Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tear-Jerker Scenes in the TV Series The Walking Dead

I would like to highlight the other side of The Walking Dead on this blogpost. As we all know, The Walking Dead TV series displays a lot of scenes that are not suitable for very young audiences (sounds familiar eh?). If you are after those gore scenes, you may not be able to appreciate the soft side of this TV series. aside from the moral values and the survival instincts that this show could teach us, it has also several tear-jerker scenes that can play with your emotion.

Here are some of the scenes from The Walking Dead that would make you shed some tears:

1. The Death of Sophia (Season 2- Episode 7)

Sophia's character in the TV series is sweet and fragile girl:

But what would you do if she turns into a walker?

Either you would pity her or she will eat you. You have no choice but to kill her. After long days and weeks of search and rescue to the point of compromising the rescuer's life to find Sohpia after she has gone astray in the forest, there she is, a certified zombie. 

Imagine this, killing an innocent girl in front of her mother just because she's a zombie, how would you react on that?

2. Carl Gets Shot ( Season 2 Episoe 1)

For a boy who supposed to play and have fun instead of living in fear of being attacked by a zombie, nature is the best alternative to temporarily forget the dilemma in the world. For Carl , connecting with the deer through eye to eye contact is a symbol of hope and life. But a 50 seconds heaven for this innocent boy has been replaced by tension and fear after he was shot by a hunter. Don't worry, he survived this tragedy, but what he has gone through to survive is very remarkable, and yes, emotional.

3. Dale Attacked by a Walker (Season 2 Episode 11)

The character of Dale is certainly not one of my favorite in this series. The group can survive without him. However, eventhough Dale has no contribution to the group, they need him. For me, he is like a conscience for everybody. In a world where "survival of the fittest" is the rule of the game, Dale remains to be somebody who keeps everybody's sanity. When he was attacked by a zombie, he suffered a lot. He could have chosen to die in a gun shot than having his gut ripped apart by a zombie. I cried because Dale stands as a Father of the group. Everybody lost a father in that instant.

Since The Walking Dead series is still on going, I am going to update this post from time to time. Please feel free to suggest scenes from the past episode that I could include here so I can review and may qualify in the list.

Monday, November 26, 2012

FDCP Sineng Pambansa Presents National Film Festival- Ikalawang Yugto

“Bringing Filipino Films to Filipinos”

The Sineng Pambansa encourages the creativity of the filmmakers in the Philippines. Through the National Film Festival, deserving projects from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will get a chance to share their stories through film making. This aims to showcase the vitality and the complexity of our country’s cultural heritage through film. In this competition, we will see the works of the new generation film makers.

For this year’s National Film Festival, there are 6 Full Length Features and 3 documentaries entries. The National Film Festival 2012- Ikalawang Yugto was held at the SM Lanang Premier, Davao City on November 22-24, 2012.

The National Film competition was graced by 9 talented and brilliant filmmakers. They have been through a lot of struggles and tests before they were able to come up with their respective masterpieces. The first hurdle that these filmmakers faced was the budget. As this is an independent-produced film, money plays a very crucial role in the process. Most of them prioritized food for their cast and crews. Other expenses such as travel expenses and talent fees are also being considered. But being a filmmaker, they also have the talent to scavenge and find their own means to cut the expenses. Most of them asked their family members and friends to become a cast of the film for free. If talent fee is needed, they can only offer an amount lower than the indie-film rate. These projects have survived the monetary requirement under a very limited budget.

Aside from the money matters, our filmmakers are up for the challenge to come up with a project that could offer something new to the viewers. Aside from using non-actors cast (due to budget constraint), what we could expect to their films is the honest portrayal of their subject matter. They invested so much on their characters and the story itself.

Choosing of subject is not about their own respective niches. Our contenders have opened their mind to new possibilities and new information that they could convey to the audience. After all, the reason why they joined filmmaking competition is to communicate their subject and not only to impress the viewers.

