December 27, 2007

Maliwanag ang Tahanan ng Kapamilya

Nadaanan lang ng sinasakyang taksi, nahimpil lang sa isang gusali, o sa binabaang MRT station sa Kyusi, pumitik na lang ako kaysa palampasin ang pagkakataon.

First 3 months with M2Comms

Remember that Pelican case?

Draft of this post has been in this blog's bin for more than three years now.

A trip down memory lane led me to unearth this folder.

First made on December 2007, this collection represents some snapshots taken during my first three months of engagement with Media Meter, the Barangay Laging Handa-based creative agency that later morphed as M2.0 Communications.

It was my second job after graduation in 2005, a bullet point on my resume that trails along a number of odd jobs I took since I was in Grade 5.

One quick scan at the thumbnails seems to tell me that it's nice to bank on good memories, regardless how time (and naming image files after downloading them into the computer) has changed.

Looking back has never been this good.

"Krismas Kasiyahan sa Kalikasan 2007: Ang Pasko Party ng Barkada"

Start:     Dec 29, '07
End:     Dec 30, '07
Location:     Batlag Falls, Tanay, Rizal
Mabasa sa saya dahil babaha ng sorpresa!

Para sa isang sneak preview ng maaasahang tanawin at gawain sa tinaguriang "Engkantasya" ni Ina Magenta... eto po:

(Malupet ka Wengweng! Panalo ang teasers mo.)

Mugged. Kaso: OT!

Kahit anong anggulo mo man tingnan, haggard pa rin. Nyahahaha!!!

OT ang potograpo, alas dos ng madaling araw, Disyembre 21, 2007, Alabang.

December 4, 2007

Matapos balaan

Lunes alas tres ng madaling araw, walang magawa ang malambot na higaan sa talim ng kuko na bumabaon sa balat ng aking kamalayan.

Mariin ang aking pagkakapikit. Pilit inaaya ang panaginip. Marahil sa kanyang kanlong pansamantala akong matatahimik.

Dama ko na maiiba ang simoy ng Paskong hangin. Subalit ayaw kong bumitaw sa sarili kong panig at dagling kumapit sa patalim.      


November 28, 2007

Puting panyo

Suot ko ang jacket sa office. Ito rin ang jacket na pinasuot ko sa iyo nuong una tayong nagkita.

Hindi ko namalayan sa aking bulsa, hawak ko na pala ang isang puting panyo. Dinampi ko ito sa aking pisngi at dagli kong naalala ang pabangong nakayakap sa iyo nang gabing hawak mo ng mahigpit ang aking kamay sa tabing-dagat, habang ang alon ay panay ang hikab sa ilalim ng mapusyaw na kalangitan. 

Sa isang kisapmata, muli tayong magkasama.

November 26, 2007

Apple Casupanan

Hair: Joan Comson
Make up:
Photography: Mark Lester Cayabyab

Redmark forays into an on-the-spot portraiture with model Apple Casupanan somewhere in Makati. No concept in mind. No sitting nor art director around. Just a lull in an AVP shoot.

Things fell in place. The camera. The dress. The urge. And so Apple standing by a painting on a wall, striked a few pose just for fun.

It's quick like a bite. An instant gratification for art.

November 19, 2007

PUP College of Communication sweeps GMA7's SOP 1st Music Video Awards

PUP students from the College of Communication took pride and honor as they swept seven out of eight prizes on GMA7's SOP Music Video Awards at the UP Theater Sunday.

Librada's team won Best Music Video, Best Story and Concept, Best Videography, Best Director and Best Performance by an Artist while Quito on the other hand clinched the Best Video Editing and Texter's Choice awards.

Judges were Bb. Joyce Bernal, Direk Rico Gutierrez, and Direk Louie Ignacio.

Librada and Quito, both second year Broadcast Communication students, directed the music videos of All Out of LOve featuring Dennis Trillo and featuring Dennis Trillo Candlelight Romance with Yasmien Kurdi respectively.

Out of Love video:

Candlelight Romance:

November 18, 2007

The Communicator goes online
The Communicator (or Dakom) is the official student publication of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines - College of Communication

"Serve the students, seek the truth"

"My Heart Will Go On," OST - "Titanic (1997)"

"Ice Castles" (1978) opening scene

Director: Donald Wrye
Producer: John Kemeny
Sreenplay: Gary L. Baim, Donald Wrye

Starring: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Tom Skerritt

Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Song Performed by: Melissa Manchester
Cinematography Bill Butler
Editing: Michael Kahn, Melvin Shapiro, Maury Winetrobe

Distributed by Columbia Pictures

Cut to Fame

OST - "Fame" (1980)

Directed by Alan Parker
Produced by David De Silva and Alan Marshall
Written by Christopher Gore

Irene Cara
Debbie Allen
Maureen Teefy
Gene Anthony Ray
Lee Curreri
Laura Dean
Paul McCrane
Barry Miller
Antonia Franceschi

Music by Michael Gore
Cinematography by Michael Seresin
Editing by Gerry Hambling
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by United Artists (USA)
CIC (non-USA)
Release date(s): May 16, 1980
Running time: 134 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

Wikipedia: "Fame is a 1980 American musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker, and written by Christopher Gore. The film follows a group of students through their studies at the New York High School of Performing Arts (which later merged with the High School of Music and Art to become the current Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts).

The film is split into sections corresponding to auditions, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. The film ranked number 42 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the "50 Best High School Movies"."

3 minutes with the Taxi Driver

Cold stare. Desire. Gunpowder. Blood. Insomnia. Flag down this taxi driver.
Sir, sa Krus na Ligas tayo. Sa looban. The taxi meter starts to tick at the wee hours of the night.

