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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sound of Music: My Ratatouille Moment

Remember the scene on the movie RATATOUILLE when the critic Anton went back to his childhood memory of his Mom cooking for him, after he took a fork of the dish ratatouille?  Did you ever have that same feeling or experience?  I just did last Saturday when I watched the musical play SOUND OF MUSIC in Resorts World.

I remember when I was a little kid, every morning after waking up, I will get the Betamax and play the musical movie, Sound of Music, then play it again after eating lunch.  Watched it everyday like a junkie shoot a dose in his veins.  I really loved that movie and the immortal song it has played; sang the songs every time I felt like it.  It was nostalgic.  Then as I grew up, and VHS, VCD, and DVD have made the scene, I never had the chance to watch the movie again.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sculpture: An Art That Surprised Me

Since I was a child, I was exposed to different kinds of art.  My Dad is a profound painter and musician, and my Mom sings really well.  My eldest brother is good in drawing, and he used to paint and act for PETA. My second eldest brother is a tattoo artist.  Same goes with most of my uncles, aunts, and grandparents, all are into visual arts, music, and literature.  Arts have been a part of me growing up in a family of different talents.  But there is this art that I’m familiar with but haven’t actually witnessed one in the making. The art of sculpture.

Sculpture didn't actually capture my interest since I find it a bit boring (this is just  me speaking), I never really paid attention to this art.

When I visited Davao last October, I stayed with a family friend.  We visited his sister’s house and introduced me to his brother-in-law, Mr Harold Soriaga, later on.  At first look, he looks like a regular guy who is one of those who hunt to survive in the corporate jungle. You wouldn't expect him to be this profound artist.  Serious man! If you meet a confident, high-ranking, Mechanical Engineer, Chinese guy…what would you expect?  Or am I just stereotyping here?  

Going back to the story, I got stunned when my friend took me to Harold’s art underground base.  As I was going down the stairs, a really magnificent art welcomed me at the entrance.

Monday, November 21, 2011

God Spoke and Poke

For the last few weeks I’ve been full of worries.  There’re some family issues, problems with finances (I’m calling out to those people who has utang, pay me!), and some problems that somehow fretted me.  I always thought that these issues are so big and it’ll take time before it could cave in.  Distraction gushing from me interrupted a lot of my activities.  I was blinded by it.  My mantra that I got from the movie “Three Idiots” which is – all is well – can’t seem to help, and sometimes I even forget to say those three magical words because of the drama: "I’m covered with the blanket of despair."
Last Sunday, I was invited by some close friends of mine at their house warming party.  The food was great, we had the best laughs, a lot of "booosh" and "pah" (inside joke), and the never ending remember-the-time-when stories during our college days.  We had a grand moment; time swooped without us noticing.  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Angono Fiesta Celebration

The celebration of the Feast of San Clemente also known as Higantes Festival is nearing.  The ala feast of San Juan wherein basaan is done happily and aggressively  hehehe.  Starting November 19 (which just passed by hehe) there will be bigger events that will happen (refer to the website of angono for details), with some side tracks as well.  There will be other organizations in Angono that will have their own mini events – but I’m not sure if I should call it “mini” since some other events are also big and sponsored.

The young artists of Angono, the Neo-Angono Artists Collective (NAAC), is one of the few organizations that will be having a series of events together with the main events of Angono.  There will be public art displays: the body painting and the tattoo competition, installation arts, henna, etc.  The group will alsobe  producing their own gig with a lineup of bands that are from Angono and outside. 

I will be announcing more of this schedule in my blog or in the upcoming blogsite of NAAC, (which I’m still working on the last few bits of details)

If you are near our beloved town, you are very much welcome to visit this grand event.  We will be happy if we could share our culture, our arts, our passion, and our celebration with you.

photos by: owners

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh C'mon Man...Not Again?


I’m not really a fan of complains and whining, but this bug really BUGS me! 
First off, one of the main reasons why I rested blogging last few months ago was because of the bug or the glitch in the system that I can’t comment on any blogs I follow, worst part is...I can’t even comment on my own blog!  Now that was fixed, HALLELUIA! But here comes the creepy crawler again.   

Two of the blogsites I really itch for seems to be missing in my “blogs that I follow” every time!  I keep on adding them again and again for the nth time for crying out loud!  The next time I will check my blog? Poof! They’re gone again, and I have to go to the whole process of adding them again. Jeez man!  I mean…these two blogs pa talaga! Argh!  I am SPARTA!! – Huh? Hehehe.