Aside from the variety of subjects and genre of entries, our contenders have also their own influences with regards to filmmaking. From the book authors like Bob Ong  to Hollywood movie directors like George Lucas, these great influences nurtured our writers and directors to come up with these brilliant entries. Most of all, it’s the passion that brought them all together in this competition. The objective to influence the viewers and to have the sense of empowerment is just few reasons why the National Film Competition was a success.

Here are the 6 entries for Feature Film

Anac Ti Pating
Written and Directed by Martin Masadao


“Anac Ti Pating” happens in one school year from June to March. Sixto Mangaoang is a Math wizard in Grade 5, he however also has the penchant for drawing and writing. For his English Class project, Sixto decides on writing a short story for children about a shark living in the forest in the Cordilleras. Sixto ‘comes-of-age’ in this school year, he develops a friendship with his neighbor, the retired Dr. Rayos, who encourages Sixto to strive hard to pursue his dreams. Sixto also befriends his Korean neighbor, a boy about the same age as he, despite their awkward first meeting. Sixto experiences first love. Sixto stands up to the school bully. Sixto discovers the truth about his birth”

Written and Directed by Aimee Apostol-Escara


“A bitter curse sets off a collision course with the lives of two girls in a remote town in Iloilo. Ana, a young paltera (midwife), is forced to deliver a baby whose birth is cloaked in mystery. Lila, living in isolation with her mother, makes a dangerous journey across the mountains to buy salt from the nearest town. There, she unravels the dark horrible secret that doomed her to a life hidden from the world.”

Huling Byahe
Written by Sigfreid B. Sanchez and Directed by Sigreid B. Sanchez and Racquel Z. Sanchez


“Two aging couples, a linear film editor (Noel Trinidad) and an ex-dubber (Tessie Tomas), part ways at the twilight of their years to see what's missing in their lives. The woman finds comfort in a school janitor (Ronnie Lazaro) who she sees as having a parallelism to her life. The man, in attending his high school reunion, gets an interest in a 20 year old barrio lass who is the daughter of his bestfriend (Jun Urbano). The film, which stars the members of the 80s defunct gag show "Champoy", is also a tribute to the last days of linear editing in the Philippines and the men and women who once work in this department of the film industry.”

Kapitan Basura
Written and Directed by Dominic Lim


“Bobet is a junk shop owner in a dingy garbage town at the outskirts of Manila where everything and everyone thrown away by society resides. He is joined by an overly dramatic mother fueled by telenovela antics, a blind sister with super-hearing powers, a childhood sweetheart with roller coaster mood swings, and a riff raff cono best friend among other equally wacky individuals that litter the streets of Purok Ocho.

Bobet discovers superhuman strength and trash manipulation capabilities and becomes…Kapitan Basura, at your service.  Tumatanggap din po ng labada.

Each successful feat of Kapitan Basura elevates him to more fame but not necessarily fortune. Nevertheless, Bobet continues to battle crime and avert disasters. Meanwhile, the nation is plagued by an unknown creature randomly devouring facial treatment patients in all hospitals owned by the mysterious but alluring Dr, Chupacabra Sanchez.

In this trippy and useless comedy, we see the rise and fall of a superhero amidst a society of filth, garbage, and poverty.

This year’s crappiest and trashiest film. Truly, a magnificent work of garbage.
Kapitan Basura. The hero Manila deserves, but not the one it needs. Ever.”

Limang Dipang Tao
Directed by Eseng Cruz


“13 individuals, 13 lives. Based on the song of Ryan Cayabyab, of the same title, this film talks about the different conflicts and realities of the Filipino individual.”

Written by Agustin Pagusara
Directed by Benji Garcia


“YEAR 1967. Anton was a student of the Lyceum of the Philippines taking up a course in Political Science, while working as a clerk in a furniture factory in Caloocan City. He showed extraordinary writing skills which qualified him to become part of the editorial staff of the school paper. He also got involved in activism in those years approaching the decade of the 70s.

Spurred by nationalist ideals he took initiative in organizing a workers union in the factory he was employed in to counter the company union formed by the factory owner. This angered the owner who soon started to conduct “union busting activities” that resulted in the violent death of one of Anton’s union members. Anton’s own life was endangered.”