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Julia Phillips and Michael Phillips
Written by Paul Schrader

Robert De Niro
Jodie Foster
Albert Brooks
Harvey Keitel
Leonard Harris
Peter Boyle
Cybill Shepherd

Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography by Michael Chapman
Editing by Tom Rolf and Melvin Shapiro
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s): 8 February 1976 (US)
Running time: 113 minutes
Country United States
Language: English

Wikipedia: "Taxi Driver is a 1976 film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. The movie is set in New York City, soon after the Vietnam War. The film stars Robert De Niro and features Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd, and a young Jodie Foster. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including "Best Picture", and won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

Travis Bickle (De Niro) is a lonely and depressed young man of 26. His origins are unknown. He occasionally sends his parents cards, lying about his life and saying he works for the government on a secret project. He settles in Manhattan, where he becomes a night time taxi driver due to chronic insomnia.[1] Bickle spends his restless days in seedy porn theaters and works 12 or 14 hour shifts during the evening and night time hours carrying passengers among all five boroughs of New York City. He keeps a diary which is used as narration throughout the film. An honorably discharged Marine, it is strongly implied that he is a Vietnam veteran; he keeps a charred flag of South Vietnam in his squalid apartment and has a large scar on his back.

Bickle becomes interested in Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a campaign volunteer for New York Senator Charles Palantine (Leonard Harris), who is running for the presidential nomination and is promising dramatic social change. She is initially intrigued by Bickle and agrees to a date with him after he flirts with her over coffee and sympathizes with her own apparent loneliness. She compares him to a character in the Kris Kristofferson song "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33": "He's a prophet and a pusher, partly truth, partly fiction - a walking contradiction." On their date, however, Bickle is clueless about how to treat a woman and thinks it would be a good idea to take her to a Swedish sex education film (Language of Love). Offended, she leaves him and takes a taxi home alone. The next day he tries to reconcile with Betsy, phoning her and sending her flowers, but all of his attempts are in vain.[1]

Rejected and depressed, Bickle's thoughts begin to turn violent. Disgusted by the petty street crime (especially prostitution) that he witnesses while driving through the city, he now finds a focus for his frustration and begins a program of intense physical training. He buys a number of pistols from an illegal dealer (Steven Prince) and practices a menacing speech in the mirror, while pulling out a pistol that he attached to a home-made sliding action holster on his right arm ("You talkin' to me?"). He develops an ominously intense interest in Senator Palantine's public appearances, and it seems that he somehow blames the presidential hopeful for his own failure at wooing Betsy and maybe hopes to include her boss in his growing list of targets. In an accidental warm-up, Bickle randomly walks into a robbery in a run-down grocery and shoots the robber (Nat Grant) in the face; adding to the bizarre violence, the grocery owner (Victor Argo) encourages Bickle (who has no permit for his guns) to flee the scene and then proceeds to club the near-dead stickup man with a steel pole.

One night while on shift, Iris (Jodie Foster), a 12-year-old child prostitute, gets in his cab, attempting to escape her pimp.[1] Shocked by the occurrence, Bickle fails to drive off and the pimp, "Sport" (Harvey Keitel), reaches the cab. Sport gives Bickle a crumpled twenty-dollar bill, which haunts Bickle with the memory of his failure to help. Later seeing Iris on the street he pays for her time, although he does not have sex with her and instead tries to convince her to leave this way of life behind. The next day, they meet for breakfast, and Bickle becomes obsessed with saving this naïve child-woman, who thinks hanging out with hookers, pimps, and drug dealers is more 'hip' than dating young boys and going to school.

Bickle acquires a crude Mohawk haircut for a public rally in which he actually attempts to assassinate Senator Palantine. He is spotted by Secret Service men and flees.[1] Bickle returns to his apartment and then drives to Alphabet City where he shoots Sport in the abdomen, after which he storms into the brothel and kills the bouncer, Sport (who has followed Bickle), and Iris' mafioso customer. He then calmly tries repeatedly to fire a bullet into his own head from under his chin, but all the weapons are empty, so he resigns himself to resting on a convenient sofa until police arrive on the scene of mayhem and carnage and pretends to shoot himself when the police find him.

A brief epilogue shows Bickle recuperating from the incident. He has received a handwritten letter from Iris's parents who thank him for saving their daughter, and the media (including Senator Palantine) hail him as a hero for saving her as well.[1] Bickle blithely returns to his job, where one night one of his fares happens to be Betsy. She comments about his saving of Iris and Bickle's own media fame, yet Bickle denies being any sort of hero. He drops her off without charging her and continues driving into the night--though not before hearing a small, piercing noise which causes him to stare hesitantly at an unseen object in his taxi's rearview mirror--possibly indicating a relapse of his past violent tendencies seen earlier in the film."

"You Must Love Me" - OST, Evita, 1996


Where do we go from here?
This isn't where we intended to be
We had it all, you believed in me
I believed in you

Certainties disappear
What do we do for our dream to survive?
How do we keep all our passions alive,
As we used to do?


Deep in my heart I'm concealing
Things that I'm longing to say
Scared to confess what I'm feeling
Frightened you'll slip away


You must love me
You must love me

Why are you at my side?
How can I be any use to you now?
Give me a chance and I'll let you see how
Nothing has changed


You must love me

Lyrics: Tim Rice

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Performed by Madonna

Winner of Academy Award for Best Original Song from the movie "Evita"

"Notably, the song can be interpreted on three separate levels: First, the literal level of Eva Perón's discovery that her husband Juan Perón has actually loved her all along and not merely seen her as a political prop. Second, as a song of reconciliation between the lyricist and composer who had been estranged for many years. Third, as a song of apprehension and hope sung by Madonna to her then-unborn daughter (Lourdes -redmark)." -

"April Story" ("Shigatsu Monogatari") OST

I saw the film early this decade when the CCP Film department was still staging "Digital Sunsets," an open-air showing of independent, contemporary and classic films using an LCD projector right after sunset at the back of Film Center. It was coupled by an open-mic poetry reading, performances by up and coming musicians and other stuff.

