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’

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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”

Loving You, Music, and Alcohol: An “I’m Drunk, I Love You” Review

I have fallen in love with “Love, Rosie” since the moment I finished watching it. Alex and Rosie had been friends since childhood, but in secret, they harbored romantic feelings for one another. Their relationship was one hell of a roller coaster ride, and the movie kept me screaming “Please, just be together!” Fortunately, in the end, the director/screenwriter seemed to have heard my emotional pleas, and the two ended up together, happily ever after.

But what if only one of them had romantic feelings for the other? What if the other does not see her the way she sees him? Ahhh, that is absolutely worse, and that is the theme that “I’m Drunk, I Love You” dared to delve into.… Read More Loving You, Music, and Alcohol: An “I’m Drunk, I Love You” Review

The thrillifying ‘Wicked’ (and 3 reasons why I almost missed the show) (Act Two)

The Wicked Witch of the West has flown back to Manila. Just after three years since the popu-u-lar musical hit the Philippine stage for the first time at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, “Wicked” has returned with a fantastimazing ensemble that just finished a successful UK tour. Staged this time at the Theatre at Solaire, the show is nothing short of spectacular, and you would never imagine how blessed I am to be able to see it on its second showing night, 3 February 2017.… Read More The thrillifying ‘Wicked’ (and 3 reasons why I almost missed the show) (Act Two)

The thrillifying ‘Wicked’ (and 3 reasons why I almost missed the show) (Act One)

The Wicked Witch of the West has flown back to Manila. Just after three years since the popu-u-lar musical hit the Philippine stage for the first time at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, “Wicked” has returned with a fantastimazing ensemble that just finished a successful UK tour. Staged this time at the Theatre at Solaire, the show is nothing short of spectacular, and you would never imagine how blessed I was to be able to see it on its second showing night, 3 February 2017.… Read More The thrillifying ‘Wicked’ (and 3 reasons why I almost missed the show) (Act One)