Anyways, I hope does something about this, it’s starting to really piss me off.  Please admin guys, work on this one.  If you won’t, well, I want you guys to know, not that I'm threatening you, but I happen to have relatives in Siquijor…and I tell you guys…no one in the Philippines messes with the folks in Siquijor. Don’t try me! Whew!

Sorry for this negative post :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Be Still: An Art Exhibit

Yesterday, I went to see an art exhibit, in which one of my closest friends is a part of.  He was the exhibit.  No, just kidding.  If you have read my blog about a friend of mine who is a painter, well, that’s…him.  Joseph Christephen “Jay” Valente.  It was not a grand exhibit but it was nice.  Jay introduced me to the other contributing artists in the said exhibit, which is titled “Be Still”.  The other artists are nice, they are sociable animals and I can say they are all “conartists” or “conyo-artists”.

 There were different styles of painting: dark ones, cartoony ones; and there were mosaics as well.  I later found out that the artist of the mosaic was the babe I was checking out (no picture of her, argh!).

But one thing I can say to the exhibit.  Awesome.
(I'm beginning to over use the word "exhibit" haha)

One of my closest friends also was there, Carl “musca” Cuezon, the guy who got hitched in Davao (my previous blog entry).  We had fun taking pictures and talking about some of the paintings.  As usual, we were all laughing and makulit the whole time.  I had fun on the few minutes I spent there.

Jay had to go to church after a couple of minutes I arrived, so me and Carl went to Seattle’s Best in greenbelt to have coffee, to chat, and to wait for Jay.  We started off with the very recent topic, “Ondoy” pffft!  Then eventually developing our conversation to what is happening and what are the plans for this month (me and Carl will be turning 30 at the end of this month, by the way).

We then head off to take the bus. Went home. Hit the hay.  It was another short but ecstatic time of the day.

Photos by: Jay Valente

Friday, October 28, 2011

Davao Experience: My Short Stay In The City

The green durian and its yellow gummy soft tissue that scares a lot of non Dabawenos, the brown and white, with black tiny prints, of the mean-looking Philippine eagle, and the grumpy, ‘angas’ look of the Dutertes...Ok, that was not part of the ‘colors of Davao’. 

Yes, Davao is a very colorful city, complete with different shades and hues.  A kaleidoscope.  A colorful painting hanged in a mono toned wall.

It was my first time in Davao and I was not expecting anything.  Although I was exaggeratingly excited that I had a hard time sleeping the day before my flight, I wasn’t expecting that much.  All I had in my mind was, I was going to my best bud’s wedding, and meet some of my friends that I haven’t seen for the longest time.  And that I got…hahaha.

Well, it wasn’t so bad since I only had three days and two nights.

My flight was 12noon so I have to be in the airport before lunch, hence eating a very-expensive-but-no-good-pizza at the airport, pfft! But the gelato was super nice though.

My flight was delayed for 40minutes…and I say BOOOORIIINGGG.

Finally, after hours of flying, I'm in Dabaw! Davao’s airport is nice and clean.  

JayJay aka pugak, our family friend, picked me up at the airport to drop off my things then headed to SM davao.
 I also met fellow blogger of the U-blog community, Unni, for the first time and feeling close na kami hahaha. We talked about a lot of things: blogging, Korean stuff, and things in Davao.
We then head off to Matina Town Square or MTS to have dinner and T5!  I had a good laugh with Pugak and his wife Tin, Aref and his wife Ivy, and Gagart.  

We had a nice halo-halo at aleng foping’s (I’m not sure, forgot the name).  

When I was in Dabaw, I was really pampered by my friends, they drove me around and making sure I was doing well or I’m not bored, and dropped and fetched me to where ever I needed to go.
Arnold aka gagart picked me up and treated me at Rancho&Reef buffet for an awesome lunch!

 I had a grand time, and I will pay them back when they come this November to visit Manila. 

I envied my friend, Jay aka komrad (holding the camera), who came to Davao a day earlier because he had more time to go around…even went to a gallery with the couple, Carl and Yan. Damn!

The wedding day of Carl and Yan. 
It happened in Immanuel Baptist Church, a small church that fitted all the family and friends of the couple.