I remember the lead character's life being in transition and how she dealt with it little by little. I could somehow relate to the story. I myself, at 25, is in transition. And the best way go with it is by establishing my independence using both sides of my brain and living at my own space. Well, at this point, a bedspace is just as good as the movie character's own flat.

Hehe... I love April Story's ending and the use of simple things like a bicycle and an umbrella to the story...

Yahoo!Movies: "A young woman, Nireno, travels from Hokkaido to Tokyo to begin college. Shy and naive, she lets herself be befriended by pushy Sano, who persuades her to join a fishing club. Conscious of the huge changes that come with new independence, Nireno nonetheless retains her innocent attitude. Even a pervert in a cinema cannot make her cynical, and when she meets again the boy she has a crush on, she decides to take a chance and share an umbrella with him."

Also Known As: Shigatsu Monogatari

Director/ Writer: Shunji Iwai

Producer: Hidemi Satani

Music: Shunji Iwai

Production Status: Released, 1998

Genres: Drama

Running Time: 1 hr. 7 min.

Distributors: Cowboy Pictures

Production Co.: Rockwell Eyes

Filming Locations: Hokkaido, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Produced in: Japan

Former Take That member Gary Barlow sings "Forever Love"

"Forever Love"
by Gary Barlow

Love it has so many beautiful faces
Sharing lives and sharing days
My love it has so many empty spaces
I'm sharing a memory now I hope that's how it stays
Now I'm deep inside love and still breathing
She is holding my heart in her hand
I'm the closest I've been to believing
this could be love forever
All throughout my life the reasons I've demanded
But how can I reason with the reason I'm a man
Oh, oh yeah, ummm huh
In a minute I'm needing to hold her
In an hour I'm cold, cold as stone
When she leaves it gets harder and
harder to face life alone
Now my dreams are filled with times when we're together
Guess what I need from her is forever love
Ooh, ooh yeah oooh umm
Oh, oh yeah
Now I feel forever love oooh
Oh, I feel
Forever Love

November 12, 2007

Kris faces Inday on "Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal"

Part 1:

Kris: Magandang gabi mga kapamilya, sa gameshow na ito importante ang sagot sa nag-iisang katanungang Deal or no Deal. Ang ating player ngayong gabi ay walang iba kundi ang fastest-rising household services manager na si Inday!

[umentra si Inday at nagpalakpakan ang mga tao]

Kris: Ok Inday, choose a briefcase.

Inday: Kris, I would opt for case #4 please.

Kris: Briefcase # 4… si Sharmel. Inday, matanong ko lang, how did you come up with the number 4?

Inday: Oh, do you really want to know Kris?

Kris: Oo naman. I’m sure kaya ko naman maintindihan yung sasabihin mo eh.

Inday: The number 4 was acquired based on a probability distribution function that involves integrating up to an area greater than or equal to that random number which should be generated between 0 and 1 for proper distributions.

Kris: Syet. tanong tanong pa kasi eh.

Part 2:

Kris: Ok Inday, choose 6 briefcases to open.

Inday: I would opt for 7, 24, 12, 2, 15 and 20.

Kris: Wait lang Inday, usually isa isa lang ang pagbubukas natin ng case…

Inday: Why is that? As if I can change the outcome if we’re to open a case each time I blurt out a number as opposed to opening each case immediately one after the other right?

Kris: Hayyy…babaguhin pa talaga mechanics (bulong sa sarili).

Kris: Anwyay, di bale na lang nga… tuloy tayo. Number 7. Natalie buksan na!!

[Yung audience sumisigaw ng LOWER!! LOWER!!!]

Kris: Teka lang, bago natin buksan… Inday, usually ang mga contestants naten ay sumisigaw ng “LOWER” every time magbubukas ng case.

Inday: Kris, I guess that’s not the way I was taught in grade school. You see, I was taught that we should only use the comparative form of the word or add “ER” to the adjective if we are comparing two things. And since it is only the first briefcase that we are going to open, we have nothing to compare it to. Am I right?

[natahimik ang audience at napaisip]

Kris: Oo nga no!


Part 3:

Kris: Sige Natalie, Buksan mo na.

[Ang laman ng briefcase 7 ay Piso… Palakpakan ang mga tao]

Kris: Good start! Ano yung next case mo ulit?

Inday: Case number 24 please.

Kris: Chloe… buksan na…

[Audience sumisigaw ulit ng LOWER!! LOWER!!]

Kris: Wait lang guys, Inday may nabuksan ng case baket di ka pa rin sumisigaw ng “Lower”?

Inday: Oh my goodness Kris, how long have you been doing this? Have you ever encountered a value that is lower than a peso in this game? Tell me, is there any value left lower than the one we just opened? Sheesh.

[Napaisip ulit ang audience at natahimik]

Kris: Aarrgghh!!!! Chloe buksan na lang nga, pati na rin yung 12, 2, 15 and 20 buksan na rin para matapos na. [naiirita na]

[At sunod sunod na ngang nabukas ang mga case ni Inday]

[nag-ring ang phone]

Inday: Ahh Kris, to save more time can you tell Banker that I’m not interested in his first offer. In the history of this game of chance, I have yet to see someone accept a first offer from the banker. It’s quite pathetic and pretentious for contestants to pause and look around the audience as if asking for advice before ultimately rejecting the first offer. I mean come on, isn’t that a waste of airtime?

