Archive for September, 2007

Forty, Filipino and Fabulous!

The PSID graduating batch of 2007 are showcasing their talent at the Paseo Center in Salcedo Village starting September 29th.

”We are celebrating the union of CFIP and PSID with a breakthrough interior design exhibit. All 19 booths are carefully planned, researched and executed to promote the ingenuity and creativity of Filipino-designed furniture pieces in fabulous interior settings, and to emphasize the importance of furniture as an indispensable element in creating interiors that work,” explains PSID professor Jie Pambid.

PSID is the country’s premiere institution in interior design education, established in 1967 by Engr. Augustine Cancio and Herminia Cancio-Layug, with the curriculum conceptualized by interior designer Edith Oliveros, Arch. Lor Calma and National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Since then, PSID has produced a number of successful practitioners and has been consistent in topping the local board examinations for interior design.

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If you’re planning on redecotrating your house or just appreciate great interior design, you will surely enjoy all the booths on exhibit. In line with this year’s theme, each booth incorporates various indigenous Filipino materials like abaca, raffia and bamboo ito their design. Representatives from each booth are always on hand to answer any question you may have about their exhibit.

The exhibit will be open to the public starting September 30, and will run until October 31th. Admission is free.

“Lalake sa Parola”

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I watched this movie just 30 minutes ago. I can’t help it but blog about it. The movie is really good. Good for its genre. I’ve seen a lot of gay oriented indie films lately, such as Moreno, Bath House, Bilog, etc. but “Lalake sa Parola” stands out. It’s a simple story of finding one’s true self. It’s a homo-erotic journey and folklore rolled into one. It may not have the best actors, best cinematography, best story and/or best director but the film can stand on its own. The movie is like some women, you look into their individual features such as their noses, eyes, hair, etc; individually, the features are not nice but when you look at them, they still look pretty. That is like the movie, it’s simple yet pretty.

Kudos to VIVA for gambling on this one. I hope that there would be more outfits that would support films with the same genre.

A Dark Horse Prospect Throws His Hat into the PBL Ring

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The highly-anticipated Philippine Basketball League (PBL draft) is next week. And as it appears so far, there is no shortage of Filipino talents showing up to enhance the level of play in Philippine basketball.

Here’s one of them.

Allan Aguilar, a 24 year-old point guard from San Diego, California, announces that he is declaring his intention to enter the draft this Friday, September 28, 2007. He has already turned in his application to the PBL office and has been cleared to participate in the PBL Rookie Camp on September 26.

When asked about this opportunity, Allan said that he has been preparing to focus make a career out of basketball all his life, and is anxious for the chance to play against the best amateur players in the Philippines. A graphic arts student who is finishing his degree this year, Allan has decided to put his education on hold so that he can follow his dream.
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What are you doing this weekend?

The days just pass by so quickly; I can’t believe it’s already Friday! So what are you doing this weekend?

How about watching the hit Broadway musical, Avenue Q at the RCBC Plaza? Co-directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga, the 2004 Tony Award winning musical stars Rachel Alejandro, Felix Rivera, Joel Trinidad, Aiza Seguerra, Frenchie Dy, Rycharde Everley and Teenee Chan.

The show is wrapping up this weekend, so if you want to watch the show (it’s really great and a defintie must watch!), buy your tickets now! Ticket prices start at Php500 for balcony seats, Php1,000 for loge seats and Php1,250 for orchestra seats. Tickets are available through Ticketworld.

Show schedule for this weekend are as follow:
Friday – 8pm
Saturday – 2pm and 8pm
Sunday – 3pm

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If musicals aren’t your thing, how about heading over to the PAGCOR Airport Casino to watch the amazing Wanders show? It’s two hours of music and amazing acrobatic stunts. Prices may be too expensivefor some (starting at Php1,200, all the way up to Php3,000), but considering what the performers do for a living, it is well worth it. Here’s a preview of what you can expect from the Wanders show:

Tickets are available through Ticketworld. The show runs every Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays until December 29.

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Still, if that’s not your thing (or if the price is too steep), how about heading over to the Mall of Asia to view the Shroud of Turin exhibit?

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A centuries-old linen cloth bearing the image of a crucified man, the Shroud of Turin has been revered for hundreds of years as the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. Locked away in a cathedral in Turin, Italy, the Shroud is only displayed three or four times a century, drawing pilgrims from all over the world to witness its exposition.

