Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category


El Brujo Edit

May 13, 2013

Got a notice. I am sked to film edit as from tomorrow…

What could the ending of this film be?? Am I to handle the last day’s footage by then? I wonder!!!

My CP project to be set aside for the nth time!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture / Bit from Luzon

April 27, 2013

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Art and Culture always go together. An artist — whatever he may be: painter, sculptor, writer, musician, singer, film maker is at all times — through his art — the preserver of culture or of the society that he is a part of. Whatever he creates will reflect such culture on the subjects that he chooses. Nemesio Miranda Jr. is one of the Filipino artists who greatly help up to now in preserving the traditions and practices, and cultural legends of his town, Angono in Rizal. Considered an art village, the place breathes art where many known visual artists or musicians lived and continues to produce artists. Angono in fact boasts of two National Artists: Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro; both celebrate their Centennial Year this 2013.

Now, let me take you to another part of the country in Bagac, Bataan where Las Casas de Acuzar is located. I have earlier posted some architectural treasures there. Below is a photo that depicts a traditional game called “Luksong-Baka”, literally meaning: “Jumping Over the Cow.”

Luksong Baka

“Luksong-Baka” [Jumping Over the Cow], a game I used to play immortalized in stone; AJ bullies the player

At about 6 pm., cultural performances were presented through singing of Philippine folk songs and through traditional dances by the enthusiastic youth living in the area.

Cultural Performance2

We went on Black Saturday so rightfully in time for Easter they presented an Easter presentation for us

Cultural Perf_Singkil

End part of Singkil, a popular Muslim dance in the Philippines

Note: Both Angono in Rizal, and Bagac in Bataan are located in Luzon, Philippines.


Daily Prompt: The Critical Eye / On Humming the Same Tune

April 22, 2013

This blogsite is a journal of my activities, journeys and experiences, so I oftentimes write about my independent film advocacies and related stuff, as well as my experiences: a) with people — friends and [quite seldom, foes alike to vent  out nega feelings; b] my journey to places through photos, and notes on things that I enjoyed seeing or have learned about; c) plants and animals, especially those that I am “guarding” such as the miracle fruit tree, the calamansi or Philippine lemon, and the Christmas berry plant, others call the money plant; lastly, the pets we are keeping such as Pitz, a hybrid Japanese Spitz / Philippine askal, and Oliver, our supposedly white cat who these days come home always grey after his night fights.

Pitz_4 months later_Nov '12


Oliver Sleeps

Oliver Asleep

I find myself returning back and forth on the above subjects. Thanks to wordpress photo challenges and daily writing prompts such as this one, they at least gets punctuated, and have a respite. So as not to look that repetitive, I pingback on the already written topic to serve as corroborative notes if I need to refer to the same subject again [As sample, click on the highlighted words above]. Well, probably because like music it is just like humming the same tune…only with some variations.

Money Plant

Money Plant

Like music, I write about experiences that has beginning and must end; about people I say hi’s and goodbyes; dreams and wishes; places and things that marked in my memory; animals and plants that I’ve seen growing and dying. Like music, the mood and melody of what I write about reflects my sentiments and feelings — be they excitement on a blooming calamansi and money plant flowers, sadness on seeing my pets unplayful or sick; upset in not accomplishing a target schedule; sarcasm in meeting narrow-minded, if not egoistic individuals; triumph in finishing a difficult film project that successfully overcome hurdles, etc.


Weekly Photo Challenge: UP the Victoria Peak

April 19, 2013

It was somewhat gloomy when we went up the Victoria Peak, the highest in Hong Kong Island sometime in February. Though quite windy, streak of sun rays managed to peek through the grey clouds. Despite difficulty in taking photos, the few photos below would always remind me of the breathtaking view from up there with the misty clouds. We took the Peak Tram to reach the place. [Pls. click on the photo to better enjoy the sight.]