Banker: Potahhh!!! [narinig sa set kahit sarado ang kwarto ni banker]

- Ito ang unang pagkakataon na marinig ng mga audience ang boses ni banker sa Deal or no Deal.


Part 4:

… dumating na sa kalagitnaan ng show at mukhang minamalas na si Inday…

Kris: Ok Inday, mukhang kelangan na natin ng tulong sa mga friends mo… sino ba yung bigotilyong lalaki na naka-polo? Ano name nya?

Inday: Ahh, that’s my master Mr. Montemayor.

Kris: Ahhh sya pala yun, how cute naman pala eh. Sige sir, give us a number.

Mr. Montemayor: Hi Kris, good evening. I’m a fan. I choose number 12 please.

Kris: Ano Inday ok ba yung number 12?

Inday: Whatever, we shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds us anyway. Go ahead.

Kris: [taray naman] Sofie, buksan na!

[ang laman ng briefcase 12 ay 5,000]

Kris: Good job! Sino naman yung gwapong lalake na naka jumper na katabi ni Mr. Montemayor? What’s his name?

Inday: Ahh, that’s my on again off again boyfriend, Dodong the gardener.

Kris: Ooohh, sya pala yun. Ok Dodong, give us a number!

Dodong: Hi babes, I choose briefcase 9 if it’s ok with you. If not, it’s ok with me as long as it’s ok with you.

Kris: Ano raw? Inday, number 9 daw ok say0?

Inday: Yes Kris, it’s fine with me.

Kris: Wow ang bait pag kay Dodong. Ederlyn… buksan na!!

…nanlaki ang mga mata ni Inday at hindi sya makapaniwala. Natahimik at mukhang kakapusin sya ng hininga…

Inday: YOU!!! How dare you invade my moment!

[nagulat si Kris at ang mga audience sa reaksyon ni Inday. Nagpatawag si Kris ng commercial break at nagpakuha ng tubig para kay Inday.]


Part 5:

Nagkatitigan sina Inday at Ederlyn. Nakangisi si Ederlyn habang hawak ang briefcase ni Inday.

Ederlyn: Pinapangako ko, Inday… pagbukas luluhod ang mga tala! hahahahaha!

Inday: What? Can you speak up? What are you mumbling up there. Can somebody give her a microphone please?

Kris: Ano ba!! Tama na nga ang drama ninyo, Ederlyn buksan mo na ang case at umexit ka na kung ayaw mong mapalitan! (naiirita na si Kris)

Dali-daling binuksan ni Ederlyn ang briefcase at ang laman ay… P3,000,000.

Nanghinayang ang mga audience… Ang mga natirang values ay 250, 1K, 20K, 50K, and 500K.

Inday: NooOoo…. (sabay tingin kay Dodong at napapaluha), how could you…

Dodong: I’m so sorry Inday, please forgive me.

Kris: Hayyy, drama again. Ang offer ni banker sa pagbabalik ng Kapamilya, Deal.. or No Deal!

[pagtapos ng commercial break… mukhang composed na ulit si Inday]

Kris: Inday, are you okay? Ang offer ni banker ay 99 thousand pesos. ‘Sing rami siguro ng pilipinong pinadugo mo na ilong. Is it a Deal or No Deal?

Tahimik lang si Inday tilang may kinocompute sa ulo habang ang mga audience ay nagsisigawan ng “No Deal”, ang iba naman ay “Deal”.

Kris: Wait lang, kung mapapansin ninyo we have only have 5 cases left, and among those 5, apat doon ay mas maliit na value…

Inday: Kris, do you mind? Can I do my own thinking?

Natameme si Kris, pati ang audience ay natahimik.

Kris: Taray to the max! (pabulong sa sarili)

Inday: Ok, I’m ready. Upon looking at the reality of the situation, 80% of the cases left have at least 49K less than the banker’s offer. The only way I can do better than what is offered is that if my case contains the 500k or I’d get to open one of the four lower values. But I have to keep in mind that there’s only 20% probability that this would happen. I have to take note, however, that the banker’s offer is roughly around 15% lower than the offer I expected based on the arithmetic mean of the values left.

Kris: Lorddd… panaginip ba ‘to? Ayokonaaa….

Inday: Accepting a deal for less than the mean should generally be regarded as a weak decision so I would say, NO DEAL!


Part 6:

Limang briefcase na lang ang natitira at kasama na doon ang case ni Inday…

Kris: My God, nakaka-stress itong episode na ito ha. Baka dumugo na rin ang ilong ko sa’yo Inday. Sige Inday, go ahead and choose 1 briefcase!

Inday: Ok Kris, I choose briefcase #5 please?

Kris: Briefcase #5! Mimi bago mo buksan yan I would first like to thank Figliarina by Schubizz for my sandals, Bambi Fuentes for my hair and make-up and Pepsi Herrera for my gown tonight.

Kris: Ok Mimi, buk…

Inday: Ahh Kris, can I also take time to thank a few people? I mean, I did save us a few minutes of airtime right?

Kris: (“kapal naman talaga ng mukha”…bulong sa sarili)  Sige, ok lang go ahead. (naka-smile pa rin)

Inday: Thanks! Yes, I would like to thank Frank Provost for my hair and make-up, Jimmy Choo for my  sandals and my dear friend Oscar dela Renta for my gown tonight.

BLAG!! Tinumba ni Kris ang podium at nagwalk-out. Hindi na natapos ang show kaya’t binigyan na lang ni Banker si Inday ng kalahating milyon para sa kanyang oras.

