Sunday, May 24, 2009

Catch THE MALE VOICE on May 31 @ RCBC

Last Saturday, it was a bonding moment with an old college friend. We ate dinner at CPK because I was longing for their BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad then we proceeded to RCBC to watch an original production of the New Voice Company--- THE MALE VOICE. I was going to "cultivate" her appreciation for the arts because she was clueless about these kind of plays. It was a different gimmick from our usual barkada getaways.

At the reception table, my friend who owns Kodak stores around the city pointed at the poster and said, "So this is the play we are going to watch? The posters are displayed in my stores and I didn't know who put them?!" Apparently a loyal customer from a TVC (television commercial) company requested her saleslady to post it. The customer is always right, in this case :)

We arrived a little bit late (which is a no-no for theatergoers) and good thing the minute we sat on our seats, the show began in 3o seconds. We were just right in the nick of time!

I am not a critic nor do I aspire to be one. I just go to the plays to support my friends who are passionate about their craft. Honestly, I am not a "fan" of the medium because everything for me is "long shot" although I appreciate the actor's vulnerability while he shows his "reality" to a live audience.

Anyway, four decent and capable actors are in The Male Voice: Tommy Abuel, Michael Williams, Joel Trinidad and Joaqui Valdes.

I have met them in different events although I will remain faceless to them. A distant relative introduced me to Joaqui during a Cinemalaya screening. I've talked with Mr. Abuel over some film projects. I've seen Michael in some Repertory plays and admired him in NVC's Into the Woods. Even before Joel became a popular theater actor, I was inside this room when he auditioned for a lead role in a film created by a master director. At that time, I knew he had a great potential but things didn't go as planned. I bet wonderful things came into his life much greater than any film role...

Watching TMV, the powerful presence of Mr. Abuel is enough to lure you to RCBC. His portrayal of a Muntinlupa convict in "Apat Ang Sulok ng Kalayaan ni Bobby (Freedom Has Four Corners)" is a rare masterpiece. Real acting = Tommy Abuel.

I truly enjoyed laughing at Williams' portrayal of a successful gay make-up artist in "Victor/ Victoria." His lines are so witty, it brought a lot of happy tears and loud chuckles in the audience.

Joaqui with his good looks tried to play a "star" macho dancer. He really looks "good" on the surface but acting-wise he made a much lingering and memorable performance in Into the Woods than TMV. He is still young and is "teachable" so we expect him to be a much better actor in the future.

Joel has mastered the "English language" medium in the theater. He has a certain "magic"---his "bald" appearance shows intensity that unconsciously, you follow him wherever he goes onstage.

BTW, this is an original production so go catch TMV and listen to the rants of the male species!


For 15 years, the New Voice Company managed to stage shows that are socially provocative and entertaining. TMV will have a limited run on May 31 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium (RCBC Theater) at 8 p.m. (Call 896-5497, or email

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lomo Loco @ the Sanuk Sand Castle Challenge

Last weekend, my friends invited me to check out the Sanuk Sand Castle Challenge---they are bringing the beach to the city! Knowing how I love the sea, I gladly came with my Lomo Fisheye camera...

It was exciting to see fine, white sand in the middle of Boni High Street amidst the intense rays of the summer sun...

The competing teams were given 8 cubic meters of sand, buckets, showels, water to "sculp" their masterpiece. Their best tool: IMAGINATION! And it is Filipino ingenuity at its best!

And the winner is...the Orange team!

Sanuk means "happiness" in Thai. I first saw a Sanuk footwear comfortably worn by a male friend a year ago. Eye-catching and hip, it makes one wonder how it was "built" with its distinctive design.

I think my Lomo and Sanuk blend well together with these fisheye photos I have taken :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Images I Saw in Davao

This is the controversial "David." Heard lots of stories about this image---some conservatives found it blasphemous---they tried putting some leaves to cover his manhood. I saw the real "David" when it went to a "tour" in a Toronto museum and found it a magnificent work of art! I love the contours of his body, perfect! David is my man! :)

On my second time to Jack's Ridge, I checked this figures again. There's something wonderful about using your bare hands to create art. I love seeing the lights at the ridge even though it came from the cemetery hehe.

We went to this shrine---Holy Infant of Prague. Prayed for more blessings...
Over at Marco Polo hotel, I shot this deer inside their bar. And there are lots of them! Tsk tsk hunters :( What's nice about the location of Marco Polo is my favorite shopping center---Aldevinco is just across! So before and after my event at Marco Polo, I was at Aldevinco three times in just one day LOL. The next day, we went back for last-minute shopping.
My Davao trip wouldn't be complete without eating durian! So after a busy day, my friends and I went to a street corner to ravish fresh durians (ate different varieties) with softdrinks as our chaser! The experience is really heavenly :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chilling at Pearl Farm, Davao

On my second trip to Davao, I only had one goal---go snorkeling! I am Pisces-born so throw me to the water and I will be there all day, under the sea, looking at the marvelous corals, bright fishes, sometimes finding Nemo and a lot more :)

So I headed to the Pearl Farm and joined their morning Coral tour (P550, 3 hours). Boarding is at a Samal Island dock where a boat will transport the guests to a 45-minute trip to the resort.

While cruising, we saw these birds...

We were welcomed at the Parola Bar. Drinks were served and a guide gathered us to show the resort map and to describe the amenities of the area.
This is the infinity pool in front of the Maranao restaurant.
This is the Samal House where guests can stay for the night...
I stayed in this hut all day, reading my book, listening to my Ipod and taking a quick nap.
This is my point of view while I lay down into my perfect getaway so far from Manila...
For the coral tour, we were brought to two snorkelling sites. I was with five Korean tourists and was the only local who joined the underwater escapade. A certified diver gave us a little introduction on the signs we should use while underwater and showed us how to fix our fins, masks, etc.
I brought my new snorkelling gear because I was really excited to test the Davao waters. I remember during my first Davao trip some years back, I also brought my own snorkelling gear but did not have the opportunity to take a dip because my trip was work-related---no time to go to the beach. Now, it was PURE LEISURE! Check out the waters...

After four hours of snorkelling, it was time to eat a sumptuous lunch---buffet style! Burp...burp...burp!

Who wants to taste Davao's sweet pomelo? So delicious!

Walking around the area, I took a self portrait---it was so hot that I had to wear a bandana over my head :)

I will definitely go back to Davao again and try another adventure---their Zipline!