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...