Inday: Oh, and thanks to the people of Cartier for sending me these nice earrings for tonight!


November 3, 2007

I Surrender

A gang of four high school friends met a trio of weary urbanites from Sta. Mesa at a weekend retreat.

A girl named Marimar, 11, hapilly sold stuff from Sprite to Generoso, to coffee laced with brown sugar.

Hot mami noodles eaten straight from the pan.

Booze, spicy crackers and a squid pulutan bar-b-qued over a thing called "bampayr."

Ants made a feast on us as we danced half-naked for our bath in the dark.

Fireflies raged silent as stars waxed poetic in midnight black, dragonlfly wings gleamed with pinprick sparks. A butterfly too - with its damaged flaps - appeared to be drunk as it suck something from a blue-green lighter thing.

Although this piece of paradise, tucked in a private property somewhere in the bowels of Sierra Madre, was called "Engkantasya," or even "Encantadia," no fairies nor lady warriors in slick costumes were seen, only mortal beings like us were heard as we seek refuge from the stress of city-living and recuperation from life's misgivings.

But certainly, having the water of Batlag in Tanay, Rizal fall onto your body is already an enchanting experience.

October 12-13, 2007

"Love Affair" trailer (1994)

Unreleased 1973 trailer of "The Exorcist"

Don't watch this alone...or when you're in your bedroom.

Just a friendly reminder.

Ready? Pump up the volume and watch c l o s e l y...

October 27, 2007

Haybol na Ligas

The room is just enough for four persons. The rent, it's perfectly cheap. Ventilation is fine. Water supply is excellent. It has three bathrooms to boot and a roofdeck to glimpse UP and Sierra Madre. Other things to consider for a life in a dormitory, great. And yes, my uncle lives at a street corner three doors away.

Goodbye, Dalaya Village, Antipolo. Hello, Krus na Ligas, Quezon City! Shuttling from work to this abode shall be a breeze because it's just 30 minutes away.

My first step in moving up and independence. Hmm, damn, where is my dinner?

October 10, 2007

Bonifacio's Fort

A GuillermoTolentino historical tour de force right smack in the middle of urban chaos. Do we care? Oh, here comes the MRT-3 extension project...

No MGC yet, but Lola is in

Finding M.G.C. Project finally commenced June 2, 2007 by embarking myself to a four-day stay in Pangasinan's San Carlos City. The mission: to re-establish contact with the Cayabyabs and understand my paternal origin.

Initial phase of this personal project involves identifying relay contact persons who happen to live near my mother's birthplace (see redmark129). One of them was MGC's first cousin who brokered a meet up with my father's oldest aunt who now lives in Dagupan (redmark005-010).

The aunt, 70, who asked to be called Lola provided limited, but nevertheless a wealth of information about MGC. It's unfortunate though that MGC is currently out of the country. Still, the conversation was indeed a turning point in my life.

Lola also got to meet my mom (redmark015). She later revealed she herself had already made steps similar to my project. Since we have to consider certain factors involving characters in the project, Lola agreed to deliberately help me once MGC comes back to the country. "Be prepared. You're just a call away," she said.

No sappy melodramas here please. But in the mean time, abangan na lang ang susunod na kabanata as I wait for that important phone call.

For side trips, below are other images that made my stay colorful, a glimpse of simplelife in the barrio.

October 7, 2007

Nang ang gabi'y naging Pilak

Ok, it's the second time good ol' friend Weng and I marked our birthday with a joint gig last Sept. 22 at Gabby's place.

Although this year's banana leaf boodle theme for our Pilak milestone wasn't able to surpass the first one's record attendance of 28 friends (out of 48?) of our class, the night was still a riot. It's a memorable simple feast for those who came.

Sorry, moon. That night was ours.

Pilak-Kaarawan nina Tet @ Wheng
breakingfree @ 25
A Boodle Fight Night SilverAtion

October 4, 2007


Start:     Oct 4, '07
End:     Oct 14, '07
Location:     Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Tanghalang Pambansa, Cultural Center of the Philippines
"INSIANG, the stage adaptation of the Lino Brocka film that swept the 2003 Aliw Awards (Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress) returns to the CCP for a limited two-weekend run from October 5 to 15, 2007. The Tanghalang Pilipino production is directed by Chris Millado from the script by Mario O'Hara and features Ricky Davao, Mailes Kanapi, Mae Paner, Peewee O'Hara with Sheenly Vee Gener in the title role."


Show dates are from October 5 to 7 and 12 to 14, with matinees at 3:00 P.M. (Saturdays / Sundays) and evening shows at 8:00 P.M. (Fridays / Saturdays / Sundays).

Morato! Lazcano! Cayabyab!

Start:     Oct 15, '07
Location:     Quezon City
New career. New place. New people.

It happened one night

A study of emotions as a family awaits its first apo. Baby Nashley Garcia Cayabyab was born August 8, 2007 in Marikina. And so are single-mom now a lola, a kuya now a tatay, and a bunso now a tito.

Say hello and welcome to soon-to-be in laws.

October 2, 2007

Finally, redmark lands a magazine cover

Cover photo of August 2007 issue of ArtPetron Folio magazine features Punta de Santiago lighthouse in Calatagan, Batangas.

ArtPetron Folio is a quarterly art and culture publication of Petron Corporation for the youth.

Against the flow

By reputation, they're dangerous.

But in reality, they're a reflection of calmness and simplicity in life as seen in this series taken under Quiapo's Quezon Bridge, July 27, 2007.

A silent river runs deep as they say.

September 30, 2007


The mysterious sansrival cake

No fanfare greeted me as I turned 25.

