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Farewell, Mr. Bourdain.

by on Jun.09, 2018, under Film & TV, Society, Travel & Culture

As you finally depart for parts unknown, know that you have made a powerful impact on how the world can better understand the values of culture and acceptance.

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Derrick surrenders.

by on May.22, 2018, under Film & TV, Music & Theater, My Life

It’s no secret to folks around me that I’m a huge fan of Derrick Monasterio. Ever since The Road and through to Mulawin vs. Ravena, I’ve always thought he had the potential of a very good actor.

So far, he hasn’t disappointed – and like I said before, I see him as a triple threat: a rarity in show business, especially local. Despite Filipino expectations that their matinee idols be capable of singing, dancing, and acting, there are really very few who can actually do all three very well. Derrick, in my opinion, is one of those rare gems.

Well, he certainly hit the right notes again last Friday night in the sequel to the 2016 Oh Boy! concert, this time called Oh, Boy! Oh, LOL.

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Pluem at 21

by on May.21, 2018, under Film & TV, My Life, Queer

Pluem Purim turns 21 today, May 21st, during the 21st century (as my friend André said).

I’ve been a huge fan of Thai actor Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana (okay, let’s call him Pluem) since last year. I first saw him on Slam Dance, where he played Ryu.

Interject: Slam Dance made me a fan of Thai-seryes – which I find more interesting than Koreanovelas and all the other Asian imports. I find that the Thai are less uptight about solid LGBT stories, something woefully lacking in much of Asian soaps and series.

Back to Pluem.

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Yes, Zac, I do want to find out.

by on Jan.01, 2018, under Film & TV, My Life, Society

This is my wish for everyone this coming new year: beautiful kisses from the one you love (or at least infatuated with). Consensual kisses, of course, because we do not want to be complicit in any of your crazy shenanigans beyond.

Barring kisses from your personal love, then I wish you kisses from Zac Efron. But you need to fall in line.

Happy New Year!

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Luke at him belt out.

by on Dec.28, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Music & Theater, Snark

One of the most hilarious things I’ve seen recently is this clip. Seriously, I just guffawed out loud. Happy Thursday!

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Singing with Idina

by on Dec.27, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater

One of my big regrets was missing Idina Menzel live in Manila a couple of year ago. I think I had a conflicting show to watch then, ticket already bought, when I learned she was coming. Seeing this clip now makes me regret it even more, but it also made me smile (in both joy and envy).

It’s quite a dream come true to sing live onstage with the Idina Menzel. Wow.

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Here We Go Again

by on Dec.23, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater, Queer

So. Much. Feels.

And… Cher!

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These boots are made for walking.

by on Dec.22, 2017, under Film & TV

Ladies, time to get strutting for the heist of a lifetime.

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Crossing Broadway

by on Dec.21, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater, Queer

They could probably stage an entire production of The Lion King if they did this on EDSA or C5. I’d watch that, TBH.

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#micdrop

by on Dec.20, 2017, under Film & TV, Snark

Okay, this show has gotten me hooked and addicted. I’m scouring YouTube clips. It’s time oh-so-gloriously wasted in fruitful hilarity.

Now much as I love the Backstreet Boys, I love Charlie Puth even more, and he totally delivered the sickest burns there.

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