For the Documentary Category:

Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok
Written and Directed by Lauren Sevilla Faustino


“Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok unravels the multiple layers of the almost mythological figure-living legend, Fang Od, a 92 year old woman who has been called the ‘Last [Traditional] Tattoo Artist of Kalinga.’ The first layer of the story is the one she is most famous for-being a tattoo artist. At her eyes, she continues to exhibit sharpness and precision in the very demanding art and skill of tattooing. The second layer shows her many stories as woman who has reached the age of looking back. She regales us with stories of her many suitors, of her youth, the dancing and the feasts. She also looks back with not just a tinge of regret that she never married nor had children of her own. Her body covered in tattoos is a landscape on its own mirroring the map of a woman who has chosen wittingly or unwittingly a road diverging from convention and in the process became a culture-bearer.”

Chasing Fireflies
Written and Directed by Sheron Dayoc


“Chasing Fireflies focuses on the narratives of young female children who were victimized by human trafficking and their eventual captivity to child prostitution.”

Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin
Written by Sheryl Manalastas
Directed by Sherbien Dacalanio


“Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin tells the story of Estrelita “star” Saco, a teenager who has been employed as household to help in Manila for close to ten years. Every so often, Star pays a visit to her hometown of Cabadbabaran, Agusan del Norte. Everytime he visits, she is treated as a star by the townsfolk- not because she is a celebrity but because of the gifts that she brings: DVDs.”

For every competition, there is a sole Victor. Here is the list of minor and major awards given to the winner last November 24, 2012 at the Awarding Ceremony at SM Lanang Premier

Feature Film:

Best Artistic Contribution for Music: Huling Byahe
Best Performance by an Actress: Tessie Tomas (Huling Byahe)
Best Performance by an  Actor: Deuel Raynon Ladia (Anac Ti Pating)
Special Jury Prize: Malan
Grand Jury Prize: Huling Byahe
Grand Festival Prize: Anac Ti Pating


2nd Prize: Chasing Firelies
First Prize: Ang Babae sa Likod ng Mambabatok
Best Documentary : Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Four “Welcome Home” Treats of JavaJive Davao

A new home has been opened here in Davao city and we call it JavaJive. With the commitment to promote safety, wellness and health through their products, it welcomes us all to this new home. This is not simply a coffee shop, this is a place where the elements of Coffee, Tea, Soda and Music unite to make you feel at home. 

photo credit to Natalie Jill Lim
Here are the four “welcome home” treats that JavaJive could offer to all Davaoenos and visitors from other cities:

1. 100% Filipino Care


Java Jive is proud to showcase Filipino drinks, Filipino food, and Filipino music hence we are - Proudly Pinoy.

We Filipinos are known for our hospitality. JavaJive would like to treat every customer in a Filipino way. You will not only enjoy Filipino food, drinks and music but also the Filipino way of ushering visitors.

Photo Credit to RedPin

You will be greeted with smiling staffs:

photo credit to RedPin

Since we are also music lovers, it would like to entertain visitors by using Filipino Themed music and musical ambiance as manifested on their logo and interior design.

I am not in any way connected to this coffee shop but I am proud of this because you can see a trace of being Filipino in any aspect, may it be in the field of Food, Fashion, Hospitality and/or in Entertainment.

2. Home-inspired ambiance

Tag Phrase: “WELCOME HOME!”

“Java Jive is your home-away-from-home and our family welcomes you warmly.”

This is a home-inspired café. It aims to make you feel at home. When you get inside the café, you will be greeted with friendly staffs with “Welcome Home!!!” 

Just like a home, JavaJive is open 24/7. You can enter anytime you want and chat with friends or family over a cup of coffee. 

photo credit to RedPin

To make it more “homey”, you can enjoy the soothing background music and peaceful ambiance. It has comfortable chairs and tables where you can relax and feel good. When you are inside this coffee shop, everyone will become a part of the family.