SOP as usual especially it fell on a regular work day. But I decided to make it fun by dressing up for work when I knew everyone else would be on a tshirt and sneakers ensemble. Hehe, it kindda worked. My workmates were amused. They thought of me moonlighting as a Jollibee guy.

The next day, my workstation saw hastily-prepared tokens for my special day including a piece of yummy sansrival cake. Nobody from work could tell whoever left that treat on my station and up to now, I'm still clueless. I'm touched though with the sweet anonymous gesture.

Hmm, if only my little pals on my workstation could speak...

September 26, 2007 Celebrates 10 Years of Visual Journalism

"What would Henry Luce have done if he had the World Wide Web in 1936 when he created LIFE magazine?"

Checkout and discover professional visual journalism for the You-generation.

September 25, 2007


Start:     Sep 29, '07 07:00a
Location:     PBCom Tower, Makati City

"Tet Sebastian" will sign off September 29, 2007 (Saturday in Manila) at 7 A.M. from eTelecare Global Solutions to pursue writing and photography.

September 23, 2007

"In The Mood For Love" OST

A powerful musical reflection with clips from the 2000 Wong Kar-wai artfilm "In the Mood for Love" with Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chui Wai in the lead roles.

Music by Michael Galasso and Shigeru Umebayashi, Cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Pin Bing Lee.

September 20, 2007

DEADLINE: Greenpeace "Celebrating Philippine Freshwaters and Looking at the Threats" photo contest

Start:     Sep 28, '07
Photos must depict freshwater or freshwater sources in the Philippines and have been taken by a Philippine resident between January 1 to september 28, 2007.

For more info:

"Alay sa Palatandaang Bayan" ArtPetron7 exhibit

ArtPetron 7 National Student Art Competition exhibit, Petron MegaPlaza, Makati City, August 28, 2007

September 19, 2007

Black and white photography lessons with Ed Santiago

The Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation in Intramuros, Manila regularly conducts workshops on film and digital photography for beginners and professionals.

For more info visit

Floody tale from Valero

Stranded. Time to kill time. My hands on my digicam to keep it warm and clicking.

Torrential rain and gusty wind whip through the towers of Valero making pedestrians at road level seemed like poor chicks lost from mother hen's care.

Then I saw one lady screaming from the other side of the street. With barefeet, she was braving the floodwaters to chase for the other pair of her sandals. Too bad, it was swept away. At least, she still got the other half.

All these before my eyes on the morning of August 15, 2007.

Crimson wall

The Philippine Star's 21st Anniversary Photo Exhibit

Also part of the exhibit are the winners of the paper's nationwide photo contest "Beauty of the Philippines in Focus."

Glorietta, Makati City, August 5, 2007

September 17, 2007

Sky-high at 70th UAAP season Cheerdance Competition

First time kong makapasok sa dambuhalang Araneta Coliseum. At first time kong makapanood ng live ng isang UAAP event.

Maski hindi ako taga-UP, ang paaralang gumiba ng "sky-high" six straight win dream ng UST para sa cheerdance competition ng UAAP, buong puso akong nag-cheer sa mga kapwa ko iskolar ng bayan.

Kakalimutan ko na lang na minsan akong sumuporta sa paaralang ito kapag napabilang na sa UAAP and sintang paaralang PUP. Hehehe...

Salamat Eric at Joyce para sa umaatikabong hapon sa Coliseum!

Abangan ang video ng UP Pep Squad dito sa Redmark Videos :-)

September 8, 2007

Redmark Hits a Silvermark

Start:     Sep 21, '07 08:15a
Location:     Wherever redmark is...
Silver coins to get me by

Silver bells to usher with

Silver daggers to slit things through

Silver teeth to sink in to

Silver compounds to strike light on.

The shutter blinks,

Silver cups to hold and raise for the occasion of pilak-kaarawan.

September 4, 2007

Philippine Airlines "Shining Through" 1987 TVC

Fresh from the bloodless EDSA 1 People Power revolution, the Philippines shines in a different light in this classic 1987 Philippine Airlines TVC.

Posted by FiscaPlyder of

August 28, 2007

Sweet ArtPetron7 victories for 2 PUP studes

Two Polytechnic University of the Phillipines students shone bright in the biggest ArtPetron contest to date.

Beating over a thousand other entries by students from all over the country, Ronald Jeresano and James Brian Ona emerged as among the 12 Grand Prize winners in Painting and Photography categories of ArtPetron7 National Student Art Competition.

The two received their prizes at the Petron MegaPlaza in Makati City, Aug 28. They interpreted this year's theme "Alay sa Palatandaang Bayan" with two of Manila's most important landmarks.

Jeresano did a realistic watercolor rendition of the Fort Santiago gateway titled "Revealed History, Behind Mystery". Ona on the other hand captured in morning sunshine the soaring steel arches of Quezon Bridge in Quiapo. His black and white photo is Ona's second straight grand prize win.  

Ona was a former member of the PUP College of Communication's photgraphic organization, Sinag Club.

For more info, visit


August 26, 2007

Morning walk around Luneta Hotel

Glimpse of Ninoy before going home

Sculpture dedicated to Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. depicting his final moments in 1982 upon his arrival in Manila, August 21.

Prominent Filipino businessman Jaime Zobel de Ayala designed the memorial at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue in Makati City, Philippines where it is seen by people working at the country's premiere financial district.

Pictures taken on board a PUV early morning of the late senator's 24th martyrdom anniversary.

August 23, 2007

I COST P 438

...Magkano ang iyong dangal?

You look it over the following list and see how many of these things you have done. BUT you have to ADD up the money amount along the way. Then post the amount that you are as the title of the bulletin.

PS: the smaller the better!

