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.