Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category


(SMS) Super[b] Messages S’akin /S’atin

April 17, 2015

I receive a lot of beautiful text messages that are inspiring, encouraging, and enriching. I note down anything that I find worth reading again and again. Although I know that some are available in the market in book form, receiving individual text messages specifically addressed to us at the right moment may lift our spirit up, lighten our mood, make us smile or laugh, be wary or cautioned, etc. A good one helps in changing our moods, makes a gloomy day brighter and above all makes us feel good just at the thought of being remembered.

Time is gold. For someone to think of us even for just a moment, find the time to send or forward their thoughtful messages to us is something we should be thankful for. For in just a click, Sent Messages S‘atin can make distance—between the receiver and the sender—distant no more!

Though I am not a religious person, I like inspirational text messages—those which tell of God and our relationship with Him.

Scam Messages S‘atin — I particulary abhor!


Quotable Quotes from PSD Students in Support of Filipino Sign Language

April 15, 2015

From my files: Photos grabbed from the Q & A Session after the Showing of Silent Odyssey at the Philippine School for the Deaf last year.
PSD Stude 1 PSD Student 3 PSD Student 4 PSD Student 2

The showing was initiated by the Faculty and Personnel Club of PSD led by Jun Sevilla.


Tycoon Henry Sy’s “Shoemart Exclusive” circa 60’s? At Si Pitz!!!

April 15, 2015

I had a serendipitous encounter with a pair of shoes tagged “Shoemart Exclusive.” Have you ever seen one? Well, I found it in our cabinet. Though quite off my blog theme, I wanted to write about it anyway. I like “artifacts” or “historical pieces” if you may call them. And I already consider my find as ‘cultural pieces,’ since they can surely be used as props in period film making for example. Haha!


Looking at them, I wondered and asked myself: Had the richest man in the Philippines, tycoon Henry Sy, SM founder, worn this type as well? Maybe he did! Afterall, he started the first Shoemart store. And he could have possibly sported one for a demo of what he was selling at the time. What do you think?


Pitz and Henry Sy’s Shoemart Exclusive

The pair of SM shoes must have been made circa 60s, maybe in the 70s. I don’t really know! But Mr. Henry Sy should know. The shoe pair was kept well by one of my four elder brothers so it still looks good. Pwede ring nagkalyo sya noon kaya hindi na ginamit… itinambak na lang. Hahaha!

Anyway, I surfed looking for similar shoe type to compare it with so as to approximate the date based on the design but I have not found any! so, for SM shoe buffs… here’s for you! An SM historical artifact by now!!

Presenting: Shoemart Exclusive with our loveable PITZ, a half askal-Jap Spitz who is celebrating his 3rd birthday today!!!


Happy 3rd Birthday Pitz!!!


Pitz – three years ago. His first day with us…direct from Cartimar Pet shop. Look at his prominently large ears!!


Pitz: “Makatulog nga uli! Naistorbo ako!” [Notice that I positioned the shoe pair to echo the position of Pitz. The black and white division is quite clear; the graphic elements of pattern and repetition are used]


Razon’s at UP-Ayala Land Technohub. Never Again!

April 11, 2015

A place I never want to be ever again, that’s Razon’s at UP Technohub in Diliman, Q.C. It was my first time to eat there last night. And that would definitely be my last!

UP Technohub

UP-Ayala land Technohub in Diliman at Night

Coming from a tribute exhibit of prolific artist Mario Parial at UP Bulwagan ng Dangal, my best friend and I proceeded to the Hub supposedly to eat at Kanin Club. Since there were lots of people, and we were quite hungry at the time, we decided to eat at Razon’s. I have always eaten at Razon’s in Pampanga, quite liked the food and the service there aside from their famous halo-halo. So, it wasn’t difficult for me to decide to treat my balikbayan friend there. I thought service would be similar.