Carl the groom

                                                                          Yan the bride
The official photographers were also friends of mine hehehe.  

The ceremony was cool because the pastor was really good…he had sense of humor and he shared a good sermon.
 We then went to the reception, Waterfront Insular Hotel.

my first and only attempt in planking bahahaha

The reception party/program was awesome!  I had fun just watching, taking pictures, and listening.  I was so into the program that even the food wasn’t successful in grabbing my attention.

Met fellow Sillimanians as well.

 Oh! There was this doctor chic at our table that had me distracted, but that’s basically it.
After the awesome, fantastic, and full of fun reception (first time I enjoyed a reception that I stayed until the end), I had to say goodbye to my friends at the party.  When I got out, boom! All the beautiful women in Davao were there!  Then I found out that Bonnie Bailey is having a concert.  Me, and my photographer friends stayed at the entrance to check out all the people coming in.  Oh yeah! We had a great time looking at these bebots! Then finally we left to meet Pugak and Tin at Q bar.  Then home.

My last day was a short day, woke up mid morning.  Pugak took me to the place where I can buy the candies, then went back to his parents’ house to have lunch and watch the Donaire fight with the boring opponent.  Bid my goodbye, then off to the airport.

My short experience in Davao was amazing even if I wasn’t able to go around the tourist spots.  It was memorable.  It was my first time, but it definitely won’t be my last. I’ll be seeing you again Davao!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Girl Named Saab

Blogging is one of my favorite hobbies since I have an amor for writing and composing besides painting and drawing.  I may say I'm not really good at it, but what the heck, I love doing it.  There is an intense urge for me to write and share what I think or imagine, or just the plain ideas that I have.  I also get inspired by the people I usually follow and who has a talent in writing.

There are a lot of bloggers that I really admire, writers that have remarkable talents in writing and showing things thru their writings.  Awesome people who catches not just my imagination and interests but also to a lot of readers.  One of these people whom I like following is Saab Magalona.

Saab is, yes, the daughter of my idol master rapper.  Every time I read her blogs, it gives me the feeling of being there.  Although the photos helped, her skills in writing in a very simple way makes it so authentic and gives a shot of emotions.  These are the characteristics of the bloggers that I enjoy following (besides those photobloggers that are awesome), and keeping me stoked to read more of their works

I'm trying hard to follow these bloggers, to at least go near to their level.  By knowing that someone is reading my blog, and I have shared it successfully, that makes me happy!

OK OK main purpose of this blog is to let you know that I actually have a big crush on Saab Magalona. Hyuk Hyuk Hyuk!

Photo by: owner

ODK! O Diyos Ko!

Wah! He's back! I'm back!? Yes...Ronster has decided to write a blog after a long hibernation.  What could be the reason behind this?

First, let me explain the reason behind the hiatus of this blog.  I honestly got upset when BrandX got infected by a bug - I can't comment on any of the blogs that I follow, and even my freakin' blog!.  Second reason was because I got so busy and my priorities were set (blogging was not at the top 5 hehe). Ok, now, the third one...I firmly accept that I was kinda lazy...hek hek hek.

Well, I was supposed to delete this untouched-for-almost-a-year blogsite of mine, if it wasn't because of my friend who insisted defeated me in an argument, I finally decided, 'OK I will not delete this and can still be active whenever I wanted to', so here it is.

I think the freakin' bug is still here, and if I get really pissed off, I will delete this and well...I would probably make a new BrandX or just focus on my wordpress accounts.

So there you go, I hope you guys are still with me on my rants, crazy imaginations, random topics, and oinking thoughts about things I'd like to share.  Topics that are "anything goes", generic matters of life, hence my blog site...BRAND X.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Art Gallery: Jaime Ponce De Leon

A friend of mine, Mr. Jaime Ponce De Leon, or Popong as we know him, has an art gallery (furnitures and paintings) at Corinthian Plaza infront of Greenbelt 1 Makati City. He is a known art collector, with a collection of great paintings from well-known artist from the Philippines and abroad. He has been a good ambassador and curator of arts in the Philippines, and one of the passionate supporter of local paintings and art as a whole.  He is an artist himself working as a professional interior designer, with a line of prestigous clientele.

Hope you guys can visit his collection and meet this guy.  He's one of the people who is very deep yet fun that I know of.

Photo by: Popong Ponce De Leon

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