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Sweet Home Alabama

by on Dec.14, 2017, under Society

You did well this week, Alabama.

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Kate Does Gal

by on Dec.13, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

One of my favorite women doing a hilarious impression of one of my favorite women. Kate is just as much of a goddess as Gal. Also, that activity Gal apparently did during dinner with the SNL cast? I do that when I meet new people on my team. And oh man I wish I’d seen Gal when I was in the Maldives. And Kate, Kate, Kate, too.

Man alive, I’m ranting. I love these two ladies!

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The Spaghetti Tree was a warning.

by on Dec.12, 2017, under Snark, Society

Back in 1957, BBC pulled an April Fools Day prank of epic proportions. It’s all about where spaghetti comes from, and…

… well, you just have to see it for yourselves.

You would think any sane person would realize this was a joke.

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Change The Clap

by on Dec.11, 2017, under Queer, Society

It’s about time, as they say here, to change ridicule into applause.

Our brothers and sisters deserve nothing less than respect.

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The Flat Brained

by on Dec.10, 2017, under Snark, Society

Sometimes, you wonder about the future of humanity when you still have people like this.

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Puppy Love, Puppy Laugh

by on Dec.09, 2017, under Society

It’s Saturday! Here’s an adorable reunion…

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Funny Money

by on Dec.08, 2017, under Music & Theater, Society

Tanghalang Pilipino closes out the year with the hilarious yet educational Christmas-themed play Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog, written by Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Abner Delina, Jr.

The title is a reference to money, with lukot-lukot referring to “crumpled” (paper bills, that is) and bilog-bilog referring to round (coins, to be exact). It is an interactive staging that seeks to provide some financial literacy to the audience while at the same time ensuring an enjoyable time for all. I went to the Press Night last weekend not knowing what to expect (especially since I just came from watching Matilda in Meralco Theater a couple of hours prior), and despite my preconceived notions about a “financial literacy comedy,” I came out very happy.

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When Children Revolt, Part 2

by on Dec.07, 2017, under Literature, Music & Theater

Continued From:

When Children Revolt, Part 1

The cast of the Atlantis production of Matilda is superb. There are three alternates who play Matilda, and I watched Uma Naomi Martin (the other two are Esang De Torres and Felicity Kyle Napuli). Uma is a talented child who superbly portrays the strengths and vulnerabilities of the lead character so that the audience truly roots for her. The best compliment to her capability is when the audience – half of which are schoolkids who likely identify with Matilda – clapped and cheered loudlt during the climactic moment when she finally put Trunchbull in her place. The children approve.

Cris Villonco is Miss Honey, and she captures the sweetness and compassion of the character to the hilt. In the hands of a lesser actress, the character of Miss Honey could have been a one-note pollayana, but Cris imbues the role with sufficient three dimensionality to make her well-realized and truly human in a world of satiric caricatures.

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When Children Revolt, Part 1

by on Dec.06, 2017, under Literature, Music & Theater

Children, especially in hordes, can be a rowdy bunch. This is just a reality of life. However, they can also be an amazing group of smart and endearing young people who can, on occasion, prove to be wiser and more mature than all the clueless and insensitive adults around them.

This is made quite apparent by Roald Dahl’s Matilda, a story about a precocious little girl – abused and unwanted by her own family – who finds empowerment (literally and figuratively) as she makes friends in a school run by a horrific headmistress.

The tale of Matilda Wormwood has been adapted for both screen and stage, and Atlantis Productions is currently doing the musical in Meralco Theater. And quite a production it is.

I came into Matilda with zero expectations. Though I’m superficially familiar with the basics, I’ve never read the book nor have I watched the critically-acclaimed film. I know almost nothing about the musical adaptation. However, one of my friends – even more of a theater enthusiast than me – watched it and said it was great. He was willing to see it with me again.

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Batman San!

by on Dec.05, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky

Now this looks amazing and cool.

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