It extends At-Home Experience to all customers, that is why they strive to look at everybody’s unique needs and preferences. Aside from the fully air conditioned room, they also have WiFi and a parking area that could accommodate up to 20 vehicles.

Everything they do for the welfare of the customers.

3. Great Food, Drinks and Music


“JavaJive is proud to serve tasteful coffee, tea, soda, and Filipino music.”

I’ll ask you, what are the elements that would make a café stand out?

Coffee, Tea, soda and music- All of these can be found here.

What is good about their food and drinks product is that, it promotes safety, health and wellness. Every product has been carefully prepared to achieve high quality standard.

They have  Iced Cafe Pinoy & Brewed Davao Civet Coffee, Durian Espresso Chill and Classical Cappuccino

                                                                                              photo credit to RedPin

They also have Hot Tea Pot Elegant Earl Grey,  Almond Vanilla Milk Tea & Wintermelon Milk Tea and Premium Hot Chocolate

                                                                                          Photo Credit to RedPin

And my favorite Black Forest Mocha, Black Forest Serenade and Blue Note Raspberry Soda & Classic Caramel Soda

                                                                                       Photo Credit to RedPin

They also serve Rice toppings:

                                                                                     Photo Credit to RedPin

And for the entertainment, it uses the talent of the Davaoeno youth. We have a lot of good singers here in Davao City and you will get to know them if you will visit JavaJive:

                                                                                          Photo Credit to RedPin
 4. LOVE


“This phrase is taken from the 1940’s song of the Inkspots entitled Java Jive. These lyrics have become part of the JavaJive team’s inspirational and motivational maxims.”

The reason why it treats us with all these goodies is because of love. When at JavaJive, you will really feel that love is in the air. And because it loves the community, one of their frontline goals is the program called Coffee for the Stars: JavaJive Scholarship Program. It aims to develop strong fundraising program, which will build partnerships with schools and community partners in order to help send deserving less-privileged kids to school.

Juris, a proud Davaoena singer and the soothing voice of Asia has been chosen as JavaJive ambassadress for this cause.

                                                                               Photo Credit to RedPin

If you want to experience these four “Welcome Home” treats from JavaJive, go visit them at 1.18 Centron Building, Quirino Avenue, Davao City. You may contact them at (082) 321-2247 or email them at javajiveincorporated@gmail.com.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Activities You Can Do at Davao Crocodile Park

If you think Davao Crocodile Park is only a sanctuary of bored and ugly crocodiles, you are wrong.  Aside from feeding, playing and watching lazy crocodiles eat their prey, you can have as much fun as possible because Davao Crocodile Park offers a lot of activities that you, your family and friends could enjoy.

The following are the activities that you can do at the Davao Crocodile Park:

1.       Commune with Animals

If you are an animal lover, you would surely love it here. Crocodile Park has a variety of caged animals. You can feed the hungry crocodiles, talk to birds, play with the snakes and watch the birds showcase their tricks and skills.

2.       Learn at the Butterfly Garden

The Crocodile park is also an abode of beautiful and colorful butterflies. There is a garden where you can see red butterflies, green butterflies, blue butterflies, in short, colorful butterflies. Not surprising because this is a butterfly garden. Learn the life cycle of butterfly and witness the metamorphosis in real time.  

3.       Watch the Firedance

So you think you can only enjoy and watch animals do the show here? No way, at the end of the day, you will be entertained by real human as they dance with fire, yes, I mean, literally fire. They have nothing to offer but pure entertainment and a titillating dance show using the fire as a medium. It’s a pretty hot show.

 4.       Visit Filipino Ancient Houses

Before the tall buildings and concrete houses, we have nipa huts or bahay kubo. Our ancestors from different tribes have their own styles and designs of bahay kubo. You can experience the old way of living by visiting these houses at the Crocodile Park. You will not only enjoy it, you will also learn a lot.

