Blurred lines: A ‘Bliss’ Film Review

Bliss has shaken the Philippine movie industry with its psycho-sexual and thriller themes. Starring Iza Calzado as protagonist Jane Ciego, the mind-boggling movie was met with praises and acclaim. is a bold change of pace from mainstream, Filipino movies. Filled with enigma, the story urges the viewers to make the gears in their brains working first before ultimately understanding and enjoying the plot.… Read More Blurred lines: A ‘Bliss’ Film Review

From one anniversary to another: setting up the stage for ‘RITM @ 36’

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) celebrated its 36th anniversary from 17 to 21 April 2017 with the theme “Envisioning Potentials, Strengthening Performance”. The week-long affair was filled with various exciting activities. One of its highlights was the Mr. & Ms. RITM pageant held on 18 April 2017 at the RITM Auditorium. It was such a privilege to be part of the Physical Arrangement committee for that event, and all other happenings for the anniversary week.… Read More From one anniversary to another: setting up the stage for ‘RITM @ 36’

Santa Cruz goes Riverdale

Once, I was browsing through my Facebook news feed and chanced upon a photo of a popular convenience store at night. The image had striking, surreal tones, ranging from aqua to red violet. Later on, I found out that the shot was inspired by the hit TV series Riverdale [which I have not started to watch yet]. Encouraged by the picture, I decided to try recreating it in my hometown, Santa Cruz, Zambales.… Read More Santa Cruz goes Riverdale

A ‘Prusisyon ng Santo Bangkay’ and its starrers

During Good Friday, Filipino Catholics hold the procession of Christ’s remains in an ornate casket, together with key personalities present during His Passion. For years, I have wondered who many of them where, and why they were included in this Lenten ritual. I did some research to answer my own inquiries, and here are my discoveries, coupled with some of my Catholic knowledge.… Read More A ‘Prusisyon ng Santo Bangkay’ and its starrers

Retelling a tale as old as time in this modern era: A Beauty and the Beast (2017) Film Review

We have come to an age when re-imagining classic Disney animated masterpieces into live-action films is a trend; and after Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book, it is now the turn of Beauty and the Beast to be remade. The 2017 recreation of the animated, romantic, musical fairytale was a harmony of vibrant colors and vivacious melodies. Co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, the Bill Condon version does not delve too far from the brilliant original, but it still feels new and refreshing. With an ensemble cast composed of Emma Watson as Belle, and Dan Stevens as Prince Adam/the Beast among others, the movie has proved to be a global phenomenon.… Read More Retelling a tale as old as time in this modern era: A Beauty and the Beast (2017) Film Review

Consuming all of my creative juices with “NTRL at 15”

The National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL), the department I work under, celebrates the anniversary of its inauguration once every five years; and this year, it has remained standing strong for a decade and half. As it rejoices for its 15th birthday, NTRL has assigned the unit I belong to, the Laboratory Services Unit (LSU), to organize the programme (together with the Program Support and Quality Management or PSQM Unit) and to physically arrange the venue. The party was held at four in the afternoon on 22 March 2017 inside the NTRL Courtyard.… Read More Consuming all of my creative juices with “NTRL at 15”