Q:DPWH said Anda circle has no historical value and should be removed to ease traffic congestion. What do you think?
Simon de Anda has no historical value? No, I don’t think so. While the current location of Anda Monument is not really the original I don’t think removing it will ease traffic congestion.
Latest Roundup of the Pinoy films I watched
I watched the Philippines official entry to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film, Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, The End of History) by Lav Diaz.
Norte was a loose adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Lav Diaz is really great. Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani and Archie Alemania nailed their own characters and as well as the minor ones (Magda, Wakwak, Ading etc etc). Every second of the 240 minute film is great and not trash.
I watched Sana Dati (again and again) by Jerrold Tarog. As always, the end didn’t raise our hope for a happy ending but it’s the real world. Some musical scores for Mariquina (written/scored by Tarog) and Sana Dati are exactly the same and hits the right notes at the right time. Sana Dati and Ang Nawawala will be extended at Teatrino Film series this October.
I also watched the late Mark Gil’s greatest work Batch ‘81 (Mike de Leon) during the Mark Gil retrospective last Thursday. What’s interesting about this fraternity themed film is that three decades later, our issues with fraternities (hazing and frat wars) are still relevant and still our issues with them. The story was so great, the musical scoring is interesting because of the wtf transition to the playful Atari game sounds to the serious sounds during the end of the frat war. You can’t help but be amazed and repulsed by the fraternities at the same time while watching this film. (PS: Mark Gil’s character here is named Sid Lucero)
Lastly, I watched Percival Intalan’s Dementia. The sounds are quite overdone at the first half but is already effective at the second half when the story is already unfolding. I bet he was adapting Jun Lana’s “let everything simmer until the story explodes in the audiences faces”. The Cinematography is clean and great, and the location Batanes makes it very good. As for the actors and Actresses, everybody was great especially Nora Aunor and Jasmine Curtis Smith. Special note to Althea Vega because she closely resembled the younger Nora Aunor.
Happy 75th Anniversary to The Wizard of Oz! To celebrate, I present to you;
Movies in a Nutshell: The Wizard of Oz
Just ask anything. I’m not busy as of the moment.
It’s not about letting go or moving on because they never really leave. They leave a void and you carry that void with you, always. It’s a matter of growing up; you just become a bigger person until that void doesn’t feel as big.
Another species to be added to the ever-growing tick-list:
Africa’s Western Black Rhino has been officially declared EXTINCT. Poaching and lack of conservation have led the subspecies of black rhino to extermination, while the Northern White Rhino is ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’.
Way to go, humanity.
I think I need another source of income (because my 8-5 corporate job isn’t enough) already. I think I should start freelance works already. I’ve given it so much thought but I don’t know how to start. Do you know anything about this freelancing thing? Of course as long as it doesn’t conflict with my regular job.
You know this as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, right? Marikina is a city in the eastern part of Metro Manila. I was expecting a busy city but I was surprised to find a very laid back picturesque town as you go further from the C-5 part of the Marcos Highway and nearer the Rizal Province. In the old town core at Santa Elena, you’ll still see nicely maintained old houses.
Also recently, the movie Mariquina (Cinemalaya 2014) chose the city as the background of it’s story. Yes, blame the movie for making me go here. I’ll detail each place above in the coming weeks (provided I’m not busy with the corporate life).
So it looks like somehow, other parts of the Metro will get blog posts, as part of my efforts to keep this online space still exciting. I think I just explored a little part of this city, will come back for Luyong next time!
Q:Dubai has "universal card" for riding trains and buses. And they come in prepaid. I hope they can implement that kind of system in our country.
Actually many cities with Metro Trains have this kind of card (that is I think compatible with the expressways and buses), I hope they can look into it too.
For a throwback, has anyone of you experienced entering LRT1 via tokens?
LRT 1 first used tokens such as the one in the figure. When MRT was finished on 1999, the current magnetic cards was introduced and the LRT 1 tokens were rendered obsolete.
Hopefully by next year, a somehow more unified smart card like Hong Kong MTR’s Octopus card will be in place for easier train service: You don’t need 2 different SV cards when riding the MRT/LRT. But we’re way too late for this, the Octopus Card is already 20 years in Hong Kong.
San Agustin Church, Manila
The structure was first built during the 17th century and survived the 1945 liberation of Manila, it is one of the oldest structures in the country. The interiors, though it looks like carved stone ceiling, is actually a painting technique called trompe l’oeil, a technique that creates on illusion of 3D objects on a flat surface.
San Agustin is one of the 4 Baroque Churches of the Philippines that is in the UNESCO World Heritage List.