1. Had sex: P40.00

2. Smoked: P40.00

3. drank alcohol: P20.00

4. Went skinny dipping: P40.00

5. Kissed someone of the opposite sex: P4.00

6. Kissed someone of the same sex: P20.00

7. Cheated on a test: P28.00

8. Fell asleep in class: P20.00

9. Been expelled: P40.00

10. Been in a fist fight: P40.00

11. Given oral: P40.00

12. Got oral: P40.00

13. Prank called the police: P40.00

14. Stole something: P40.00

15. Done drugs: P40.00

16. Dyed your hair: P20.00

17. Done something sexually with someone older (like a few years): P40.00.

18. Courted someone OVER 18 (if your under 18): P40.00

19. Ate a whole bag of oreos: P40.00

20. Cried yourself to sleep: P2.00

21. Said you love someone but didnt mean it: P4.00

22. Been in love: P20.00

23. Got caught doing something that you shouldnt have been doing: P40.00

24. Went streaking: P4.00

25. Got arrested: P40.00

26. Cuddled: P4.00

27. Peed in the pool: P20.00

28. Played spin the bottle: P40.00

29. Done something you regret: P20.00

Now add up and post as "I COST P...


I COST P 438. Hehehe... Mura lang pala ang aking dangal  XD

August 21, 2007

EXTENDED: 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival

Start:     Aug 20, '07
End:     Aug 28, '07
Location:     Gateway Mall - Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
I made a last minute effort to catch this year's Cinemanila at the Gateway mall over the weeekend. It was the festival's last day and I was surprised by the long beeline for tickets, something I didn't see when I watched that South Korean entry last year in Greenbelt. (Star sighting: Mr and Mrs. Ernie Lopez)

I watched "Volver," a featured film by THE Pedro Almodovar. And carefully studied Penelope Cruz's gifted physique. Tickets for that movie alone, I heard, were sold out. Perhaps the long line could be attributed to its chosen venue for this year's festival (Mabuhay ang Cubao!).

August 16, 2007

Now I know why Vanessa-Mae is being chased in her "Storm" music video

After seeing this music video in 1997 on MTV, classical music has never been the same again for me.

Her music is of "violin techno-acoustic fusion" (plus sexy image and flashy packaging for the MTV generation), giving masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven among others a modern twist that drew some flak from some critics.

Classical music has been liberated. Ten years later, I still like her.

Do you?

August 14, 2007

Starfish kids

I was pretty eager to see the fabled lighthouse of Calatagan one fine summer day when my friend and I decided to make a detour to this little known piece of paradise.

I've only been to the beaches of Puerto Galera (the water is itchy in "White Beach" area), Dagupan and San Fabian in Pangasian and Isla Pulo in Navotas. But seeing the uncommercialized beauty of this strip made me feel the most blessed neophyte beachcomber.

There were barely any modern facilities around. A hammock or a papag under the tree will do to be smitten by Balitoc. Feel free to play around and forget that you're a 24-year old.

KC Castro

Portraiture on film. Puerto Galera, November 25, 2006

August 12, 2007

Patak ng ulan

Aking isinulat at pinag-isipan noong August 8 kung paano ko pupunan ang bakanteng gabing yaon. Na bagaman umuulan, inisip ko na kailangan may "importanteng mangyari" sa naturang petsa.

Makakahanap lang pala ako ng kasagutan sa aking pag-uwi. Wala ang aking ina, maging ang aking kuya at ang kanyang nobya. Isang kapirasong papel ang bumati sa akin na nagsabing nasa ospital silang tatlo dahil ipapanganak na ang aking unang pamangkin.

Nung gabi ding iyon, isinilang ang isang malusog na babaeng sanggol na tatawag sa akin ng Tito Tet. Bumubuhos ang ulan, gayundin ang aming kaligayahan. Kasabay ng mga patak ng ulan samu't-saring pagninilay para sa aming hinaharap.

August 8, 2007

Paano ko pupunan ang maulan na gabing ito?

Nang dahil sa kasabawan sa pagtipa sa keyboard, binigyan ako ng 13 gabi na "pamamasyal" sa trabaho. Sa linggong ito, isang "pasyal" ang nakalaan para unti-unti kong bunuuin ang ipinataw na hatol ng mga nakakataas.

May mga nainggit dahil "night off" ako sa panggabing trabaho ko. Makakapagpahinga daw ako lalo na't bumabagyo. At makakapag-relax. Kunsabagay may punto rin sila. Subalit sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, hindi lang bawal ang magkasakit. Bawal din ang makaltasan ng sahod.

Iniisip ko na lang na kailangan may mahalaga akong magawa sa petsang ito. Ayon sa Multiply calendar ko, ngayon ang opening ng pinagpipitaganang Cinemanila sa Gateway mall. Mukhang ok pumunta. Kahit papaano, masasabawan ng sustansya ang aking kamalayan (no pun intended) sa pamamagitan ng lokal at foreign na sining pampelikula. Yun nga lang, hindi na siya free admission tulad nung 2001. Hehe, iba pa kasi siguro ang panahon nuon, Mr. Aguiluz. Bahala na nga.

Maari ring literalin ang "pamamasyal". Pwede kong damayan ang nauuhaw na Kamaynilaan at dokumentuhan ang epektong dulot ng bagyo gamit ang point-and-shoot digicam ko na napanalunan ko lang sa kumpanyang aking pinaglilingkuran. Tutal may dalawang photo contest ang nalalapit. Kung ang suspensyon ko ay magiging pagpapala, dun ako huhugot ng ipansasali.  

Isang gabi na ang aking pinagbayaran nuong nakaraang linggo. May 11 gabi pa ang nakapila. Tulad ng alin mang pagkukulang, kailangan, may pampunan.