Although the next official exposition of the Shroud is slated in 2025, Filipinos do not have to wait for a couple more decades nor travel thousands of miles to see it. For the first time in the Philippines, and the first time in Asia, Shroud Exhibits International, Inc. presents the Philippine Exhibition of The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin.

After enlightening New Zealand, the exhibit’s journey continues in the Philippines–the only predominantly Christian nation in Southeast Asia–as the country plays host to this very special exhibit that would allow visitors to journey with the Shroud’s history, discover the facts and myths behind the most studied archaeological artifact of all time, and unravel the mystery behind this treasured piece.

The Philippine Exhibition of The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin opened on July 20 at SM City-Pampanga. It is now on exhibit at the SM Mall of Asia until Dec. 9. From here, it will travel to SM Davao on Jan. 18 to Feb. 3, 2008; and SM City Cebu on April 4-27, 2008. Ticket for the exhibit is priced at Php250, with discounts for senior citizens and groups of 50 and above.

Rustan’s + Poveda = Shopping

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Wardens of the World

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Do you want to be a warden of the world?

An unusual partnership is brewing between a leading global lighting company and the world’s foremost environment-focused NGO. Netherlands-based Philips Electronics and Lighting, Inc., is partnering with the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-P) in hosting “Wardens of the World” at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza Mall from September 13-15. The three-day event is part of Philips and the WWF’s campaign to educate the public on the benefits of energy-efficient lighting and other simple energy conservation practices, and in the process do its part in helping address critical environmental challenges.
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My Wednesday

So yesterday I spent one and a half hours on a FX bound for Quiapo and another 2 hours on a jeep going home. Fifteen minutes was spent waiting for said FX, while close to 30 minutes was my wait for a jeep that wasn’t packed with passengers.

I walked for 8 minutes, from where the FX dropped me off to my destination getting lost in the process, while the walk back to where they jeepneys are took just 6 minutes.

All that just so I can spend 30 seconds at the NBI office in Carriedo to get my clearance.

Hour-long downpour + Quezon Boulevard + rush hour = a very tiring day.

Erap Now in Sandigan Bayan

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Erap: Not guilty of Perjury. Acquitted.

Erap: Guilty of Plunder. Jinggoy: Not guilty of Plunder.

Switchfoot for one night only

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Don’t miss the latest foreign act visiting Manila… for one night only, Alternative Christian rock band Switchfoot will be having a benefit concert for International Justice Mission at the Cuneta Astrodomo (formerly Ultra). Concert starts at 7:30PM and tickets are available at the gate (max is P1400, cheapest is P250).

Check out the blog Pinoy Si Jerome for more information.

Philippine Travel Mart this weekend!

IMG_0056Today marked the opening of the 18th Philippine Travel Mart at the Megatrade Hall in SM Megamall.

All major transportation companies are exhibitors: Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, SEAir, Negros Navigation, Super Ferry and Victory Liner. Various provinces and regions are also visible: Baguio City, Davao City, the Cordillera Region, Boracay (Malay, Aklan), and Zamboanga. Resorts and hotels like Alona Kew, Richmonde Hotel, Microtel, Astoria Plaza, Waterfront, Grande Island Resort and Hotel Pontefino are showcasing their properties and offering special packages.

So what are the special deals and promos you can avail?

Air Philippines are offeing Php18++ fares to any domestic destinations, while SEAir is promoting their buy one take TEN ticket sale. Enchanted Kingdom is offering Php450 ride-all-you-can tickets, valid for 6-months from date of purchase.

Skynet Travel is promising guaranteed rooms and seats for Boracay and Bohol. Travel dates are for October 31 – November 2 and November 1 – 3. Prices start at Php5,900/pax (twin sharing) for Boracay, Php7,900/pax (twin sharing) for Bohol.

Ellen’s Travel & Tours Palawan is offering Palawan packages (land arrangements only) starting at Php3,800/pax. Packages include 3D/2N hotel/pension house accomodation, city tour, island hopping tour, transportation fees, and tour guide fees.

Some promos and discounts are only offered at the Travel Mart. If you’re headed to Megamall this weekend, why not drop by the Travel Mart?

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