But it was not. Our orders were taken without telling us that it would take ages before they could be served. We arrived there at around 9pm. Considering that they would close at 10 pm, it meant that we would have to eat fast. But that they should serve the order as fast as they could. For the main meal, we waited for nearly 40 minutes, too long a time for hungry stomachs like ours. The bottled water I ordered was already consumed by then. If we were beforehand told that it would take that long and we decided to wait, then blunder would be ours. But nothing of that sort was said. With only a table of people already served and were eating by the time we entered and placed our orders, it was unbelievable that neglect in attending to our orders was possible.

I am a very patient and tolerant person but I lost those virtues somehow together with my lost of appetite. It rarely happened to me. Seeing Pancit PLUS alone which looked Pancit LESS, and so unappealing when served started the down feeling. The Daing na Bangus we ordered must have been wild and elusive before getting “caught” and cooked. Above all, seeing others served the same order when we knew we came in first was highly upsetting. With my irritation, my friend told me to go ask the staff re the status of our order. I did. One staff who was not there earlier was quite apologetic of the delay, in fairness.


A place that should never be left unmanned “busy-ness” notwithstanding! This sight is only acceptable before opening, and after closing hours…That’s my opinion!

The bland and bad service was reflected on the physical and dry look of the place. And the staff’s dry disposition. The place was comparatively dead and DRAB. Staff must be all huddling inside the kitchen. Lacking crew perhaps. Not hiding I hope! Who would know anyway? Other restaurants still teemed with people at the same time with their service crew still quite energetic.

RAZON’s at UP Technohub gave me solid REASONS to vent out my displeasure here to share with others who intend to try the place. Limit yourself to halo-halo order perhaps!! That would help cool your head in case you unfortunately encounter the same first-time experience that I had with them.

Update: Today is May 4. Last April 30, I tried Razon’s — at Trinoma, my first time as well. It’s just a stall but the person who attended to us was happy in disposition, sweet when talking to customers, and quite friendly. I went there with the same balikbayan friend… The most important thing was the fact that over there, the service was fast… probably because we ordered halohalo, and they need not catch daing na bangus! Hahaha!


Shooting of El Verdadero Decalogo Mabini Reader & The Silent Steps

March 17, 2015

Finally! After so many delays and postponements, a segment in the short educational documentaries that I am currently doing about one of our great heroes, Apolinario Mabini entitled “The Sublime Paralytic” / “PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon” was finally shot. Mabini, first prime minister of the First Philippine Republic, and the first Minister of Foreign Affairs is the icon of Persons with Disability in the Philippines. I have in this film  the participation of Deaf, Blind and Physically Impaired individuals. I just wish Tumtum Mendoza, a person with autism who graduated from the UP College of Music joins us as music scorer…


Shooting with Decalogo reader Abner Manlapaz, President of Life Haven, a PWD organization guided by the Independent Living Philosophy

El Verdadero Decalogo / Ang 10 Tunay na Utos was read by Abner Manlapaz who happens to have “Guillain Barre Syndrome,” said to be the cause of Mabini’s paralysis according to a recent research by Dr. Jiggs Gilera. Along with his reading, I shall be editing the Filipino Sign Language interpretation of the same piece. Mabini’s Decalogo is the preamble to Programa Constitucional de la Republica Filipina written in 1898. The segment is part of presenting Mabini’s bio. It was especially conceived to help promote and advocate for the use of Filipino Sign Language while at the same time showcasing the talents and capabilities of potential Deaf artists-performers. The films are intended for the general audience especially the students — both Deaf and hearing, also for history teachers and interested laymen. Silent Steps performed under the direction of Myra Medrana… while jolly Nelson Demetillo, an excellent makeup artist rejoined us. We worked together in Project Rizal.

Myra Rehearses Silent Steps [foreground] while we shoot "Mabini" [background].

Myra Rehearses Silent Steps [foreground] while waiting for us as we shoot “Mabini”


Project Mabini Production Crew Members with Silent Steps Performers

The docus are being made in collaboration with De la Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.


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