Main Vox/Chief Composer

Kyle Wong – Guitar 1/Vox

William Wong – Guitar 2/Vox

Stay tuned for a detailed review about this band on this website. \m/

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