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Hot guys who read…

by on Oct.27, 2014, under Film & TV, Geeky

… are definitely hotter.

Today at The Library Underground, I talk about the time I spent with Alexander Dreymon, star of the upcoming Blood Ransom with Anne Curtis and who also matched wits with Patti LuPone herself in last year’s American Horror Story: Coven.

He reads, and he can hold his own against an icon like Patti LuPone (until she shoves a pillow on his face, that is).

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Trash for Cash

by on Oct.13, 2014, under Film & TV, Snark

Recently, I watched Lav Diaz’s Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan. Actually, I was able to watch it twice, the four-hour running time notwithstanding. It was a pretty amazing experience, a Filipino movie so good it’s rare. Very rare. It’s been chosen as our entry for the Oscars this year, and here’s hoping it makes it to the final list of nominees at least. It has won a lot of awards and rave reviews internationally, and the crowning glory would be a much-covered Academy Award.

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Because: Books.

by on Sep.28, 2014, under Literature

I love books. Really, I would never have become a writer if I didn’t start with books. Books are food for the soul. They stimulate the mind, bringing in new ideas and new worlds into one’s consciousness. They mould your being, providing insight and growth no matter how much you might not know it.

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Shame

by on Aug.26, 2014, under Film & TV, Queer

Yes, I admit it. I am occasionally shallow, and I give in to bouts of teenybopperdom.

I actually watched Enrique Gil’s concert. He dances like the bastard son of Ricky Martin and Magic Mike; his singing is passable, if auto-tuned. I’ve seen his movies; he has acting potential.

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Minister Duties: The Piollow Experience

by on Aug.12, 2014, under Film & TV, Queer

Papa P. Up Close and Personal

Papa P. Up Close and Personal

So a couple of weeks back, a friend and I were sent by our mentor to cover the press launch for Piolo Pascual’s feature on E! News Asia.

No, we’re not press. We’re bloggers, and it seems other bloggers were also invited based on the guest list. I guess nowadays bloggers have as much potential clout as the press, and we probably do not have the same extensive filters in our brains that the press requires.

Making us perfect candidates to write about tell-all juicy documentaries about hot movie superstars.

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Manila Love/Hate

by on Jun.29, 2014, under My Life, Travel & Culture

So I’ve been based outside of Metro Manila for about a month, with weekends generally reserved for dropping by. I would have thought that it would take me so much more time to getting used to living outside the capital (or thereabouts), but surprisingly, I’ve adjusted quite well – and the last couple of weekends have shown me why.

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Books are made of other books: An Interview with Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi

by on May.12, 2014, under Literature

I confess that I have not read many Young Adult books in a long time. Not counting the Hunger Games trilogy, which I picked up late last year mainly because of the movies, it must be almost two decades now since I’ve regularly read anything categorized as such. In fact, it’s been so long that these books were still classified under the “Juvenile Section” by National Bookstore when I was still reading them. I should be thankful they’re now called “Young Adult” because “juvenile” just brings up negative connotations of childishness. That, or else images of a young Brad Renfro being manhandled in the movie Sleepers.

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Bender

by on May.12, 2014, under Film & TV, Queer

When the TV contest I Am Pogay first came out, it must have been a curiosity to the Filipino masses who may still have little understanding of the modern gay paradigm. After all, the stereotype of the bakla as the swishy fairy is ingrained in our cultural consciousness – stemming, perhaps, from our own pre-Hispanic roots where notions of gender and sexuality were much more fluid and definitely more liberal than what the West brought to us throughout four centuries of colonial rule.

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A Tale of Four Popes

by on May.11, 2014, under Society

A couple of weeks ago, Pope Francis made history by canonizing two previous popes – Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Although I am not Catholic, this event fascinated me as it underlined the savvy that Pope Francis has consistently demonstrated since taking over from his less charismatic predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Not-So-Amazing

by on May.03, 2014, under Film & TV, Geeky

Some random non-spoilery thoughts about The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

1. This Electro has such a Dr. Manhattan slash Palpatine complex.

2. It looks like the Sinister Six may have a female in its ranks next movie. Good.

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