 5.       Play Paint Ball

Now for those who simply want to have pure fun, try the Paint Ball. This is an interesting war game where you will use paint ball as a bullet. Get ready to be dirty with this game, make sure you have extra shirt when you play paint ball at Davao Crocodile Park.

6.       Have Fun with the Waterball

For kids and for kids at heart, experience the fun with these waterballs. Aim to walk on the water surface while inside the waterball, well, good luck to you if you can actually do that.

7.       Fly Through the Zipline

The zipline is actually not in the area of the Davao Crocodile park but you can enquire and ask more information on how to try the zipline at the park because this is their main office.  Fly high and watch the breathtaking view of Davao City, but if you have fear of heights, never mind then.

8.       Roll with the Zorv

Have you ever tried getting inside a big ball and roll on the hill? At the crocodile park, the zorv can let you experience it. You will be thrilled how the zorv can roll you up and down without getting your internal organs out of the system.

Next time you visit Davao City, go to the Davao Crocodile Park and experience any or all of the above adventures.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Good Taste, Great Pairings with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews

I confess that I don’t drink beer. But just because I don’t drink beer doesn’t mean I have no great experience about beer drinking session. I understand how people really love to gather themselves and drink beer, it can actually provide a good atmosphere to talk, listen and laugh especially when you are drinking San Miguel Lifestyle Brews paired with chocolate kisses.

Why is it your most favorite experience and why?         
I have a lot of great experiences with San Miguel beverages but the most awesome so far is when it was paired with chocolate. Why? It’s because it’s a weird pair but you wouldn’t really appreciate it if you will not try it. It’s just like dealing with people, you can’t simply judge them unless you get to know them well. I love San Miguel Lifestyle Brews –Chocolate tandem.

How does San Miguel Lifestyle Brews amplify the taste of your favorite dish?

San Miguel Lifestyle Brews simply highlights the taste of the cocoa in the chocolate. We used to appreciate it as sweet food but when it is being paired with San Miguel beer, you will get to taste a different side of Chocolate.

“Drinking experience that’s above the ordinary”

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Feel At Home at Kubo Sa Dahican

One of the tourist attractions that Mati, Davao Oriental could proudly endorse is their beach.  It is very ideal especially for those who want to go surfing and skim boarding.

Because of the growing number of visitors in Mati beach, the demand for accommodations has also increased. No wonder new resorts are being developed to accept visitors from neighboring cities when they visit Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental and one of these is the “Kubo Sa Dahican”.

“Kubo sa Dahican” was developed less than a year ago. The resort is currently on the Development stage but not totally underdeveloped because they can now actually accept visitors. In fact, we stayed at “Kubo sa Dahican” when we visited Mati last month.

What is good about Kubo sa Dahican is that, you can relax there and just feel at home. It is a new place in Dahican where you can feel at home away from home. They have installed Kubo units where people can stay and sleep and just relax. Despite being new in the business, Kubo sa Dahican has a very promising future because you can definitely enjoy the place and do a lot of things.

Let’s take a look at the Kubo first. Well, it’s not exactly the kubo as in the Nipa hut. I may say, it’s an improvised kind of Kubo, this is how it looks like:

They actually have four units of Kubo which can accommodate 2 to 3 persons. They call this Kubo Tepee

For a group consisting of 10 to 15 persons, you can rent their Kubo house. Basically, it’s the same Kubo but obviously way bigger than the Kubo Tepee:

They also have Kubo Condo-Room good for 3 to 5 persons.

If you just want to go there to enjoy and swim, you can rent their cottages. 

You can just bring foods like this:

Or this:

Or all of these:

And what else you can do in the beach aside from eating? Of course swim…. Kubo sa Dahican is not only offering Kubo ans cottages but also an infinity saltwater pool. You don’t need to go to the actual beach which is about 50 meters away just to experience the sea.

So this is their infinity pool (just never mind me)

And this is us enjoying and invading the pool:

For dry activities like meeting or karaoke session or perhaps drinking session, they have a pavilion for this purpose:

If you are planning to visit Mati someday, Kubo sa Dahican is the place to be. Check this out for the accommodation rates: