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.

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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