Victoria Peak 10

Victoria Peak 8

Victoria Peak 4a


Daily Prompt: Why do I blog

April 17, 2013

Honestly, I was just prodded into blogging by friends who believed that my film advocacy activity should be recorded and blog about, and to easily track down the movement of my film docu going around the country for awareness campaign of Autism Society Philippines. It took me a year or two before I was finally convinced that I should start blogging. Actually, what held me back was simply lack of confidence in writing using a language I am not used to speak.

Overcoming the writing fear, I started blogging to have a journal or a record of my film activities. It soon became a habit difficult to break, and the content evolved to include my woes, fears, hopes, my joy… My blog soon included historical notes during a travel, and photos that I took in my journey. Realizing that writing often help improve my skill, more so gain confidence from it, I continued to blog …. With the writing and photo challenges WordPress pose to the circle, I have more reason to pursue the blogging activity… Making cyber friends in the process, enjoying reading and wallowing into their experiences, and seeing their perspectives through the photos they share are bonuses I never actually thought I’d earn as well in the beginning.


Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a [Wish] List

April 15, 2013

I surely have a list – a to-do or a wish list- which shall give me not only satisfaction if ever I manage to do any of them but JOY unexplainable…

I am referring to films on Sped Children and PWDs that I have been dreaming, wishing, praying and aiming to do:

1) The CPs [Cerebral Palsied]
3) Dyslexia
4) Down Syndrome
5) Global Delay

If GOD wills, I know I will. That I know… for everything that I want to do happens only in God’s time.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Change / To Duskiness

April 13, 2013

Sunset in Balaybay

We waited for the sun to set — so from day to duskiness and darkness we were in Balaybay, a place in Castillejos, Zambales in Luzon. For sure, each day when the sun sets, change in all else surrounding it can’t be duplicated: color and cloud shapes, shadow forms, the breeze and the wind, seeping sun rays. Our moods as well may get affected by such change. We may turn blue, yellow, or appreciative of how dusk envelops us, happy to see the end of the day well spent…looking forward for the new day or days ahead, and always hoping for the best.


Pres. Ramon Magsaysay Museum in Castillejos, Zambales

April 7, 2013

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is annually given to “persons – regardless of race, nationality, creed or gender – who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity, and in doing so have made contributions which have transformed their societies for the better… It was established to honor the 7th President of the Philippines’ memory and perpetuate his example of integrity in public service and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.” But who Ramon F. Magsaysay was and where he came from is something not everyone, even in the Philippines knows about.


Pres. Ramon Magsaysay’s Sculpture by Abdulmari Imao, National Artist

I for one, only knew that he was born in Iba, Zambales, and died in a plane crash on March 17, 1957 in Mt. Manunggal, Cebu while serving then as President of the Philippines. Only when I worked on a short film for Mayor Jose Angelo Dominguez of Castillejos, Zambales last month [March 2013] had I come to know that Magsaysay grew up in that town, and that his ancestral house has become a museum currently being managed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Below are photos that I took, the first time I set foot on his ancestral house a few weeks ago. To see how the town of Castillejos looked like before and during the first term of re-elected Mayor Angelo, here’s the link to you tube:

The historical marker installed beside the main door of the ancestral house says: “In this house, Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Republic of the Philippines and known as “The Guy” spent the fruitful years of his life. He left the legacy and values of being hard working, civic duty for ordinary people and patriotic work for the country and its people. The house had renovated by his descendants in 1990 but was heavily damaged when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in June 1991. The National Historical Commission have it renovated again in 1999.


Back from Zamba

March 15, 2013

Returned yesterday from shooting for an AVP in Castillejos, Zambales – hometown of President Ramon Magsaysay. I found from the collection of my brother the first day of issue of Ramon Magsaysay Death Commemoration printed in 1957. I’ll most probably donate it to the Museum. Stayed there for 4 nights, 5 days.

Started assembling the shots…Learned about the place, met good people out there. Generally, a rural area but being developed to serve the people especially in high places. An improved, and quite developed areas are in the making.


Busy Ako…

March 3, 2013

Missing my blogging activity; too busy from the time we returned from Hong Kong. Doing pre-prod work; Preparing to shoot somewhere in the province. Will post later.


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