DEADLINE: Everyday Islam Photo Contest

Start:     Aug 31, '07
Location:     Newsbreak Room 1402-A West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Centre, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
"Photographers are invited to send entries to a photography contest that aims to depict Muslim integration in the Philippines, following the legacy of UK’s renowned photographer and Muslim convert Peter Sanders.

Sponsored by the British Embassy in partnership with Newsbreak, the competition has two categories: professional, for those who earn a living from photography or are hobbyists who have participated in photo contests; and amateur, for thPhotographers are invited to send entries to a photography contest that aims to depict Muslim integration in the Philippines, following the legacy of UK’s renowned photographer and Muslim convert Peter Sanders.

Sponsored by the British Embassy in partnership with Newsbreak, the competition has two categories: professional, for those who earn a living from photography or are hobbyists who have participated in photo contests; and amateur, for those who do not earn a living from photography and who may submit photos taken with their mobile phone cameras."

For more info:

August 3, 2007

MMS graduation pics for redmark

...Wala lang, hanggang ngayon wala pa rin akong graduation picture nung college na naka-pose at naka-toga sa isang studio - almost two years after that mid-year ceremonies sa PUP Gymnasium.

Nakisuyo lang ako sa ka-batch ko para sa mga pictures na ito. Bukod dito, wala na akong ibang photos during the graduation dahil hindi naman nagamit ng kuya ko ang SLR film camera ko. Nagkaroon na lang ako ng chance na makakuha ng mga litrato para sa magulong group photo op matapos ang seremonyas. Kaya isang malaking buntong hininga para sa mga lumipas na alaala...


Start:     Aug 8, '07
End:     Aug 19, '07
Location:     Gateway Mall Cineplex, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
sine... sine... at sine pa!

August 1, 2007

Dropping by the Manila Cathedral


CD cover na walang text sa fold hehehe...

Dinugo ako sa pagmanipula ng mga imahe gamit ang Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Narito ang aking mga likha sa katatapos na kauna-unahang Digital Darkroom Techniques Workshop ng Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation sa Intramuros, Maynila sa ilalim ni Mr. Ronnie Millevo.

Hehe, wala akong output sa logo at CD sticker exercises. x_x

July 22, 2007

"Malena" by Ennio Morricone

With black and white stills from Giuseppe Tornatore's "Malena" whose musical score and cinematography merited Oscar nominations.

This Italian film mirrors "an intimate portrait and an epic story of the courage we discover, the innocence we surrender, and the memories we cherish.....forever".

Extended cut

Final scene from Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso," a compilation of scenes ordered expurgated by censors in the film's plot. The compilation was spliced together by the character of Alfredo, the fatherly projectionist who would make Toto, the man in the clip, teary-eyed watching his pièce de résistance.

Music by Morricone, the Ennio Marricone.

I haven't seen the entire film. So whoever lends me a copy of the movie deserves a bucket of popcorn -any flavor - from me. :)

Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune (with rolling score)

Claude Debussy's piano piece, with scrolling score; performance and graphics by Stephen Malinowski (smalin).

YouTube's smalin says, "Just wanted to know the math behind the visual demo.

x=time, y=pitch, color=pitch class (and brighter when sounding). The colors of the color wheel are mapped to the circle of fifths, with the tonic (home key) being blue and the dominant (the fifth scale degree) being in the red (as opposed to green) direction. I think of this as being a spatial mapping more than a mathematical one, but maybe that's because I'm not much of a mathematician."

Asteeg, rak en rol! n_n

Point-and-shoot Paparazzo's First Take

Unlike before, there was no press ID hanging around my neck. Not even that bright yellow org ID I used to have back in college camera club. Am completely on my own when I was invited to shoot at this recent media blitz attended by GMA-7 and some familiar names in print media.

redmark had to make its own mark.

There I was at the press conference of Eye Catchers Model Search Grand Finals Season 1 at the Embassy Cuisine in Fort Bonifacio, July 20, 2007. Mapapalaban ako, sabi ko. Mukha nga.

The call time was at mid-afternoon. I challenged myself to do a decent gig inspite na hindi ako nakatulog after my 9pm-6am work shift. Ganun talaga kapag first time. Armed with my precious little fella called Kodak Easyshare 4-megapixel point-and-shoot camera and a film SLR as my back up buddy, I tapped all those words and tricks I learned from the academe, friends and from my apprenticeship with Miguel Cortez.

From the innards of Quiapo, to the patios of Manila's centuries-old churches - redmark's beloved playgrounds - young human mannequins paraded before me in a thing called model search. And so here are some of the results with my (literally) nervous hands.

Hmm, redmark brand of photography anyone?

Special thanks to STYLE magazine, Mr. Rob Altamirano and Mr. Jonas Gruet.

July 19, 2007

Pinikpikan's "Una Kaya" Live at DLSU

I saw this group performed live at the Musiko Mundo festival at the CCP front lawn a few years ago and again at a gig in UP for the World Earth Day celebration. If you're a fan of great Pinoy rock and roll and world music, nothing beats Pinikpikan.

They started out as an impromptu group of instrumentalists in Bagiuo and after years of playing music together, they had delighted fans in the underground circuit. Buti may dalawang albums na sila sold commercially. At ngayon, someone from You.Tube posted videos of their performances. But I'm telling you, better see them perform live in an open venue.

Clair de Lune, 1962

Just listen to the music.

And if you're a certified child of the 90s, suddenly you'd remember a young Richard Gomez in a white bench muscle shirt gloriously rowing across the pristine waters...

"David Oistrakh plays beautifuly Claire de Lune. Recorded in Paris, 1962, with Frida Bauer on piano."