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Vapid musings from a self-deprecating child-at-heart.

Ritz Azul and Marvelous Alejo in Hair Asia’s 25th Anniversary


Earlier today, I paid a quick visit to Hair Asia‘s 25th National Open Championship, which they held in celebration of their silver anniversary. Just like in previous years, the annual hair and make-up competition and beauty expo attracted thousands of guests – participants and exhibitors alike. Up for grabs in this year’s makeshift beauty olympics: cash, freebies, and a Hyundai car for the overall winner. It’s been a while since I last saw the World Trade Convention Center that congested. Such was the reception.

I was amused by the kitschy Parisian motif – though one of the Eiffel Tower replicas seemed a nudge away from toppling. Models wearing bridal gowns roamed around casually amidst the flurry of activities. Inside, Novuhair brand ambassador Abby Asistio provided entertainment through an intermission number. Her soothing vocals provided contrast to the busy atmosphere.

IMG_7677Each exhibitor’s booth was armed with its own gimmick. Some gave free samples. Others, free consultations and demos. But it was the Shawill Cosmetics booth, in particular, which reserved the most special surprise. Waiting to assist the guests were the brand’s celebrity ambassadors Ritz Azul and Marvelous Alejo. Photo-ops ensued.

Less than a year since joining the Shawill and Ivy Cosmetics family, both Kapatid actresses have levelled up in terms of projects. Ritz has started appearing in indie films, while Marvelous recently top-billed a Wattpad series. Suffice to say, their visit came in perfect timing.


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So here’s her new song, preview it maybe?

Remember when the general population found lip-synching to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Call Me Maybe cute? Or when your boss forced your entire team to do such because, clearly, an “MTV” was the key to acing your company party presentation but everyone had the same idea anyway? Of course, you do. And please, it’s called a music video, not an “MTV”Such was the song’s embedding power; it’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since we basked in its ubiquity.

The Canadian singer did manage to release equally catchy follow-ups, like This Kiss and Good Time (with Owl City), but neither could match the aforementioned single’s inescapability.

Well, here’s the synth-driven follow-up being pegged to be Carly’s next worldwide smash. It’s the first single off her yet-to-be-named third studio album, released just a few hours ago.

Will we really, really, like it in the same way that we really, really liked Call Me Maybe? We shall see.

Sounds promising, though:

“Dangerous” Adaptations and Quick Notes on “Juego de Peligro”

It was in 18th Century France where Pierre Chorderlos de Laclos wrote the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. The story revolves around the cunning exploits of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, conniving ex-lovers who resort to seduction and manipulation for cheap thrills. Their unwary targets: the conservative (and married) Madame de Tourvel and chaste Cecile de Volanges, who then falls for her music tutor Chevalier Danceny, a commoner. Written in the form of letters, the book was so popular, even Marie Antoinette was said to have a copy. It gained further traction during the French Revolution for lavishing on the decadence of the elite.

Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pheiffer in Stephen Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988); IMAGE CREDIT: The Red List

Given that history, it’s easy to understand why the book spawned so many adaptations. The most notable of which is Stephen Frears‘ acclaimed 1988 film. Glenn Close (who had already shocked audiences in Fatal Attraction the year before) received her second consecutive Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing the scheming Mertuil. Michelle Pfeiffer, likewise, earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod for playing Tourvel. John Malkovich also excelled, although he was arguably miscast as the womanizing Valmont. While then-newcomers Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves played the star-crossed lovers. Continue reading “Dangerous” Adaptations and Quick Notes on “Juego de Peligro”

Highlights and Lowlights of the 87th Oscars


At 3 hours and 43 minutes, it was the longest Oscar telecast aired within the last five years. The 2011 ceremony felt longer, but that was only because the Franco and Hathaway were a drag. I’d rather not join the public pillorying of Neil Patrick Harris because I still found him entertaining, even if some of his jokes fell flat. Besides, hosting the Oscars is one of Hollywood’s most thankless, most brutally-scrutinized gigs. It can either showcase the talent, or at the extreme, readily expose the flaws of even the most seasoned entertainers. NPH was a case of both extremes. His strength is being inherently funny; his weakness is not knowing when to stop (That prediction box gag was particularly dragging). Still, he knew how to put up a show.

It’s also a bittersweet surprise that Birdman (my personal favorite) won over Boyhood (the oddsmakers’ pick) for Best Picture. Weeks before the ceremony, the momentum seemingly belonged to Richard Linklater‘s coming-of-age saga – if even by just a tiny margin. Shockingly, Boyhood won only one award, versus Birdman‘s four. My over-analysis: the voters probably got over the fact that Boyhood 12-year production period and started seeing it as just another coming-of-age film. That probably made Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s achievements feel fresher by comparison, hence the shift. I’m filing this under “sweet upset”.

Here’s the full list of winners (from Oscar’s official site).

And here are my thoughts on the telecast:

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My 2015 Oscar Picks


Oscars Season is upon us once again, and I’m glad I managed to binge-watch all eight Best Picture nominees (and then some) before the big day – something I wasn’t able to do last year. Without further ado, here’s how I hope tomorrow  will transpire. My picks are listed in bold italic.

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First Work Day of the Year

The fanfare surrounding the new year has now diminished, so it’s back to regular programming for us in the workforce. Here are a few snippets from our first work day of 2015 (which also happens to be a Monday):

This early morning exchange with Digital5‘s Chay Garces: 

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The Mancom paying us a surprise visit during our first meeting: 


(And in case you’re wondering what Atty. Dan is staring at…) 

Evidence of Holiday hangover. What’s left of it, that is.